DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa commission has rejected a proposal from two environmental groups to adopt stricter standards for the state's nearly 160 recreational lakes, saying the effort would be too expensive. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission rejected the proposal Tuesday because of the $205 million estimated cost. The Environmental Law & Policy Center and Iowa Environmental Council filed the proposal in November.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Court of Appeals judge has been named by Gov. Kim Reynolds as the newest justice on the Iowa Supreme Court. Judge Christopher McDonald said Wednesday he will move to the state's highest court in the next few weeks. Born in Thailand to a Vietnamese mother and a Scottish/Irish father, McDonald says he embraces the expectations placed on him as the court's first minority.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a 15-year-old boy died after the "unintentional discharge of a weapon" in Davenport. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday. The boy's name and other details about the incident have not been released.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A woman accused in the beating death of her 5-year-old son in eastern Iowa has been found not competent for trial. Scott County District Court records say a judge filed a written order Monday that said 25-year-old Jacqueline Rambert suffers from a mental disorder that keeps her from understanding the proceedings or helping her defense counsel. The judge ordered her sent to an Iowa prison facility in Coralville to receive restoration treatment.

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