MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - One of the lawyers for a Mason City murder defendant has been fined $400 for contempt of court. The judge found Letitia Turner in contempt on July 8th during the trial of Michael Cisneros, who was charged with killing a Mason City toddler in 1994. During cross-examination of the boy's father, Turner asked him about taking a polygraph test. The court had already ruled that the test was not to be discussed in front of the jury.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Public Health says there have been three reported cases of West Nile virus in the state. The agency says cases have been reported in Clay, Monona and Woodbury counties. Mosquitoes carrying the virus also have been detected in central Iowa.
STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa government official says the state's plan to use goats to clear away vegetation is an initial success. Department of Natural Resources supervisor Mike Steuck says the 60 goats have been eating vegetation for two weeks at the Ensign Hollow state wildlife area near Strawberry Point. He says the goats have cleared more than three acres of giant ragweed, stinging nettles, poison ivy and other undesirable plants.
WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) - The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is getting a temporary $600,000 exhibit that will include a simulation of a World War I trench. The exhibit will open in April 2015. The Hoover Presidential Foundation director says he hopes visitors will gain a better understanding of war history and the president's humanitarian work.
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