Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., April 14th 2013


April 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A bill approved by the Legislature and headed to Governor Terry Branstad would give school districts more authority in dealing with parents who enroll their children in the state’s voluntary preschool program but then fail to bring the youths to class. Supporters say the measure is needed because many districts have waiting lists for preschool. If parents enroll their children but don’t bring them to school, they’re still taking spots that could go to others.

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – Police in central Iowa city of Marshalltown say a 14-year-old boy found collapsed on a bike trail has died. Police say officers went to the trail Friday night after getting a report about an unresponsive person lying on the trail. An autopsy has been ordered.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) – A 36-year-old Glenwood man convicted in February of first-degree murder for the death of his 5-month-old son has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jason Curtis was sentenced Friday for the death of Jackson Curtis on July 14th, 2011.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Union workers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa who have been locked out of their jobs for 20 months at American Crystal Sugar Company have voted to ratify the company’s proposed contract. Fifty-five percent voted this weekend to accept the contract offer. It was the workers’ fifth time voting on the contract. American Crystal is the country’s largest sugar beet processor.