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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2016 5:41AM
A pollster warned the University of Iowa last year that its reputation was suffering from an image as a heavy-drinking school where sexual assault was too common. The university has refused to release the December 2014 report and others conducted by a Washington-based firm that received a no-bid contract for the work. The Associated Press obtained the report from a university employee.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2016 5:37AM
Iowa Senate Democrats plan on passing a bill next week that would halt Governor Terry Branstad's effort to privatize management of the state's Medicaid program. The bill directs the Iowa Department of Human Services to give a 30-day notice of contract termination to the three companies. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says the bill has no chance in the House.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2016 5:34AM
A bill proposed by House Republicans would require local police and county sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration officials by disclosing when they have in custody immigrants living in the country without legal permission. The measure would prevent local governments from adopting policies or procedures that limit or restrict the enforcement of any federal immigration law.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2016 5:45AM

An inmate serving a 50 year sentence for second-degree murder has died in a Coralville prison.

The Iowa Department of Corrections announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Matthew John Irving died of natural causes. Officials say he collapsed to the floor in a hospice care unit while being assisted from a bathroom to a bed. He was pronounced dead by a physician on duty.

He had previously been diagnosed with cancer that spread to his lungs and bones. Irving was assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

He was convicted in 2014 in the death of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall, of Marshalltown, whose body was found in a van on the side of a road.

Irving was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2016 5:40AM
Legislation that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Iowa is once again advancing through the Iowa Legislature, though it may face some challenges from lawmakers. The Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in support of the bill, which would allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and roman candles. Current law allows the sale of novelties like sparklers.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2016 5:34AM

Polk County's board of supervisors has agreed to loan nearly $30 million in additional financing to build a convention hotel attached to the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines.

Officials voted for the loan on Wednesday. The board will loan up to $29 million through a partnership with Bankers Trust to kick-start construction on the $101 million hotel project, which will be managed and operated by Hilton.

Bankers Trust has created a subsidiary company that will buy the hotel after its expected completion in 2018.

The Iowa Events Center is owned by Polk County and operates on gaming revenue collected through gambling profits at Prairie Meadows casino.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 3 2016 5:51AM

Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders are facing scrutiny over how they ran the state's signature event.

The tight contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday has highlighted the complicated process Democrats use to determine the winner and the bumpy road they take to get there.

Organizers reported overcrowded meeting rooms and delays caused by long lines of people registering to vote. Some precinct chairs initially failed to report results due to errors or technological glitches, leaving the nation waiting for a winner to be declared until Tuesday.

Clinton was named the winner Tuesday after winning by less than four "state delegate equivalents" out of 1,405, the measurement the party uses to calculate caucus-goers' preferences.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 3 2016 5:48AM

A Franklin County sheriff's deputy's election paperwork to run for sheriff has been destroyed in a truck fire.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says that a fire broke out in the engine or dashboard area of a truck at Chief Deputy Linn Larson's residence, west of Coulter, around 4:10 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say the fire destroyed Larson's 2001 Ford F-150, a snow blade and everything inside the truck, including signed nomination papers Larson had collected in order to run for Franklin County sheriff.

It is unclear how the fire started.

Larson had planned to take his paperwork to the local caucus later that night, but had to collect a new round of signatures instead.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 3 2016 5:35AM
The listening area had a two to three inch snowfall overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Roads are tricky, slow down and take your time. Roads in the towns and cities are snow packed, and highways are partly to completely covered with snow.
JBS delayed the start of it`s first shift by four hours, Iowa Premium Beef of Tama opted to close for the day. Several schools opted to delay the start of school by two hours on Wednesday.
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Topics : Weather
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2016 5:44AM
The listening area is under a winter storm warning till 6am. Tama, Poweshiek and Jasper counties are in a winter weather advisory for the same time frame. 30 other Iowa counties are in the midst of a blizzard warning. A number of area schools are closed for the day.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2016 5:37AM
Texas Senator Ted Cruz stunned Donald Trump with Marco Rubio finishing a strong third on the Republican side of the Iowa Caucuses on Monday. Hillard Clinton was declared the Democratic winner by the narrowest of margins some point two percentage points on a statewide basis. Bernie won in Marshall County as did Cruz. The turnout here in our neck of the woods was stunning including an all time record for the GOP party and the closest race in Iowa Democratic caucus history.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 1 2016 5:47AM
The death of a Grundy County inmate has been ruled a suicide after county officials found the man unresponsive in a jail cell Thursday night. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified the man as 26-year-old Jared Martin Slinker of Wellsburg.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 1 2016 5:44AM
For all the hype surrounding the February 1st caucuses, only a fraction of Iowa's registered voters participate. Most Republicans expect a higher turnout in 2016 than the last two caucuses, when about 120,000 showed up. Democrats doubt they will match 2008, when nearly 240,000 came out.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 1 2016 5:40AM
Iowa roads officials are preparing for a major winter storm, but forecasters saythe snow is likely to miss Monday's caucuses. The National Weather Service says the storm isn't expected to reach western Iowa until early Tuesday, so people participating in the presidential caucuses should be able to get home.
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Location : IowaWestern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 30 2016 7:11AM
(Grundy County, IA) - A gruesome discovery for officials in Grundy County, where an inmate was found dead in his jail cell. The man has been identified as 26-year-old Jared Slinker of Wellsburg. An autopsy was conducted on Friday. Officials are ruling the man's death, a suicide by hanging. Slinker was taken into custody on January 26th, on child endangerment charges.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 30 2016 7:08AM
(Pella, IA) - A daycare provider in Pella has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the death of a toddler. According to reports, 17-month-old Amelia Smith died from being left in a car seat, while taking a nap. 32-year-old Valerie Wackerly is scheduled to be sentenced in April for the child's death.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 30 2016 7:03AM
(Marshalltown, IA) - Bernie Sanders makes a campaign stop in Marshalltown this weekend. The Vermont Senator will be visiting with folks at the Marshalltown field office along Main Street...Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm. Afterwards, Sanders has stops scheduled in Ames at Iowa State's Memorial Union at 5:45pm...followed by an appearance at grand View University at 7pm.

