DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A push to add language to the Iowa Constitution that ensures the rights of crime victims is moving through the Legislature despite opposition from a crime victims group and prosecutors as well as problems in other states that have enacted similar laws. The law has bipartisan support and the backing of Gov. Kim Reynolds, but others argue the legislation could ultimately hurt victims by siphoning money away from programs that now help them.
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A senior center in southeast Iowa may have to close due to a loss of funding from the county. The Hawk Eye reports that the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday on a list of cuts to make from proposed budget increases. The board cut out $12,000 requested by the Steamboat Senior Center in Burlington. Closing the center would force senior citizens to find a new place to play card games and bingo.
HUXLEY, Iowa (AP) - Police have reopened a stretch of Interstate 35 in central Iowa following a massive pileup involving more than 50 vehicles and injured several people. Police believe the Saturday pileup near Huxley was caused by a quick-moving winter storm that swept the area, causing slick roads and low visibility. Cars, trucks and semitrailers were caught up in the chain-reaction pileup. The Des Moines Register reports that the pileup shut down the interstate for two hours Saturday morning.
COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (AP) - Police in southeastern Iowa say the owner of a construction company has died after an excavated area where he was working caved in. Columbus Junction police say 52-year-old Anthony Hills, owner of Hills Construction, was working on a sewer repair when the collapse happened Friday afternoon. Police say an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been launched into the death.
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