IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A national lottery group rocked by an insider’s jackpot-rigging conspiracy has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a winner who said his $9 million prize should have been larger. The Multi-State Lottery Association and Larry Dawson reached the settlement this month, cancelling a trial that had been set for Dec. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa. Dawson’s lawyer, Nicholas Mauro, says the terms of the deal are confidential but that his client is relieved that the litigation is over.
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered that bears, mountain lions, a camel, and other exotic animals be removed from an eastern Iowa roadside zoo. In a ruling filed Sunday night, District Court Judge Monica Wittig found the Cricket Hollow Zoo near Manchester to be a nuisance and that the exotic animals at the site must be placed at accredited sanctuaries or zoos. Four plaintiffs sued to have the animals removed and the zoo owned by Pam and Tom Sellner closed. Pam Sellner had operated the zoo since 2002.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government is awarding the Des Moines area bus system over $17 million for a new maintenance building. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday it would award $17.3 million to the Des Moines Regional Transit Authority for a new operations and maintenance facility. The transit authority wants to move its operations center to an industrial area. The Transportation Department also awarded $9.4 million toward the replacement of buses in rural areas of the state.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Forecasters say a snowstorm could make Thanksgiving travel a mess in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and other parts of the Upper Midwest. At least 6 inches of snow is expected to begin falling Tuesday afternoon south of Interstate 94, followed by strong winds on Wednesday. Minneapolis-St. Paul could see its biggest November snowfall since 2010. Northwestern Wisconsin could be hit by 8-12 inches or more of snow.