Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Feb. 18th, 2012


February 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teen has become the first girl to win a medal at the state wrestling tournament. Megan Black won yesterday with a 4-0 decision over Brad Kerkhoff in a consolation match of the Class 1-A tournament in Des Moines. She became the first girl to win a contested match at the tournament a day earlier, when she beat Jacob Schmit 10-0. That was followed by a loss to Taylor Curtis in the quarterfinals.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Marshalltown police have identified the 42-year-old man found dead at the city’s aquatic center, but the cause of his death remains a mystery. Police said yesterday that Theodis Howard was the man whose body was found on Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An exceptionally dry winter in the Dakotas and Minnesota has some officials worrying about the potential effects on agriculture. Minnesota’s agriculture and commerce commissioners sent a signal when they warned farmers this week that it’s time to start thinking seriously about buying crop insurance because the deadline is less than a month off.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —Virginia Commonwealth held on to beat Northern Iowa 77-68. The Panthers trying to bounce back from a 63-62 loss to Evansville, got 18 points from Deon Mitchell and 10 from Anthony James in Richmond, Virginia. NIU lost on the road despite shooting 55.6 percent overall (25 of 45) and hitting 9 of 17 three pointers.