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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch wants more debates with Gov. Terry Branstad. The Democratic state senator from Des Moines says Branstad has said he'll do three debates and won't negotiate further. Hatch says the take-it-or-leave-it attitude cheats Iowans opportunities to see the candidates face to face. Branstad's campaign says it's the same number of debates as held in 2010.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) -Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a Senate contest that's one of the nation's closely watched ahead of the midterm elections. The Republican state senator spoke with veterans at a restaurant in the Des Moines suburbs. She and Democrat Bruce Braley are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat who has held it for 30 years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In an annual review, the state auditor says Iowa's political leaders have improved spending practices but the state still spends more than it takes in and covers the difference by dipping into a budget surplus. The budget for fiscal year 2015 which began July 1 spends $1.02 for every dollar taken in from tax revenue. Auditor Mary Mosiman warns that lawmakers and the governor must carefully plan ahead.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says a team of state workers will head to Cherokee to help hundreds of workers losing their jobs when the Tyson Foods chicken processing plant closes in September. Tyson has said it will close the plant, resulting in a loss of 450 jobs. Branstad says the state has a special team that helps workers in mass layoffs assess retraining possibilities and search for other work.

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