Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, June 11th 2012


June 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) — Southeast Iowa authorities are searching for the body of a 27-year-old man who drowned in the Mississippi River this weekend. Princeton’s Police Chief says officers were called to the river shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday after two people fell into the river near the public boat ramp. A 27-year-old Clinton man remains missing. Princeton is about 20 miles northeast of Davenport.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City authorities say the mother of a 20-month-old boy and her boyfriend are responsible for the boy’s death in April. Iowa City police say both 18-year-old Mireya Balderas and 20-year-old Jorge Perez told investigators that they had hit Marcus Balderas before. Perez is charged with two counts of child endangerment resulting in the April 30th death while Balderas faces one count of the same crime. Both remain jailed.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Changes to Iowa’s mental health system have left counties short of money and forced some to drop mentally disabled people from programs. County officials blame a new state law that shifts control over Medicaid-funded mental health services from counties to the state. The change is part of larger reforms of Iowa’s mental health care system designed to make services more uniform, in part by taking control away each of Iowa’s 99 counties.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The next Miss Iowa will be Mariah Cary. She won the title of Miss Iowa 2012 on Saturday night. Cary is a resident of Burlington and had been serving as Miss Muscatine. Cary will represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas next January.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — Another proposal to build a hog confinement operation in Iowa has been scrapped. Story County officials say a proposal to build a hog confinement operation for nearly 2,500 animals near Hickory Grove Lake Park has been withdrawn. Last month, a different proposal in Dallas County was withdrawn after neighbors protested that hog confinement proposal.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Media and political analysts say Omaha residents will find their televisions inundated with political ads aimed at the presidential election in the weeks before the November 6th general election. But the ads aren’t necessarily aimed at the very red state of Nebraska. The target lies across the Missouri River, as both campaigns battle for undecided Iowa. And to get air time in western Iowa, you’ve got to go through Omaha. Presidential campaign ads have already shown up in Omaha earlier than usual. Omaha television station KETV says President Barack Obama’s campaign has been running ads, but not Romney’s. But Romney is getting a boost in Omaha from some conservative super PACs, which have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to run ads slamming Obama for several weeks.