Iowa (early) News Headlines: March 29, 2012


March 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he’ll eat some of the so-called “pink slime” meat to demonstrate that it’s safe and nutritious. Branstad joined his predecessor in Iowa’s statehouse, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, for a Des Moines press conference yesterday to fight “misinformation” about the food products. Besides the meat tasting, Branstad will join other governors to tour Beef Products Incorporated plants in South Sioux City, Nebraska today.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — West Des Moines based grocery chain Hy-Vee says some customers were unhappy with the grocery chain’s decision this week not to sell ground beef with the ingredient known as pink slime. So the company now plans to offer beef with and without the ingredient. A Hy-Vee spokeswoman made the announcement yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cable television provider Mediacom says customers in 17 counties in central and Southern Iowa whose televisions are not yet digital ready have been given a two-week extension before analog reception is fully eliminated. The company says the upgrade to all-digital channels will be completed by April 10th.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A former Fort Dodge police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met at a bar has been given probation. Forty-six-year-old Galen Hindt had pleaded guilty to extortion. Judge Michael Moon gave Hindt three years of probation on Tuesday. The alleged sexual assault happened in April 2011 before Hindt resigned from the police force.