Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., Jan. 11th 2013


January 11th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says going to jail may be an effective way to protest a federal mandate for employers to cover contraception in insurance plans. On Iowa conservative radio host Steve Deace’s (DACE) Wednesday night show, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said civil disobedience is one way to attack the federal healthcare requirement being challenged in a federal lawsuit by Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby stores.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — School officials in Des Moines have reversed a decision to hold classes on Martin Luther King Junior Day. The Des Moines school district unanimously voted yesterday to cancel its plans to hold classes on January 21st.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Health officials in central Iowa are asking people with minor illnesses to avoid hospital emergency rooms because of an influx of flu-related cases. Officials at several hospitals in the Des Moines area said yesterday that local emergency rooms are experiencing heavy volumes of patients and wait times due to flu cases. They recommend that people with non-life-threatening illnesses visit their primary health care provider, a local urgent care or walk-in clinic.

GALVA, Iowa (AP) — The CEO of a processing plant in northwest Iowa has released more details about an explosion that caused a small fire. Mark Schuett of American Natural Processors said Wednesday’s fire happened after material being tested by employees at the American Natural Soy plant near Galva caught fire.