Iowa early News headlines: Tue., Dec. 11th 2012


December 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Davenport has hired a gaming consultant to assist the city with its purchase of the Rhythm City riverboat casino. The city will work with Gary Buettner, the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Jumer’s Casino and Hotel. The Quad City Times reports Buettner will review the $46 million asset purchase agreement for the Rhythm City casino.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Records show a former University of Iowa athletics department counselor at the center of a sexual harassment scandal was rehired in 2002 without mention that he had been fired from another university for performance or had earlier worked at Iowa. The university released records yesterday related to Peter Gray, who resigned last month after being accused of sexually harassing athletes through improper touching that allegedly dated back to his employment at Iowa from 1993 to 1995.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City official are troubled by the loss of students to other school districts. A record 445 children who live within the district opted through the state’s open-enrollment rules to attend school elsewhere this school year. That’s a net loss of 325 students because 120 students from other districts are attending Iowa City district schools.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwest Iowa say freezing weather may have caused a pipe at a community college to break and flood several rooms. Students and staff were evacuated from the affected classrooms after yesterday morning’s flooding at Western Iowa Tech Community College.