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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:30PM

The trial of a Prairie City woman facing charges stemming from her dog's fatal attack on a 4-year-old girl is set to begin.

The trial of 26-year-old Jena Wright begins Wednesday in Newton. She is charged with child endangerment, neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, assaulting a police officer and interfering with official acts.

Online court records show Wright waived her right to a trial by jury, meaning a judge will decide her case.

Authorities say Wright was baby-sitting Jordyn Arndt in April 2013 when the little girl was attacked in Wright's backyard. Wright was arrested after the girl died at a Des Moines hospital.

The dog was an American Staffordshire terrier named Brutus. He was euthanized following the incident.

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Location : Central IowaIowa
People : Jena Wright
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:22PM

A World War II veteran from Cedar Rapids believes wreckage of a plane recently found by a fisherman in France belongs to a B-17 bomber he was aboard when it crashed more than 70 years ago.

92-year-old Joe Koenig's plane crashed in 1944 after being shot down by a German fighter during an air raid in the Bordeaux region of France.

All of the 10-member crew survived the crash, and Koenig says the plane ended up about 75 yards off the Bay of Biscay.

A French newspaper in March reported a fisherman found large pieces of a WWII bomber during low tide in the bay. Koenig's family has notified the military about the wreckage and is considering traveling to France to view it themselves.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:21PM

A judge has suspended a five-year prison sentence he'd given to a 55-year-old Iowa man who's been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer.

Terry Schott Sr. was sentenced on Tuesday for a threat of terrorism. Schott, of Fredericksburg, had said he wanted to kill law enforcement officials in Chickasaw County.

Judge Richard Stochl says he took into account Schott's age and medical condition as well as the recommendation from the Iowa Corrections Department.

Prosecutors and the Corrections Department had recommended a sentence of five years. But Schott's attorney, Jesse Marzen, said Schott may be running out of time. Schott has said that when his cancer was diagnosed in January 2014, his physician said Schott likely had no more than two years left.

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Location : Chickasaw CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:14PM

Voters have approved a $4.6 million bond sale to build a public safety center in Winnebago County.

The referendum received more than 69 percent of the vote on Tuesday. The project includes a 22-bed jail, a communications and dispatch center and administrative offices for the sheriff's department. It will be built in Forest City.

In another northern Iowa election Tuesday, voters approved the sale of $400,000 in bonds to help pay for an addition and renovations to the Garner Public Library. The proposal passed with 86.5 percent of the votes.

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Location : IowaWinnebago County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:10PM

A Sioux City man accused of having sex multiple times with a teenage girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

32-year-old Joshua Case was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Case's sentence also requires him to register as a sexual offender.

Court documents say a teenage girl reported having sex with Case about 20 times over a nine-month period. Case was also accused of having photos of sexual acts with the girl, who was 14 or 15 years old. Authorities say they knew each other through their involvement in community theatrical productions in Sioux City.

An attorney for Case couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Location : Sioux City
People : Joshua Case
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:08PM

The Iowa House has passed budget bills that would fund several services including the state's judicial branch and natural resources department.

The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday for the bills, which would pay for various state departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.

The chamber voted 56-43 to allocate more than $174 million to the state's judicial branch. That would keep funding at the same level as last year. Lawmakers voted 57-42 for a bill in support of $42 million for agencies like the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. That's slightly less than last year's level.

The Democratic-led Senate has proposed allocating slightly more money than the House. Lawmakers are expected to reach a consensus in special meetings.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:06PM

Iowa agriculture officials say three additional Iowa poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu including two more turkey farms in Buena Vista County, raising the number in the county to 10.

A Sioux County egg-laying operation with 60,000 chickens also appears to have the virus. Testing is underway to confirm the disease. The farms experienced an unusual number of bird deaths, prompting an initial test which indicated presence of the H5N2 virus.

The new cases raise Iowa's total number to 28 cases in 11 counties.

More than 20 million of Iowa's chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

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Topics : Environment
Location : Buena Vista CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:02PM

A jury has found a 20-year-old Denison man guilty of killing two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies.

Jurors delivered the guilty verdict Tuesday to Jayden Chapman, convicting him of two counts of first-degree murder and reckless use of fire in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.

Chapman testified Monday in his own defense, saying he shot Huisenga because another man, 27-year-old Michael Schenk, gave him the gun. Chapman said Schenk threatened to kill him if he didn't shoot.

Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair in March 2014 at a trailer home in Deloit and then set it on fire. Schenk was sentenced in March to two life terms for his role in the slayings.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:00PM

Authorities say a southeast Iowa man and the horse he was riding were killed by a lightning strike.

