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AMES, Iowa (AP) – Two members of the Iowa State University crew club were participating in their first training on the water when they drowned in March after their boat capsized in high winds, according to reports. recently published survey results. The pandemic had kept the club afloat for 18 months and investigators concluded in information released Wednesday that team members’ enthusiasm for a chance to return likely clouded their judgment on safety. The Ames Tribune reports that Yaakov Ben-David, 20, and Derek Nanni, 19, died in the capsizing on Little Wall Lake, about 20 miles north of the university campus in Ames. Three other members reached the shore, two of them with the help of passers-by.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Democrat Cindy Axne and Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks would be pushed into the same congressional district according to the latest redistribution maps. The proposal released Thursday by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency would also keep the Democratic counties of Johnson and Linn in separate districts, contrary to a previous plan rejected by Republicans earlier in the month. The Iowa legislature is scheduled to meet in special session next Thursday to consider the cards. If the second set of cards is rejected, the LSA will have 35 days to draw a third set of cards, which could be amended with the Republican majority leading this process.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of rural bankers in 10 plains and western states suggests strong economic growth continues in the region. The region’s overall economic index improved in October to 66.1 from the already high 62.5 in September. Anything above 50 suggests growth. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the region was benefiting from strong grain prices, persistently low interest rates and growing agricultural exports. Goss said demand for workers is high, but companies are struggling to find people to hire. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were interviewed.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a Des Moines man charged with murder in the shooting death of an Omaha woman at a Des Moines bar. Police on Wednesday charged Wichang Gach Chawech, 33, with first degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the October 10 shooting at the High Dive Bar. Two people were injured in the shooting and on Tuesday Nyamal Deng, 26, died in a hospital. A 27-year-old man was treated for his injury and released from hospital. Chawech was held at Polk County Jail. The death was the eighth homicide in Des Moines this year.
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