Iowa early News headlines: Tue., Sept. 18th 2012


September 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Early voting appears to be gaining in popularity, with requests for ballots in Polk County about 30 percent higher than they were at this time in 2008. The secretary of state’s office says more than 128,000 Iowans had requested ballots as of Friday.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan told voters in Iowa the nation needs Mitt Romney to reduce government spending. Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, told voters in Iowa that Romney is “totally out of touch” with the realities that everyday Americans face. Both men visited Iowa yesterday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says an Oregon-based buying club has agreed to change its marketing practices and pay more than $26,000 to Iowa residents and the state. Miller says the agreement followed an investigation by the Iowa Consumer Protection Division of Platinum Online Group, Inc.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peregrine Financial Group CEO Russ Wasendorf Sr. has pleaded guilty to duping thousands of investors out of millions of dollars. Wasendorf admitted in court in Cedar Rapids yesterday to a $200 million scheme. He pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud, embezzling customer funds and making false statements to regulators.