Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 15th 2012


August 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told a few dozen supporters in Cedar Falls that President Barack Obama is to blame for the nation’s persistently high levels of unemployment. The Republican governor held campaign events yesterday in support of likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney in Cedar Falls and Marshalltown. Obama also spoke to crowds in nearby Waterloo and in Marshalltown during his three-day bus tour across Iowa.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three bicyclists are recovering after being injured in a collision with a motorcycle near Rock Rapids on northwest Iowa. The accident happened Monday night when five teenage girls were riding bicycles on a Lyon County road. A motorcyclist traveling in the same direction came upon the girls, but couldn’t stop in time. The girls, all from Rock Rapids, were taken to a local hospital.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Complications from various ailments have been blamed for the death of a 46-year-old Iowa prison inmate. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Jeffrey Williamsen died Friday at an Iowa City hospital.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Paul Rhoads and Iowa State are thrilled to have each other. The Cyclones have blossomed in his three seasons as coach and he got a 10-year, $20 million contract in the offseason. The Cyclones enter the 2012 season optimistic that they’re poised to take another step forward in their seemingly never-ending quest to become a serious threat in the Big 12.