Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A section of Interstate 80 in Des Moines was closed for more than an hour yesterday morning because of a 20-car pileup caused by the weather, but officials were about to reopen the highway shortly before noon. No serious injuries were reported.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the federal government hustles to fix the much-maligned insurance enrollment website, one Midwestern insurer is poking fun at the technical problems as it tries to lure away some potential customers. New television ads from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield launched recently in Iowa and South Dakota tell viewers that the government website isn’t “the only place to buy health insurance.”
TAMA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa are investigating a crash that killed two 21-year-old men when their vehicle slammed into a tree. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports a second man died from injuries sustained in the crash early Friday. Vernon Lasley of Tama and Dalton Youngbear of Toledo both died around 2:30 a.m. Friday in Montour, which is about 11 miles west of Tama.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Iowa will take on Number 14 LSU in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day. Iowa (8-4) will be making its fourth appearance in Orlando’s Outback Bowl. The Hawkeyes last appeared following the 2008 season, when they beat South Carolina 31-10.