Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster emergency proclamation for Des Moines County. The proclamation announced yesterday follows similar action for other counties due to spring storm and flooding damage. Branstad also activated an individual assistance program that provides grants of up to $5,000 for home or car repairs, clothing or food replacements and temporary housing expenses.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Senator Tom Harkin and three other Senators are asking Nickelodeon to ban ads targeted at children that promote and sell junk food and sugar. Nickelodeon says in a statement it is committed to fighting childhood obesity but will “leave the science of nutrition to the experts.” Last June, the Walt Disney Company banned junk food ads on its television channels, radio stations and websites.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Bettendorf woman has been accused of leaving her infant in her car while working out at a Davenport fitness center. The Quad-City Times says Amanda Broihier faces a misdemeanor count of child endangerment.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Government data shows Iowa’s Hispanic population continues to increase at a much higher rate than the state’s overall population. U.S. Census Bureau data released yesterday shows more than 162,800 Latinos lived in the state in July 2012. That’s a 3.2 percent increase from the year before, and 10 times the estimated increase for the state’s overall population for the year.