Iowa early News Headlines – Thu., March 22nd 2012


March 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cities using cameras that automatically ticket motorists for running red lights or speeding would be banned in Iowa under a bill advancing through the House. The House Appropriations Committee passed the bill 14 to 11 making it available for debate on the floor this year. Its fate in the Senate is unsure but Governor Terry Branstad has said he’d consider signing it if it reaches him.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan by a nation’s governors group would keep F-16 fighter jets at the Des Moines-based Air National Guard unit. The Des Moines Register reports the plan has been submitted to the U.S. Air Force by President Barack Obama’s Council of Governors, which is co-chaired by Governor Terry Branstad.

GRANVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A 56-year-old man has been injured in a crash while chasing a suspected gasoline thief near Granville in northwest Iowa. Peter Heidesch of Remsen was injured Saturday when his car rammed a utility pole about a quarter-mile north of Granville. Heidesch was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines apartment complex employee has been accused of stealing more than $31,000 from rent payments. The Des Moines Register reports that 34-year-old Bobbi Jo Ritchie is charged with theft and has bonded out of jail. She’s accused of pilfering cash from rent payments at the Bell Avenue Apartments.