News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CST
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have arrested a teacher suspected of being drunk at her school in Dubuque. Dubuque County court records say Erin Ellerbach, of Asbury, was taken into custody Monday at Jefferson Middle School. A test showed she had a blood alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit for driving. She didn't immediately respond to a phone message Wednesday from The Associated Press. The court records don't list an attorney for her.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A March trial has been scheduled for Mason City woman accused of filing false health insurance claims for her family. Cerro Gordo County court records say 34-year-old Amber Griffin entered written pleas of not guilty last week to four counts of insurance fraud-presenting false information and one of theft. Her trial is set to begin March 12.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State education officials say more than 340 Iowa schools have been identified as struggling. The Iowa Department of Education said in a report released Tuesday that 34 schools need comprehensive improvement for all students and 307 need targeted support for some student groups. The department says the schools' students are not meeting state benchmarks for learning and growth.
OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa judge has cited the courthouse arrest of a drunken prosecutor in dismissing charges against a man accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy. Judge Marti Mertz issued the ruling Monday, saying the Clarke County prosecutor's unavailability at a recent hearing "was the finale" following unexplained inactivity and lack of responsiveness. The man was arrested more than a year ago. The prosecutor was arrested for being drunk just before the man was set to enter a new plea in October.
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