DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Des Moines International Airport has announced plans to add 1,000 more parking spaces to combat shortages. Airport General Manager Kevin Foley says the parking shortage is a good sign because it reflects an increase in the number of people using airport facilities. The new parking spaces should be finished by Thanksgiving. He says the $3 million project “only buys us two or three years” before more spaces will be needed.
LINN COUNTY, IA (IRN) – Officials discovered a body in the Cedar River yesterday after a multi-day search for a missing boater. KCRG-TV reports search teams recovered a body of a white male. Officials believe this body to be that of Ricky Veenstra, 59, of Cedar Rapids, who had been missing since Sunday.
MASON CITY, IA (IRN) – A repeat offender is going to prison for stealing tools. KIMT-TV reports Timothy Charles Williams, 30 of Springville, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree theft for trying to sneak over $1,000 worth of tools out of a Mason City store. Law enforcement says he put the tools inside the package for a mailbox, then bought the mailbox and left without paying for the tools. He’s a repeat offender who will spend up to five years in jail.
AMES, IA (IRN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning on Tuesday about a dangerous species of tick. According to the CDC, Asian longhorned ticks have appeared in 11 states across the country and their bites can cause serious illness in animals and in people. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University, said he is not aware of any reports in Iowa or the Midwest.
IOWA (IRN) – The state of Iowa has earned a high ranking on a dubious list. Online news site 24/7 Wall St. has labeled Iowa one of the top “states that are falling apart.” The study relied on data including road condition rankings, deficient bridges and state spending on highway projects. Iowa finished third on the list, behind only Alaska and Rhode Island.