Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 14th, 2012


February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a school spending plan that continues a freeze on spending for this school year and leaves in place a 2 percent increase for next school year that’s already been approved. The budget plan was approved 56 to 39 on Monday evening.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — An April trial is scheduled for a central Iowa woman accused of killing her newborn twin daughters and hiding their bodies in the trunk of her car last month. The Des Moines Register says court records show 22-year-old Jackie Burkle of Huxley is to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder beginning April 3. She entered a written plea of not guilty on Jan. 30.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa House panel has approved an eight-cent-a-gallon fuel tax increase and an increase on the tax paid when purchasing a new vehicle. Together they would combine for about $230 million a year to be used on road repairs. A Senate committee approved raising the fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will host first and second-round games for the women’s NCAA basketball tournament games in 2013. It is the 13th time Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been a host site. Next month, first- and second-round games will be played in Ames’ Hilton Coliseum, and Des Moines will host regional semifinals and finals.