Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Nov. 9th 2013


November 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WASHINGTON (AP) – Two Republican senators say just five people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the District of Columbia’s new insurance exchange. Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah say many Americans are having their health insurance canceled due to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul but are unable to enroll in a new plan.

THOMPSON, Iowa (AP) – The last hurrah for Thompson Mayor Roger Johnson came two days after his death, when he won re-election. Winter Funeral Home says the 85-year-old Johnson died Sunday at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City. But his name remained on the ballot for Tuesday’s municipal election in Thompson, a town of 502 people about six miles from the Minnesota state line.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines man has been accused of breaking into a neighbor’s house and offering to mow the lawn. Des Moines police say the burglary victim awoke Thursday afternoon and heard his dogs barking. The victim told police he found 28-year-old Nathan Greene standing in the living room. Greene is accused of offering to then mow the victim’s lawn for $5. Police say the victim ordered Greene out and he complied.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A 43-year-old inmate has been captured following his escape from a work release facility in Sioux City. Fred Scaletta of the state Department of Corrections says David Kreider was apprehended Friday in Sioux City. He’s being held at the Woodbury County Jail.