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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CST

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The former administrative clerk in the Poweshiek County sheriff's office has been charged with theft after a state audit found nearly $7,000 in missing money. State criminal investigators announced the charges against Megan Lynne Strong on Tuesday, hours after State Auditor Mary Mosiman released a report showing missing deposits mostly from gun permits.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds says she'll keep U.S. Rep. Steve King involved in her gubernatorial campaign even though she condemns his recent online comment that criticized diversity. Reynolds said Tuesday the Republican congressman from Iowa is one of multiple people serving as a state co-chair on her campaign, and she won't always agree with everything they say. King tweeted on Friday "diversity is not our strength."

OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) - A western Iowa school district says grief counselors are available to help students and staff cope following a school bus fire that killed a student and the bus driver. Investigators say no one else was on the bus when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. Tuesday southeast of Oakland. Investigators say the bus caught fire after it backed out of a farm driveway and into a ditch. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say they have charged a 30-year-old man with first-degree murder in a fatal attack last month on his father. The Press-Citizen reports that Flannery Huston Kennedy-Meier was arrested Nov. 13 after police were called to a residence and found 63-year-old Mark Meier injured. Officers say Kennedy-Meier, of Iowa City, had hit his father in the head with a weapon, causing a skull fracture and brain bleed. Meier died of his injuries on Dec. 4.

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