IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa City Council has voted to make smoking, chewing tobacco and e-cigarette use illegal in all of the city's parks. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the council voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday to finalize the ban. Clay Claussen, chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission, says the ban was a public health issue. The city already had banned smoking in some city parks but hadn't extended the restriction to chewing tobacco until now.
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - Police have charged a Burlington man with killing his mother by striking her in the head with an electric guitar. The Hawk Eye newspaper reports 29-year-old Garret S. Selters was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of 56-year-old Linda Selters. Police say Garret Selters struck his mother in the back of her head with a Les Paul guitar. Linda Selters died Tuesday night at an Iowa City hospital after being removed from a respirator.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A grand jury has decided three Des Moines police officers were justified in a fatal shooting of a woman who had fired a shot after running from a car. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone told The Des Moines Register the grand jury decided Tuesday that officers Brian Buck, Brandon Holtan and Brady Pratt wouldn't be indicted in connection with the July 5 death of 29-year-old Tiffany Lynn Potter. Holtan fatally shot Potter after she ran from her car and fired a shot. The officers weren't injured.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's Republican governor says President Donald Trump and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency told her they're committed to a federal program that mandates that biofuels be blended into gasoline and diesel. The issue comes amid a proposed plan by the EPA that could lower targets of the so-called Renewable Fuel Standard. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she had separate phone calls Wednesday with Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The issue could test Trump's support in Midwest states.
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