COLFAX, Iowa (AP) - The driver of a car that crashed into the back of an Iowa school bus has died. Jasper County authorities say the accident occurred around 4 p.m. yesterday on County Highway F48 between Colfax and Newton. The school bus didn't have any students aboard. Authorities say the car rammed into the back of the bus and burst into flames that spread to the bus. Another vehicle ran into the car, but the two people in that vehicle weren't hurt. The bus driver also wasn't injured.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa Court of Appeals judge from Boone has been elected chief judge of the court. David Danilson is the eighth chief judge since the Legislature established the appeals court in 1976. He replaces Chief Judge Larry Eisenhauer who recently retired. Danilson has served on the court since 2009.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa prosecutors have made a deal with a Sioux City contractor accused in a kickback scheme with an Iowa Transportation Department employee. Prosecutors filed documents last week to dismiss charges against 60-year-old Grady Marx. A copy of the motion says Marx has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of two other men.
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Officials say they've begun the adoption process for seven puppies found cold and wet in a storage bin on the side of a street in Mason City. The Humane Society of North Iowa says a good Samaritan brought the puppies to a shelter managed by the Humane Society on December 5th after he spotted a plastic bin on a neighborhood curb that said, "Free Puppies."
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