Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., May 8th 2013


May 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Because the Iowa Senate declined to agree to a number of contentious policy proposals, a multifaceted spending bill will likely move to a negotiating committee. Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Senate rejected the version of the so-called standings bill yesterday that previously passed the Republican-majority House. The bill now moves back to the House.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Voters have rejected a proposal that would have allowed casino gambling in south-central Iowa’s Warren County. The Des Moines Register reports that unofficial results show more than 60 percent of voters rejected the measure. Warren County Citizens for Good Jobs and Wild Rose Entertainment had proposed building a casino, hotel, events center and bowling alley in northwest Norwalk, near Iowa Highways 5 and 28.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A disaster proclamation for 15 Iowa counties due to storms and flooding has been issued by Gov. Terry Branstad. The proclamation is the third such proclamation in recent weeks and covers counties in south and southeast Iowa. Counties covered by the proclamation are Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Decatur, Des Moines, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lucas, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren and Wayne.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says an Osage teenager is a cold-blooded killer who was not insane when he shot his mother multiple times and tried to rape her. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Denise Timmins said during her closing argument in Wright County District Court in Clarion that 14-year-old Noah Crooks waited for the right time to shoot 37-year-old Gretchen Crooks. Noah is charged with first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in the March 24, 2012, killing of his mother. The teen is relying on an insanity defense. A jury will begin deliberations today.