Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Dec. 28th 2012


December 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Transportation says it will not issue driver’s licenses to young illegal immigrants who are now eligible to work in the U.S. under an Obama administration program. The department announced yesterday that Iowa law does not allow it to issue driver’s licenses or non-operator identification cards to people who are not in the country legally.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — A trade group representing Iowa’s liquid renewable fuels industry says drivers in the state could save a lot of money if they switch to an ethanol-based fuel when buying gas. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says drivers could have saved $69 million in 2012 if they switched to E15, a fuel blend containing 15 percent ethanol. They calculated the savings based on state Department of Revenue data.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man suspected of stealing narcotics from several Iowa pharmacies has been arrested following a high speed chase. Devan Parsons walked into a Medicap pharmacy in Altoona yesterday with a note demanding narcotics. The store’s cashier alerted police after saying he recognized Parsons’ clothing from a November 20th robbery. Parsons has been charged with eluding, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and three counts of robbery.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A 34-year-old Dubuque man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he killed his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son. Nicholas Reed faces first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Bentley Randall. Reed entered the pleas on Wednesday.