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Iowa Senate Approves Expanding DNA Samples for Criminals: Rod Boshart of The Quad-City Times reports the Iowa Senate on Monday passed a bill that would require the collection of DNA samples from people convicted of most aggravated misdemeanors, which would be kept in a state database. Currently, Iowa law only requires DNA samples for felony convictions. The bill now goes to the Iowa House for consideration. Senators on Monday also unanimously voted to pass a bill that would extend the time survivors of child sexual abuse have to bring a civil cause of action from one year to ten years after reaching age 18. That bill, which also now goes to the House, also changes Iowa's discovery rule for victims of sexual abuse and extends the criminal statute of limitations in cases of sexual abuse involving a minor.

Execution Date Set for Oklahoma Murderer: Robert Garrison of News On 6 (OK) reports the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday set an execution date for Michael Bascum Selsor, 57, for May 1, 2012. Selsor was convicted of killing a man during the robbery of a Tulsa convenience store in 1975. According to a report, the victim was shot six times. Selsor was sentenced to death in 1976, but his sentence was changed to life imprisonment after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's death penalty later that year. His conviction was overturned in 1996 and he was retried in 1998, when he was again sentenced to death.

DHS to Track Illegal Immigrants: The Associated Press reports the Department of Homeland Security will soon present to Congress its final plan for a biometric data system to track when immigrants leave the United States. "We have to recognize that we do have this problem," Rep. Candice Miller (R-Michigan) said. "The truth is, in the 40 percentile of all the illegal (immigrants) are in this country on expired visas. They came in right through the front door." Some estimate that as many as half of the roughly 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. have overstayed visas. It is especially difficult to find illegal immigrants with overstayed visas who haven't committed a crime and came to the U.S. before biometric data was collected and records were computerized in 2004. 

Game Wardens Can Stop Cars Without Warrant: Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of a California Supreme Court ruling from June that gave game wardens authority to stop and question motorists leaving hunting or fishing grounds and check on what they've bagged without a warrant or evidence of lawbreaking. State Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said since a warden would be acting for the purpose of conservation and not criminal law enforcement, a search warrant or probable cause of wrongdoing is not required.

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