Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Oct. 27th 2012


October 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Polk County medical examiner’s office says a man found dead in a burning Des Moines apartment died of smoke inhalation. Authorities say 65-year-old David Robinson was found dead on Thursday in his apartment on the city’s south side. The medical examiner’s office released results of an autopsy yesterday.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — Two Omaha, Nebraska residents face arson charges for a fire that damaged a house in western Iowa. Twenty-seven-year-old William Kautter has been charged with arson and six counts of attempted murder. His wife, 29-year-old Elizabeth Kautter, has been charged only with arson. Prosecutors say the two are responsible for a December 14th, 2010 blaze that damaged a home in Atlantic. The Kautters remain jailed with bail hearings scheduled for Monday.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa leaders are asking that the grievance process be allowed to work to resolve a dispute between an Iowa guardsman and a teacher who refused to let him make up a test he missed because of a weekend drill. Scott Peters, the chairman of UNI’s Faculty Senate, released a statement yesterday from 12 UNI officials urging calm.

OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) — A fish kill at the Iowa Great Lakes in northwest Iowa has stumped experts. White and yellow bass in the lower part of the chain are being affected. Iowa Natural Resources Department biologist Mike Hawkins told Sioux City station KTIV that preliminary results from samples don’t show any killer virus or bacteria.