LOTTERY FIXING SCANDAL
Lottery group settles with winner who sought bigger prize
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A national lottery group rocked by an insider’s conspiracy to rig jackpots has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a winner who contends 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 terms of the deal are confidential but his client is relieved to have the long-running litigation over.
The association, which is owned by state lotteries, didn’t immediately return messages.
Dawson, a financial adviser from Webster City, Iowa, won a $9 million Hot Lotto jackpot in 2011. His lawsuit claimed the game’s previous $16.5 million jackpot, which was rigged by association employee Eddie Tipton, should have carried over.
Tipton is serving prison time in Iowa.
ROADSIDE ZOO-ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Judge orders removal of animals from Iowa roadside zoo
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 despite repeated complaints that animals were mistreated.
During the trial, the judge toured the zoo and her ruling described improperly cared for goats and rams, bears that were “a very sad sight to see” and a baboon that was “the saddest and scariest” animal at the zoo.
A telephone call to the zoo rang unanswered.
Federal agency awards $17.3M for Des Moines bus project
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 from an area near downtown to an industrial area.
Amanda Wanke, the authority’s chief external affairs officer, told The Des Moines Register the federal money was “the first step” toward those plans, with the total cost estimated at $68 million.
The Transportation Department also awarded $9.4 million toward the replacement of buses in rural areas of the state.
The grants were among $423 million that the Transportation Department awarded across the country.
Snowstorm could make Upper Midwest holiday travel a mess
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 (15 centimeters) of snow is expected to begin falling Tuesday afternoon south of Interstate 94, followed by strong winds on Wednesday.
National Weather Service meteorologist Brent Hewett says Wednesday morning “is not looking great for travel.” Minneapolis-St. Paul could see its biggest November snowfall since 2010.
Hewett says northwestern Wisconsin could be hit by 8-12 inches (20-30 centimeters) or more of snow. He says travel in northwestern Wisconsin “is going to be chaotic.”
Meteorologists say another winter storm could develop after Thanksgiving into the weekend. But they say it’s too soon to tell whether that system will bring rain, snow or a mix.
SPACE PROBLEM-DUBUQUE AIRPORT
Study says Dubuque Regional Airport running out of room
(Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com)
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A new study says that, even after investing $37 million in a new commercial airline terminal, Dubuque Regional Airport likely will need more room and facilities to handle increased general aviation traffic and larger regional jets.
The Telegraph Herald reports that the study comes as airport officials plan expansion and construction needs for the next 20 years.
It says the airport has run out of hangar space, and the Federal Aviation Administration is projecting growth in private business flights.
Todd Dalsing will become the airport director this week, and he says the old airport terminal is being razed to make space for new hangars.
The Coffman Associates study says continued growth in the University of Dubuque’s aviation program also will put pressure on the airport. The university plans to add six aircraft by the end of next year.
CHILD DIES-MAN CHARGED
Man charged with death of girlfriend’s 19-month-old daughter
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 23-year-old Sioux City man has been charged with murder 15 months after the death of his girlfriend’s child.
Woodbury County court records say Tayvon Davis is charged with first-degree murder, child endangerment resulting in death and multiple acts of child endangerment. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for Davis, who is being held pending $1 million bail. He surrendered on Friday.
The records say Davis was living with his girlfriend from July 1 through Aug. 22 last year and frequently provided child care for her daughter. He took the little girl to a local hospital on Aug. 22, and she was transferred to an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital. The records say she was 19 months old when she died on Aug. 25, 2018.
An autopsy showed the girl had several blunt force injuries to her head and a kidney and had suffered fractures to her vertebrae and ribs.