Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Aug. 28th 2012


August 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three state officials will decide today whether Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s name appears on the Iowa ballot in November. Documents challenging Johnson’s candidacy were filed Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama has added a stop in Sioux City to his Iowa travel plans this week. Obama will hold an event today at Iowa State University in Ames, then will return to the state Saturday. The Democrat had previously announced a visit Saturday to Des Moines, and yesterday a campaign official confirmed Obama added the stop in Sioux City.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers are hopeful last week’s rain will help the soybean crop as the corn harvest gets under way during the nation’s worst dry spell in a generation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are still chopping corn for silage and starting to harvest corn for grain and seed. Fifty-three percent of the corn crop is in poor to very poor condition.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has started the search for a replacement for University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen. The regents met by telephone yesterday to authorize the board to hire a firm to help with the search.