Iowa News Headlines: Sun., March 11, 2012


March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An education reform bill will likely come before the Iowa House next week, and most expect lawmakers to approve a measure including new student tests and tougher teacher standards. Republican Representative Greg Forristall, chairman of the House Education Committee, says he expects the House to pass a bill supported by Governor Terry Branstad.

CARSON, Iowa (AP) — The Riverside School District in Carson, Iowa is making a desperate plea to local voters for a new high school. School officials tell Omaha television station KETV that the current high school is falling apart, but two bond measures to fund a new building have failed. In February, 55 percent of Riverside patrons said yes to a new school, but the initiative needed 60 percent to pass.

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A Charles City man is dead following a crash in northeastern Iowa’s Chickasaw County. The Iowa State Patrol says that 77-year-old Duane Vick was driving in New Hampton when he veered into a ditch and his van caught fire around 4 a.m. Thursday.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City woman is alive after police pulled her from a burning home. Michelle Bock thought her 4-year-old and 18-month-old granddaughters were still inside a second-floor bedroom when she ran back inside her burning home on Friday. Emergency responders found Bock unconscious at the top of the stairs and took her to a hospital. Everyone else made it out of the burning home unhurt.