Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has taken another step toward adjournment by agreeing to budget spending targets, but lawmakers still must decide details over what areas of state government will actually get some of the limited new dollars available. It’s unclear whether the split Legislature will reach consensus in time for an adjournment scheduled on April 19th.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a woman inside the Coral Ridge Mall last summer is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Twenty-two-year-old Alexander Kozak is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old Andrea Farrington. Kozak’s trial, which was moved to Story County because of media attention, is expected to last two weeks.
WEST BEND, Iowa (AP) — A group of seven northwest Iowa grain elevators are being sold to a farmers cooperative in the area. The Sioux City Journal reports MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend is buying the elevators in Superior, Gruver, Milford, Everly, Spencer, Langdon and Greenville. The deal also includes an LP gas storage facility in Royal. The purchase price was not disclosed. The deal is expected to close by May 1st.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The three northern Iowa counties being sued by a Des Moines water utility have received $900,000 in donations to cover most of their legal bills, but officials won’t identify the donors. The Register reports Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun counties released about 260 pages of legal records.