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Reynolds Selected as National Lieutenant Governors Assoc. Chair

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Iowa's Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds has been selected as the Chair-Elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA), the state announced Wednesday.

Reynolds' term as NLGA Chair will start in July 2015, as she's just one of the people in a leadership rotation that also includes Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels.

"Iowa has a great story to share with other states," Reynolds said in a statement. "We’re using innovative teaching to provide our children with a world-class education, installing sound budgeting principles, working to bring quality careers to Iowa and moving our state forward."

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Candle Blamed in Des Moines Apartment Fire

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- A candle is believed to have started a fire at a Des Moines apartment on Wednesday morning.

Fire officials said crews responded to the Hallett Flats apartment complex, located on Locust Street, after a tenant discovered that a candle on her coffee table had spread flames to the floor and window treatment of her living room. The tenant reportedly tried to put out the flames with a broom, before eventually fleeing the apartment.

Firefighters responded and worked to quickly extinguish the flames.

There were no injuries reported.

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Hazmat Crew Responds to Chemical Leak in Boone

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- A Hazmat crew had to be called out in Boone on Tuesday night after an ammonia tank sprang a leak.

According to the Des Moines Fire Department, Hazmat personnel were dispatched to West Central Co-Op after a 1500-gallon Anhydrous Ammonia tank began leaking from a hose line.

Officials said crews accessed the tank and shut off the flow of the cryogenic gases and dripping liquid without incident, with the area then being checked for harmful chemicals.

There were no reports of injury.

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Cops Continue to Search for Warren County Murderer on Three-Year Anniversary

Iowa Department of Public Safety(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Des Moines Police continue to ask for the public's assistance years after the murder and disappearance of a Warren County couple.

Wednesday marks three years since 79-year-old Bill Wood was found dead and his 72-year-old wife, Kaidena "Kay" Wood, was declared missing.

On July 30, 2011, firefighters arrived at their Warren County residence to find the home engulfed in flames. After the blaze was extinguished, officials could not locate the homeowners. A later investigation revealed that Bill Wood was dead in the home at the time, killed by multiple gunshot wounds. His wife was never found.

Officials have identified a person of interest. The individual is described as a white man in his late 40s to early 60s, 6'2" to 6'6", with a slender build and short, gray and white hair. He was last seen near the couple's 2009 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup in Kansas City, Missouri. The car was found at the Cordillera Ranch Apartments at 8381 North Donnelly Ave in Kansas City on July 31, 2011.

Police are offering an $8,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Officials ask anyone with information on Kay Wood's disappearance to call local law enforcement.

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Gov. Branstad Requests Disaster Declaration for 22 Iowa Counties

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad requested a disaster declaration from President Obama for 22 Iowa counties that suffered significant damage from severe weather between June 26 and July 7.

Branstad had previously requested and received a Presidential Disaster Declaration for severe weather earlier this month. His latest request comes under the Public Assistance Program, used to repair and rebuild damaged infrastructure.

A preliminary damage assessment completed by federal, state and local experts estimated the damage caused by the severe weather could total $13 million.

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