DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Students at several high schools across Iowa plan to join Friday's national walkout to protest gun violence and seek safer schools. The event marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High shooting in Colorado. Students in Des Moines, Johnston, Pella, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and other Iowa communities have said they'll be leaving their classrooms to participate.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Charles City man accused of molesting a 17-year-old boy has been convicted again. On Wednesday a jury in Mason City convicted 62-year-old Doug Lindaman of misdemeanor assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Lindaman was convicted in 2016 of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy in 2011. The Iowa Supreme Court later vacated the conviction. A mistrial in his second trial was declared Feb. 26 after two prosecution witnesses violated court instructions.
NEVADA, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of text messaging before a fatal Linn County crash has been found guilty. Court records say 36-year-old Keith Furne was convicted Wednesday of two counts of vehicular homicide and one of reckless driving resulting in serious injury. The Nov. 3, 2016, crash killed 16-year-old Selena Apodaca and 13-year-old Isabella Severson.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa regulator says the state's top elections official will not be required to identify his private businesses in a conflict-of-interest disclosure form because other state officials have kept them secret without consequence. The statement from Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board director Megan Tooker comes a day after The Associated Press reported that Secretary of State Paul Pate owns a strip mall and two rental storage businesses that he didn't list on an ethics filing last week.
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