Iowa (early) News Headlines: Mon., April 2nd 2012


April 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are looking for a 19-year-old Hawkeye Community College student who disappeared early Sunday morning while walking barefoot in a wildlife area. The Black Hawk County Sheriff’s office spent most of yesterday searching for Taylor Franco in the Klima Wildlife Area by La Porte City. The search was suspended last night but should resume today.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The main producer of the lean beef trimmings that critics call “pink slime” continues to have the support of the community where the company is based. Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City on Saturday to support Beef Products Incorporated and dine on hamburgers made with its beef.

AINSWORTH, Iowa (AP) — Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion at a home in southeast Iowa. Officials say the explosion was reported in Ainsworth around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The town is about 30 miles south of Iowa City.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The big winner in Iowa from last week’s $640 million Mega Million jackpot was the state treasury. Although a winning ticket wasn’t sold in Iowa, the surge in ticket sales paid off for the state. From the last Mega Millions jackpot on January 24th to Friday night’s drawing, The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Lottery sold nearly $9.7 million in tickets. The newspaper reports the Iowa treasury will receive about $3.4 million in profits from the sales.