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State Representative Mark Smith of Marshalltown is running to be the next chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party. Smith said today that his background gives him the experience to help restore confidence to the party. Current chair Troy Price announced his resignation yesterday after the still delayed results of the Iowa caucuses were said to be inaccurate.  The Democratic Party State Central Committee will meet Saturday afternoon to elect a new party chair. 

Associated Press

An election watchdog is filing a complaint alleging than an outside group founded by top political aides to Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst violated campaign finance law in its efforts improve the Republican's chance of reelection next year.  

It comes after The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Ernst's work with the political nonprofit Iowa Values to raise money and build an electoral “firewall" potentially violated campaign finance and tax law. 

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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady died suddenly last Friday. Cady's family announced the death of the 66-year-old chief justice following a heart attack at his family home in Fort Dodge.

Duane Hoffmeyer is the chief of the third judicial district in Iowa and hears cases at the Woodbury County Courthouse.  Hoffmeyer says he was shocked when he found out about Cady’s death.


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Iowa and South Dakota students have tied for first place in the best ACT college board test scores in the nation.  Both Iowa and South Dakota saw an average of 21.6 out of a percent score of 36.

Two-thirds of students in Iowa who graduated from high school last spring took the ACT.
Iowa was one of 24 states to test more than half of students.

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Nebraska’s high court today removed one of the major hurdles blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.  The state supreme court rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents.  They want to force the developer to reapply for state approval for a pipeline route across Nebraska.

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The Nebraska Supreme Court today upheld regulators’ decision last year to allow the Keystone XL Pipeline to continue to be built across Nebraska. 

The court rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents.  They want to force the developer to reapply for state approval.

For Neligh Nebraska farmer and pipeline opponent Art Tanderup, this fight is personal.  The route that runs through his land and he says it isn’t safe for the High Plains Aquifer, which supplies water to 82 percent of people who live there.  

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One of the major hurdles blocking the Keystone XL pipeline was removed today.  Nebraska's highest court rejected another attempt to derail the project by opponents.  They want to force the developer to reapply for state approval.

The Nebraska Supreme Court upheld the regulators in November 2017 to greenlight a route through the state. The court's decision was a victory for the $8 billion project.

Associated Press

The man who killed a former Iowa State University golfer from Spain was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  

Collin Richards pleaded guilty in June to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena.

Police said Richards stabbed her on the course near the central Iowa campus in Ames and left her body in a pond.

Richards had been staying at a homeless encampment nearby.

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Environmentalists asked a federal judge today to cancel permits and other approvals issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, opening another legal fight over a long-delayed energy project backed by President Donald Trump.

Attorneys for the Northern Plains Resource Council, Sierra Club, and other groups filed the latest lawsuit against the $8 billion tar sands pipeline in Montana, where they've previously won favorable rulings in related cases.

Iowa Public Radio

A judge is considering his verdict regarding a 19-year-old Sioux City resident accused of stabbing to death his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Testimony ended this week in the nonjury trial of Tran Walker. He's accused of killing 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr. Police say Walker was in a car with the other two in January of last year when he stabbed Sullivan and then Negron when he tried to intervene.

Walker has pleaded not guilty to the two counts of first-degree murder.