FREE PREACH LAWSUIT
Man seeks court order to preach at Iowa State Fair
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines man is awaiting a federal judge's ruling to determine whether he can preach at the Iowa State Fair this year without getting into trouble.
The Des Moines Register reports Jason Powell wants a judge to order fair officials to allow him to exercise his free speech rights at this year's fair which starts Aug. 7.
Powell was kicked off the fairgrounds last year after twice holding a sign and delivering his evangelistic message.
Arguments were held Thursday on his federal lawsuit challenging his exclusion from the fairgrounds.
Fair officials say they have the right to enforce safety rules prohibiting a sign like Powell was carrying on a metal pole. They say people had to walk around him into the street presenting a safety hazard.
PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED
Foreman calls Iowa murder case a 'slam dunk'
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution's case was a "slam dunk" even if the investigation had flaws.
Thom Nelson told The Associated Press that the evidence showed "there was just no way" that anybody but Seth Techel could've shot Lisa Techel.
Nelson says the shotgun used in the killing was "very important to us." The gun belonged to one of Techel's former roommates, and was found in tall grass outside the trailer the next day.
Nelson says one juror was initially reluctant to find Techel guilty, suggesting a troubled neighbor could have been the killer. But he says she was ultimately convinced that the evidence implicated Techel.
Nelson says jurors "weren't real happy" with shortcomings in the investigation.
Former Waterloo counselor admits billings fraud
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A 46-year-old Waterloo man has pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent bills for his counseling services.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Anthony Thomas entered his plea Thursday. He admitted in Black Hawk County District Court that he submitted more than $2,400 in fraudulent bills to Magellan Behavior Health through the Iowa Medicaid program.
Court records say the billings were made between June and September 2012, when Thomas no longer was treating the person identified in the billings.
Thieves strike Habitat for Humanity group in Iowa
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Tools worth more than $3,800 were stolen from a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Iowa.
The Telegraph Herald reports last week's burglary occurred at the latest site in Dubuque the homebuilding charity was working on. The theft has left one of the local charity's board members frustrated that it's hurt their efforts to help residents.
Board member Jerry Fudge says the thieves stole all of the group's power tools, including a circular saw, belt sander and table saw. The equipment was bought using a $5,000 grant the group received.
The charity has insurance that would cover the thefts, but with a $5,000 deductible.
Fudge says the group will buy some tools and will likely rely on other borrowed gear to work on a house on Saturday.
UNIVERSITY BATHROOM-VIDEO CAMERA
University of Iowa bans restroom videos suspect
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa police have identified a university employee as the person suspected of placing a video camera on the floor of a restroom and recording scenes there.
The camera was found June 4 in the University Capitol Centre's Information Technology Services space. The people recorded have been identified and notified.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the employee has been removed from his or her position on the university's Information Technology Services staff. University chief information officer Steve Fleagle says in an email to his workers that the person isn't allowed on university property or allowed to have contact with other staffers or participate in university events.
University Police Director Chuck Green says no charges have been filed. The person's name hasn't been publicly released.
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