Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More disaster proclamations have been issued for Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather in the state. Governor Terry Branstad yesterday issued proclamations for Clinton, Crawford, Des Moines, Hardin, Lee and Shelby counties. The proclamations mean state resources can be used to respond to flooding and severe weather.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa has placed protective measures around campus in response to potential flooding from the swollen Iowa River. The university placed a 12-foot sand-filled flood barrier around the Mayflower Residence Hall. An interlocking metal wall is also being placed around the Art Building West.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the hatchet slaying of a Fort Dodge man last year. Holly Ekstrom entered the pleas yesterday on charges accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent. Ekstrom said she saw Ronald Dilley kill 22-year-old Steven Fisher in July 2013. She admitted to driving Dilley away from the scene and disposing of evidence.
MASONVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in northeast Iowa are figuring out how to replace an emergency warning siren that was struck by lightning. Leaders in Masonville say they’re considering their options after recent severe weather broke the siren. In the meantime, authorities will alert Masonville residents of severe weather by blowing sirens on their trucks.