Iowa early News Headlines – Tuesday, Oct. 30th 2012

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October 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Michelle Obama says the race for the White House could come down to a few key battleground states, including Iowa. The first lady returned to the state yesterday with stops in Iowa City and Sioux City as she touted President Barak Obama’s accomplishments.

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — City officials in Ankeny have approved a contract with a gambling company hoping to acquire a license for a casino. The Ankeny City Council approved a five-year contract yesterday with Wild Rose Entertainment of West Des Moines. The company is calling for a $150 million project that would create about 600 jobs.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Friends and supporters of two Iowa girls who’ve been missing since July plan to distribute fliers to maintain public awareness. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports residents are invited to hand out copies of the missing girls’ photos on Halloween in Evansdale. The FBI believes Lyric Cook and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, were abducted when they disappeared last July.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say vandals have damaged one of Mason City’s new sculptures in the downtown area. A Chamber of Commerce worker noticed on Sunday that one of the sculpture’s elbows had been snapped off. The sculpture, one of seven put up in September, is valued at more than $7,000.