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Woman gets probation for fatal Council Bluffs crash
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 29-year-old Council Bluffs woman has been given two years of probation for a fatal hit-and-run accident. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Stephanie Kenealy was sentenced Monday. She'd pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatality accident. The judge also granted her a deferred judgment. Under a deferred judgment, the conviction can be wiped from Kenealy's record if she successfully completes the terms of her probation. Authorities say 54-year-old David Ryder was riding his bike in the same direction as Kenealy's sport utility vehicle when she hit the bicyclist during a downpour of rain on Sept. 8, 2015. Ryder was declared dead at the scene. Authorities say Kenealy had left the scene and returned nearly an hour later.

Fort Dodge hires new company for sewer work after mishaps
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Fort Dodge City Council has hired a new construction company to take over a sewer project after firing a Minnesota company that was involved in a series of mishaps. The Fort Dodge Messenger reports the council voted Monday to hire Wicks Construction, of Decorah, to take over the project from Carstensen Contracting, of Pipestone, Minnesota. Last month, the council ordered Carstensen off the job after numerous problems, including breaking four gas lines, breaking three water service lines, leaving sandbags in a manhole and causing two sewage backups, knocking down an overhead electrical line and cutting a phone line. The city will pay Wicks $3.2 million to complete work on the project, which will increase the capacity of sewers and eliminate backups in much of southern Fort Dodge.

2 occupants hospitalized after Cedar Rapids house fire
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two people have been hospitalized after a Cedar Rapids house fire. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says firetrucks were dispatched a little before 2 a.m. Tuesday. One occupant was found outside the home, thanks to the assistance of a neighbor. Firefighters had to rescue a man from the flames and smoke inside the two-story structure. The fire cause is being investigated.

Clayton County board advances plan for sand mining expansion
ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Clayton County supervisors have given initial approval to the expansion of a sand mining operation. The board unanimously voted Monday to rezone 746 acres near Clayton from agricultural to heavy industrial use. The rezoning requires at least one more reading and affirmative board vote to take effect. The board imposed five restrictions on Pattison Sand Co., including that the company would be responsible for any water well damage that could be attributed to the mining. Silica sand is used by oil and gas drillers for hydraulic fracturing.

Drop in Iowa State Fair attendance blamed on bad weather
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather is being blamed for a drop in attendance at this year's Iowa State Fair. Some days were rainy, some extra hot and humid and some apparently were just right for going to the fair, which ended Sunday. The attendance for the 11-day fair was 1,031,278. That's a drop of about 86,000 from last year's record-breaking 1,117,398. Fair CEO Gary Slater told The Des Moines Register that "the numbers weren't down because of any other reason other than weather."

Three Affiliated Tribes issues support for pipeline protest
NEW TOWN, N.D. (AP) — The Three Affiliated Tribes is formally supporting the Standing Rock Sioux as that tribe protests construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox has issued a formal letter supporting "an alternative means and method of transporting oil to market." The protesters in southern North Dakota have disrupted construction of the $3.8 billion pipeline that's to carry oil to Illinois. The Standing Rock tribe fears a leak could contaminate their drinking water, which comes from the Missouri River. More than two dozen protesters have been arrested. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier estimates law enforcement overtime costs related to the protest are totaling about $100,000 per week. Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Friday issued an emergency declaration to free up more state resources.

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