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Sunday News, March 2

Snow Storm Hits Iowa

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Another round of snow blanketed Iowa this weekend with parts of the state receiving as much as five inches, and bitter cold temperatures have returned.
     The National Weather Service says 3 to 5 inches of snow fell Saturday across most of central Iowa and in the southeast corner of the state. 
     The southwest and northeast corners of Iowa received 1 to 3 inches of snow.
     Subzero temperatures followed the storm, and forecasters are warning about dangerously cold wind chills Sunday night and Monday.
     The Weather Service says wind chills as cold as 40 degrees below zero are likely in northern Iowa overnight. Central Iowa will see wind chills ranging from 20-to-35 degrees below zero.


Duck Dynasty Coming To State Fair

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Fair's famed butter cow will share the limelight this year with some others used to more than their fair-share of attention.
     The stars of the A&E television hit show "Duck Dynasty" will join the fair's grandstand lineup.
     Willie, Korie and Si Robertson will speak about their family, TV series, merchandising empire and more on Aug. 10 at the fair.
     Willie Robertson is the CEO of Duck Commander, Korie Robertson is his wife and Si is his uncle. The series regularly draws over 11 million viewers, making is the highest-rated reality series in cable history.
     The lineup doesn't include Duck Commander founder Phil Robertson, who was the center of controversy late last year following comments on homosexuality in a magazine interview.


Jail Bond Vote

 FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) - Winnebago County voters will decide the fate of a $5.25 million bond proposal that would fund a proposed 20,000-square-foot jail and law enforcement office center.
     Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to approve the bond.
     The center would be built in Forest City and would house a 22-bed jail, offices for the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, 911 dispatch, emergency management and possibly the Forest City Police Department.
     The existing county law enforcement facility has structural issues and has been cited numerous times by the state jail inspector for deficiencies and code violations.


Will Iowa Send A Woman To Washington?

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With six women running in House and Senate primaries in Iowa this year, some are starting to wonder if 2014 might be the year that the state finally sends a woman to Washington.
     Women's groups have long bemoaned the fact that Iowa is one of just two states - the other being Mississippi - that has never elected a woman governor or member of Congress. 
     Just why Iowa lags in electing women remains unclear. One likely factor is the state's limited number of seats and low turnover in those jobs. But this year is different, with an open Senate seat and two open House seats. 
     Some more high profile candidates opted out of these races last year, but a diverse group of women are now seeking the seats.


Man Sentenced To Prison For Fatal Traffic Accident

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A Mexican national convicted of vehicular homicide for a crash that killed a Council Bluffs teenager has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
      Hilberto Velasquez-Ramirez was sentenced Thursday in Pottawattamie County's District Court.
     Prosecutors say Velasquez-Ramirez was drunk when he crashed his minivan into a car full of teens on July 5, killing 17-year-old Chrishaun Moten. Two other teens were seriously injured in the crash.
     A 16-year-old girl in the car told authorities that Velasquez-Ramirez, who was not hurt in the crash, refused to call 911 and that she had to take his keys to keep him from driving away from the crash scene.





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