DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin says the confirmation hearing for former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as the nation's next agriculture secretary will be on Jan. 14.
President-elect Barack Obama chose Harkin for the post. Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, predicts an easy confirmation for Vilsack.
Vilsack served two terms as governor, winning election in 1998 and in 2002. He did not run again in 2006 and made a brief run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Since leaving office, Vilsack has taught at Drake University's law school in Des Moines and has been a consultant with a variety of clients.
Areas of dense morning fog. Several chances of showers/storms through tonight.
Cedar Rapids Police have charged four people in connection with a large brawl they say involved 40-50 people Monday evening.
Dozens of people have taken to social media to voice concerns about their latest Alliant Energy bills.
The Italian news agency ANSA citing the Interior Ministry says that 11 people are confirmed dead in the collapse of a highway bridge in the port city of Genoa.
Investigators revealed the launch of a website dedicated specifically to the search to locate missing Iowa 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts on Monday.
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