Iowa News Headlines, Tue. Feb. 21, 2012


February 21st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City woman has been arrested after police say her 22-month-old child was legally drunk. Twenty-six-year-old Natasha Kriener was charged last week with child endangerment resulting in bodily injury. Police records show the toddler’s father took the child to the hospital. Doctors found the child had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a woman whose 3-year-old son was the subject of an Amber Alert has been arrested in Des Moines. Twenty-two-year-old Melanie Stout was taken into custody yesterday and was wanted for violating a custodial order and escaping from a correctional facility. Last Thursday, Stout’s son was not returned to his custodial guardian. The boy was found later in the day.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa senator has introduced a resolution urging Congress to extend tax cuts. Senator Bill Dix from Shell Rock says families depend on the cuts which were approved under former President George W. Bush. They are set to expire this year after President Barack Obama successfully pushed a two-year extension.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state Senate panel endorses a measure to legalize Internet poker in Iowa in the state’s casinos and racetracks. Projections show it could generate between $3 million and $13 million for Iowa. The full Senate State Government Committee is expected to debate the measure later this week.