Iowa evening News Headlines: April 27 2012


April 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — An undercover operation has netted more than a dozen arrests for prostitution in Council Bluffs and Omaha, Nebraska. Authorities say those arrested include both prostitutes and their customers. They were taken to the Pottawattamie County jail in Council Bluffs.

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa economic development officials are reviewing whether to continue a $2.5 million investment in a startup company pitching a groundbreaking fertilizer technology. The Associated Press reports Illinois jurors found its chairman had misused investor money in another energy project. Two Iowa Power Fund Board members who voted to invest in SynGest say today they were unaware of the 2008 case against SynGest Chairman Serge Randhava and want more details.

HINTON (AP) — The Iowa attorney general’s office is investigating a natural gas pipeline explosion near Hinton to see if workers followed a state law requiring utility companies to be notified before digging begins. The One Call law requires workers to call a hotline 48 hours before digging so utility companies can mark the location of underground lines or pipes. Violators face a $10,000 fine per day of digging if they fail to call.