CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A convicted armed robber accused of living under the identities of two boys who died in the 1940s has appeared in court in Cedar Rapids on Social Security fraud and identity theft charges. Prosecutors say Ronald Dwaine Carnes spent decades under the boys' IDs after escaping from a now-closed North Carolina prison in 1973.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter who hoped for a career in law enforcement is now facing a mandatory life sentence after jurors in his third trial rejected his claims that an unknown intruder shot his pregnant wife. Jurors found Seth Techel guilty of first-degree murder today and he will be sentenced in September.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Governor Terry Branstad wants the federal government to notify state officials about any immigrant children placed in Iowa. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokesman said this week that 122 children who entered the country illegally and alone were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. Branstad learned of the placements from a news reporter.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa transportation officials say repairs to the Julien Dubuque Bridge are ahead of schedule, and the span across the Mississippi River could reopen sooner than expected. The bridge connects Dubuque, Iowa, and East Dubuque, Illinois. It closed Monday and was scheduled to reopen July 31st. The bridge work includes replacing deck joints and sealing a barrier rail.
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