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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Crews are assessing damage after a surprise swarm of tornadoes swept through central Iowa and damaged numerous buildings. Some buildings at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown were among those damaged Thursday. The facility housing nearly 500 residents lost power but no residents or staffers were injured. Alliant Energy says more than 5,800 customers remain without power in Marshalltown, which appears to have been the hardest hit by the storms that also injured more than a dozen people.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Crews are assessing damage after a surprise swarm of tornadoes swept through central Iowa and damaged numerous buildings. Some buildings at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown were among those damaged Thursday. The facility housing nearly 500 residents lost power but no residents or staffers were injured. Alliant Energy says more than 5,800 customers remain without power in Marshalltown, which appears to have been the hardest hit by the storms that also injured more than a dozen people.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The lawyer for a fired Iowa trooper says Facebook messages to a colleague that got him removed from duty and fired were "welcoming and friendly in nature" and not intended to harass. Attorney Molly Hamilton says Wade Karp will file a grievance seeking reinstatement to the Iowa State Patrol.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For the second time this year, the Iowa Association of School Boards is facing criticism after one of its employees publicly supported a Republican elected official. A flyer for Rep. Walt Rogers' re-election campaign features association lobbyist Emily Piper praising him as a "true champion for education" who helped "pass some of the most significant and needed pieces of legislation I've ever seen." Association director Lisa Bartusek says Piper shouldn't have allowed her comments to be featured.

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