Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., June 17th 2013


June 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — The parent company of Ashford University in Clinton has announced a series of voluntary layoffs due to falling enrollment. KWQC-TV in Davenport reports the parent company, Bridgeport Education, will cut positions to align its employee base with enrollment. Ashford University employs roughly 400 people. University officials declined to say how many they intend to cut, but hundreds have been given the option to voluntarily resign.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Peace activists are marching across eastern Iowa to protest a plan to fly unmanned aircraft from an air base in Des Moines. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the activists want to send a message. More than a dozen demonstrators are walking from Rock Island, Illinois to Des Moines, to raise awareness about drone strikes.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa fire official is headed to Kosovo for an exchange about disaster preparedness. The Sioux City Journal reports that Assistant Sioux City Fire Chief Jim Clark is scheduled to be in the Balkans this week. Clark is part of a three-person team dispatched to the Balkans to help Kosovo prepare for disasters.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids police say they are investigating an assault that sent a 72-year-old man to the hospital. Police said officers were called to the scene at Park Court and 2nd Avenue southeast shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday. The unidentified man was taken to a hospital. Anyone with information is urged to call Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-272-7463.