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old William J. "Billy" Clevenger and his horse died Monday night when they were struck by lightning near Moscow in rural Muscatine County.

Deputies were called to a property Monday night and found Clevenger and another man, John R. Jenkins.

Both men were taken to a Muscatine hospital, where Jenkins was treated and then released and Clevenger was pronounced dead.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:58PM

Gov. Terry Branstad wants to end to a perplexing abortion restriction adopted in Iowa two years ago.

The Republican governor's proposed Health and Human Services budget doesn't renew a requirement that he sign off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. Lawmakers adopted that policy, which effectively halted state reimbursements for abortion under Medicaid because providers stopped submitting the claims.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says Tuesday the governor sought the change because Branstad hasn't been asked to approve reimbursement.

Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl says anti-abortion conservatives still want to ensure public funds don't go to abortions.

Iowa's Medicaid program previously paid for a small number of abortions. Federal guidelines require payment in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life. Iowa's program also covered some fetal deformity cases.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:54PM

Video footage from the dash camera of an Iowa State Patrol car shows a trooper administering CPR to a man in the middle of Interstate 35.

The video shows Trooper Tracy Bohlen following a swerving truck and approaching the vehicle with a hand on his gun when the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road at the eastern interchange of interstates 35, 80 and 235 in Des Moines.

The footage then shows Bohlen beginning to deliver chest compressions to the driver, Patrick Roark, in the middle of the road before he could be transported to Mercy Medical Center.

Roark says he is still awaiting test results, but that doctors described what happened as a heart episode.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Patrick Roark
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:51PM

Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has passed another legislative hurdle in the Iowa Senate.

The Senate Government Oversight Committee approved the bill Tuesday. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could get permission only after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.

The proposed change could impact two current proposals, both before the Iowa Utilities Board. One is to build an oil pipeline that would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to an oil hub in Illinois. The other proposal is to build an electrical line across 16 Iowa counties that would transmit wind-generated energy from Iowa to customers in the Midwest and East Coast.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:49PM

An Iowa lawmaker says a Senate panel will make changes to Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband expansion bill to ensure it clearly focuses on the state's most underserved areas.

Sen. Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, chaired a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee meeting Tuesday. The panel took no action on the bill.

Petersen says the three-member subcommittee will meet again before deciding whether to advance the bill to a full committee. She says she wants to review the bill's grant program aimed at helping service providers. She also wants to review the legislation's property tax relief program to make sure it focuses on areas of the state with no high-speed Internet.

A spokesman for Branstad's office recommended during the meeting that the bill advance without changes.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:46PM

A Fort Dodge man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to biting a police detective and assaulting a woman.

36-year-old Jeramy Smith was sentenced Monday. He entered a guilty plea in February to willful injury causing serious injury, assault on a peace officer with intent to inflict serious injury and assault causing serious injury.

Police say Smith assaulted a woman with a knife in May 2014 and bit a Fort Dodge police detective while being questioned following the attack.

At his sentencing hearing, Smith apologized for his actions last year. A judge said he was "simply appalled" by his behavior.

Smith must serve five years before he is eligible for parole.

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People : Jeramy Smith
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:26PM

A northern Iowa taxidermist has been charged with trafficking horns from a black rhinoceros, a critically endangered African species.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa on Monday filed a felony criminal complaint against James Hess, who owns Wildlife Pride Taxidermy and Decor in Maquoketa. Hess is accused of violating the Lacey Act, a 1990 federal law criminalizing sales of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The complaint alleges Hess participated in the transport and sale of black rhinoceros horns surpassing a $350 market value.

Hess says the horns in question were legally harvested in 1958 and have been mounted on a wall for decades as part of a taxidermied black rhinoceros head.

A plea hearing is scheduled for May 13.

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Location : Iowa
People : James Hess
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:25PM

A Waterloo man whose wife ran an in-home day care has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to luring a 7-year-old girl into a bathroom.

The sentence delivered Monday also requires that 44-year-old Bradley Yousse register as a sex offender for 10 years and be placed on parole when his probation ends. He had entered a guilty plea in October to a misdemeanor charge of indecent contact with a child.

Yousse's defense attorney sought a deferred judgment to remove the charge from his client's record upon completion of probation, noting that Yousse doesn't have prior convictions. A judge denied the request.

At the sentencing hearing, Yousse apologized for his actions. The day care at his home has since closed.

