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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Severe storms have been sweeping across Iowa, with heavy rains causing some flooding and strong wind gusts snapping tree limbs and affecting power lines. The Des Moines Register said the National Weather Service received a report of one person injured by lightning during the storms Sunday, but details about the severity were not available late last night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa legislative leaders don't plan to change ethics rules for political work after a former state senator admitted to lying about receiving payments to switch his support from one Republican presidential candidate to another. The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that former Senator Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to receiving thousands of dollars in "under the table payments" from a 2012 presidential campaign and lying about the money.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - At least 10 driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past, but they've been allowed to keep working with teens because of a forgiving state law. The Des Moines Register reports at least three driving instructors have drunken driving convictions, two have assault convictions and four have more than a dozen driving citations and other infractions.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago.

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