News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Fair has set a record for attendance at the annual 11-day event in Des Moines. Fair officials say an estimated 1,130,260 people attended the fair that ended Sunday. That topped the previous record set in 2017 by 189 people. Attendance was a bit behind the 2017 mark but moved ahead thanks to pleasant weather over the weekend. The fair also set a record for Grandstand concert attendance, with the biggest draw being the 15,775 people who attend a Thomas Rhett concert on Aug. 15.
OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - Racers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants auto racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia. Caleb Hammond's uncle, Chris Playle, told The Des Moines Register that his family brought him home to Oskaloosa after determining that the painful hospital treatments he'd been undergoing weren't working and other options offered little hope. He says the stickers pouring in from social media appeals have helped keep everyone's spirits up.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster exists in Iowa following severe storms that hit the state in June and July. Trump issued the declaration Monday, making federal funding available to state, tribal and local governments as well as certain nonprofit groups. The declaration applies to damage from storms from June 6 to July 2.
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of trying to smother a fellow state psychiatric hospital patient has been sentenced to 10 years in an Iowa prison. Buchanan County District Court records say 45-year-old Terrance Rooney Jr. was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to burglary and harassment. Prosecutors dropped a charge of attempted murder in exchange for Rooney's pleas.
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