Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 4th 2012


July 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama returns to Iowa next week, his fourth trip in the political battleground state this year. His Iowa campaign spokeswoman says Obama will campaign Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. Details will be released soon, but he’ll focus on the economy.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says it has resolved a computer problem that knocked out a system used to issue driver’s licenses and vehicle registration. The DOT says the outage early yesterday afternoon was fixed about two hours later.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has tapped a prosecutor from Spirit Lake to serve as chairman of the Iowa Board of Parole. Dickinson County Attorney Jason Carlstrom takes over Sept. 3. He replaces Doris Kelley, who was elevated from vice chair to chair earlier this year when Branstad demoted longtime chairwoman Elizabeth Robinson.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — One of the American bald eagles born this year in northeast Iowa and watched by millions on the Decorah eagle cam has died, most likely of electrocution. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids says the eaglet was found Sunday morning at the base of a power pole near the nest at the Decorah Fish Hatchery.