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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) \u2014 A western Iowa jail inmate infected with HIV has been charged with felony assault after officials say he threw a carton of his urine on a detention officer in Council Bluffs.

The Daily Nonpareil reports (http://bit.ly/2m8uvmO ) that 52-year-old Charles Perkins, of Youngstown, Ohio, is charged with assault by inmate with bodily fluids or secretion. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Police say the incident occurred Feb. 8 at the Pottawattamie County Jail. Investigators say Perkins told them he intended to throw the urine on another inmate, but his aim was off and hit the jail officer.

The officer is being evaluated for HIV exposure.

Perkins' public defender declined to comment to the Daily Nonpareil about the case.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's \"Pick 4 Midday\" game were:

3-4-2-8

(three, four, two, eight)

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's \"Pick 3 Midday\" game were:

4-9-3

(four, nine, three)

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's \"All or Nothing Midday\" game were:

01-04-05-06-08-10-14-16-17-19-22-24

(one, four, five, six, eight, ten, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-four)

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ These Iowa lotteries were drawn Sunday:

All or Nothing Midday

01-04-05-06-08-10-14-16-17-19-22-24

(one, four, five, six, eight, ten, fourteen, sixteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-four)

Mega Millions

Estimated jackpot: $55 million

Pick 3 Midday

4-9-3

(four, nine, three)

Pick 4 Midday

3-4-2-8

(three, four, two, eight)

Powerball

Estimated jackpot: $403 million

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 A new lawsuit seeks to stop the city of Des Moines from garnishing the state income tax refunds to pay traffic camera violation fines.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2m9HbKd ) that the city has seized refunds for such fines for three years. Attorney Jim Larew, of Iowa City, said in the lawsuit filed last week that officials are misusing the program.

Jason Fett, of Guthrie Center, is one of the plaintiffs. He said Des Moines sent him a notice in December threatening to seize part of his return if his fine wasn't paid by Jan. 13.

But Fett said he successfully challenged the citation in Polk County District Court in May 2015.

\"I was surprised they are able to do something like that,\" Fett said. \"Do I think it's right? No. They are seizing money from our tax returns.\"

The lawsuit asks for the practice to be stopped immediately and for the court to declare it illegal.

Another plaintiff, Francis Livingood of Postville, said he also was surprised to receive a notice late last year that Des Moines planned to withhold his income tax refund if he didn't pay a past-due fine.

Livingood said he thought the fine had been dismissed after he challenged the city over the citation.

City officials didn't immediately respond to the newspaper's questions about the lawsuit, and the city hasn't yet responded formally to the suit.

State officials say Des Moines is one of more than 500 Iowa entities that use the state income tax refund withholding program. The state Department of Administrative Services oversees the program that includes cities, fire departments, community colleges, universities, utilities and agencies.

Use of the program has expanded significantly in recent years. In the fiscal year that ended in 2006 the program collected $18 million in debt owed by Iowans. In the fiscal year that ended in 2015, more than $47 million was collected by the program.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 After decades as the crossroads of prairie populists and checkbook conservatives, Iowa has suddenly become solidly Republican like many of its Midwestern neighbors.

It was one of four states \u2014 along with Kentucky, Missouri and New Hampshire \u2014 that flipped to complete GOP control in the November election, but Iowa's rush of new legislation has been the most intense.

In an all-night session last week, Iowa lawmakers approved a bill similar to one enacted in Wisconsin six years ago that strips most public sector unions of long-held collective bargaining rights, including health insurance.

Jeff Orvis, a veteran northern Iowa high school teacher, said he sees the measure leaving permanent damage to Iowa's century-old reputation for quality schools, enshrined on the state's 2004 commemorative quarter: \"Foundation in education.\"

\"Now, I don't even see how Iowa is going to attract good teachers,\" said Jeff Orvis, a union representative from northern Iowa. \"That's my biggest worry.\"

Among other items, Republicans also are pressing to eliminate state money for all Planned Parenthood services, outlaw the use of fetal tissue for medical research, subject doctors who perform abortions to lawsuits by women at any time in the future, scrap minimum wage increases in Iowa's largest counties and block municipalities from enacting sexual orientation discrimination protections.

There's also talk of a tax cut, despite a $110 million shortfall in the current budget year.

