Iowa early News headlines: Tue., Sept. 4th 2012


September 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The president and his running mate and their mates have scheduled a post-convention trip to Iowa. Campaign officials say President Barack Obama and the first lady, Michelle Obama, will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, when they visit Iowa City on Friday. Obama is giving his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a driver found dead in a car that went into a pond at Water Works Park in Des Moines. Police say 23-year-old Mang Chang of Clive died in the crash that happened yesterday morning.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some neighbors are upset with expansion plans by a Mason City hospital. The Globe Gazette reports residents in the Forest Park neighborhood are circulating a petition against a proposed zoning change that would allow Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa to demolish 10 hours for the project. Resident Connie Momeni questions whether there will ever been an end to the expansion work. The City Council will review the application during a public hearing Tuesday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson was forced to confront the possibility that he’d never play football again. Now Johnson has bounced back from months spent worrying about a neck injury and is in the best shape of his life. Johnson and fellow junior James White will split carries on Saturday when the Cyclones play at rival Iowa.