Marco Rubio will be in Ames this afternoon (Saturday). The GOP candidate will be speaking at Iowa State's Scheman Building at 3:30pm.

Donald Trump has stops scheduled in Dubuque and Clinton today (Saturday). Trump will also be in Council Bluffs and Sioux City on Sunday.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 29 2016 5:42AM
 With just days to go until the February 1st caucuses, Iowa's longtime Republican governor says that the federal government has failed to assure the American people that they are safe. Governor Terry Branstad, who is likely serving out his last term in office, is declining to publicly endorse anyone in this year's crowded Republican field.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 29 2016 5:39AM
Hundreds of people calling for a higher minimum wage marched several blocks through downtown Des Moines and gathered near the venue of a Republican presidential debate. At least 500 people joined Thursday night at a downtown square and then walked to an area to rally about a block from the Iowa Events Center, the site of the GOP debate.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 29 2016 5:35AM

Governor Terry Branstad and House Republican leaders have different views this session on the impact of a tax bill that would cut available state revenue by more than $95 million.

The House overwhelmingly voted 82-14 Thursday for legislation that would make retroactive tax changes to better mirror federal guidelines. The non-partisan Legislative Services Agency projects the bill would reduce available state revenue by more than $95 million.

That cut would affect surplus dollars, which Republicans don't use to calculate for the next fiscal year. They contend there's still at least $153 million in new state revenue available.

Branstad didn't support the measure in his budget recommendations. He said Monday it would make it "impossible" to fund education needs and other expenses. The bill now heads to the Democratic-majority Senate.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 28 2016 5:46AM
 An northwest Iowa church is opening its doors each night this week so people can gather and pray for Monday's caucuses and the nation. Barb Hibma, a national area leader for the National Day of Prayer Task Force, asked the Living Water Community Church in Sheldon to host the nightly prayer sessions this week.
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Topics : Religion_Belief
Location : IowaNorthwest Iowa
People : Barb Hibma
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 28 2016 5:43AM
A report that makes recommendations on how Iowa should handle its Medicaid program under private care also highlights confusion over how recipients will be able to voice complaints. Deanna Clingan-Fischer is state long-term care ombudsman, a position designed to help respond to complaints from people who receive long-term care in Iowa. Clingan-Fischer spoke to lawmakers Wednesday about a report released in December that recommends an independent system for overseeing such complaints from Medicaid recipients.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 28 2016 5:40AM
An explosive feud between Donald Trump and Fox News Channel is overshadowing the final sprint to Iowa's presidential caucuses, injecting a new sense of chaos into the 2016 Republican contest. On the eve of the final debate before Iowa voters weigh in, Trump refused to back off his decision to boycott Thursday's prime-time faceoff. His campaign insisted that debate host Fox News crossed a line with a sarcastic statement mocking him.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 27 2016 5:42AM
The department that oversees Iowa's flagship history museum says a nearly $80 million renovation to the building will cut its square footage but enhance its presence near the Capitol. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Mary Cownie told lawmakers that the State Historical Museum in downtown Des Moines would shrink from about 230,000 square feet to about 155,000 square feet under a renovation plan that would span several years. The department is seeking $65 million from the Iowa Legislature through an infrastructure fund that is separate from general state dollars.
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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Mary Cownie
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 27 2016 5:40AM
The head of a gay rights organization in Iowa says a legislative oversight committee is unfairly targeting his group over programming at an annual anti-bullying youth conference. Nate Monson, executive director of Iowa Safe Schools, says members of the House Government Oversight Committee plan to sensationalize his group's work at a meeting Wednesday at the Capitol. Monson helps organize a conference on resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
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Location : Iowa
People : Nate Monson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 27 2016 5:33AM
Quite a day for politics in Marshalltown on Tuesday as three presidential candidates appeared in town. First was Florida Senator Marco Rubio who appeared on the campus of Marshalltown Community College, second was real estate mogul and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump appearing at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse, and Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton who appeared at the Miller Middle School Gym. Each candidate drew large crowds. There are five days now left until caucus night in Iowa.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 26 2016 5:52AM
A group of Iowa lawmakers say they want more clarity from education officials on the implementation of early literacy initiatives in the state. Members of the Senate Education Committee told officials from the Iowa Department of Education that they want more data on how some state dollars are being used to improve reading proficiency for students between kindergarten and third grade. A 2012 state law aimed at improving literacy for young students includes monitoring, programming and testing.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 26 2016 5:40AM
Three presidential candidates will appear in Marshalltown today. Marco Rubio will appear on the campus of Marshalltown Community College at DeJardin Hall at 12:15 pm.

Donald Trump visits the Roundhouse at Marshalltown High School at 5 pm.

Hillary Clinton visits Miller Middle School at 8:30 pm.

Marshalltown public schools will dismiss at 1 pm as a result.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 26 2016 5:32AM
A winter weather advisory posted by the National Weather Service on Monday meant a snow squall for the Marshalltown area that dumped up to two inches of wet slushy snow in the afternoon and evening time in the city. Roads as of Tuesday morning with partly to mostly covered with snow and ice.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jan 25 2016 5:41AM
 Des Moines Police are investigating after finding a 71-year-old woman dead inside her home. Police said officers were sent to check on the welfare of the woman around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when they found Norma Jean McNeeley dead.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des Moines
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