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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) - Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts are asking a judge to throw out evidence discovered during a faulty interrogation, including the victim's body. A court hearing is scheduled Wednesday to consider the issue. Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with first-degree murder in her death.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's UnityPoint Health and South Dakota-based Sanford Health have abruptly halted plans to merge. The Des Moines Register reported the development Tuesday, saying Sanford CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft confirmed the news. No reason for the decision was given, but Krabbenhoft said in a statement that those who worked on the merger "are disappointed that the UnityPoint Health board failed to embrace the vision."
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A woman who has led nonprofit organizations focused on global food security and the impact of climate change on agricultural productivity is the new president of the World Food Prize Foundation. Barbara Stinson will succeed Kenneth Quinn, the former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia whose 20-year leadership established an international presence for the Des Moines, Iowa-based foundation. The foundation awards the $250,000 World Food Prize annually to individuals who work to reduce world hunger.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The remains of a Marine from Iowa will soon return to his home state 76 years after his death in World War II. The Defense Department used DNA from a relative to identify the remains of 18-year-old Pvt. Channing Whitaker, of Granger, Iowa. Whitaker died in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands in the South Pacific.
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