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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures have plunged in a third straight monthly survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, providing more evidence of a slowdown in the region's economy.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has vacated a lower court's sentence of a man convicted of murder in 1992 as a juvenile.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A man who police say called for "vigilante justice" after a brawl and shooting in southwest Iowa no longer faces charges.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court has reversed the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Iowa Senate Republican Caucus aide.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A department director has acknowledged in a court hearing that the Iowa Medicaid director likely had improper communication with an insurance company worker but says that didn't taint the state's selection of companies to run Iowa's program.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is creating a special division in Iowa's public defender's office that will focus on wrongful convictions.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.6 percent in September.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state auditor says improper management of city finances over a five-year period cost the city of Neola more than $230,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Western Community College is offering a pilot housing program that aims to help transgender students feel more comfortable.

The Iowa West Foundation has awarded $7 million in grants to 22 organizations for projects in Omaha and southwest Iowa.

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