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

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An official of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services says federal money could have been used to pay money to former state employees to keep quiet about settlement agreements. Lon Anderson, Chief Deputy Director of the DAS, appeared before the Government Oversight Committee to answer questions about the Legislature's deepening investigation into the agreements. Democrats allege money may have been misappropriated to pay laid off workers not to blow the whistle on problems.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lawmakers from the Iowa Senate and House have agreed to meet to hammer out details on an education budget, as the chambers have disagreed about public university spending increases. The Senate rejected a plan from the House today that would give the University of Iowa less of an increase than that given to Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Four men are vying to become the next police chief in Council Bluffs. Mayor Matt Walsh will choose the next chief, who will replace Ralph O'Donnell, who retired in March. Walsh tells the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil he wants to hire a chief who will have a good understanding of crime fighting.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa has signed junior college point guard Trey Dickerson to a letter of intent. Dickerson, a 6-foot-1 native of Queens, New York will three years of eligibility for the Hawkeyes.

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