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STRANDED WOMAN Iowa deputies find woman stranded overnight (Information in the following story is from: KNIA-AM, http://www.kniakrls.com) PELLA, Iowa (AP) – Marion County authorities say they’ve found a paranormal investigator who was stranded in a cold, abandoned farmhouse after vehicle trouble along a rural road near Pella. Station KNIA reports the vehicle was reported by a passer-by around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Deputies checked the area for its driver and found 42-year-old Rae Hughes of Pella in the farmhouse. Chris Hughes told The Associated Press that his wife was not on assignment for the South Central Iowa Paranormal Investigative Team. The group’s website lists her as a co-founder. Chris Hughes says his wife’s vehicle broke down about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. He says she walked a ways and found the farmhouse. She had no heat while the overnight low hit 32 degrees Fahrenheit. He says she’s being treated at a Pella hospital for exposure.
POWERBALL WINNER Des Moines man wins $1M in Powerball DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines man has won $1 million in Powerball, the latest in a string of lottery winners in Iowa. Fifty-one-year-old Mark Evans claimed his prize from the September 19th drawing on Wednesday at the lottery headquarters. He’s one of ten Iowa players to win at least $1 million in lottery games this year. Evans, who bought his ticket at a Dahls’ grocery store, works as an audio-visual coordinator at a real estate services firm, CBRE, in Des Moines. He plans to invest the money and make a few repairs to his truck and may buy a new TV. A group of workers from Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids claimed a $241 million Powerball jackpot in June. A Bondurant couple claimed a $202 million jackpot last week.
FIRED BANK WORKER Fired Iowa bank worker cleared to work (Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A 67-year-old Des Moines man fired by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage over a minor crime nearly 50 years ago has been cleared to return to work in the banking industry. The Des Moines Register reports the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved Richard Eggers’ waiver application. He lost his job at a call center in July for putting a cardboard dime in a washing machine at a Laundromat in 1963. Banks have been firing low-level employees like Eggers since new federal banking employment guidelines were enacted in 2011 and new mortgage employment guidelines took hold in February. Eggers’ attorney says the FDIC approved the waiver on September 26th, about a month after it was submitted. Waivers have taken six months to a year. Eggers is pleased, but questions the timing.
INMATE DIES Iowa inmate sentenced to life for murder dies DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – State prison officials say an inmate serving a life prison sentence for murder has died of lung cancer. Authorities say 63-year-old Wesley Betts, who was being housed in an out-of-state prison, died on Tuesday at a hospital. Betts was sentenced in 1972 to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in Scott County. According to the Quad-City Times, Betts was one of four Chicago men charged in the shooting death of a Davenport police officer in December 1971. Betts was also sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in Lee County. He was charged in the slaying of an inmate during a riot at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison in September 1981. OMAHA-GAY RIGHTS Petitions going out to repeal Omaha anti-bias law (Information in the following story is from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com)
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Petitions seeking to repeal Omaha, Nebraska’s new legal protections for gay and transgender residents are now being circulated. The Omaha World-Herald reports that organizers must gather about 11,400 valid signatures over the next month to put the measure before voters. A local tea party organizer and clergy and Christian groups are supporting the effort. The Omaha City Council narrowly approved the ordinance in March that bans employers, job-training programs, labor groups and other organizations from discriminating based on a person’s sexual orientation. The measure included exemptions for religious organizations. The Lincoln City Council adopted a similar ordinance in May, but opponents mounted a successful petition drive that requires the council to either let the ordinance die or submit it for voter approval. The public vote has not yet been scheduled.
IOWA ST-CLYBURN & LUCIOUS Iowa State welcomes transfers Clyburn, Lucious AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State rode a pair of one-and-done transfers to its first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years. The formula worked so well that the Cyclones will give it another go in 2012-13. Iowa State lost perhaps the nation’s most versatile player, Royce White, and standout senior guard Chris Allen from the team that went 23-11 before falling to eventual national champion Kentucky in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Enter senior forward Will Clyburn and point guard Korie Lucious. Clyburn, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Utah in scoring at 17.1 points per game in 2010-11 before transferring to Iowa State following a coaching change. Lucious, like Allen before him, fell out of favor with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and decided to spend his final college season in Ames.