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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 p.m. CDT


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Hackers potentially accessed protected health information for 820 people as part of email scam at Iowa agency. The Iowa Department of Human Services says in a press release Friday that hackers sent so-called phishing emails to agency employees on Aug. 23. Nine DHS workers inadvertently provided passwords that gave hackers access to their email accounts. DHS says it has no evidence indicating the hackers actually accessed any of the exposed emails.

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A finalist in the search for the next Iowa State University president has withdrawn. An ISU spokesman said Friday that Dale Whittaker, who is currently executive vice president at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, informed ISU he is no longer seeking the Iowa State presidency. Three other finalists remain. The Iowa regents are scheduled to meet Oct. 23 to choose the next president.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate declined slightly in September to 3.2 percent, reversing a small increase in the previous month. Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the unemployment rate drop came as the number of unemployed residents dropped to 54,600 in September, about 4,500 lower than in August. The August rate was 3.3 percent. There were 1.63 million Iowa residents with jobs in September. Iowa's unemployment rate compares to a national rate of 4.2 percent.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A foundation has promised $5 million toward the restoration of a Cedar Rapids lake and construction of a bridge that would connect the area to miles of trails. KGAN-TV reports the Hall-Perrine Foundation presented the grant Thursday to city leaders and a group formed to restore Cedar Lake and build amenities at the site. Before the money can be used, groups must raise an additional $10 million. The city also has committed $5 million toward a project that is expected to total about $20 million.

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