Woman drowns while tubing in eastern Iowa river
TROY MILLS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the 29-year-old woman who drowned while tubing down an eastern Iowa river over the weekend.
The Linn County Sheriff's office says Andrea Zimmermann of Cedar Rapids died Saturday on the Wapsipinicon (WAHP'-si-pen-eh-can) River.
Rescuers were called to the river after four people riding tubes went over the dam in Troy Mills.
Authorities say Zimmerman couldn't immediately be found after the tubes went over the dam in the swift current.
A small crowd of people gathered on the bridge above the dam to watch the search.
Rescuers recovered Zimmerman's body from the river.
Waterloo recruiting volunteer police officers
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Waterloo area residents are being encouraged to apply to be volunteer police officers.
The volunteers will have the opportunity to become reserve officers with the Waterloo Police Department if they are accepted.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports applicants who are accepted into the program will receive more than 200 hours of local training and more than 160 hours of field training to meet Iowa standards.
The applicants also must be at least 21, hold a high school diploma and have a valid driver's license.
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Iowa Juvenile Home's closing cut options for girls
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some officials are concerned the Iowa Juvenile Home's closing has created an unequal system where girls don't have the same options.
The Des Moines Register reports Iowa lacks a proper facility for delinquent girls who committed crimes.
The juvenile home closed in January after questions were raised about the treatment of teenagers, including use of isolation cells and a lack of educational opportunities.
Since January, 33 girls might have been candidates for the juvenile home. Three were sent out of state and three were moved to adult court. The others were generally sent to private facilities.
State Court Administrator David Boyd says Iowa usually has no more than 20 delinquent girls that need housing at once. Policymakers will have to decide the best way to provide services.
Dangerous heat expected in Nebraska and Iowa
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Some of the most intense heat of the summer so far is expected in Nebraska and Iowa, so forecasters are urging people to take precautions.
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for the eastern half of Nebraska and for 74 of Iowa's 99 counties on Monday and Tuesday.
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s across the region and humidity will be high, so heat stroke, heat exhaustion and sunburn are possible.
Leslie Schaffer with the Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross says it's important to take precautions in the heat, especially for the elderly and young children.
Staying inside during the hottest part of the day can be a big help. People who must work outside should take frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids.
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