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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 9 2014 5:55AM
Today is day number one of the Central Iowa Fair in Marshalltown.
Lots of livestock, animal and Four H related activities today.
The Rodeo will be featured tonight. The Little Miss Princess and Fair Queen will also be crowned.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 11:51AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get a final payment of $1.38 million it had been awarded from the National Institutes of Health after a team member admitted last year to faking research results.

The NIH says the final payment of a five-year grant will not be made.

Dong-Pyou Han has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts of making false statements in research reports. He is free on bond awaiting trial.

Prosecutors say Han wrote a letter to university officials before resigning in 2013 in which he says he spiked samples of rabbit blood with human antibodies to make an experimental HIV vaccine appear to work. Han's letter says he acted alone.

The team continues its research and is seeking additional funding.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Dong-Pyou Han
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 11:50AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than 400,000 Iowans who were tricked into signing up for buying club memberships will be eligible for refunds ranging from $6 to hundreds of dollars or more.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday that refund notices are being sent to Iowans who had memberships with Connecticut-based Vertrue Inc. and two other buying clubs.

The $40 million refund is the culmination of Miller's 11-year investigation and prosecution of Vertrue, which was found to have tricked Iowans into buying 864,000 memberships dating back to 1989. Most of the memberships weren't used.

Miller says the checks will be sent later this year, likely between October and December. Des Moines man Richard Schulz says he expects to receive $1,500 in refunds from Vertrue after he unknowingly had a paid membership for years.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 10:52AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors are asking the victims of a 2010 salmonella outbreak to share their stories as a judge considers how to punish the corporation and executives responsible.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa asked anyone who was sickened by eggs produced by Quality Egg, LLC to come forward.

Victims have the right to submit statements to the court describing what they had to endure after being sickened.

Quality Egg owner Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter, have pleaded guilty to distributing adulterated eggs in interstate commerce. Quality Egg pleaded guilty to the same charge, as well as bribery and introducing misbranded food.

The DeCosters and the company are awaiting sentencing, which hasn't been scheduled. They face up to one year in jail, plus fines and restitution.


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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 10:51AM

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has approved a tax break for John Deere's $27.8 million expansion project in Cedar Falls.

The five-year property tax abatement was approved at Monday night's meeting, following a public hearing.

Director of Developmental Services Ron Gaines says the city issued a building permit on June 24 for an addition that is expected to have a valuation of about $9.5 million.

John Deere's Chris Meyers says the expansion will provide nearly 62,000 square feet of additional space and improvements to the existing engineering center's infrastructure.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 10:51AM

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A tribute has been prepared for members of Waterloo West High School's Class of 1965 who died in Vietnam.

Three of their classmates co-produced a video titled "Fallen Heroes." It recognizes the sacrifices of five classmates and the spouse of another who were killed during the war.

The video includes letters from fallen classmates, some read by surviving family members. It includes their West High senior pictures and is interspersed with footage that classmate Jim Hamlyn shot while he was in Vietnam.

Hamlyn, of Denver, Iowa, says he and classmates Linda Cook Cain and Barbara Ruisch Hessel wanted to do something a little different for the reunion next year.

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Location : DenverIowaWaterloo
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 10:50AM

McPAUL, Iowa (AP) — A southwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting or participating in a woman's suicide.

58-year-old James Allen Zingg, of McPaul, is charged with assisting in the January suicide of 47-year-old Gwendolyn N. Melloway. He was arrested in June.

Authorities are charging Zingg under a seldom-used law that was spurred when Dr. Jack Kevorkian was prosecuted for helping terminally ill patients end their lives.

Prosecutors say Zingg made a suicide pact with Melloway. Zingg says the pair both ingested a lethal cocktail of pills, but he survived. He says it was Melloway's idea to swallow the pills.

Fremont County Attorney James Burger says the charge is justified. Zingg's attorney declined to immediately comment on the case.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 10:48AM

AUDUBON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a century-old building in western Iowa was completely destroyed after a fire broke out inside.

