Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Jan. 18th 2014


January 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa News from the Associated Press…

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City is intervening in litigation over the future of a gaming license in Woodbury County. Attorneys for the city filed motions Friday in Polk County District Court asking to present evidence in a lawsuit against the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The Iowa Supreme Court is examining whether the district court had the power in December to stay the license awarded by the commission.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials are warning Iowa City residents to beware of a phone scam involving people claiming to be IRS agents.City officials say the impersonators are calling residents and demanding they pay taxes they don’t owe. The callers have threatened jail time, deportation and other consequences.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal jury has ruled in favor of the maker of an infant formula that a family claimed caused severe brain damage to an Iowa girl.The jury in Sioux City said Friday that the powdered formula manufactured by Abbott Laboratories did not lead to 5-year-old Jeanine Kunkel contracting meningitis when she was an infant. The meningitis caused brain damage.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a prominent Iowa developer to one year in prison for embezzling money from business ventures to prop up his real estate holdings and keep up a wealthy lifestyle. U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose said Friday that she struggled to fashion an appropriate sentence for Chuck Ruhl of Davenport, especially since he had paid his victims back and had made many positive contributions to the community. But she said she was troubled that he improperly withdrew money for years from real estate partnerships he managed, even after he had been caught doing so once.

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — West Des Moines police say a freight train hit a dump truck in West Des Moines, injuring the truck driver. Police say the crash happened just before 1 p.m. Friday when an Iowa Interstate Railroad train hit a dump truck driven by 59-year-old Rick Northway of Des Moines. Authorities say his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.