IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A psychologist in charge of treating Iowa’s most dangerous sex offenders violated policies by developing an improperly close relationship with a violent predator who became obsessed with her. A termination letter obtained by The Associated Press alleges that Shannon Sanders, the treatment director at the Civil Commitment Unit for Sex Offenders in Cherokee, committed “boundary violations” with a male patient. The man’s attorney says his client was “willing to kill” for her.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate rose slightly in October to 2.6% but remains among the lowest in the nation. Iowa Workforce Development reported Tuesday that the rate climbed from 2.5% in September. The unemployment rate also was higher than a year ago, when the October 2018 figure was 2.4%. Iowa’s unemployment rate is tied for the fourth lowest in the nation, behind Vermont, North Dakota and Utah. The U.S. unemployment rate for October was 3.6%.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The longtime vice chairman of an insurance pool for Iowa municipalities will not seek re-election, following scrutiny of its travel and his arrest for domestic violence. Gary Mahannah said earlier this year he would seek another 4-year board term on the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, where he’s served since its formation in the 1980s. But he recently changed his mind, telling board members his departure would be “the best path forward” for a program that insures about 800 municipalities.
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – Burlington is set to become a stop for a major river cruise line in the next few years. City officials signed a two-year agreement Monday with Viking Cruises, which is based in Basel, Switzerland. Viking has ordered the ships that will cruise the Mississippi River, but they won’t be ready until 2022. The Viking ships are set to dock at Burlington 30 times between July 2022 and October 2023.