MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A jury has convicted a woman of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him outside an Iowa gas station in freezing temperatures. Kristen Smith was convicted of kidnapping, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. The 31-year-old woman testified she took the boy in February at the father's request. She said the parents were planning to come live with her in Colorado. Prosecutors said Smith stole the baby to try to pass him off as her own.
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa says it will not consider new projects for the next few years it but stopped short of imposing a formal moratorium. Commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti says he's not interested in new proposals for the remaining three years of his term on the commission. The other four commissioners agreed. He says he wants to see how casinos opening in Sioux City, Jefferson and Davenport in the next few years operate before considering anything new.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The relatively cool summer has come as a relief to many, but not to those who operate swimming pools. In Dubuque, attendance at two city pools is down more than 30 percent. The temperature hasn't reached 90 degrees in Dubuque this summer. Dubuque Aquatics Director Janna Beau says, "It's beautiful park weather, not necessarily beautiful pool weather."
KALONA, Iowa (AP) - Local, state and federal leaders have gathered to celebrate the opening of Iowa's largest solar farm in a ceremony near Kalona. The farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 120 homes. It adds about 2,900 solar panels to the region's growing base of sun-powered energy. Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque built and owns the farm, but Farmers Electric Cooperative will buy the power and take possession after a decade.
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