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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2015 5:42AM
The former police chief in Des Moines has been named the new director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Judy Bradshaw has been assistant director since she retired from the Des Moines Police Department last year. Governor Terry Branstad says Bradshaw has the "leadership, knowledge, temperament and communications skills" to lead the academy.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2015 5:38AM
Organizers of the Iowa State Fair are pairing the event's famous butter cow sculpture with another butter piece celebrating the Monopoly board game. Officials say the accompanying piece, which changes every year, will this summer celebrate the game's 80th anniversary. The Iowa Star Fair is scheduled Aug. 13-23 in Des Moines.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2015 5:20AM
A disaster proclamation has been issued for 18 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. The proclamation allows the state to help residents impacted by a tornado that hit parts of Wapello County on June 20. The proclamation also helps residents affected by other severe weather and flooding in Iowa in late June.
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Location : IowaWapello County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2015 5:42AM
Two Kansas men have been charged in the fatal shooting of a man in Nodaway earlier this month. Jon Rubendall and James Bost are in jail on $1 million bond in the death of Allen Pafford. A court document says of the men has told investigators Pafford was shot over a drug debt.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Kansas
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2015 5:40AM
Authorities have reopened a major street near downtown Des Moines that was affected by flooding from the nearby Raccoon River. A portion of Fleur Drive along Gray's Lake Park reopened Monday afternoon. The current level of the Raccoon River along thestreet continues to recede. The current level of the nearby Des Moines River is also receding.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2015 5:37AM
A jury has ruled that the former dean of the University of Iowa law school didn't commit political discrimination when she passed over a conservative lawyer for teaching jobs. The federal jury in Davenport rejected Teresa Manning's claims that Dean Carolyn Jones rejected her because of Manning's political beliefs and associations. The verdict is a victory for the university in a long-running case that has been closely watched in higher education. It came after a six-day trial, which was the second in the case after an unusual mistrial in 2012.
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Topics : EducationLaw_Crime
Location : DavenportIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 11:34AM
  A Marshalltown teen accused of sexually abusing a girl has received a second sentencing hearing date.
  According to online court records, Travis James Bunn of Marshalltown will receive a sentence on July 27th at 1:30pm. Bunn, along with his attorney Aaron Siebrecht and Iowa Attorney General’s Office lawyer Andy Prosser, met one week ago for sentencing, before the assigned judge decided to continue the hearing.
  Bunn is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Marshalltown back in January. He is charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, Indecent Contact With A Child, and Lascivious Acts With A Child.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 5:51AM
Iowa State is in the final stages of a major renovation to the south end zone at Jack Trice Stadium, highlighting a $60 million expansion that's set to be completed in late August. It's arguably the most ambitious renovation in the 40-year life of the stadium, which will soon be the third-largest in the Big 12 with a capacity of 61,000.
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Topics : Sports
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 5:48AM
A Clive auto repair business reports that 90 percent of the vehicles on its property have been ruined by a flash flood. Acheson Auto Works, which backs up to the Walnut Creek, was flooded early Friday, destroying about 40 vehicles. Workers plan to continue the cleanup throughout the weekend in hopes of opening on Monday.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 5:45AM
The ongoing bird flu outbreak has forced competitors at the Linn County Fair and other poultry events in the state to prepare educational displays and leave their birds at home. But the 79 participants in this weekend's Linn County competition got tomeet Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. He visited the fair Saturday to speak about poultry health and the bird flu.
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Topics : Environment
Location : IowaLinn County
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 3:35PM
  A vacant building on the south side of Marshalltown will soon be demolished, and a major dollar store chain is planning a build on the property.
  Dollar Tree, which currently has a Marshalltown location next door to what used to be an EconoFoods grocery store on Iowa Avenue West, will be making the big move this year, according to store management. The new location for the dollar store outlet will be a space on the corner of E. Southridge Road and S. Center Street. The old Long John Silver’s building currently located on the property is to be destroyed, and a new building, which will house Dollar Tree, will be developed.
  Specific details on the project have not been made public. Also, no set completion date has been released, as of yet. However, Dollar Tree management noted that the company is aiming for a November opening.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 5:48AM
University of Northern Iowa students are working to bring fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods in Waterloo. Students established the Waterloo Mobile Produce Stand this summer so families could have access to fresh vegetables that they normally wouldn't have due to costs.
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Location : Northern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 5:45AM
One of three veteran Iowa State Patrol officials who were on leave during an internal investigation has been transferred to a new job. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Major Todd Misel is no longer in charge of field operations for the patrol. Misel and two other patrol officials were placed on paid leave in April while the department investigated whether they mishandled a state contract to purchase handguns.
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People : Todd Misel
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 5:42AM
One man has died in an apparent explosion of a house in rural Jackson County in eastern Iowa. 73-year-old Stephen W. Brandenburg was found early Thursday in the basement of a house near U.S. Highway 64 between Miles and Preston. Emergency responders were called to the home about 4:40 a.m. yesterday after reports of an explosion.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 25 2015 5:53AM
Two construction workers were hospitalized after a building site collapsed in eastern Iowa. Evansdale emergency officials say the two were being treated for non-life threatening injuries after the collapse at a planned Kwik Star convenience store on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities are investigating the cause.
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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 25 2015 5:50AM
Ohio Governor John Kasich is making his first trip to Iowa as he considers whether to run for president next year. The Republican said Wednesday in Des Moines that it's not practical or humane to deport millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. In the past, he's expressed reservations about creating a path to citizenship.
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Location : Des MoinesIowaOhio
People : John Kasich
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 25 2015 5:48AM
Iowa farm equipment maker Kinze Manufacturing says it must lay off 215 workers as business has slowed because of the impact of low grain prices on farmer purchases. The privately held company based in the eastern Iowa near Williamsburg makes planters andgrain carts. Deere and Company another major farm equipment maker laid off 910 workers in its Iowa factories and 500 in Illinois in January.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Eastern IowaIllinoisIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 24 2015 5:45AM
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado damaged homes and a grocery store in southern Iowa. Meteorologist Craig Cogil says the tornado received an EF-3 rating after peak winds were estimated at 142 mph near a damaged house in Lovilia on Monday night. The tornado developed in Marion County and briefly moved through Lucas County before ending in Monroe County, where the house was located. The tornado had wind speeds of 103 mph when it later ripped into a grocery store in Albia. No injuries have been reported.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 24 2015 5:41AM
Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for four Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad issued the proclamation for Davis, Humboldt, Monroe and Wright counties. The areas were affected by severe weather Monday. The proclamation allows officials to use state resources to help affected people. It includes an assistance program that provides grants of up to $5,000 for certain households needing food, clothing and temporary housing.
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Location : DavisHumboldtIowaMonroeWright
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 24 2015 5:39AM
A computer science committee has recommended to Gov. Terry Branstad's STEM Advisory Council that Iowa high school students should have to complete computer science coursework to graduate.

