DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate rose slightly in June to 3.2 percent, even as the state added more than 11,000 jobs. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday that the June rate was up from May's 3.1 percent unemployment rate. The agency says 11,200 jobs were added in June but that the number of unemployed residents also increased. The biggest job gains were in leisure and hospitality. There also was an increase in manufacturing jobs.
MARENGO, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man accused of punching to death a 2-year-old girl has pleaded not guilty to murder. Court records say Cody Stevenson filed the plea electronically Wednesday in Iowa County District Court. A criminal complaint says Stevenson struck the daughter of his live-in girlfriend three or four times in the abdomen on June 30 at a Williamsburg apartment. Court records don't list her name.
CLIVE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Lottery figures show the lottery generated nearly $81 million for the state in the year ending June 30 _ down around $7 million from the record $88 million the previous fiscal year. Lottery officials said Thursday the record fiscal 2016 sales were bolstered by Powerball purchases for a jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion in the multistate game.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A dentist who operated clinics in West Des Moines and Des Moines has pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges. Court records say Shawn Kerby pleaded guilty Wednesday to obtaining a painkiller by misrepresentation and being a user of a controlled substance who also possessed firearms. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 17. His clinics: Kerby Family Dentistry and Bright Smiles Family Dental.
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