News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Following the abrupt departure of one leading candidate, the five remaining Democrats running for governor are scrambling in the final days before Iowa's June 5 primary. Candidates are working to win over supporters of state Sen. Nate Boulton, who suspended his campaign after the Des Moines Register reported last week that three women allege he touched them inappropriately years ago. If no candidate receives at least 35 percent of the vote, the nomination would be decided at a state convention.
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Officials and volunteers in eastern Iowa have opened a park on a former vacant lot with hopes of increasing habitat for bees, butterflies and other insects and demonstrating the importance of such efforts. The Muscatine Journal reports that the Pollinator Park opened in Muscatine May 19. A founding member of the nonprofit Pollinator Park Project group says they hope to attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other flying insects with the plants.
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) - A group that keeps an eye on the eagle population in Iowa says two eaglets at a nest in Decorah have died. Television station KCRG reports that a pathogen carried by blackflies, coupled with recent high heat and humidity, led to the baby birds' deaths. The Raptor Resource project says the birds were hatched on May 18 and May 20, considered late for eagles.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Trial has been set later this summer for a Texas man shot by a Council Bluffs officer after allegedly leading police on a chase and ramming police vehicles. The Daily Nonpareil reports that a preliminary hearing was held Friday for 28-year-old Clifton Wade, of Zavalla, Texas. Wade is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, assault on an officer and other counts for the May 1 incident. Wade's arraignment has been set for June 25, and his trial is set for July 31.
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