Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Dec. 2nd 2012


December 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad’s administration has proposed freezing wages and increasing health care costs for 20,000 state workers in negotiations with state employee unions. But Danny Homan, president of the state workers’ union, scoffed at the proposal and says Branstad is out to score political points.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democrat who lost an Iowa House seat by just 22 votes on Election Day has called off a recount of the votes she had earlier sought. Susan Judkins of Clive called off the recount Friday in the Iowa House District 43 race in suburban Des Moines. That leaves Republican incumbent Chris Hagenow as the winner. House District 43 includes the city of Windsor Heights as well as portions of Clive and West Des Moines.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City landlord accused of peeping at tenants in their showers has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of invasion of privacy. Sixty-three-year-old Elwyn Miller pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. Miller was arrested October 31st when police were called to one of his rental properties by a woman who told police that Miller been watching her through a peephole in her shower.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar County health officials are stepping up flu surveillance since a child there was diagnosed with a flu virus normally found in pigs. The H3N2v influenza A strain was verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.