Iowa early News headlines – Mon., Oct. 15th 2012


October 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three house fires in the Des Moines area were all caused by weekend thunderstorms. The Des Moines Register reports that lightning strikes triggered fires at two homes in Johnston and one in Clive. No one was hurt.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Politics and religion have collided at a Burlington church after a pamphlet encouraging people to vote to remove an Iowa Supreme Court justice surfaced at a Sunday service. A woman who attended the City Church service on September 30th told the pastor it was illegal for the church to display the pamphlets. The Internal Revenue Service could revoke a church’s nonprofit status for promoting candidates or ballot issues. The incident has been reported to the IRS, which declined to comment.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say mechanical problems forced a twin-engine corporate jet to make an emergency landing in eastern Iowa. KWQC-TV in Davenport reports that the plane landed safely at the Quad City International Airport around 7 a.m. yesterday. Six people were on board, and no one was hurt.

SHELLSBURG, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa are searching for two missing 15-year-old girls. KWWL-TV in Waterloo reports that Skie Floyd and Jazlyn Visek both last made contact with family members on Saturday afternoon. Family members say they left in a gold Jeep Grand Cherokee with no license plates. The girls are both from the Shellsburg area.