Iowa early News headlines: Wed., Sept. 12th 2012


September 12th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The board of an Iowa ape sanctuary has placed its director on administrative leave. The board of the Bonobo Hope Sanctuary near Des Moines placed Sue Savage-Rumbaugh on leave yesterday. They say they’re investigating allegations by a dozen ex-workers who say she is mentally unfit and is endangering the apes.

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people in Iowa and one in Ohio have been arrested for allegedly transporting three underage girls to Chicago for prostitution. Authorities said in a statement yesterday that each suspect faces one count of conspiracy to transport minors across state lines to engage in prostitution. Two of the alleged victims are 16 years old and one is 14 years old.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is headed back to the battleground state of Iowa. The vice president will be in the state next week for two days. The events on September 17th and 18th will come 10 days after he last visited Iowa.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) —Police are looking for a man in his 60s who tried to make contact with students at a playground in Spencer. Authorities say the driver of a white van motioned yesterday for the elementary school students to come over. He left when some teacher aides came outside. Police say they’re not sure if the incident is linked to similar cases in Lyon and Dickinson counties.