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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety released their 2018 Roadmap Report of Traffic Safety Laws on Monday, ranking all 50 states by 16 laws the group advocates for.

The group ranks Iowa in the bottom 13 states for traffic safety laws, saying it only has six of the 16 laws recommended.

Advocates defined their “16 lifesaving laws” by analyzing crash data from state to state. Occupant protection, child passenger safety, teen driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving are covered in this report.

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is reminding people who lost money to scams involving Western Union to apply for a refund before the February 12th deadline.   

Western Union admitted it had processed thousands of transactions involving international consumer fraud between 2004 and 2012. The company failed to act against company agents who facilitated scams under fake lottery and prize awards, family emergencies, advanced loans, and online dating.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg were among those celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

Gov. Reynolds named two women the recipients of the 2018 MLK Achievement Award.

CEO of Betty Andrews Media and President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP Betty Andrews, and Des Moines Register Columnist Rekha Basu, received the award at a ceremony in Des Moines.

Andrews stood with her grandson to accept the award. She acknowledged that King’s legacy allowed social justice work to continue, and it will continue long after her time.