Iowa Headlines by the Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Bob Vander Plaats, the standard-bearer for social and
religious conservatives in Iowa, has announced he won’t run for Iowa’s open U.S.
Senate seat.  

Vander Plaats said in a written statement yesterday that the timing
of a Senate run was not right for his family or his conservative advocacy group,
The Family Leader. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Lawmakers are considering a measure giving parents of
multiples more control over placing their children in the same classroom. The
bill would require school districts to adhere to a parent or guardian’s written
placement request for multiple birth siblings unless a school board decides
doing so would be detrimental to the children. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Des Moines police have identified a woman killed while
crossing a street by a driver who sped away. Continue Reading

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More Snow Across Cornbelt, but Melting Could be Near

Many of us have been busy with our shovels and snow blowers again this weekend.  

National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Cogill says the heaviest snow, 3 to 5 inches, fell over south-central and southeastern Iowa, but Henderson…Hancock…Henry…and McDonough Counties on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River all got about two inches of the white stuff. While winter has appeared unforgiving to many in the nation’s midsection, a climatologist says the next couple of months will dictate the season’s legacy on all-important sectors such as shipping and farming. Brian Fuchs works with the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.   He says how much more snow is in store for the Midwest and how quickly it melts off will dictate whether it crimps barge traffic or growers. Continue Reading

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Car Crashes into School Bus Near Monmouth

At about 7 O’clock this morning on Highway-67 (2 miles north of Monmouth), a northbound car slid out of control on the snow-covered road. The car, driven by Caitlin Volz, then collided with a United school bus. The car slid off the highway while the bus remained upright on the road. Some students were complaining of headaches and back pains and were transported to the OSF Hospital in Monmouth. Volz had to be extricated by the Monmouth Fire Department and was taken by ambulance to OSF as well. Continue Reading

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IA House GOP Tries Adding Gun-Rights to Constitution

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Republicans are continuing their effort to amend the state constitution to add the right to bear arms.

Lawmakers debated the proposal in a House subcommittee Thursday. They did not vote to move the measure forward, instead pledging to have more discussions. The proposal from House Republicans would add language to the Iowa Constitution stating that the right to “acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty” cannot be denied. Changing the state constitution is a multi-step process, which would require approval by the current General Assembly and then by the one elected in 2014. After that it would go to Iowa voters. Continue Reading

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LP Prices Fall Almost Two Dollars per Gallon

Propane prices are dropping below three dollars ($3) a gallon at some Iowa retailers this week.  

Harold Hommes oversees a propane price report that’s issued twice a week by the Iowa Department of Agriculture. wednesday, the statewide average price stood at $3.08 a gallon. The retail price retreat from the $5 a gallon level in late January is likely to continue, according to Hommes, as warmer temperatures are in the forecast. Hommes says efforts to increase the movement of propane are helping as well. Continue Reading

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Second Killer of Young Couple with Keokuk Ties Gets Life Times Two

AN OKLAHOMA JURY LAST(THUR) NITE SENTENCED A TULSA MAN TO TWO LIFE TERMS IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.  

21-YEAR OLD DARREN PRICE HAD BEEN CONVICTED EARLIER THIS WEEK OF KILLING A FORMER KEOKUK COUPLE…OUT JOGGING IN A TULSA PARK…AFTER ROBBING THEM.   18-YEAR OLD CARISSA HORTON WAS A STUDENT AT ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY AND 21-YEAR OLD ETHAN NICHOLS WORKED AT A CREAMERY IN NEARBY BROKEN ARROW, OKLAHOMA.  A MAN WALKING HIS DOG FOUND THE COUPLE’S BODIES THE FOLLOWING DAY;  BOTH HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE HEAD.  

PRICE’S PARTNER-IN-CRIME…23-YEAR OLD JERARD DAVIS…PLED GUILTY IN OCTOBER TO TWO COUNTS OF MURDER. Continue Reading

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CNN’s “Hero of the Year” in Keokuk Tomorrow

CNN’s Hero of the Year, Chad Pregracke, will be in Keokuk Thursday. Most in our area know Pregracke best for his MIssissippi River Clean-Up efforts during the summer. He’s the founder of Living Lands & Waters, located in the Quad Cities. It’s the only industrial strength river clean-up organization in America. Thursday Greater Keokuk Young Professionals will host a dinner and speech from Pregrake at Lake Cooper Event Center starting with a social hour at 5:30pm. Continue Reading

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IFA Offers Home Buyer Tax Credits to Iowans

The Iowa Finance Authority is now offering some first-time Iowa home buyers a tax credit of up to two-thousand dollars a year, for the life of their 30-year mortgage.  

Twenty years ago congress passed a law allowing states to set up this kind of a program and Iowa is doing it for the first time in 2014. Iowa Finance Authority director Dave Jamison says his agency will issue a certificate for that tax credit on mortgages that are handled by a lender participating in the program. Home sales that closed after February 3rd of this year are eligible. There are income limits as to which first-time home buyers are eligible, as well as limits on the price of homes they buy, but Jamison estimates 585 Iowa home buyers will be eligible in 2014. Continue Reading

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More Beans, Less Corn, the 2014 Prediction

Iowa farmers expect to plant 11-percent more soybeans this spring compared to 2013.  

That’s according to a new survey by AgriSource — a grain marketing, commodity brokerage and crop insurance company. Keith Gehling of AgriSource says the plans by Iowa farmers to plant 10.3 million acres of soybean are based on several factors. Iowa farmers expect to plant 13.3 million acres of corn, down 2.2-percent compared to last year. However, Gehling says many farmers will wait until later this spring to make final planting decisions. Continue Reading