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CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) – A trial starting date of May 1 has been scheduled for a man accused of killing a hunter in south-central Iowa. Court records say 27-year-old Ethan Davis entered a written plea of not guilty Monday to a charge of first-degree murder. Davis is charged with killing 31-year-old Curtis Ross, of Cedar Falls, whose body was found Dec. 2 in a remote area of Appanoose County.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republican governor candidate Ron Corbett is receiving $185,000 in compensation from his conservative think tank even as it has largely stopped its public activities while he is campaigning. The organization, Engage Iowa, isn’t required to disclose its donors as a nonprofit research group. Some Democrats and Republicans say that arrangement is troubling because voters don’t know who funded the $150,000 annual salary and $35,000 in benefits Corbett has been receiving.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Six more Democratic representatives are joining a lawsuit that alleges Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and an aide illegally transferred $13 million to balance the state budget. Rep. Chris Hall filed the case against Reynolds and Department of Management Director Dave Roederer this month. Six more Democrats in the Iowa House joined the lawsuit Monday in an amended complaint. At issue is whether Reynolds acted legally when using $13 million from the State Economic Emergency Fund to plug a budget hole.

DELHI, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Manchester man was driving when a vehicle broke through the ice at Lake Delhi, drowning his passenger. The body of 23-year-old Alex Salow was found in the vehicle Jan. 8. Records show 36-year-old Joshua Juengel is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and related crimes. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment for him.

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