Wed, 01 Jan 2014 14:30:00 GMT — Associated Press newspaper and broadcast members have ranked the heartbreaking abduction and killing of 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard as the top Iowa news story of 2013. It was a parent's worst nightmare, starting with Kathlynn's abduction in May while she and a friend were walking home from school. In the coming days, searches failed and her abductor was found dead. More than two weeks later, her body was found in the Des Moines River. The second-ranked story revolved around an off-duty state investigator's report of speeding by Gov. Terry Branstad's official vehicle. Following the report, the investigator was fired, he sued the state and the public safety director agreed to resign. Problems at the Iowa Juvenile Home ranked third. Other top stories included the productive legislative session and a big harvest.
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