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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
People : Bradley Yousse
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:24PM

Police say a Virginia man accused of carrying unlabeled pills and distributing nude photos to a minor was arrested at an Ankeny fast-food restaurant.

The Ankeny Police Department says 29-year-old Jonathan Yates, of Clintwood, Virginia, was arrested Monday on charges of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

Officers responded Monday to a report of a suspicious conversation between Yates and a 16-year-old girl at a local McDonald's. Upon arrival, officers found the two inside a vehicle in the parking lot.

Police say questioning of Yates revealed they planned to meet through online and text message conversations. Officers also discovered Yates had supplied the teen with nude photographs online beforehand.

Yates was taken to Polk County Jail. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

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Location : ClintwoodVirginia
People : Jonathan Yates
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 11:10AM

The Democratic National Committee will host six presidential primary debates, giving long-shot candidates a chance to challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The DNC says each of the four states that hold an early primary or caucus will host a debate:Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The location of the other two debates was not announced.

The first debate will take place this fall.

It's unclear how many candidates will be on the stage. Clinton is seen as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination and looks to have few primary challengers.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced last week that he would seek the Democratic nomination. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is also expected to run.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:53AM

The Cedar Falls City Council has approved an ordinance that will require inspections of some homes to ensure they're not illegally dumping stormwater into the city's sanitary sewage system.

The council voted Monday night on the measure, which is aimed at homes built after 1970. Water treatment facility manager Lyle Krueger estimates that there about 4,000 homes with improper connections and that they annually dump between 16 million and 48 million gallons of groundwater into the sanitary sewer system, which costs money for the city to treat.

The sanitary sewer can overflow into basements when stormwater in the system overwhelms its capacity.

Property owners with illegal connections will be given 90 days to correct the problem.

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Topics : Environment
People : Lyle Krueger
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:52AM

Iowa City police say they are investigating the shooting of a 10-year-old boy.

Officers say they were dispatched to Mercy Hospital on Sunday after receiving a report of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot in the lower leg. Authorities said in a news release that the injuries were not life threatening.

According to investigators, the shooting occurred at a residence. They recovered the firearm they believe was used in the shooting from the residence.

Iowa City Police spokesman Scott Gaarde said that charges could be filed depending on the outcome of the investigation.

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Location : Iowa
People : Scott Gaarde
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:50AM

Council Bluffs police charged a 39-year-old man with attempted murder after stopping his vehicle and finding him bleeding from stab wounds.

Police charged David Leroy McKee, who is being treated at an Omaha hospital.

The incident began Sunday after police received a report a man threatened his estranged wife and another woman. By the time officers arrived one of the woman said he entered the home and tried to choke her. She grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him.

Her injuries were minor and that the other woman wasn't hurt.

After stopping McKee, he was treated and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and felony domestic abuse assault.

Online court records didn't indicate if McKee had a lawyer who could answer questions about the matter.

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Location : IowaSouthwest Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:40AM

The head of Iowa's economic development agency says she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant that recently issued layoffs.

Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham says she is open to hosting a meeting with labor leaders and officials involved in the construction of Iowa Fertilizer. She didn't offer a timeline. She spoke Monday with labor leaders and lawmakers.

Iowa Fertilizer recently had about 3,000 workers at its construction site near Wever in southeastern Iowa. Layoffs were issued in April to more than 1,400 employees. The company says the move was related to management.

Labor leaders claim officials are now trying to hire workers from outside the region. A message left for the company wasn't immediately returned Monday.

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Location : Iowa
People : Debi Durham
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:39AM

Iowa's executive branch will pay another $7 million to the company that oversaw construction of the state's problem-riddled maximum-security prison.

The State Appeals Board voted Monday to approve the settlement with Walsh Construction to avoid litigation over the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The 800-bed prison remains empty more than a year after it was scheduled to open. Workers have been trying to bring housing units into compliance with the state fire code after discovering faulty smoke evacuation systems last year.

Walsh was the general contractor for the project, and won a contract that eventually increased to $123 million. In December 2013, the company asked the state for an additional $18.1 million, claiming that it encountered delays for which it wasn't responsible and had to perform additional work.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:37AM

A Mason City man must serve at least 17 years in prison after being sentenced in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist last November.

A judge Monday sentenced 47-year-old Victor Rivera to 25 years after he earlier pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle. He also received five years for failure to stop in the event of an accident resulting in death.

He must serve 70 percent of the 25 year term, or 17½ years, before being eligible for parole.

Rivera was driving a vehicle that struck and killed a motorcycle operated by Jefferson Davis. A motorcycle passenger was injured.