\"We're doing big things for Iowa,\" Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix said. \"That means taking some risks.\"

Statehouse GOP leaders including Dix say they are merely capitalizing on the election, which also saw Republican Donald Trump carry the state's electoral votes after Democrat Barack Obama did so twice. Some on either side of the divide see a state with a tradition for social priorities and fiscal discipline reflecting a more lasting imbalance.

Thousands protested at the Capitol in Des Moines last week. And Senate Democrats held an all-night debate Wednesday night, after every member of the minority spoke to oppose it, while only two Republicans stood to promote it. Republicans stymied each of Democrats' dozens of attempts to amend the bill.

Democrats' frustration spilled over after one member noticed a Republican House member wearing headphones plugged into his phone during the debate.

\"What could possibly be more important right now?\" Abbie Finkenauer of Dubuque shouted. \"Get off your phone and pay attention.\"

Shannon Wurzer, a Republican teacher from northeast Iowa, said she was shocked when she saw the party she supports refusing to consider any of the amendments.

\"They weren't giving an inch. It didn't seem like the Republicans were even listening,\" she said. \"It was all their way. And that's not what we're used to in Iowa.\"

Betty Andrews of Des Moines was texting a friend whose late parents had been union stewards in Cedar Rapids. \"They'd be rolling over in their graves,\" she said. \"This isn't the Iowa they knew.\"

Dix rejected that Iowa has shifted in a lasting way beyond its half-century tradition for political balance. Instead, he says Republicans are seizing upon voter sentiment, which coincides with 20 years of pent-up Republican policy changes.

To act cautiously in light of November's heavy Republican legislative victories could hurt the GOP's chances of holding its majority, so it's all or nothing, Dix said. \"That's what our mandate is, and to me it's not one that's very patient.\"

Republican Ron Corbett, House speaker the last time his party controlled the Iowa Capitol, said Republicans showed more willingness to work with Democrats back then.

That's also in part because rural Democrats were more powerful, he said. Today, the rural-urban divide in the Iowa Legislature more closely resembles that nationwide, with Republicans dominating rural areas and Democrats the urban districts.

Exacting a penalty on the opposition \"could always come back to haunt you,\" Corbett said.

Despite the election results, Iowa voters remain more cautious than Republicans are suggesting, former longtime Democratic Senate Leader Mike Gronstal said.

\"Republicans have mistaken the election for a mandate to do everything they've talked about for 20 years,\" said Gronstal, who held together a thin Democratic majority for more than a decade, until his defeat in November. \"We have a model for how that's worked. It's Kansas.\"

After Republican Gov. Sam Brownback took office in Kansas in 2011, huge GOP legislative majorities enacted a raft of social legislation and deep tax cuts. Though Brownback proclaimed Kansas as a model for the rest of the nation, it has struggled to balance its budget and has found itself repeatedly in court over its policies. And Friday, the GOP-controlled Senate approved a bill that would raise $1 billion by rolling back key pieces of Brownback's agenda.

Though the policy changes are coming quickly in Iowa, there have been signs of a political shift in recent years before Gronstal's loss and Senate Republicans' triumph.

In 2014, Republican Joni Ernst won the U.S. Senate seat held by liberal Democrat Tom Harkin, who for 30 years had been the balance to seven-term GOP Sen. Charles Grassley.

That followed decades of largely split-party government, with plenty of fighting, but also compromise.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, with Democratic Senate and Republican House in 2012, proclaimed, \"You don't always get everything you want.\"

A Democratic predecessor Tom Vilsack, whose eight years as governor never included Democratic control of the Legislature, signed compromise legislation including universal preschool access and increased funding for renewable energy research.

\"Compromise didn't use to be such a dirty word,\" said state Sen. Janet Peterson, a Des Moines Democrat whose 16 years in the Legislature have been marked predominantly by mixed-party control. \"This is dangerous for our state.\"

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Who knew unemployment insurance could be so risque?

At least 78 Iowa businesses received letters this week from Iowa Workforce Development that mistakenly directed their questions about unemployment insurance payments to a phone sex hotline.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2l6eGzv ) that the agency's Feb. 13 letter went to people who had return-payment notices. It informs them to call the Unemployment Insurance Tax Bureau, then gives a telephone number. But instead of answers, callers to the number get a seductive female voice giving out less than work-friendly sentiments.

Iowa Workforce Development Unemployment Insurance Administrator Ryan West says the erroneous number was a typo and that correct letters were mailed late Friday.

West said no employee is expected to be disciplined.

___

Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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