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Iowa early News Headlines: Saturday, 1/27/18


January 27th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CST

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — A suburban Des Moines Walgreens has been forced to evacuate after several people inside became ill. The incident happened Friday afternoon. Hazmat crews were called to a Walgreens on University Avenue in Clive after several people became ill in the pharmacy area of the store. The Des Moines Register reports that six people in the store were taken to a hospital.

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A new trial has again been set for a northwest Iowa man accused of fatally stabbing his sister. Trial had been set to begin Jan. 30 for 35-year-old Thomas Bibler. He’s pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other counts in the June 11, 2016, stabbing death of 27-year-old Shannon Bogh, of Le Mars. The Sioux City Journal reports that a judge a judge on Friday set Bibler’s trial for May 15.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report on the rapid expansion of hog farms in Iowa calls for a moratorium on new barns concluding that the state’s regulatory system is failing to protect the environment and public health for the sake of profit of the politically powerful livestock industry. “A tipping point has been reached. Rural Iowans have every reason to be concerned,” said the report released Thursday by retired University of Iowa professors James Merchant and David Osterberg.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman convicted of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter has been given three life sentences. The sentences were handed down Friday to 43-year-old Nicole Finn of Des Moines. Authorities say Natalie Finn weighed only 85 pounds when she died in October 2016. Experts testified that her siblings, Mikayla and Jaden, were at risk of starving to death as well and spent months recovering after Natalie suffered cardiac arrest.