Job Corps was allowed to reopen enrollment in Ottumwa, but the welcome news came with a bitter twist. The total enrollment cap for Ottumwa was lowered from the original levels.
A new hog confinement near Batavia received approval.
Dustin Armstrong was arrested and charged in the case of an Ottumwa toddler who was severely injured while in his care. The case remained pending at the end of the year.
Henry County was selected for the Seth Techel retrial. The defense had pushed for a location farther from Wapello County, though prosecutors said Mt. Pleasant was far enough.