Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol is praising a trooper who responded to a house fire while he was driving Governor Terry Branstad. The patrol said yesterday that trooper Greg Steffen was driving Branstad to Des Moines after an event Wednesday in Eddyville, when they passed through Monroe on Highway 163. Steffen noticed black smoke, couldn’t tell where it was coming from and decided to investigate, eventually finding a house engulfed in flames. An elderly resident had escaped the fire with multiple burns.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is seeking a presidential disaster declaration for 10 Iowa counties that were hit by severe storms and flooding in June. Branstad says he signed a letter yesterday for President Barack Obama seeking the declaration for the counties of Allamakee, Benton, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Clayton, Delaware, Howard, Jones and Winneshiek.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Senators and potential presidential candidates Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas are set to address evangelical pastors today in Des Moines. The 50-year-old Paul is the son of retired Texas Congressman Ron Paul who finished third in Iowa’s 2012 caucuses.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Matt Chapman had an RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Team USA a 2-1 victory over Cuba last night in an international exhibition. The matchup in Des Moines was the opener of a five-game series between Cuba and a team of American college stars.