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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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Topics : Law_Crime
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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Topics : Religion_Belief
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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Topics : Environment
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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Topics : Environment
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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Location : Iowa
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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Topics : Law_Crime
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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Topics : Social IssuesSports
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.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 9:53AM

An 18 year old Marshalltown man has been arrested on charges of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. Police  Captain Mike Hanken indentifies the suspect as Daniell Lee Sanchez.
He says the investigation into the case which involves a 14 year old juvenile female
stretches back to April 10th. Captain Hanken says the charge is a Class C Felony.



 
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 5:49AM
A little dog picked up as a stray in Iowa has been reunited with the Louisiana girl who lost him three years ago. A Cedar Rapids animal control worker flew to New Orleans Wednesday to give Sam the Yorkshire terrier back to Karisa Lambert. Officials tracked her down using the dog's implanted microchip.
 
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : IowaLouisianaNew Orleans
People : Karisa Lambert
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 5:44AM
Authorities say a Cedar Falls City Council candidate and a youth football coach were among several arrests made following a prostitution investigation in Waterloo. Police conducted an operation at a local hotel, resulting in the arrests of 11 people, including 29-year-old Travis Biggs, who announced his candidacy for the Cedar Falls City Council last month.
 
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Topics : Social Issues
People : Travis Biggs
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 5:39AM
State agriculture officials say the deadly bird flu virus is suspected on two more Iowa chicken farms and two more turkey operations. Officials say initial tests indicate the virus on two turkey farms in Buena Vista County. One has 50,000 birds and the count on the other farm is still pending.

Bird flu isn't suspected in the deaths of hundreds of waterfowl collected in the Mississippi River near northeastern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said that four types of waterfowl are being tested to determine cause of death.


 

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 29 2015 5:54AM
Former Iowa egg industry executives Jack and Peter DeCoster are appealing their jail sentences. The two men who were sentenced to three months for their roles in a food poisoning outbreak in 2010 argue that jail time is unconstitutional for the crime.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 29 2015 5:48AM
The mother of a 10-year-old eastern Iowa girl whose abduction prompted an Amber Alert last month has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor child endangerment charges. Forty-four-year-old Shelly Johns entered a guilty plea April 21. Criminal complaints allege Johns burned her daughter in the face with a cigarette, smacked and kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also claim she kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence. Her husband, 48-year-old Kenneth Johns, is accused of abducting the girl from a Solon home in early March.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:39PM

The mother of a 10-year-old eastern Iowa girl whose abduction prompted an Amber Alert last month has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

44-year-old Shelly Johns entered a guilty plea April 21. Online court records show she originally entered a not guilty plea before withdrawing it last week.

An attorney for Johns declined to comment on the plea deal.

Criminal complaints allege Johns burned her daughter in the face with a cigarette, smacked and kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also claim she kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence.

Her husband, 48-year-old Kenneth Johns, is accused of abducting the girl from a Solon home in early March.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:37PM

Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Legislature.

Subcommittees in the House and Senate met jointly Tuesday and approved identical legislation on the issue. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could only get permission after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.

The proposed change could impact two current proposals. 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 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 Apr 28 2015 5:36PM

Authorities say more than $40,000 in equipment has been stolen from a Waterloo welding supply company.

A Superior Welding employee arrived for work Monday to discover anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 worth of equipment missing. Items stolen include cutting tools, helmets, copper and more.

Investigators say it seems that someone broke a piece of glass on the front door to get inside. They say the burglary occurred sometime between when the store closed Friday night and opened Monday morning.

No arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:35PM

Staffers in the Iowa Legislature are starting some of the tasks associated with adjourning the session, even though lawmakers are not close to concluding the budget process.

Student pages in the Iowa Senate were organizing boxes in the chamber Tuesday for members to pack up desks. As per tradition, they also stacked the boxes up to the balcony until they collapsed.

Friday will mark the last day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, as well as the final day of work for many clerks and pages in the part-time Legislature.

But lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House have not reached a compromise deal on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:34PM

Two men have been rescued after their rubber raft became stuck on a river dam in Mason City.

Police, firefighters and medics were dispatched to the Winnebago River dam around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Rescuers threw the men a rope and then pulled the raft to shore.

Authorities say 26-year-old Rusty Thorngren and 45-year-old Marc Ciska were cited for public intoxication. Online court records don't list the names of attorneys who could be contacted to comment on behalf of Thorngren and Ciska.

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Location : IowaMason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:32PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Iowa this month to talk about his liberal beliefs. But most Iowans have no idea who he is.

A new poll released Tuesday revealed that 67 percent of Hawkeye State residents don't know enough about de Blasio to have an opinion.

The Public Policy Polling survey says that 18 percent have a favorable opinion of the mayor while 15 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

The poll was of 466 Democratic voters. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

De Blasio spoke in Des Moines about the need to fight income inequality.

He has taken clear steps to try to raise his national profile but has steadfastly denied considering a presidential run.

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Topics : PoliticsSocial Issues
Location : Des MoinesIowaNew York CityNyc
People : Bill de Blasio
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:31PM

Regulators are suing the owners of two Ames restaurants to try to collect nearly $600,000 in wages that they say are owed to workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the husband and wife who own Mongolian Buffet and the recently-closed King Buffet.

The lawsuit alleges the owners, Li Ying Li and Jian Yum Zheng, did not pay some employees the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and did not pay overtime premiums.

The lawsuit says kitchen employees and servers were expected to work 72 hours per week. Some of them were paid a fixed salary of $450 weekly.

Regulators say 38 employees are owed $597,000 in past wages from March 2012 to March 2014.

Li said she wasn't aware of the lawsuit and declined comment.

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Topics : LaborLaw_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:29PM

More details are emerging about the decision to fire Evansdale's police chief, with accusations ranging from the man creating a hostile work environment to engaging in inappropriate relationships.

Documents obtained on Monday detail complaints against Kent Smock, who was fired from the department April 14 in a closed city council meeting. Much of the information in the documents, which comes from Smock's personnel file, has been withheld.

According to the documents, seven officers signed a complaint about Smock's behavior, saying he lacked "honesty, integrity and respect for police employees."

Evansdale Mayor Doug Faas declined the television station's request to comment specifically about the allegations.

Smock had been with the department since 2012 and was leading the investigation of the abduction and slayings of two young cousins.

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Location : Evansdale
People : Doug FaasKent Smock
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:27PM

The first dog flu case in Iowa has been confirmed in Sioux City.

Dr. Kyoung-Jin Yoon with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University says samples from a sick dog treated at the Perry Creek Animal Hospital are believed to be the latest strain of canine flu, H3N2. He says the specific strain hasn't yet been confirmed.

The virus has swept the Midwest in recent weeks, sickening more than 1,000 dogs and killing five between January and March.

Dr. David Ray, the veterinarian who first treated the sick dog April 20 in Sioux City, says the owners reported his health was improving as of Monday. He says about half of animal clinics in the area have reported dogs with flu-like symptoms, including fever, nasal discharge and a dry cough.