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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. CST

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AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa lawmaker says he's taking full responsibility for his decision to drive drunk. State Rep. Francis "Chip" Baltimore, a Republican from Boone, was arrested Friday morning in Ames near Interstate 35. Baltimore told station WOI that he "made a very, very bad decision to get behind the wheel."

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A winter storm has brought near blizzard conditions to much of Nebraska. The National Weather Service says more than 10 inches has already fallen on North Platte in western Nebraska, and near zero visibility has been reported near Cambridge. The Nebraska Transportation Department websites shows around three-quarters of the state's roads are covered with snow, but none is listed as impassable.

AMES, Iowa (AP) - An Ames company where a worker was fatally injured says a safety device fell on him. Danfoss Power Solutions said in a news release Sunday that a preliminary investigation determined that a safety hood on a motor testing operation struck 45-year-old John Lavery. The Ames resident died about 4 p.m. Thursday at the hydraulic motors plant.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans are wading through the realities of mid-year budget cuts, and some have reservations about a proposal from Gov. Kim Reynolds to reduce $10 million from the state's Medicaid program. Reynolds' staff claims the cut won't impact the health care program's services for the poor and disabled, but the governor must convince members of her party. Many Republicans already appear wary of removing money from a program under scrutiny for reports of reduced services under privatization.

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