Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 9th 2013


April 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MARQUETTE, Iowa (AP) — Inspectors following up on a report that a piece of a Mississippi River bridge fell off have reopened a bridge in northeast Iowa. Officials closed the bridge Sunday for about three hours. It connects Marquette, Iowa with Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

ADAIR, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in western Iowa are investigating how a wind turbine blade that’s the size of a football field snapped off. A technician for the Eclipse Wind Farm in Adair discovered the blade in a field Friday morning. Siemens Energy, the turbine manufacturer, is investigating the accident.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former University of Iowa student from China to up to 17 years in prison for sexually abusing another Chinese student and threatening her to stay quiet. Judge Ian Thornhill issued the sentence to Peng Tang in a Johnson County courtroom yesterday. The sentence caps a case that shocked a campus where enrollment of Chinese students has skyrocketed in recent years.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The newly appointed archbishop of Dubuque says he is “ready to follow God’s will” with the job. Bishop Michael Jackels, of Wichita, Kansas spoke at a news conference yesterday about his new role as archbishop of Dubuque. He will be installed on May 30th.