Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., July 1st 2013


July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With a historically productive legislative session wrapped up and bills signed with suitable pomp, Republican Governor Terry Branstad is setting himself up to run for an unprecedented sixth term in 2014. Although Branstad isn’t indicating his plans, his powerful political operation is gearing up this summer with staffing and fundraising.

FAYETTE, Iowa (AP) — The northeastern Iowa city of Fayette has hired a new police chief to lead a department the city almost eliminated. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 44-year-old Brad Gardner will be Fayette’s new police chief. Gardner will be sworn in at today’s city council meeting.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting inside a Muscatine home that left one person dead and another wounded. Muscatine Police said the shooting happened around 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Officers entered the home and found two people with gunshot wounds. One person was dead, and the other person was taken to a hospital in Iowa City. The victims’ names were not immediately released.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged with sharing child pornography has been found dead. The Polk County Sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Paul Hildreth was found dead shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday at a rural Polk City home. The sheriff’s office says Hildreth’s death does not appear suspicious, but the case is still being investigated.