Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, April 5th 2013


April 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More details are available on Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s health proposal for low-income residents. Legislation for Branstad’s Healthy Iowa proposal came out yesterday. The plan would cover an estimated 89,000 residents with incomes below the poverty line. According to the bill, participants would have access to a primary care doctor within 30 minutes or 30 miles of their home. Branstad’s proposal will now be debated in the House.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Democrats say they will reject Governor Terry Branstad’s nominee for the Iowa Utilities Board. Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines said yesterday the nominee, former Republican Representative Nick Wagner, doesn’t have enough Democratic votes for the two-thirds majority needed for confirmation. Wagner says he’ll continue to fight for his nomination.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say property damage to a Cedar Rapids harbor from a recent ice jam will be between $20,000 and $25,000. The Cedar Rapids River Recreation Commission said yesterday the ice broke electrical poles at the Ellis Boat Harbor on the Cedar River and forced crews to make service repairs to connect boat houses.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-pound African leopard tortoise who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building. Officials at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque believe the tortoise named Cashew was stolen, but that the thief quietly returned the animal. She appears to be in good health.