Iowa News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 20th, 2012


February 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — A 24-year-old Iowa man is in custody in the shooting death of a 26-year-old man. Adel Police officers and the Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting report around 11 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say Brandon Madren is jailed in Iowa’s Dallas County on suspicion of slaying Nathan Greene of Adel, who died at a hospital.

CLARINDA, Iowa (AP) — Officials are investigating a small plane crash in southwest Iowa that killed the pilot. Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer says 53-year-old Jac Crain of Clarinda was killed in the crash around 1:30 p.m. yesterday. The wreckage of Crain’s BD-4 plane came to rest about 100 yards away from a farm house about 2 miles southwest of Clarinda.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are unsure whether to support or oppose a proposed increase in the fuel tax. The tax, which stands at 21 cents a gallon, was last raised in 1989. A Senate panel has approved a 10-cent-per-gallon increase and a House panel has backed an 8 cent increase. It’s a difficult issue for lawmakers, especially Republicans, because powerful GOP groups have taken strongly opposing views on the issue.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa senior Matt Gaten scored a career-high 30 points and Iowa beat No. 18 Indiana 78-66 yesterday. Melsahn Basabe had 13 points for the Hawkeyes, who beat the Hoosiers in Iowa City for the seventh time in eight tries.