Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Law enforcement officers from eastern Iowa gathered over the weekend to mourn the loss of a Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputy who was killed in an off-duty traffic crash. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 34-year-old Timothy Lee Petersen was laid to rest Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Waterloo.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A slew of issue-advocacy groups are taking a page from White House hopefuls, flooding airwaves and knocking on doors to try to educate voters ahead of the state’s first-in the-nation 2016 presidential caucus. Groups are running ad campaigns or grassroots efforts are raising issues like early childhood education, campaign finance reform, environmental policy and the national debt.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party’s annual dinner celebration is getting a new name. The party’s State Central Committee voted Saturday in favor of a resolution to change the name of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which was named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Both presidents were slave owners, and Jackson is known for the forced removal of Cherokee Indians from their land.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police say dozens of cats were taken from a Cedar Rapids mobile home, forcing a local animal shelter to shut down so its staff could care for all of them. KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that in addition to closing its doors, the shelter had to summon all of it staff and some volunteers to tend to the animals.