Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 2nd 2012


July 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A wounded Iowa sailor received a surprise hospital visit from President Barack Obama and an invitation to the White House. The Des Moines Register reports that 23-year-old Taylor Morris of Cedar Falls and his girlfriend plan to attend dinner at the White House and watch fireworks on Wednesday. Morris was maimed on May 3rd in Afghanistan while working as a bomb disposal technician.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa airline passenger’s joke about whether a U.S. Airways flight crew had been out partying kept the plane from leaving Des Moines for several hours. The Saturday morning flight to Charlotte, North Carolina had already been delayed two hours till 9 a.m. before the incident. Airline spokeswoman Tina Swail says the original delay happened because the crew’s previous flight arrived late the night before.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say a 22-year-old man was intoxicated when he side-swiped two police cars with their lights on and nearly hit an officer on a bicycle. KGAN reports that Andrew Lange of Maquoketa (muh-koh’-kih-tuh) is facing several charges after the incident around 2 a.m. yesterday. Lange is suspected of drunken driving and interfering with police.

LINN GROVE, Iowa (AP) — The body of a Storm Lake man who was missing for several days has been found. The Buena Vista Sheriff’s office tells KCAU the body of Lithavongsay Nouthavykoun was found about 500 yards downstream from where he was last seen Wednesday in the Little Sioux River.