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


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A law enforcement official says a state lawmaker arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence was in a vehicle that was weaving between lanes in the early morning hours. Ames Police Sgt. Mike Arkovich says Rep. Chip Baltimore was cited for failure to maintain lanes after a traffic stop near Interstate 35 after 3:30 a.m. Friday. Baltimore recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.147 percent.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A March 22 trial starting date has been set for a Dubuque woman accused of letting her seven children live amid what police say was garbage, rotted food and feces on their home's floor. Court records say officers found the children were sharing just one bedroom and bed at Tiesha Martin's residence. Martin's said officers lied about the conditions. She pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven counts of child endangerment.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Government regulators are proposing changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed. The new rules would allow hog slaughter plants to voluntarily join a new proposed inspection system that would put plant employees in charge of determining which animals are unfit for processing. Critics say the proposals could imperil food safety, but officials insist they will improve industry practices.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Two Dubuque men who robbed a bank in Maquoketa have been imprisoned. Court records say Gregory Stapleton was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to 24 years for aiding and abetting the robbery and, in an unrelated case, for selling drugs and for possession of a firearm as a felon. Dante Rhodes was given nine years for the robbery. The two were ordered to pay more than $7,700 in restitution to Fidelity Bank and Trust.

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