Iowa afternoon News Headlines – Mon., Oct. 29th


October 29th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa investigators are looking into absentee ballot problems in Muscatine and Floyd counties. Officials say they appear to center on voters receiving ballots without having signed a request form. More than 624,000 absentee ballots have been mailed to Iowa voters. More than 470,000 have been returned.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for President Barack Obama this week in Iowa. Clinton will also hold events in Minnesota and Wisconsin to partially fill a void for the president, who will be in Washington dealing with Hurricane Sandy.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A businessman from Indiana has pleaded guilty to ripping off an Iowa company in a fraud scheme. Lowell Hancher admits he abused his position on the board of Spencer-based manufacturing company Cycle Country to misappropriate more than $500,000 for himself under a phony stock buyback program. He also admits defrauding Iowa investors in a Colorado construction company.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An explosion blew out windows and caused a fire at a house in Des Moines this morning. A fire inspector says it happened when a woman who needs an oxygen tank when she sleeps left it on after she woke up and then lit a cigarette. The woman, her grandson and the family dog all escaped. The home has at least $50,000 damage.