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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:31AM

Authorities are investigating a high-speed pursuit in rural southeast Iowa that ended with two police officers firing weapons even though the suspects were apparently unarmed.

No one was injured during the shooting involving Fairfield police early Tuesday.

Capt. Colin Smith says officers tried to pull over a vehicle in Fairfield at about 1 a.m. He says the driver refused to stop and drove away at high speeds. The vehicle, which carried one additional passenger, was eventually stopped 15 miles away south of Birmingham.

Smith says both officers fired their guns after the chase. He refused to say why, promising more information later. He says the vehicle occupants didn't have any weapons "that we know of."

The driver was jailed, but authorities refused to release his name or charges he faces.

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Location : BirminghamIowa
People : Colin Smith
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:29AM

Police say an eastern Iowa teenager accused of fatally stabbing his 34-year-old brother told investigators that he thought his sibling was about to attack their mother.

A criminal complaint filed by Bettendorf police has provided new details about Saturday's slaying. The 15-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder, and prosecutors want to try him as a youthful offender in adult court.

The complaint says the boy told officers he'd overheard his brother arguing with their mother, which he said enraged him because his brother frequently caused family disturbances.

The boy told officers he walked up behind his brother and, without warning, stabbed him at least two times.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:28AM

A 46-year-old western Iowa teacher accused of sexually abusing a student has taken a plea deal.

Online court records say Barret Glasnapp pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of sex abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Prosecutors dropped several other counts in exchange for Glasnapp's pleas. His trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday in Pottawattamie County District Court in Council Bluffs.

Glasnapp had taught at Underwood Middle School in Underwood.

Authorities say Glasnapp's sexual interaction with the girl began in 2011 when the student was 14 and continued until October. She was a student of Glasnapp from 2009 until 2012.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaWestern Iowa
People : Barret Glasnapp
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:27AM

Authorities say the Iowa woman who died in a fall from a third-floor fire escape in La Crosse was heavily intoxicated.

The La Crosse County Medical Examiner's Office says the death of 32-year-old Robin Krabill was accidental. Toxicology results show she had a blood alcohol content of 0.24 percent — or three times the legal limit for driving.

The Waverly, Iowa woman was found in a walkway alley in downtown La Crosse April 27th. Police say surveillance video shows her attempting to climb the fire escape before her fall.

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Location : IowaWisconsin
People : Robin Krabill
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:26AM

A veteran county prosecutor based in Waterloo is stepping down to take a state job in charge of training county attorneys across Iowa.

Black Hawk County Attorney Thomas Ferguson will begin June 30 as the state's prosecuting attorneys training coordinator and executive director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association.

He'll retire the same day from the elected county position he's held since 1990. Ferguson, a Democrat, was re-elected to a seventh four-year term last year.

Attorney General Tom Miller announced Ferguson's new appointment Wednesday. He says Ferguson's expertise and experience will be a huge asset to prosecutors in Iowa's 99 counties.

Ferguson's state job will involve providing support, continuing education and training for prosecutors and their assistants. He replaces Corwin Ritchie, who is retiring.

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Location : IowaWaterloo
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:25AM

Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign is expanding their operations in Iowa.

Iowa spokeswoman Lily Adams says Clinton is opening five new organizing offices in the leadoff caucus state, bringing the total number of offices to nine.

The new locations are in Ames, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque and Iowa City. They will be used for canvassing, phone banking and organizing meetings.

Hillary for Iowa State Director Matt Paul says Wednesday in a news release that the offices are: "a critical presence in communities so everyday Iowans can get involved in this campaign."

Clinton launched her 2016 Democratic presidential bid in early April and has made two trips already to the state. She'll be back in Iowa next week after making a major campaign speech in New York City.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaNew York City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:24AM

A southern Iowa school district says it'll be the first to almost be completely powered by solar energy.

The WACO district in January installed a large solar collector farm behind the elementary school building in Crawfordsville. Work should start this summer on another solar farm behind the junior-senior high building in Wayland.

When that work is finished, district officials say the solar farms should provide more than 90 percent of the small district's electric needs.

Superintendent Darrell Smith says the solar farms came about from discussions about how the district could save money. Smith says the initial solar panel setup already has had an impact, saving around $20,000 in costs.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:22AM

The Iowa Department of Transportation is installing 24 kiosks across the state where people can renew or replace their driver's license.

Each machine is equipped with a camera to snap new ID photos.

The agency's director of strategic communications, Andrea Henry, says most of the equipment will be placed in metropolitan areas.

