Snow falling across central Iowa makes roads slick
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Snow is falling across central Iowa, and forecasters predicted much of the state would be covered by 2 to 4 inches of snow by Sunday night.
The National Weather Service says this is the first widespread snow storm of the winter for the state.
A section of Interstate 80 in Des Moines was closed for more than an hour Sunday morning because of a 20-car pileup. But officials were about to reopen the highway shortly before noon. No serious injuries were reported.
Southbound Interstate 29 was closed in Sioux City around midday Sunday because an accident was blocking the lanes.
The Weather Service says wind is expected to cause additional travel problems later Sunday by blowing the snow around.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-POKING FUN
Iowa insurer pokes fun at federal website in ads
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As the federal government hustles to fix the much-maligned insurance enrollment website, one Midwestern insurer is poking fun at the technical problems as it tries to lure away some potential customers.
New television ads from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield launched recently in Iowa and South Dakota tell viewers that the government website isn't "the only place to buy health insurance."
Wellmark spokeswoman Traci McBee says the company is not criticizing the federal government but is simply trying to make sure consumers know that they can buy insurance directly from Wellmark.
Elizabeth Wilner, vice president of Kantar Media, which tracks advertising, said the Wellmark ads were the most direct she'd seen commenting on the federal insurance enrollment website.
Des Moines pays police $11M in OT over 5 years
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police officers in Des Moines collected $11 million in overtime over the past five fiscal years, but city officials defend the total because much of the overtime is unavoidable.
The Register reports that responding to major crimes and staffing special events are two of the biggest contributors to overtime, so the cost isn't necessarily a sign more officers are needed.
Experts at the Police Foundation in Washington D.C. question Des Moines' policy of allowing officers to work up to 100 hours in a week. Karen Amendola says allowing officers to work that much threatens safety.
Des Moines officials say it's rare for officers to work anywhere near 100 hours. It's more common for officers to work 60 hours a week on average.
2 people die after vehicle slams into tree in Iowa
TAMA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in central Iowa are investigating a crash that killed two 21-year-old men when their vehicle slammed into a tree.
The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports a second man died from injuries sustained in the crash early Friday.
Vernon Lasley of Tama and Dalton Youngbear of Toledo both died.
Authorities say Lasley was driving when the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday in Montour, which is about 11 miles west of Tama.
Lasley lost control of the vehicle and smashed into a tree.
Youngbear died at the scene while Lasley died later at a hospital in Marshalltown.
No. 14 LSU will face Iowa in Jan. 1 Outback Bowl
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Number 14 LSU has been selected to face Iowa in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
The Tigers (9-4) are making their first trip to Tampa for postseason action since 1989, when the game called the Hall of Fame Bowl.
Iowa (8-4) will be making its fourth appearance in the Outback. The Hawkeyes last appeared following the 2008 season, when they beat South Carolina 31-10.
The Hawkeyes beat Florida 37-17 to conclude the 2003 season in Tampa. They lost to the Gators 31-24 in the game winding up the 2005 season.
LSU coach Les Miles says the annual matchup between representatives from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten a "premier" game. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says his team is excited to be playing a team the caliber of LSU.
T25-CAL ST FULLERTON-IOWA STATE
No. 20 Iowa State turns back CS Fullerton 79-52
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Hallie Christofferson was 11 of 16 from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 shooting free throws in scoring 33 points and leading Number 20 Iowa State to a 79-52 win over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon.
Christofferson added eight rebounds to her game totals while Nicole Blaskowsky poured in 16 points and Seanna Johnson grabbed 12 rebounds in the Cyclone effort.
ISU (8-0) never trailed CS Fullerton (1-7), but only led by two (27-25) at intermission after the Titans fell behind by as much as seven in the half.
Iowa State entered the second half more determined and stretched the lead to a buzzer-ending 27 points, scoring 52 second half points and improving their shooting performance to 51 percent for the game.
Hailey King scored 13 and Alex Thomas 10 had 10 points for the Titans.
Iowa State will host Number 25 neighbor Iowa next Sunday.
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