Iowa early News Headlines, Thu., April 19th 2012


April 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a measure calling for new restrictions on the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. The House backed the measure last night on a 57-37 vote. It would ban public funding of abortions except in cases where the procedure is needed to save the life of the mother.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $2 million contract for levee repair work along the Missouri River in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. The project includes placing large boulders, known as rip rap, on the river side of new setback levees built near Hamburg, Iowa, and Watson, Missouri following last summer’s historic flooding.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Polk County judge has delayed the trial of a Bettendorf accountant charged in Iowa’s film tax credit case after prosecutors disclosed possible new evidence. Opening statements were expected yesterday in the trial of Chad Witter. He’s charged with fraud, theft and ongoing criminal conduct in an alleged scheme to misuse tax credits aimed in building Iowa’s film industry. The film program was shut down in 2009.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake assistant coach Mike Gibson has resigned to pursue opportunities outside of basketball. The 29-year-old Gibson has been an assistant with the Bulldogs for four seasons. But Gibson says his priorities have shifted and he’s decided to pursue a job in the business world.