Iowa News Headlines: Wed., Feb. 15 2012


February 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The last time China’s vice president visited Iowa, he slept in a bedroom with green shag carpeting and Star Trek character cutouts on the walls. But Xi Jinping (shee jeen ping) must have fond memories of his 1985 stay. He is scheduled to return to Muscatine today to reminisce and have tea and champagne.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque officials say a blocked line caused a sanitary sewer to overflow yesterday, sending untreated wastewater onto the ground near a manhole in an undeveloped area on the city’s south side. The line was cleared but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says residents, their children and their pets should stay clear of the area for 48 hours.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has approved the IRS’s seizure of more than $90,000 from an Iowa gun show company’s bank. Investigators say owners of Manchester-based R.K. Gun Shows deposited more than $1 million in accounts in increments below $10,000 in recent years. IRS agents say banks are required to disclose deposits and withdrawals greater than $10,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 260,000 Iowa families may soon see a tax cut. The Iowa Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that would increase the state’s earned income tax credit and decrease taxes for families who make less than $45,000 a year. The House is expected to approve the measure.