Iowa early News Headlines – Fri., Oct. 19 2012

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October 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Recent storms have eased drought conditions in several key Midwest farming states. Yesterday’s Drought Monitor update shows that 63.9 percent of Iowa, the nation’s biggest corn producer, is still in extreme or exceptional drought. But that’s down nearly 12 percentage points from a week earlier.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is ordering flags at state government buildings and other sites to be flown at half-staff to honor state Senator Pat Ward, who died of breast cancer on Monday. Branstad says flags will be lowered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Ward’s funeral is being held today at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines.

NEW YORK (AP) — Independent groups supporting Republican Mitt Romney have helped him match or even exceed President Barack Obama’s TV ad spending in dozens of media markets nationwide. An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data since April found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across Iowa and seven other states expected to decide the election.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a diesel fuel spill in the Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines has been traced to a rooftop generator at the Iowa Events Center. The spill was discovered yesterday morning. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says about 2,500 gallons of diesel flowed down a roof drain from a standby generator on the roof of Hy-Vee Hall.