BC-IA–Iowa News Digest 3:30 pm, IA

Iowa news at 3:30 p.m. All times Central.

ADDS STOMACH BUG-OUTBREAK AND IOWA GOVERNOR-SPEEDING

The Iowa news editor is Scott McFetridge. If you have stories of statewide interest or breaking news, please email to apdesmoines@ap.org or call 800-453-2113. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://w ww.apexchange.com. Reruns and technical assistance are available from the Service Desk, 877-836-9477.

TOP STORIES:

STOMACH BUG-OUTBREAK

LINCOLN, Neb. — Iowa and Nebraska health officials said Tuesday that a prepackaged salad mix is the source of a cyclospora outbreak that sickened more than 178 people in both states. By Grant Schulte.

IOWA GOVERNOR-SPEEDING

DES MOINES — A state trooper who was ticketed for speeding while driving Gov. Terry Branstad says he doesn’t want the former criminal investigator who complained about the fast SUV to pay the fine.

STATE COMMISSIONER-BRANSTAD LAWSUIT

DES MOINES — Lawyers for Gov. Terry Branstad want a discrimination lawsuit against the governor dismissed in federal court. Branstad’s attorneys appeared Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. They say the lawsuit filed by Iowa Workers Compensation Commissioner Christopher Godfrey this year is similar to a suit he filed in state court last year. By Catherine Lucey.

SURGEON FIRED-LAWSUIT

DES MOINES — A doctor fired from the University of Iowa in 2005 and later disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine has lost his appeal of the disciplinary action. By David Pitt.

HORSE SLAUGHTER-FIRE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Arsonists set fire to the southeastern New Mexico company that planned to resume domestic horse slaughter next week, the company’s owner said Tuesday. By Jeri Clausing. Eds: Note Iowa mention.

UNI ENROLLMENT

CEDAR FALLS — The University of Northern Iowa is considering discounting tuition for students from neighboring states, a move aimed at dealing with slumping enrollment.

EARLY SCHOOL START

DES MOINES — Starting classes before September would be more difficult under a proposal being considered by the State Board of Education.

TOXIC ALGAE

DANVILLE — A toxic algae bloom at Lake Geode in southeast Iowa has prompted a state environmental toxicologist to warn people to swim elsewhere.

ALSO MOVING:

— DETENTION CENTER-ATTACK: Two teenagers at a juvenile detention center in Waterloo have been accused of assaulting staff while trying to escape.

— ALLEGIANT AIR-IOWA-FLORIDA: Allegiant Air has announced plans to offer a nonstop flight between Cedar Rapids and the Punta Gorda and Ft. Meyers area in Florida.

— IOWA FLAGS-BUD DAY: Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all U.S. flags in Iowa flown at half-staff in honor of retired Col. George “Bud” Day, an Iowa native who died last week.

— INSURANCE AGENT-MAIL FRAUD: A former Marshalltown insurance agent has been indicted on federal mail fraud charges after being accused of defrauding customers for nearly a decade.

— IOWA GOVERNOR-GRONSTAL: State Sen. Mike Gronstal says he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for governor and instead will focus on maintaining a Democratic majority in the Iowa Senate.

— BEE STING CRASH: A Dubuque man is recovering from minor injuries he received from a crash caused by a bee sting.

— FIERY TRUCK FATAL: Council Bluffs police have identified a Jacksonville, Fla., man as the driver who died in a fiery truck crash on Interstate 29 in western Iowa.

— FAIR-LAWSUIT: A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former North Iowa Fairgrounds manager against the fair association.

— POOLS-PARASITE: Polk County health officials are urging swimmers to use caution to defend against a waterborne illness.

— ART GRANT: Officials are reminding individuals and organizations to apply for grant money aimed at creating art in the state.

— IOWA-CELLULOSIC ETHANOL PLANT: Quad County Corn Processors has launched a construction project to build onto its existing ethanol plant a facility that can make additional ethanol from corn kernel fiber.

The AP, Des Moines

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