News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa has admitted to possessing nude photos and videos of 400 boys, including former players and their friends. Former Iowa Barnstormers Coach Greg Stephen pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. He acknowledged in a plea agreement that police discovered files on his hard drive containing videos or photos including images of the boys undressing, showering and sleeping.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.5 percent in September, the second-lowest rate in the nation. Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday the unemployment rate didn't change from August, although the number of unemployed residents decreased slightly to 41,800. The number of employed people rose by 1,900 in September. Iowa unemployment rate is second only to Hawaii, which has a 2.2 percent rate. Iowa's rate is below the national unemployment rate for September of 3.7 percent.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers do not have authority to issue speeding tickets to or arrest drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles. The finding came Friday in separate 2016 cases in which lower courts split on the issue, with a judge in Iowa County finding that carrier enforcement officers did have such authority, while a judge in Polk County ruled that those officers did not.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A former Council Bluffs city employee has been imprisoned for child pornography. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Jamin Fletcher was sentenced Wednesday to nine years. A jury found Fletcher guilty in April of receiving and distributing child pornography. He was acquitted of advertising child pornography.
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