Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., April 25th 2013


April 25th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of conservative lawmakers wants to cut the salaries of Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined in a ruling that legalized gay marriage. Republican Rep. Larry Sheets says the justices “overstepped their constitutional boundaries.” The amendment would reduce the salaries of four justices from about $163,000 to $25,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed 34 bills into law. The bills include a measure to aid rebuilding Lake Delhi. Another makes stealing a police officer’s radio a misdemeanor offense. Penalties can be enhanced to a felony if the officer is injured during the theft.

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa police officer has resigned amid a federal investigation. Eagle Grove city administrator Mike Boyd was unable to characterize the federal investigation into Jon Bailey. He said agents recently searched Bailey’s home.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Congressman Jim Leach has announced his resignation as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has held the position since August 2009. He had served as a Republican congressman for eastern Iowa from 1977 to 2007, when he lost to Democrat Dave Loebsack.