Iowa News Headlines: Wed., March 7 2012


March 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Air Force plans to cut 492 positions at the Des Moines-based Air National Guard unit. The cuts represent a 39 percent reduction in staffing at the 132nd Fighter Wing unit which flies F-16 combat jets. Congress has the final say, and members of Iowa’s congressional delegation and Gov. Terry Branstad vow to fight the proposal.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County supervisors have approved a plan to add about 300 slot machines at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Altoona. If approved by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, the casino would add $400,000 to $500,000 to county coffers in its share of profits from the new machines.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Legislators say they’ve struck a deal on a plan that would give Iowa’s large utility company new incentives to build a nuclear power plant. The compromise would require MidAmerican Energy to have financing in place before beginning construction. A Democratic Senator says he thinks the plan will be approved by a Senate committee this week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Hamilton County farmer whose burning hay produced black smoke that caused chain-reaction collisions won’t be cited for a violation. Officials said Tuesday it was impossible to determine how much visibility was reduced by the smoke and how much by fog on U.S. Highway 20. Nine people were injured in Monday’s pileups near Webster City.