MOM AND INFANT BURNED
Mom, infant hospitalized in Iowa City for burns
WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a woman and her 5-month-old child have been hospitalized after hot liquid was spilled on them at an eastern Iowa apartment.
The Walcott Police Department says the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the apartment on West James Street.
The child was flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The mother was taken to a Davenport hospital and then to the Iowa City hospital.
Police say a 3-year-old child accidentally spilled the hot liquid on the woman and the infant. The names of those involved and other details have not been released.
SEX ABUSE CHARGES
Iowa woman pleads not guilty in child sex case
EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) - A 49-year-old Goldfield woman has pleaded not guilty to several charges in a child sexual abuse case.
The Mason City Globe Gazette says Diana Guido made the pleas Wednesday to charges of sexual abuse, indecent contact with a child, indecent exposure and dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to a minor.
Police say the charges stemmed from an investigation by the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Authorities are continuing to search for Guido's husband, Leonardo Guido-Acosta. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
BASKETBALL WHEELCHAIRS STOLEN
Stolen sports wheelchairs pieces found in Fairfax
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Pieces of the sports wheelchairs stolen from a Cedar Rapids YMCA parking lot have been found a few miles away in Fairfax.
SportAbility of Iowa officials say more than a dozen wheelchairs were in a trailer that was taken from the Stoney Point YMCA lot over the weekend of Dec. 14-15. Amid the pieces found in Fairfax a few weeks ago was one usable wheelchair.
The wheelchairs were used by the Iowa Chariots team, whose members have little or no use of their legs. The chairs cost $3,000 to $5,000 each.
No arrests have been reported.
Mason OKs purchase of 2nd Nite Ride van at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa President Sally Mason has authorized the purchase of a second van for a late-night transportation program for women.
University Assistant Vice President Chuck Green tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen that Mason had OK'd the purchase of another vehicle for the Nite Ride service, which operates each night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Nearly 2,400 women used the service in January and February.
The university will spend $54,789 on the new 15-passenger van.
Mason announced plans to buy the van as part of her six-point plan to reduce sexual assaults on campus. She outlined her plan to the Board of Regents last week after being criticized for saying earlier that despite the university's best efforts, ending sexual assault probably wasn't realistic, "just given human nature."
Iowa advised not to license any new casinos
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A consultant says Iowa should focus on reinvesting in existing casinos rather than license any new operations.
Rich Baldwin is managing director of Union Gaming Analytics, and he told the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday that, "We do not believe there are any underserved counties in the state of Iowa."
Representatives from Marquette Advisors echoed concerns that new casinos would simply take business from existing casinos.
The consultants were hired by the state regulators to conduct independent evaluations of Iowa's gambling markets.
The Des Moines Register says backers of two proposed casinos disagreed with the consultants, telling the commission the evaluations were based on incomplete data. The officials from Cedar Rapids and Jefferson have said their projects would create hundreds of jobs and spur growth.
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