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VINTON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have cleared two eastern Iowa police officers who exchanged gunshots with a man. Benton County Attorney David Thompson says the officers were justified in using deadly force because they were confronted with a deadly threat. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 43-year-old Lyle Fowler shot toward two Vinton police officers sent to check his welfare on Sept. 7. The two officers fired back, but no one was wounded in the exchange.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Investigators say a state agency director who was a top ally of Gov. Kim Reynolds sexually harassed at least three female subordinates, routinely made inappropriate sexual comments and often drank on the job. An investigation found that Iowa Finance Authority director Dave Jamison grabbed one employee’s breasts in front of others at a bar near Okoboji in December 2016. The investigation found Jamison watched a pornographic video in front of that woman while they were driving together.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state ethics board says Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds did nothing wrong in accepting nine rides on private jets in the last 14 months, concluding they were legitimate in-kind campaign contributions allowable under Iowa’s gift law. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board on Thursday considered complaints about a December trip to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, when Reynolds and family members flew on the jet owned by Sedgwick, a company with a $1 million state contract.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Relatives of the 22-year-old Iowa man charged in the stabbing death of a top amateur golfer from Spain say they are “devastated.” Collin Richards’ family said Thursday that their “thoughts and prayers” are with those close to Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena, whose body was found Monday in a golf course pond. Richards is charged with first-degree murder in Barquin’s death. Officers found Barquin’s body in the pond near the ninth hole at a public golf course in Ames.

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