Iowa early News Headlines – Wed., June 13th 2012

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June 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has a $2.6 billion plan to rebuild and upgrade the state’s highways over five years. The plan announced by the state Transportation Commission yesterday includes reconstruction along interstate highways in Sioux City, Council Bluffs and the Quad Cities. In the Des Moines area, the plan includes finishing widening Interstate 35 in West Des Moines and building new rest stops on I-35 near Ankeny.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president of Kosovo is coming to Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad’s office says President Atifete Jahjaga (ah-tee-feh-tee YAH’-yah- gah) will visit Iowa today, tomorrow and Friday as part of a state partnership program with the U.S. Department of Defense.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A hearing is set for today in a legal battle over the release of more emails from the former superintendent of Iowa’s largest school district to a lover using the Des Moines district’s computers. Nancy Sebring says a small number of the emails yet to be released are personal. She has asked a Polk County judge to stop the release.

FREDERIKA, Iowa (AP) — The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office says it’s received several reports about a black bear wandering through northeast Iowa. Jade Bergmann says that she spotted a bear along Iowa Highway 188, a few miles from U.S. Highway 63 near Frederika. State biologists say multiple sightings in the area over the past few weeks may be of the same animal.