Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Jan. 21st 2013


January 21st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Governor Terry Branstad has released his budget proposal, but one key part of the plan remains a question mark. That’s compensation for the roughly 20,000 union represented state workers in Iowa. And the acrimonious tone between Branstad and union officials suggests the current contract talks will not be easily resolved.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say they made a mistake in releasing the records of 328 state employees because nearly half of those resigned to avoid being fired. The state says 145 of the people included in the initial list of fired employees resigned to avoid having a termination on their record. Earlier this month, the Des Moines Register reported that 33 employees who had been fired were later rehired by the state.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Some Iowa veterans who want to showcase their military service on their driver’s licenses are disappointed they have to wait until their current license expires. KWWL reports a new law took effect last week allowing Iowans to have a veteran designation on their licenses to help them get discounts.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Deon Mitchell scored 20 points, leading four Northern Iowa players in double figures, and the Panthers routed Drake 85-55 yesterday. Jake Koch had 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds, and Seth Tuttle and Anthony James scored 10 points apiece for the Panthers, who shot 60 percent from the field, making 30 of 50 shots in Cedar Falls.