Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., July 2nd 2014


July 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a software error caused inaccurate bills to be sent to water and wastewater customers in North Liberty. City officials say the software error discovered Monday caused customers to be billed for only the minimum wastewater use in June, regardless of actual use. The software vendor used for bills failed to correctly input a rate table that sets parameters on how to bill usage. City staffers plan to work with the software vendor to spot check July bills for accuracy.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Two former Marines are raising money for a charity by kayaking the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Nic Doucette, of Jefferson, Wisconsin, and Gabe Vasquez, of Austin, Texas, stepped out of their kayaks Monday in Dubuque, just before severe weather hit. They’re raising money for the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit that gives financial help to injured service members. The men, both 27, hope to raise $25,000.

FAIRFAX, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man killed following severe weather in eastern Iowa. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old David Lee Fry, of Cedar Rapids, was killed Monday afternoon after a building he was in collapsed in Fairfax. Authorities say strong winds in the area caused the building to collapse.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids police say the body of a teenager swept into a storm drain has been found more than a mile away in a lake. Police announced Tuesday afternoon they had found the body of 17-year-old Logan Blake in Cedar Lake. He was in 3 feet of water, about 75 yards from the shore. Blake was with friends on the grounds of an elementary school when he was pulled into the drain by fast-moving water.