Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Aug. 22nd 2012


August 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A new trial date is expected to be set for a man accused of killing a Cedar Rapids cab driver after a mistrial was declared because of a prosecutor’s medical condition. Johnathan Mitchell is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the April slaying Cathy Stickley.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The operator of Sioux City’s riverboat casino has turned down a contract offer from its nonprofit partner that holds the gambling license. The Missouri River Historical Development approved an extension of its operating agreement with Penn National Gaming Co. through March 2015, and added language that would allow the group to negotiate with other operators on a new land-based casino. Penn rejected the offer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Military officials say fighter jets intercepted two small planes during President Barack Obama’s visit to Des Moines last week for violating the temporary flight restricted area. The Des Moines Register reports both planes were escorted to nearby airfields during Obama’s visit on Aug. 13. Officials say neither incident posed a danger to Obama, but flight space is restricted during presidential visits.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Waterloo say the mother of one of two Iowa cousins missing for more than a month was taken to a hospital after police found her unresponsive at a relative’s home. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier cites a police report that says Misty Morrissey was taken Monday to Allen Hospital. Morrissey is the mother of 10-year-old Lyric Cook, who was reported missing last month along with her cousin, 9-year-old Elizabeth Collins.