Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, Oct. 25th 2015


October 25th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rockwell Collins, which makes systems for airplanes, is buying rival B/E Aerospace for $6.4 billion. The deal still needs approval by shareholders of both companies and by regulators. Rockwell sells electronics systems used in airliners and business jets, while B/E makes aircraft cabin interiors including seating.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Hampton man has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports 61-year-old Ronald Rand was sentenced Monday to the life term after a jury in August found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 51-year-old Michelle Key, of Waterloo. She died on a couch in Rand’s living room after being shot in the neck with a sawed-off shotgun. Prosecutors argued Rand killed Key because she laughed as she admitted cheating on him.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Vinton woman has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge connected to the fatal accidental shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The woman was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to providing a firearm to a prohibited person. Investigators found she provided a rifle to her 16-year-old son, who she knew used marijuana. Authorities say a teen other than the woman’s son was handling the gun when it fired, hitting Emma Redlinger. She died four days later.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge won’t dismiss a lawsuit filed by a retired University of Iowa administrator over private meetings that Board of Regents members held with the man they later hired as the UI’s president. The judge ruled Monday the lawsuit filed in June by former administrator Gerhild Krapf should proceed, though he noted he wasn’t evaluating the suit’s merits. The regents sought to dismiss the suit, which argued regents violated the law by holding private meetings with Bruce Harreld before his hiring.