Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Oct. 3rd 2013


October 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa National Guard says more than 1,000 full-time employees have been furloughed because of the partial government shutdown. The Guard says most of the furloughed employees are federal technicians that are uniformed members of the Guard. About 45 are civilian federal government employees. Colonel Greg Hapgood says about 50 employees remain on duty.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator has resigned after a special investigator found it likely he violated ethics rules by taking money from political entities connected to former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and then denying he’d done so. Senator Kent Sorenson told The Associated Press yesterday evening that he’s resigning.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say the department vigorously investigates all allegations of racial profiling. Sergeant Daniel Blom says the Des Moines Police Department investigated 20 public complaints in the past two years and none were allegations of racial profiling.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa man whose car careened into a sinkhole has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Mitchell County. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Mark Evans of Osage filed the lawsuit, which claims the county should have done more to prevent his car from plunging into the hole created by flooding. Evans says he was driving about 4 a.m. on May 26th when he hit a black snow fence placed by a county worker about 20 feet from the sinkhole and drove into it.