Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Jan. 16th 2013


January 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — A new report says home prices and sales in Iowa are up significantly. The Iowa Association of Realtors says the median sale price for a home was $125,000 in December. That’s a 7.8 percent increase compared with the same period a year before.

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Soldiers and airmen from the Iowa National Guard have been assigned to help with President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The Iowa National Guard has announced that approximately 120 soldiers and airmen will assist federal, state and local agencies with the Jan. 21 event. Duties will include transportation and attendee management.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa law will allow veterans to have a designation on their driver’s license or identification card. The state Department of Transportation says the law was implemented Tuesday, several months ahead of schedule. The law, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad last year, is a voluntary initiative designed to help veterans get discounts throughout the state without carrying official military documents.

LEON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa teenager accused of shooting at several law enforcement officers has been charged with attempted murder. The state Department of Public Safety says the 16-year-old boy faces two counts of attempted murder after leading authorities on two pursuits in south-central Iowa. Additional charges are pending.