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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. CST


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Economic Development Board has approved nearly $10 million in financial incentives for five companies promising to create 436 jobs. The board on Friday awarded TPI Composites in Newton $1.6 million to create 351 jobs.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court said Friday that siblings who inherited a large share of their stepfather's estate must pay inheritance taxes in a case that challenged the way Iowa's tax laws treat stepchildren. The Iowa Legislature in 2003 changed the state's inheritance law so that children left money from a stepparent after the parents divorced couldn't qualify for an inheritance tax exemption afforded natural or adopted children.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A detective says a letter purporting to be from a juror who was bribed to rule for the University of Iowa in a medical malpractice trial was likely a hoax by someone upset with the verdict. Johnson County Lt. Doug Gwinn says his 20-month investigation into the letter's jury tampering allegation has failed to identify the author. The letter came after a trial in which jurors sided with UI Hospitals and Clinics in a claim over brain damage suffered by a girl.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's privatized Medicaid program has new leadership. The state Department of Human Services announced Friday that Michael Randol has been appointed director of the health care program for poor and disabled people. Randol served recently as Medicaid director in Kansas, which privatized its program in 2013. Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies contend privatization there has controlled costs, while critics say it has reduced coverage and transparency about the program.

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