Rivera left but was apprehended that night.

Joslyn Davis, one of Davis' five children, told Rivera he'd taken away "a father, a son and a friend."

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:36AM

Iowa public health officials say the number of new HIV diagnoses fell dramatically last year, but it's too soon to tell if the drop represents a sustained trend.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Monday that new HIV diagnoses decreased 19 percent from 2013 to 2014. The 99 new diagnoses in 2014 were the fewest since 88 were diagnosed in 2003.

HIV Surveillance Coordinator Jerry Harms says the department will need more data to determine if the drop is the start of a long downward trend but that the 2014 numbers were promising.

At the end of 2014, there were 2,369 HIV-infected people living in Iowa.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jerry Harms
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:35AM

An attorney for a man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his mother says his client suffers from mental disorders preventing him from understanding the case against him.

Public defendant Billy Oyadare is seeking a hearing to determine if Jonathan Neunaber is competent to stand trial in the death of his mother, 80-year-old Esther Neunaber. Her body was found last July with the body of her husband Donald Neunaber. She was beaten to death. He died of natural causes.

Oyadare says a psychologist has stated 45-year-old Jonathan Neunaber suffers from mental disorders preventing him from appreciating the charges, understanding the proceedings or assisting in his defense.

Neunaber was arrested in July. He's pleaded not guilty.

A trial hasn't been scheduled.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 9:37PM
The votes from Marshalltown citizens are in, and the numbers have shot down the proposed plans for a new police station in Marshalltown.

The special bond referendum election in Marshalltown ended Tuesday evening with one thing clear for the city: There's a lot of work ahead for officials if a new police building is going to be approved and built.

According to a report from the Marshall County Auditor/Recorder's Office, 3,302 people voted on the special election day. Out of the over 3,300 voters, just 1,165 individuals voted YES to the proposed plans. 2,137 people voted NO to the proposal. The unofficial results came in at approximately 8:40pm Tuesday. Those numbers translate to a final tally of 35.28% YES and 64.72% NO. The City needed a 60% YES vote in order for the plans to pass.

The proposed layout involved plans to build a new police station on the west side of S. 6th Street near the American Legion in Marshalltown. The projected costs from Wilson Estes Police Architects, which has been at the forefront of the building plans, added up to a grand total of approximately $13.6 million.

With Tuesday's results going against the proposed plans, the City will have to regroup and figure out what to do to replace the aged current police facility located on N. Center Street in Marshalltown. According to city guidlines, the matter cannot be up for vote again until March of 2016.

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Location : Marshalltown
People : Wilson Estes
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 6:48PM
The Marshalltown Police Department arrested a 22 year old woman on Tuesday in connection with a stabbing that took place. Police Captain Brian Batterson identifies the suspect as Kyra Rayann Vance who allegedly stabbed 33 year old Ernest Sam.
Police found Sam with a stab wound to the abdomen at 210 East Webster in
Marshalltown, Sam was taken to Central Iowa Health Care for treatment.
Vance was charged with Willful Injury and Aggravated Domestic Assault.
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Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 11:19AM
The Marshalltown Police Department is investigating a stabbing case.
Police Captain Brian Batterson says it happened at an Apartment
Building at 210 Webster Street. A male was taken to Central Iowa Health Care after being found with a stab wound to the abdomen. It happened shortly after five
a-m Tuesday morning.
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Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
People : Brian Batterson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:59AM
The vote on the proposed police building for Marshalltown is today. Polls are open from seven a-m until eight p-m. The polling places include the Iowa Veterans Home, Fisher Community Center, the Marshalltown Public Library and First Baptist Church, this is a simple yes no vote which will take 60% of the yes vote to pass. At stake is a proposed 13.7 million dollar police station that would be located on land adjacent to the American Legion Golf Course off of South Sixth Street in Marshalltown.



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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:21AM
Officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more locations in Iowa, bringing the total number of poultry that must be killed in the state to more than 19 million. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says new cases were reported at an egg-laying operation in Wright County with 2.8 million chickens and at three turkey farms. Two of the turkey farms are in Buena Vista County and one is in Cherokee County. State officials didn't release the number of birds at the turkey operations.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:16AM
A former National Park Service official in Iowa says she was unfairly blamed for approving illegal construction projects that damaged a sacred Indian burial site. Former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Phyllis Ewing says in her lawsuit that the agency made her a scapegoat. A federal investigation found that Ewing and a subordinate violated laws that required archaeological studies and input from tribes before they built boardwalks, trails and a maintenance shed.
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Location : Iowa
People : Phyllis Ewing
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:12AM
Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of Sunday, farmers had planted 68 percent of the state's corn crop and 11 percent of the soybean crop. Both figures are better than the five-year average. The USDA says 84 percent of farmland had adequate topsoil moisture, with 11 percent short and 5 percent in surplus.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:37AM

A 28-year-old woman has been convicted of abusing a client while working at Country View Care Center in Waterloo.

