Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say winning ticket tickets have been sold in California and Georgia for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning numbers were: 8, 14, 17, 20, 39; Mega Ball: 7. California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said Tuesday night that one ticket was sold at Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose, Calif. Otto didn’t know yet where in Georgia the ticket had been sold. The jackpot resets to $15 million for the next drawing, which is on Friday night.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Latham has confirmed he won’t seek re-election in 2014. The 10-term Iowa Republican will have spent 20 years in Congress and is Iowa’s senior U.S. House member. Latham is a member of the Appropriations Committee and chairman of the transportation subcommittee. He’s known for his friendship with House Speaker John Boehner and his love of golf.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A long-idled Nebraska nuclear plant has been given clearance to restart. The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the Omaha Public Power District’s Fort Calhoun nuclear plant is safe. Fort Calhoun has been offline since April 2011. Fort Calhoun initially shut down for routine maintenance, but significant flooding in 2011, a small fire and a number of violations forced it to remain closed.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A livestock specialist at Iowa State University says falling corn prices are generating some optimism that cattle farmers can again make money. Historically high corn prices during the last several years drove up the cost of feed and many producers cut herd numbers as drought intensified. But Lee Schulz, a livestock specialist and assistant professor of economics, says producers who have been in survival mode are beginning to talk about expansion.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is launching a new design for its home Web page for the first time since 2008. University official Lin Larson offered a preview of the changes in a university article posted online Tuesday. He says the redesign “isn’t just a facelift, but a fresh start.” He says the new site should make menus simpler to navigate and work better on mobile devices.