Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Dec. 18th 2012

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December 18th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Snow and wind gusts are in the forecast for western Iowa and eastern Nebraska tomorrow. The National Weather Service says a large winter storm is expected to hit Nebraska midday Wednesday and move eastward into Iowa by Wednesday afternoon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The parents of four missing or killed Iowa children say they want lawmakers to reinstate the death penalty. The Des Moines Register reports the parents met with Governor Terry Branstad yesterday. Those in attendance included Heather and Drew Collins. The body of their daughter, Elizabeth Collins, was recently discovered in a wooded area along with her cousin, Lyric Cook. Iowa hasn’t had a death penalty since the 1960s.

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they’re evaluating a 154-year-old courthouse in northeast Iowa that was shut down earlier this year. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports supervisors in Mitchell County approved a contract this week with firm FEH Associates of Des Moines. The company is expected to look into preserving the aging structure, which was built in 1858 and was shut down because of safety concerns.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State junior Melvin Ejim is the Big 12′s player of the week after leading the Cyclones past Drake on Saturday. Ejim scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Iowa State beat the Bulldogs 86-77 in Des Moines. It was the fourth double-double of the season for Ejim. Iowa State plays at Missouri-Kansas City tomorrow.