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Nicole and Joseph Finn

Nicole Finn, left, and Joseph Finn: 

EDITORIAL: State must step up on foster care deaths

Body found in

SUV identified

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Sioux City authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found inside a burned sport utility vehicle.

Police identified the man Thursday as 41-year-old Matthew Fisher, who lived in Sioux City.

The fire was reported the evening of Feb. 18 in a SUV parked outside a residence.

The fire and death are still being investigated.


case to proceed

DES MOINES (AP) — A federal judge has denied the state's motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm through misrepresentation to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation.

The ruling was filed Tuesday. A coalition of public interest groups challenging the law called the ruling a big win.

The groups say Iowa's law violates their constitutional free speech and equal protection rights. The lawsuit names the governor and the attorney general.

Eric Tabor, Iowa's chief deputy attorney general, said it's early in the case's litigation and declined to comment further.

Cleared teacher

returns to work

TOLEDO (AP) — A Marion teacher acquitted of not reporting a classroom volunteer sexually abused her students is returning to work.

Marion Schools Superintendent Chris Dyer says Diane Graham will be back in a classroom Thursday at Vernon Middle School.

Graham was found not guilty Jan. 11. Prosecutors alleged Graham was teaching at Starry Elementary in Marion when two students told her in August 2016 they were being abused by the volunteer. Prosecutors said Graham didn’t report the abuse, allowing it to continue for two more months. Graham testified she never saw or heard of any abuse.

The teen has been convicted of sexual abuse.

Finn to change

not guilty plea

DES MOINES (AP) — Court documents show the adoptive father of a 16-year-old girl who starved to death will enter a new plea later this month.

Forty-seven-year-old Joseph Finn II already has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, child endangerment and neglect or abandonment. His former wife, Nicole Finn, was convicted Dec. 14 of murder and other crimes in the October 2016 death of Natalie Finn.

Medical examiners say Natalie Finn died from emaciation due to denial of critical care.

Polk County court records say the March 21 plea hearing was set Wednesday at the request of Finn's lawyers. The records don't say whether a deal with prosecutors has been reached.


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