Iowa early News headlines: Thu., May 9th 2013


May 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad and MidAmerican Energy have announced plans to spend $1.9 billion to install 656 wind turbines in Iowa by 2016. The Des Moines-based utility’s plan represents the largest economic development project in Iowa history. The new turbines will have the capacity to generate more than 1,000 megawatts of wind power.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Senator Tom Harkin is announcing nearly $1.2 million in funding for projects at six Iowa airports. The largest amount will go to the Spencer Municipal Airport. More than $300,000 will be spent on renovating the runway lighting system.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — Jurors deliberating in the trial of an Osage teenager accused of shooting his mother to death say they’re “close” to being a hung jury. Noah Crooks is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the 2012 killing of his mother. Jurors sent a note to the judge yesterday that read, “Close to hung jury. What do we do?”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that includes $8 million to upgrade facilities at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. The Senate approved the money as part of an appropriations bill that includes spending on a variety of projects. The state tax dollars would be spread out over four years.