Iowa News Headlines, Wed., Jan. 8th, 2012


February 8th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The lawyer for seven court reporters who claim their layoffs were illegal says she’s considering an appeal of a federal judge’s dismissal of the workers’ lawsuit. Judge Mark Bennett upheld the Iowa Judicial Branch’s decision to lay off dozens of court reporters as a cost-saving move in 2009.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Three people face murder charges in the shooting of a Marshalltown man who later died. Marshalltown police say 41-year-old Benjamin Benda was shot in the head at an apartment Monday night. He died yesterday at an Iowa City hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man who drove his SUV into a house last year, killing a 73-year-old woman, will be sentenced February 20th on a vehicular homicide while under the influence charge. A Polk County jury found Loren Bishop guilty yesterday in the death of Mary Miller.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a 75-year-old man in Wisconsin fought off two Iowa teens who tried to steal his car. Sheriff’s officials in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, say one of the teens is from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and the other from New London, Iowa. Both are 19. They’re accused of pulling into the man’s driveway and saying they were out of gas and later trying to attack him and take his car.