Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., April 27th 2012


April 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Angry parents, students and University of Northern Iowa faculty members have disrupted an Iowa Board of Regents news conference in Cedar Falls. The protesters are angry at funding cuts that will result in the closing of the university’s Malcolm Price Laboratory School and several academic programs. More than 100 protesters started with a rally outside the building in which the Regents met yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is welcoming the U.S. Labor Department’s decision to withdraw a much-criticized proposed rule about children working on farms. Grassley released a statement last night expressing relief at the Labor Department’s decision to abandon what he called “ridiculous regulations” that could have hurt farm families.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — A judge has approved a settlement in a legal battle between the family of a slain Milo farmer and a neighbor who confessed to shooting him. The Des Moines Register reports a settlement was approved yesterday in Warren County District Court. It ends nine years of legal feuding between the family of slain Milo farmer Tom Lyon and his assailant Rodney Heemstra.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have selected Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff with the 23rd overall pick in the NFL draft. With the top defensive backs off the board, the Lions elected to add a starter along their aging offensive line. The 6 foot 6 315 pound tackle is a native of Parkston, South Dakota.