Iowa (early) News Headlines: Friday, April 6th 2012


April 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has signed into law a measure toughening Iowa’s child pornography and human trafficking laws. Branstad signed the measure Wednesday before a crowd of child advocates in a ceremony in his formal office.

HILLSBORO, Iowa (AP) — Four starving horses have been rescued by Henry County Animal Rescue in southeast Iowa. Dubuque television station KWQC reports that one of the horses was about 2 weeks old and that the animals had been without food for weeks. The animals were being kept on a property in rural Hillsboro. The owner signed over ownership of the horses. No arrests have been reported in the case.

OSCEOLA, Wis. (AP) — Polaris Industries plans to add 89 jobs in the western Wisconsin city of Osceola as it boosts production of Indian motorcycles. Minnesota-based Polaris acquired Indian last year and produces the motorcycles in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Engines for both Indian and Victory motorcycles are made at the Osceola plant, which employs about 100 people.

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A regional pharmacy chain headquartered in Austin, Minnesota is acquiring seven additional drug stores. Astrup Drug says the acquisition involves Rushford Drug Company pharmacies in southern Minnesota and Iowa. Rushford Drug owner Tom Witt says it was important that he selected a family-owned buyer that would maintain a presence in small communities like Altoona, Iowa.