(Des Moines) -- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says he's going to leave it up to the Republican Central Committee to choose the next state party chairman. A leadership election will be held the last Saturday of this month. Radio Iowa is reporting party insiders say former state Representative Jeff Kaufmann is the leading candidate. The governor says if Kaufmann is chosen, it wouldn't be a total surprise. Branstad calls him a very capable and effective spokesperson. The party has had four chairmen in the last two and a half years. Current chairman Danny Carroll has served less than three months.
(Des Moines) -- Des Moines police use ground-penetrating radar to search for the body of a woman missing more than 50 years. Darlene Fitchett was in her late 20s when she disappeared. Her family members say they have told investigators they believe her husband murdered her and buried her in the basement of a house at 608 East Pleasant View Drive. Police say their search is more than a hunch. Searchers were using a jackhammer to break through the concrete floor. So far, she hasn't been found, but police say they're not giving up.
(Marshalltown) -- The Marshalltown School District is using a 480-thousand dollar federal grant to buy about four-thousand pedometers. About one-third of U-S kids are obese - or, at least overweight - and that number is worse in Marshalltown. Local officials put the estimate at 47-percent. School district officials say their students aren't walking enough. Each school in the district will now have an activity team, charging with improving the local statistics on childhood obesity. The federal grant will be repeated through 2016.
(Cedar Rapids) -- Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is scheduled to announce his running mate at a news conference this morning. State Senator Hatch is running against Republican incumbent Governor Terry Branstad in the November 4th general election. He is scheduled to make his announcement at 9 a-m at the I-B-E-W 405 Union Hall in Cedar Rapids. Hatch and his new running mate will leave the event for a series of campaign stops around the state.