Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Feb. 18th 2013


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A businessman from Cedar Rapids is the first Republican to declare he’s running for the northeastern Iowa congressional seat that will be vacated by U.S. Representative Bruce Braley. Steve Rathje said Friday he will run for the 1st Congressional District seat. He is the founder and president of International Procurement Services Incorporated in Hiawatha. The 1st District includes 20 northeast Iowa counties.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Police say an Iowa man fatally shot his girlfriend before taking his own life this weekend. Council Bluffs Police Sergeant Chad Meyers said 38-year-old Stephony Metzger died Saturday morning in the bedroom of her mobile home. Police say that after 42-year-old Terry Francis shot his girlfriend, and then shot himself. The shooting was discovered after Metzger’s 18-year-old daughter called police around 10:15. Saturday morning.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Family members say the 33-year-old man who died in an Iowa police chase while his son rode along was a veteran who abducted his son last fall out of concern for his safety. Relatives of Jeremiah Johnson told The Des Moines Register this weekend he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Devyn Marble and Aaron White each had 15 points as Iowa shrugged off an early 16-point deficit and rolled past Minnesota 72-51 yesterday for its third straight win. Freshman Mike Gesell added 11 for the Hawkeyes in Iowa City.