Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., July 7th 2013


July 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is heading to Europe this weekend for a trade mission. Branstad left yesterday and will travel to Germany, Italy, Kosovo and Switzerland. Iowa is establishing a sister-state relationship with Kosovo. Branstad said last month that Iowa and Kosovo have developed a unique partnership due to more than 700 Iowa National Guard soldiers who have served there on peacekeeping missions since 2003.

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Diving recovery efforts have been suspended this weekend in the search for a Ireton man who went missing after his boat capsized on Storm Lake Thursday afternoon. The Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office tells the Des Moines Register that 28-year-old Jaime Jaime-Vazquez went missing after his boat capsized on Storm Lake around 4 p.m. on Independence Day.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The suspended sentence of a man convicted of running a meth lab at a home child day care has some parents upset. Dale Blumer recently pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth, child endangerment and other charges and received a suspended 25-year sentence. Fawn Waack tells the Quad-City Times that her 4-year-old son, who attended the day care when police discovered the meth lab in late December, tested positive for high amounts of meth. She says Blumer should be in prison.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A woman has died after a trench collapsed at a construction site near Waterloo. Cedar Rapids television station KGAN reports that the trench collapsed Friday afternoon, killing a construction worker.