Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Feb. 12th 2013


February 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A scholar embroiled in a lawsuit with the University of Iowa has been arrested for drunken driving. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Teresa Wagner was arrested Monday night after she failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test showed her blood-alcohol content was above the legal limit. Wagner filed a lawsuit against the University of Iowa in 2009, claiming she was passed up for jobs because of her conservative views.

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A county recorder in northeast Iowa has been accused of stealing office funds. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Bremer County Recorder Donna Ellison on Tuesday. She has been charged with a felony count of misconduct in office and third-degree theft.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City has approved a three-year contract with its firefighters. The Sioux City Journal reports the City Council unanimously approved on Monday the contract with Sioux City Firefighters Association Local 7. Under the agreement, firefighters will receive a 1.25 percent raise the first year, a 1.75 percent raise the second year and a 2.25 percent raise the third year.

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A trial for the former director of the Ottumwa Transit Authority has been delayed. The Ottumwa Courier reports Pam Ward’s trial has been rescheduled to start in June instead of March. Ward faces four counts of making false statement to the federal government.