Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 19th 2012


December 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University has received a $500,000 gift from a South Korean businessman and his Iowa metals subsidiary. Sen. Tom Harkin is pushing for a one-dollar coin that would bring the company business. The donations to the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University come from PMX Industries and CEO of its Seoul-based parent, Jin Roy Ryu.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge is refusing to allow the mother of one of two slain Iowa girls out of a halfway house so she can plan her daughter’s funeral. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports) U.S. District Judge Linda Reade declined Monday to end Misty Morrissey’s supervised release 45 days early or allow her to live with her mother. Morrissey is mother of Lyric Cook, who disappeared with cousin Elizabeth Collins in Evansdale in July. The bodies of the girls were found this month by hunters.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa couple who won a $202 million Powerball jackpot in September is donating $3 million to their son’s high school for a new football stadium — but the gift comes with a catch. The stadium visitor’s locker room must be painted pink. The Bondurant-Farrar school district accepted the donation from Brian and Mary Lohse on Monday. The couple requested only that the new stadium be completed before the fall 2014 football season — their oldest son’s senior year — and that the visiting team’s locker room be painted pink.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of Sioux City says he won’t vote on any gambling-related issues as the city considers a new casino. The Sioux City Journal says Mayor Bob Scott announced his decision Monday during a City Council meeting. He says it is in response to speculation that he has a financial stake in the development of a new casino. He would not elaborate. Three developers have proposed land-based casinos that will eventually replace Argosy. The Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission will name the winning proposal in April.