DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An agency director fired by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds had been accused of harassing female employees for years by routinely making crude sexual comments and pressuring one to go into his hotel room during work travel. Bowing to pressure after keeping the document secret for a month, the governor released a March 21 letter to her that laid out detailed allegations against Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison. The woman said Jamison talked about her breasts and constantly made sexual remarks.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former southwestern Iowa funeral home director has been charged in an insurance fraud investigation. Prosecutors said in a news release Thursday that 43-year-old Michael Dean Kirsch, of Shenandoah, has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct-influencing enterprise and more than 10 counts of theft. Officials say Kirsch sold funeral insurance to people intended to cover funeral expenses, but instead used the money for his personal use.
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A judge says an Iowa man is competent to stand trial on allegations that he used an electric guitar to beat his mother to death. Des Moines County District Court records say the judge filed the ruling Monday on 29-year-old Garret Selters, who has been undergoing treatment at a state mental health facility since the killing. Selters, of Burlington, has pleaded not guilty to murder. Prosecutors say he swung the guitar into the head of 56-year-old Linda Selters on Oct. 17.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill requiring schools to adopt return-to-play rules for students who may have concussions. The Republican governor signed the bill on Thursday. The new law received bipartisan support from both legislative chambers. Schools will be required to adopt medical review protocols. Most schools already followed the protocols, but they have been optional until now.
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