Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad is seeking re-election, but his current focus is on the legislative session, not campaign rhetoric. Since lawmakers returned to the Capitol in January, the Republican Branstad has largely kept his attention on his legislative agenda and budget, which must be approved by lawmakers this spring. Even Branstad’s balloon-festooned re-election announcement last month was light on detailed campaign promises.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A crowd of a couple hundred runners in red dresses, shorts, tights and wigs drew plenty of attention this weekend as they raised money for a good cause. The Quad-City Times reports the local Hash House Harriers group held the fun run Saturday to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project nonprofit.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa couple married for 79 years is being honored for having the longest marriage in the state. The Daily Nonpareil reports Alvin and Eula Blankenship’s marriage was celebrated at a reception Sunday. One-hundred-year-old Eula Blankenship says she and her 99-year-old husband have always loved to dance and travel.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Seth Tuttle scored 18 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, to lead Northern Iowa to a 72-59 win over Illinois State yesterday. Northern Iowa opened with a 10-0 run to build a lead that was never challenged, taking a 40-24 advantage into the break and then protecting it during the second half.