DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill that creates a less-adversarial approach to investigating reports of child abuse into law. It was backed by the Iowa Department of Human Services. It calls for focusing on helping families that simply need access to services.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The ex-girlfriend of Iowa kidnapping suspect Michael Klunder says she worried he would harm her family after his release from prison in 2011. She cited prior threats and abuse. Klunder died by suicide Monday after police say he abducted two Iowa girls. 1 of those girls is still missing.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A former Waterloo teacher has been found guilty of engaging in inappropriate behavior with a student. Larry Twigg was convicted of 5 counts of lascivious acts with a minor. The 17-year-old student testified that Twigg spanked him and forced him to play strip video games.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a suspicious package that required explosives teams to investigate was actually a cooler with food. Writing on the cooler said it was designated for individuals in need. Officials recommend that food not be left out in this manner.
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