Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., April 19th 2013


April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says a mudslide behind a residence hall has damaged several vehicles in its parking lot. The university said yesterday that heavy rains caused the mudslide behind Mayflower Residence Hall late Wednesday night. No one was injured, but the parking lot behind Mayflower became inundated with several feet of mud and debris.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s state treasury has received an annual payment from tobacco companies totaling more than $65 million. The payment is the result of a 1998 settlement agreement between tobacco companies and states over tobacco-related health care costs.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa program geared at helping people avoid foreclosure has received a federal grant for more than $600,000. The Iowa Mortgage Help foreclosure prevention initiative received the grant from the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. State officials announced the award yesterday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of Midwest bankers says that strong farm income continues to boost the economy in Iowa, Nebraska and other Plains states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey from Omaha, Nebraska. He says agricultural businesses and energy-producing firms continue to thrive in the region.