Iowa early News headlines: Fri., Sept. 7th 2012


September 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Local residents and authorities say President Barack Obama’s campaign rally in Iowa City could make for one of the most memorable and chaotic weekends in decades. Obama is coming today to the University of Iowa for a large rally with students, and he’s bringing along first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Des Moines manufacturer has been looking for a buyer or other aid as it struggles to survive. Eagle Iron Works has notified Iowa Workforce Development that the company is preparing to close its doors on October 15th, idling 100 workers. The 140-year-old manufacturer makes products for road construction companies.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A new study suggests that preparations for a nuclear disaster at a nearby power plant actually paid off for Cedar Rapids during the 2008 flooding. The Gazette says the study cites reports from emergency personnel that the preparations “played a large role” in avoiding deaths during the flooding. The Duane Arnold nuclear plant sits near Palo, north-northwest of Cedar Rapids in Linn County.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board says there is no evidence that any in-flight collision took place before a plane crashed to the ground at an air show in Davenport, killing the pilot. The NTSB released a report yesterday based on information from video footage and witnesses from last Saturday’s air show.