DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Des Moines City Council could will consider a proposal today that would raise its franchise fee on utility bills so it can pay back bonds issued to cover refunds on an illegally collected fee. In 2009 a judge ruled that Des Moines illegally collected a fee on gas and electricity customers from September 2004 through May 2009. The Legislature later changed state law to allow for the fee collection, but the city must refund about $42 million to MidAmerican Energy customers.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police officers in Des Moines collected $11 million in overtime over the past five fiscal years, but city officials defend the total because much of the overtime is unavoidable. Responding to major crimes and staffing special events are two of the biggest contributors to overtime, so the cost isn't necessarily a sign more officers are needed. Experts at the Police Foundation in Washington D.C. question Des Moines' policy of allowing officers to work up to 100 hours in a week.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As the federal government hustles to fix the much-maligned insurance enrollment website, one Midwestern insurer is poking fun at the technical problems as it tries to lure away some potential customers. New television ads from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield launched recently in Iowa and South Dakota tell viewers that the government website isn't "the only place to buy health insurance."
TAMA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in central Iowa are investigating a crash that killed two 21-year-old men when their vehicle slammed into a tree. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports a second man died from injuries sustained in the crash early Friday. Vernon Lasley of Tama and Dalton Youngbear of Toledo both died around 2:30 a.m. Friday in Montour, which is about 11 miles west of Tama.
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