Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A jury has cleared the city of Davenport, its mayor and its public works director in a negligence case that was brought after residents complained of sewer backups. A lawsuit accused the officials of failing to address Davenport’s main sewer system despite years of complaints. Homeowners had sought compensation for damage from major rainfalls in April and May of 2013.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A pledge by local businesses to hire military veterans has Sioux City set to become the state’s second city to qualify as a Home Base Iowa Community. Governor Terry Branstad will bestow the honor Wednesday. Sioux City reached the program’s goal to have at least 10 percent of local employers pledge to hire at least one veteran before December 31st of 2018.
FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Forest City Police Department could move into its repaired police station by late June. The station was damaged in an October 2011 fire. Construction crews and city employees have been working on the building since February.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — People who commit a misdemeanor in Dubuque might not have to worry about bail money soon. Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen and Assistant City Attorney Maureen Quann will ask the City Council on Monday to eliminate jail time as a penalty for misdemeanor city crimes. Quann says a recent Iowa Supreme Court opinion prompted the proposed change.