Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Jan. 4th 2013


January 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(EARLY, Iowa) — The body of a western Iowa woman has been found in a Sac County residence, while authorities were investigating an alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of another woman. A 21-year old man was arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault. The identity of the victim and other details surrounding her death have not been released. An autopsy was scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — About 40 people spoke at a public hearing to oppose a rule that would establish a process for removing voters from registration rolls if they cannot prove they’re citizens. The hearing was carried statewide on the Iowa Communications Network to allow broad participation, and comments came from several locations.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say smoke alarm systems saved a record number of people in Iowa last year. More than 200 people were alerted by their alarms and made it to safety. That’s an increase over 2011 when about 185 people were saved.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of a proposed criminal justice center in Iowa City are scaling back on the project costs hoping to attract the backing of voters. Johnson County supervisors have tentatively agreed to seek a $43.5 million bond issue. Voters in November rejected a $46.8 million bond request for the project.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has appointed former Iowa Senate GOP leader Stewart Iverson as chairman of the state Property Tax Assessment Appeal Board. Iverson is filling the term left by Richard Stradley, who resigned in November. It will run through April 2017.