Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Jan. 23rd 2013


January 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man accused of sexually abusing three of his nine children has reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Television station KCCI reports the man pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts of second-degree sexual abuse. He will be sentenced in March.

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — Mississippi River traffic is halted near St. Louis as crews try to sort out how to fix an auxiliary lock’s gate damaged by a barge. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mike Petersen says the accident that occurred around 5 a.m. yesterday damaged the backup lock near Granite City that’s about half the size of the adjacent main one. That main lock was closed for repairs early last month.

CENTERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A nursing home in northern Iowa has been fined $15,000 following the death of two patients. The Des Moines Register reports state inspectors say the Golden Age Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Centerville has repeatedly failed to provide the minimum level of nursing care for its residents.

GOWRIE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt after a train derailment in north-central Iowa. Television station KCCI reports a Union Pacific freight train derailed early yesterday morning near Gowrie. The train was loaded with corn and was bound for Texas.