The STEM Support of Computer Science working group made the recommendation Tuesday. Group co-chairs Mark Gruwell and Ann Watts discussed a list of recommendations to integrate computer science into Iowa schools, including an endorsement to recognize teachers and technology professors qualified to teach courses.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2015 5:54AM
After years of arguing that liberal Iowa law professors illegally derailed her career, a conservative lawyer will get a second chance to prove her claim to a jury. Jury selection started in federal court in Davenport in a lawsuit filed by anti-abortion activist Teresa Manning, who contends that the University of Iowa College of Law refused to hire her for teaching jobs because of her beliefs and associations. The long-running lawsuit has been closely watched in higher education.
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Location : DavenportIowa
People : Teresa Manning
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2015 5:51AM
Governor Terry Branstad has signed legislation to expand high-speed Internet service in Iowa. The new law creates a property tax relief program for service providers adding broadband infrastructure. A bill with more tax incentives for service providers failed in 2014.
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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2015 5:48AM
A former Des Moines police officer convicted in March of using excessive force has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Colin Boone was sentenced to 63 months in prison. He will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence. A jury convicted the 39-year-old Boone following allegations he kicked a man in the head during a traffic stop in 2013. The kick knocked out two of the man's front teeth.
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Colin Boone
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 22 2015 5:51AM
Police in central Iowa say a man is dead following an overnight shooting. The Ames Police Department says officers received a report of a shooting at 1 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a man with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The victim's name was not released yesterday.
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Location : Central IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 22 2015 5:47AM
Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that has wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms. An Omaha breakfast and lunch eatery owner says his supplier's inventory has dwindled because of demand and production is down because of federal testing.
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Topics : Environment
Location : Omaha
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 22 2015 5:42AM
Police say two men will be charged with public intoxication after jumping into the Des Moines River.

According to authorities, police and rescue crews responded to reports of someone jumping into the river and not resurfacing just after 5 p.m. Saturday. Two men were taken out of the water uninjured.

According to police, the two men had jumped off a ledge near the Riverwalk Hub. The Iowa Craft Beer Festival was just ending in the area, and Iowa Brewers Guild President Dave Ropte said this was the lone incident at the sold-out event.


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People : Dave Ropte
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:26AM

AMES — Ames police say one man has died and another was critically injured in a construction accident at Iowa State University.

Emergency crews were called Friday afternoon to an apartment building under construction across the street from the ISU Memorial Union.

Police say the accident that killed one man and hurt another involved a fall from scaffolding.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:24AM

DES MOINES — A New York City company the Iowa attorney general says was running a fraudulent psychic mail campaign targeting elderly Iowans has been ordered to pay $200,000 to a state consumer protection fund.

Court documents filed Friday say Faircom New York Inc. and company senior account director Audrey Corvino agreed to the restitution and will permanently halt mailings to Iowans. Faircom was further ordered to ensure that no one else uses Iowa mailing lists it compiled.

Attorney General Tom Miller says the company helped fraudulent operators in Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom distribute mailings to older Iowans and people in other states promising psychics would miraculously deliver health, wealth and happiness for a fee of $20 to $35.

He says Faircom acknowledges helping with hundreds of thousands of mailings nationwide.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:18AM

IOWA CITY — The new Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman is explaining her decision to participate in a vote on a major oil pipeline despite a potential conflict of interest.

In a June 8 filing, Geri Huser told parties in the case that her brother is no longer representing a farm family that has filed an objection to the pipeline proposed by Dakota Access LLC.

Huser noted that she wasn't on the board when her brother wrote a December objection letter, which will remain part of the case file. She said any appearance of a conflict of interest has been addressed by his withdrawal from the case.

Days before Huser's filing, a board spokesman said that Huser wasn't planning to formally disclose the issue in the case.

The board could vote later this year.

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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Iowa
People : Geri Huser
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:08AM

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Neighbors of a proposed shooting range in rural Dubuque County have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the development.

Three neighbors filed the lawsuit Tuesday against several county panels, arguing the proposed range was too close to their properties and could endanger people or livestock.

The Dubuque police and county sheriff's office applied for a special-use permit to build the 100-yard law enforcement shooting range. After several meetings, county boards approved the permit.

Authorities say the range could be used by any officers working in the county.

The Dubuque police chief, county sheriff and county attorney all declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit argues the decision to grant the special-use permit was unreasonable and not supported by the facts.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Dubuque CountyIowa
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