News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The Quad Cities River Bandits will play at home this Friday for the first time in weeks. The minor league team plays home games at Modern Woodmen Park, which is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Davenport. But massive flooding this spring has left the home ballpark inaccessible. That's forced the River Bandits to play 40 of their first 43 games on the road.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Army engineers say two runaway barges did "minimal" damage when they struck an Arkansas River dam. The barges filled with 1,500 tons of fertilizer swept down the flood-swollen river and hit the Webbers Falls Lock and Dam about noon Thursday and sank. Town officials in the riverfront town of Webbers Falls had warned residents to flee for fear such a collision would catastrophically breach the dam and flood the town.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Days after Des Moines community leaders urged federal officials to reconsider plans for a $136.6 million federal courthouse along the downtown riverfront, an agency has released more details about the building. The U.S. General Services Administration on Thursday released a design concept for the new courthouse planned for a block in the heart of downtown. The agency says more than $10 million has been spent on the project and construction is scheduled to begin in the fall.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Officials at a zoo in Des Moines say one of its elderly giraffes has been euthanized after suffering deteriorating health. The Blank Park Zoo said in a news release Thursday that 21-year-old Zuri was euthanized. The female giraffe was born in captivity at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas, in August 1997. In May 1998, she was moved to Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines.
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