Henry says the department began installing the kiosks in May and will install the final devices this week. She says they primarily have been stationed in grocery stores and library branches.

Henry declined to comment Tuesday about the cost of each kiosk. She said the department doesn't anticipate the equipment to cause a decrease in the number of its employees.

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People : Andrea Henry
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:21AM

An Iowa city utility manager and most members of the utility's board have been dismissed following a three-day telephone outage.

Mayor Tim Johnson says the Reinbeck City Council took the action on May 15, the day the outage ended for about 400 customers of Reinbeck Telecommunications Utility. The municipal utility provides digital cable, Internet and telephone services to Reinbeck, a city of about 1,700 people in Grundy County.

Board member Dan Smoldt was among those removed, but he subsequently was reinstated as board chairman. He has said the outage resulted from a hardware issue that was compounded by software problems.

Smoldt says the utility has hired consultants to review how the utility does business and says the utility will explore up-to-date technologies and cost-saving measures.

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Location : Grundy CountyIowa
People : Dan SmoldtTim Johnson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:20AM

A Cedar Rapids man accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl in Rockford, Iowa, has pleaded not guilty.

The alleged abuse happened in December. Floyd County police arrested 18-year-old Kobey R. Pohlman last month.

He pleaded not guilty to second-degree sexual abuse and is scheduled to stand trial July 14 in Floyd County District Court.

It is not immediately clear if Pohlman has an attorney.

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Location : Eastern IowaFloyd CountyIowa
People : Kobey R. Pohlman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 11:19AM

Many Iowans can expect higher electric bills soon, thanks to higher summer temperatures and higher rates being charged by MidAmerican Energy.

The Des Moines-based utility is notifying customers their bills will likely climb during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

MidAmerican Energy spokeswoman Ruth Comer says summer rates are higher "because our cost to produce electricity increases ... as demand increases."

In addition, MidAmerican is raising its base rate this month by 3.5 percent, thanks to Iowa regulators who approved three years of rate increases.

Last year's 3.6 percent annual average increase didn't become effective until September. Comer says the average annual increase next year will be 3.3 percent.

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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Ruth Comer
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 5:09AM
An overturned construction crane has caused an estimated 10 gallons of diesel fuel and hydraulic oil to spill into a small creek in northern Iowa. No injuries were reported in the Butler County spill into Boylan Creek. The crane downed power lines at a construction site near Aredale.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 5:06AM
One of the most prominent casualties of the 2008 flood on the University of Iowa campus is finally reopening.

The university will open the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union to the public Wednesday for the first time since it closed in 2008, hammered by flood waters from the Iowa River.

The space had long been at the heart of campus life, where students had activities, studied, ate and gathered. But several classes of students have graduated without enjoying its existence.

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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 5:01AM
Iowa authorities acknowledge Amber Alerts can be jarring, especially when they sound on smartphones early in the morning. But they're urging people not to switch off the notices. People across Iowa got an early wake-up call Monday when the Departmentof Public Safety issued an alert for two children missing from Jefferson. Police found the kids safe at a Des Moines hotel and arrested their baby-sitter on child endangerment charges.
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Location : Iowa
People : Amber Alerts
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 4:50AM
A 17-year-old has been charged with trying to take a child from a home in Ames. The youth was charged with charged as an adult with burglary and assault. Family members have said the 17-year-old pulled the boy out of a basement window on May 22. The child's sister heard it and chased him down to rescue her brother.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 3 2015 4:47AM
Lawmakers in the Republican-led Iowa House have approved a small funding increase for the school year that starts in the fall of 2016, but the move is not expected to win favor in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The plan would provide about $125 million in new dollars in that year.
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Topics : Politics
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 2 2015 5:03AM
Iowa lawmakers have agreed on a compromise budget of more than $7 billion. The tentative deal allows the Republican-led House to maintain a pledge to limit ongoing spending. The Democratic-controlled Senate gets more money for key priorities like education.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 2 2015 4:59AM
Des Moines police say a 6-year-old boy playing in a backyard has died after being hit by a pickup truck that went out of control after colliding with another vehicle. Police say the child died about 12:30 p.m. Monday.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 2 2015 4:56AM
Iowa State's beloved "Mayor" is gone, lured to the riches and challenges of the NBA.

At least Fred Hoiberg left his alma mater stocked with talent.

The 42-year-old Hoiberg grew up in Ames, served as a ball boy for the Cyclones and later starred for legendary coach Johnny Orr. As a coach, he brought back the "Hilton Magic" to a success-starved fan base.

