Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Nov. 27th 2012


November 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal education officials say Iowa had the nation’s top graduation rate in the 2010 school year. The U.S. Department of Education says about 88 percent of students graduated that year. The figure narrowly beat Wisconsin’s 87 percent rate.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Salvation Army says it will begin unscheduled checks of busy kettle locations in the Des Moines area after the theft of two kettles. One kettle was stolen from a Des Moines Hy-Vee store and the other was taken from a West Des Moines Wal-Mart. The Salvation Army in Des Moines relies on kettle donations for about 40 percent of its holiday revenue.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds plans to lead a trade mission to Vietnam and the Philippines in February. The trade mission is intended to expand exports of Iowa pork and create new opportunities for the state’s manufacturers.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The maker of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims says it is facing a potentially crippling investigation into whether it falsely labeled meat products. Midamar says in court filings that it’s been told the grounds for recent records seizures relate to allegations that it improperly branded and sold meat products as meeting Muslim dietary requirements called halal when they did not.