Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Sept. 20th 2012


September 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Suspended Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexual abuse. Palo was suspended September 7th after being charged with sexually abusing a woman he was driving home earlier this year. Online court records say Palo’s attorney, Matthew Boles, filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has suspended Palo, a reserve guard.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in 22 additional Iowa counties now may qualify for low interest emergency loans from the federal government as a result of this summer’s drought. With the latest designation announced yesterday, farmers in all Iowa counties now could qualify for drought-related emergency assistance.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An escaped prisoner from Iowa has been apprehended in southeast Missouri, where he was found driving a stolen vehicle. The Iowa Department of Corrections says Steven Adcock was arrested yesterday and was being held in the Stoddard County Jail in Bloomfield, Missouri. He’s scheduled to appear for an extradition hearing today.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — After several years of silence, the Marshall County Courthouse bell may soon ring again. County buildings and grounds director Todd Kelley told officials Tuesday that he likely would ask a Minnesota company to affix a new ringer to the bell so it could resume ringing. Mechanical Watch Supply of Minneapolis estimates the job would cost nearly $4,500 and be completed in about a month.