Saturday Morning Iowa Headlines


June 16th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate is holding steady, despite the loss of more than 3,000 jobs. The number of unemployed people in Iowa was estimated at 85,200 in May. The number released yesterday was up from 85,000 in April. A year ago, there were over 99,000 unemployed in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Larry Noble is retiring as commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Branstad has named the department’s executive officer, Steve Ponsetto, as interim commissioner effective July 5th. Noble is a former Republican state senator from Ankeny and a retired Iowa State Patrol trooper.

BOSTON (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the Obama administration is smothering “small-town dreams.” In remarks prepared for delivery before he began a six-state bus tour yesterday, Romney says President Barack Obama isn’t giving middle-class America “a fair shot.” Romney’s campaign stops next week include Iowa and other states that Obama won in 2008.

MILFORD, N.H. (AP) – Softening his rhetoric on immigration, likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said yesterday that the status of people brought illegally into the U.S. as minors was important. But Romney says the issue must be addressed through legislation, not executive orders. Romney would not say yesterday whether he would reverse President Barack Obama’s decision announced yesterday to stop deporting illegal immigrants under thirty years of age who came to the U.S. as children.