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Iowan killed in ATV accident, authorities say
KALONA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old woman has been killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident in southeast Iowa. The accident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the Washington County community of Kalona. A crash report says the ATV rolled after the driver lost control of it. Authorities say the passenger was fatally injured. She was identified as Elizabeth Lenton, of Kalona. The driver was taken to an Iowa City hospital. He was identified as 28-year-old Alex Merritt, of Iowa City. The accident is being investigated.

Boat passenger hit by propeller after falling into river
LITTLE SIOUX, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man has been injured in a boating accident on the Missouri River in Iowa's Harrison County. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says in a news release that the accident occurred just before 8 p.m. Sunday, about four miles south of the Little Sioux boat ramp. The department says the man was sitting in the boat bow when the boat hit the wake of another vessel, causing him to fall out over the bow. The boat propeller struck the man as the boat passed over him. Other passengers got him back in the boat, and he was later flown to an Omaha hospital. The man was identified as 23-year-old Nathan Case, who lives in Omaha.

City incentive: No property taxes for 10 years on new homes
PERRY, Iowa (AP) — City officials in the Dallas County city of Perry are considering a growth incentive: No property taxes for 10 years on new homes. The Des Moines Register reports that city leaders hope the plan will lure builders and potential residents to Perry, which sits within commuting distance of the Des Moines metropolitan area. City Administrator Sven Peterson says Perry hasn't fully recovered from the recession and is losing residents to Adel, Waukee and other cities. City leaders are expected to approve the plan Tuesday. Another Dallas County town, Adel, implemented its tax abatement program in 2011. It has seen 327 new homes built since then, compared with 82 homes in the six years prior to the program.

Corps won't oppose tribe's request to stop work on pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers won't oppose the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's request for a temporary work stoppage on part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe has requested a halt to the construction of a 2-mile stretch of the pipeline near Lake Oahe, North Dakota, to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites. A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Washington, D.C. A protest of the $3.8 billion oil pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois turned violent on Saturday. Court documents filed Monday say the Corps "acknowledges that the public interest would be served by preserving peace near Lake Oahe." The pipeline company hasn't responded to the tribe's motion. The judge will also consider the tribe's challenge to permits for the pipeline granted by the Corps. A decision is expected by Friday.

Davenport man charged with murder in girlfriend's death
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man faces a first-degree murder charge after authorities say he killed his girlfriend during an argument. The Quad-City Times reports that 55-year-old Thomas James Lopez was charged following the woman's death Sunday afternoon. Davenport police say Lopez assaulted 37-year-old Melissa Lewis at their home on Aug. 31. According to an affidavit, Lopez slapped, choked and pushed her, and when he pushed her for the fourth time, she fell back and hit her head on a window sill. Scott County Jail records say Lopez was booked charges of willful injury causing serious injury and domestic abuse-impeding air flow. The first-degree murder charge was added on Sunday. Lopez's attorney, Angela Reyes, declined to comment.

2 dead, 2 injured after late-night shooting in Clive
CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — An overnight shooting at an event center in Clive has killed two people and injured two others. Authorities say 29-year-old Johnny Lee Ollie Jackson of Des Moines died at the scene of the shooting outside of 7 Flags Event Center. Another victim, 44-year-old Kevin Lee Hall of Des Moines, died on the way to a local hospital. Authorities say 31-year-old William Dale Celander and 25-year-old Kelly Christopher Love Jr. were hospitalized with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Clive Chief Michael Venema says the shooting involved a personal dispute, and the public is not in danger. As many as 60 people were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting. Authorities say the center had been hosting an event, and security staff had removed several people.

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