A Black Hawk County jury on Friday found April Jones guilty of dependent adult abuse with injury. Witnesses say she punched the 22-year-old autistic man in the stomach and face and grabbed him around the neck at the care center a year ago.

Jones testified that she was trying to restrain the man and did not injure him.

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Location : Black Hawk County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:36AM

The City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal for a special baseball field for mentally and physically disabled players in Sioux City.

If the development agreement were approved, Miracle League of Sioux City would be allowed to build a $750,000 field at the Riverside Recreational Sports Complex. The project would include a playground.

If the agreement were approved, the city would give the developer a $330,000 grant. Construction would begin May 12 and end on Sept. 15.

Miracle League provides baseball for people regardless of mental or physical capability. There are similar facilities in Des Moines and in Omaha, Nebraska.

The field and playground would be built on custom-designed, rubberized material that would accommodate wheelchairs or other devices.

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Location : Des MoinesNebraskaOmahaSioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:33AM

Fort Dodge firefighters have responded to two kitchen fires that happened on the same street within minutes.

The first fire was reported shortly after 3:10 p.m. Sunday, and the second fire was reported just after 3:20 p.m.

According to Chief Kent Hulett, the first fire started after the stove was accidentally turned on. Authorities say the fire was discovered by a family member who heard the smoke alarms.

Fire Marshal Doug Ostbloom says the second fire started when someone turned on the wrong burner on their stove as they were trying to cook noodles. They turned on a burner underneath a pan full of grease, which ignited and spread to a microwave and cabinets.

Both homes had fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the house.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:31AM

Since the 2008 floods, Iowa City has purchased and leveled more than 90 homes, but and now the city hopes to expand the effort after last year's flooding.

The city wants to secure more $1 million in state and federal money to buy nine flood-prone properties along the Iowa River.

In order to qualify for the roughly $1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and $136,000 in state money, Iowa City has to put up $204,000 to cover 15 percent of the project. The City Council will vote on the plan Tuesday.

City Manager Tom Markus says the best flood control project the city can do is to move people and businesses out of the water's path.

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Location : IowaIowa City
People : Tom Markus
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 6:04AM
The Des Moines school district is considering hiring a temp agency to hire substitute teachers and teacher associates. The school board could make its decision tomorrow on the proposed $854,000-a-year contract with Kelly Educational Staffing. District administrators say the temp agency would use the same standards for substitute teachers.
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Topics : EducationLabor
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 5:58AM
The daughter of a man who was severely beaten and stuffed into his trunk last year before being rescued by police says he has died. 61-year-old Ronald Carris died Wednesday in Minnesota. Carris' daughter said he died from complications from the April2014 attack. Both Debra Oliver and John Deering were sentenced to life in prison.
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Location : Minnesota
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 5:54AM
At the center of the unresolved Iowa budget is a simple disagreement on how to count the money. On one side are Senate Democrats and Governor Terry Branstad, who support using some surplus budget dollars to balance the books. On the other side are House Republicans, who say the state should not spend more than the projected revenue for the fiscal year.
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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 1 2015 5:47AM
Three high-ranking officials with the Iowa State Patrol are on leave. Majors Todd Misel and Michael Winter and Lieutenant Richard Pierce are off the job while the agency is investigating the process that led the state to award Smith & Wesson a handgun contract last year.
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Topics : Labor
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 1 2015 5:43AM
Agriculture officials say five more farms likely have been affected by the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus, including an egg-laying operation with 5.5 million chickens. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than 15 million of Iowa's 60 million egg-laying chickens are now affected with the news of it spreading to another farm in Buena Vista County. Thursday's numbers include two turkey farms in the same county with an unknown number of birds, an egg-laying farm in Sioux County with 84,000 chickens and an unknown number of chickens on a Clay County egg farm.
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Topics : Environment
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 1 2015 5:39AM
A new monthly survey report says April results suggest that slow economic growth remains ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 52.7 from 51.4 in March.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says rising economic expectations from nonenergy firms, resulting from lower energy prices, "more than offset economic pessimism stemming from weakness in firms directly tied to energy."

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.