Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Nov. 17th 2012


November 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The decision by North Texas-based Hostess Brands to go out of business is being felt in Waterloo. Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks, announced yesterday it would close in response to a nationwide strike. It means the loss of about 18,500 jobs. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the closure affects 59 workers at the Waterloo plant and about 30 truck drivers.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Google is investing another $200 million in its Council Bluffs data center operations as it invests $75 million in a wind farm in central Iowa. The Des Moines Register says Google announced the additional investment in the data center yesterday at a Statehouse news conference. Google’s investment in Iowa now stands at $1.1 billion.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa economic development officials have approved financial assistance to DuPont Chemical Company/Pioneer for a $50 million expansion project. The Iowa Economic Development Board on Friday agreed to provide the company up to $4.4 million in tax credits. The project will move into Johnston some operations and 100 jobs now in Ankeny. Pioneer will also create 100 new jobs.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Paul Brown ran for one touchdown and passed for another and Spirit Lake survived five turnovers to beat Mediapolis 17-15 yesterday and win the Class 2A state championship. Brown’s 3-yard TD run gave the Indians a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter and they held on in Cedar Falls.