Rare was the day when Hoiberg could walk down the street without being stopped for autographs and his record stood for itself: Four NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons and back-to-back Big 12 tourney titles.

But now the day Iowa State fans have been dreading has come. Hoiberg is off to coach the Chicago Bulls.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 1 2015 9:36AM
A report on a May survey says slower economic growth likely is ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 50.4 last month from 52.7 April.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he highlighted drops in economic activity for companies linked to energy production and agriculture.

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.

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Location : MidwesternPlains
People : Ernie Goss
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 1 2015 7:15AM
Two children reported missing when they didn't arrive at their destination have been found at a Des Moines hotel and the woman with them has been arrested.

2-year-old Rhea Day and 4-year-old Reed Day were found at the Hotel Fort Des Moines around 5:30 a.m. Monday They'd been the subjects of an Amber Alert issued about an hour earlier.

Authorities say the children were picked up at their home in Jefferson about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and taken to Des Moines for the day by 21-year-old Allison Tucker. The children's mother reported them missing around 8:30 p.m. Sunday because they hadn't arrived at their specific destination.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Tucker was arrested but didn't say what charge she faces.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 1 2015 7:04AM
The three rural Iowa counties targeted in a federal lawsuit by a Des Moines water utility have filed a response denying that they contribute to high nitrate levels in rivers. The Des Moines Register reports that Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac counties submitted the response on May 22nd. The lawsuit filed earlier this year says the three counties should be required to obtain federal water pollution discharge permits because they release nitrate pollutants into rivers much like regulated factories.
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Topics : EnvironmentLaw_Crime
Location : CalhounDes MoinesIowaSac
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 1 2015 7:00AM
Top advisers from Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign are speaking with substance abuse prevention advocates in Iowa and New Hampshire as they develop campaign policies around drug addiction and treatment. Ann O'Leary and Maya Harris, two top policy advisers to the campaign, held video conferences last week with leading advocates in both early voting states, campaign officials said.
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Topics : Politics
Location : IowaNew Hampshire
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 1 2015 6:41AM
A man has been arrested after allegedly kicking out a window in a police car in Des Moines. Des Moines Police say an officer told an "obviously intoxicated man" that he needed to get out of the street and behave appropriately. The suspect was taken to Polk County jail on accusations of assaulting a police officer and causing injury, public intoxication and criminal mischief.
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Location : Des MoinesPolk County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 1 2015 6:37AM
Thirteen people have been treated after inhaling gas at a hotel in northern Iowa.

Mason City firefighters were sent to a Holiday In Express a little before 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Fire Capt. Jared Ogbourne says bleach and an acid were accidentally mixed in the laundry room on the first floor, creating chlorine gas. He says the gas was contained on the first floor, but the entire hotel was evacuated as a precaution.

Medics set up in the hotel parking lot so they could check hotel guests and employees and treat those who'd inhaled the gas.

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Location : IowaMason CityNorthern Iowa
People : Jared Ogbourne
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 28 2015 5:52AM
Legislative leaders from both parties are back at the Iowa Capitol negotiating a budget deal. And the timing for ending the session is still unclear. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says there is still a "serious gap" between the two sides. Daily expense payments for lawmakers ended
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People : Mike Gronstal
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 28 2015 5:49AM
A disaster proclamation has been issued for Clarke County in southern Iowa following severe weather. Governor Terry Branstad's proclamation Wednesday will allow the use of state resources to respond to the effects of a severe storm system that hit the county on May 17th.
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People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 28 2015 5:46AM
A 19-year-old convicted of shooting to death a man in Marshalltown has been given 50 years in prison. Jose Enrique Morales of Marshalltown was sentenced Tuesday in Marshall County District Court. He'd been convicted last month of second-degree murderfor killing 20-year-old Dedrikk Fisher, also of Marshalltown.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 28 2015 5:43AM
Iowa's unemployment rate has dropped from 4 percent in March to 3.8 percent in April. Iowa Workforce Development announced the rate yesterday, noting that despite a decrease of 1,700 nonfarm jobs in sectors like manufacturing, government and trade and transportation, 23,700 more people are working in the state than a year ago. There are currently about 1.6 million people employed in Iowa.
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Topics : Business_FinanceLabor
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 27 2015 5:53AM
Authorities say a sprinkler helped contain an overnight fire at a Des Moines high school. The Des Moines Fire Department says it responded to a fire at East High School shortly before midnight Monday. Authorities discovered a pressure washer that had been on fire but was extinguished by a single sprinkler head. The device was part of an automatic sprinkler system that activates at a certain temperature. No injuries were reported.