(Ames, IA) -- Parts of northwest and central Iowa are still soaked after severe thunderstorms produced heavy rains that led to flash flooding. Hartley in O'Brien County and Ames received six-and-a-half inches of rain Thursday morning. The mayor of Hartley submitted a local disaster declaration to Governor Kim Reynolds office. Sanborn in northwest Iowa reported just under six inches, five-point-seven inches fell in Sibley, Maxwell, Sioux Rapids and Fort Dodge had three-and-a-half inches, and Pocahontas got more than three inches. Two-inch hail was reported in Webster County. There were lots of flooded roads and streets and many homeowners had water in their basements. A U-S Postal Service worker had to be rescued from a flooded underpass in Ames when her mail delivery vehicle stalled, and a campus officer rescued an Iowa State student from a car in rising flood waters.
(Emerson, IA) -- MidAmerican Energy says an investigation is under way after one contract worker was killed and another injured trying restore power in southwestern Iowa. Officials say the accident happened Wednesday while they were repairing storm damage near Emerson in Mills County. The victims' names were not immediately released. MidAmerican spokesman Geoff Greenwood issued a statement, saying," we're simply heartbroken by what occurred. Our concerns and thoughts are with the family and friends of both of these people." Thousands of customers lost power during Mondays night's severe thunderstorms.
(Des Moines, IA) -- Des Moines Area Community College is rolling back its tuition increase by one-dollar per credit hour for the 2019 fiscal year that begins July 1st. Officials say the new rate will be 156-dollars per credit hour which remains the lowest tuition and fees of any college or university in the state of Iowa. The DMACC (DEE'-mack) Board of Trustees approved the rollback this week at its monthly meeting. President Rob Denson says they will do everything possible to keep tuition and fees affordable, even if that means cutting the tuition increase by one dollar. He said they were able to reduce the tuition hike after the governor and legislature restored two-million of the four-million dollars in recent cuts.
(New York, NY) -- A lawsuit filed against the Donald Trump Foundation accuses the organization of illegal conduct, including distributing checks to Iowa nonprofits prior to the 2016 caucuses. The New York Attorney General's Office says at least five 100-thousand-dollar grants were made to groups in Iowa in the days immediately before the caucuses in February 2016. The lawsuit claims the money was improperly funneled to the groups and provided Trump and the campaign a means to "take credit at campaign rallies, press briefings and on the Internet, for gifts to charities." The New York A-G says the Trump Foundation engaged in a pattern of illegal "self-dealing."
(Iowa City, IA) -- The University of Iowa men's basketball team is pulling out of the Hy-Vee classic in Des Moines after eight seasons. The move means fans of Iowa, Iowa State, Northern Iowa and Drake will no longer be able to see all teams play in a one-day event. The Hy-Vee Classic started in 2012 and features the four Division I programs in the state. The Cyclones and Hawkeyes rotate playing the Bulldogs and Panthers each year. Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta says the addition of two more Big Ten conference games makes scheduling difficult for this event. The Hawkeyes make their final appearance in the Hy-Vee Classic December 15th against Northern Iowa. U-N-I Athletic Director David Harris says he is extremely disappointed it is ending following this year's event.