Iowa News Headlines, Sat. Feb 4, 2012


February 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press (3:31-a.m.)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Air Force recommends retiring 21 F-16 fighter jets from an Iowa Air National Guard base in Des Moines and cutting the number of refueling tankers at a base in Sioux City. A Guard spokesman said yesterday the Air Force has proposed replacing the F-16s with remotely piloted aircraft at the 132nd Fighter Wing in Des Moines. The Air Force would cut the number of KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft from nine to eight at the 185th Refueling Wing in Sioux City.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The success of a recent St. Louis parade welcoming home Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is spurring talk of similar parades in Clinton, Iowa and other U.S. cities. Organizers of the parade that drew an estimated 100,000 observers and 20,000 participants in St. Louis on January 28th say they needed just one month and less than $40,000 to pull it off.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The director of an Iowa City neighborhood center is charged with failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse in a Head Start program that she oversees. The Iowa City-Press Citizen reports Sue Freeman-Murdah was arrested on Wednesday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O’Keefe has resigned after 13 seasons, leaving the Hawkeyes for another coaching position. The Hawkeyes did not say yesterday where O’Keefe is going. The surprise departure, which was first reported by the Des Moines Register, leaves both coordinator jobs open at Iowa.