Iowa News Headlines: Friday, March 16 2012


March 16th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two Iowa felons were sentenced to federal prison this week for separate weapons charges. Fifty-eight-year-old Charles Petro, of Winfield, was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Meanwhile, 43-year-old Darwin Zoch, of Storm Lake, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Both were convicted of being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents will meet next week in Iowa City to consider building designs on four major University of Iowa projects. The panel will also discuss proposed academic cuts at the University of Northern Iowa.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 45-year-old man had to be taken to the hospital early this morning after he was hurt in a garage fire near a Cedar Rapids apartment complex. Two vehicles in the garage were destroyed and two others parked outside were damaged.

PELLA, Iowa (AP) – Organizers of the Tulip Time festival in Pella are worrying about the mild late-winter weather. The annual celebration runs from May 3rd until the 5th, but all three tulip varieties have already broken from the ground. It usually takes six weeks from the time tulips break through the ground until they’re at their peak.