The 102-year-old building near the main street of Audubon caught fire Friday afternoon. Area firefighters continued to work the scene until Sunday morning.

Officials say the blaze was contained Friday night, but firefighters from multiple departments had to wait while the fire burned itself out. No injuries were reported.

Audubon Fire Chief John Ballou says the cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.

The building, which was built in 1912, previously housed retail businesses. It recently was used for storage.

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People : John Ballou
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 5:20AM
Some strong thunderstorm winds in Union and Decatur counties yesterday.

Rural Creston reported a wind gust of 60 mph,while rural Lamoni had wind gusts clocked at 63 and 74 miles per hour.

Rural Independence in Buchanon County reported heavy rain and hail one inch in diameter.

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Topics : EnvironmentWeather
Location : Buchanon CountyDecaturUnion
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 5:05AM
The man whom the Marshalltown Police Department put out the word out about a theft at the area Menards store has been arrested by authorities in Story County.

The Story County Sheriffs Department identifies the suspect at 32 year oldJarrod Firman Holt of Ames who faces multiple charges including the theft of a laser level at the Marshalltown Menards store, valued at 850 dollars.

The theft allegedly took place on May 29th.
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Location : Story County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 4:52AM

The Marshall County Engineers Department has reopened that portion of East Main Street Road just east of Marshalltown that closed during last weeks flood.

However County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt says drivers will need to proceed with caution because the roads shoulders are soft in the aftermath of the water receeding.

This marks the final county road to be reopened in the aftermath of flooding adjacent to the Iowa River.

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Location : Marshalltown
People : Paul Geilenfeldt
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 8 2014 4:47AM
Officials have confirmed that four tornadoes hit Iowa Sunday night.

A tornado touched down just north of Traer causing lots of tree damage but stayed away from populated areas, it did damage a farm out building. That twister was rated EF-1 at 90 miles per hour, a path of 6.6 miles and 200 yards in width.

3 other tornados were confirmed near Jewell, Stuart and eastern Jasper County, no tree or structural damage in those instances.

Some 11 tornados were reported by spotters this time around.
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Location : Jasper County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 10:13AM

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is probing an Ankeny officer's fatal shooting of an armed woman.

Ankeny police say officers were sent to a home around 5:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report about a suicidal woman. Police say the officers found a woman armed with a semi-automatic weapon. Police say the woman was shot when she refused to drop the weapon and pointed it at an officer.

She was taken to Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, where she died. She's been identified as 59-year-old Marilyn Boyd.

The officer's name and other details about the shooting haven't been released.

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Location : AnkenyDes MoinesIowa
People : Marilyn Boyd
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 10:12AM

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The flooded Mississippi River became something of a tourist attraction this weekend in eastern Iowa.

Crowds of people visited Davenport's skybridge Saturday to get a view of the floodwaters covering low-lying areas.

Mike Loew and his wife were in Davenport to attend the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest that had to be moved because of the flooding. He has been coming to the event for nearly two decades.

Loew says it's remarkable to see the water so high.

Holly Schafer says she brought her two kids from Milan to see the flooding in person, and it's amazing.

The river crested earlier this weekend at 20.94 feet at Davenport and it has been to decline, but it won't return to within its banks until later this month.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 10:12AM

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A 3-year-old Iowa boy remained in critical condition a day after falling out of a second-story window at home.

Carter James McOmber fell Saturday morning after leaning against a window screen in an upstairs bedroom.

Cedar Falls police say Carter fell about 20 feet to the ground and suffered life-threatening injuries in the fall.

The Cedar Falls boy remained in critical condition Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. He was flown there after being taken to a local hospital.

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Location : IowaMinnesotaRochester
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 10:11AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the new laws enacted this month allows an increase in the Iowa Corn Checkoff. It's money collected from each bushel of corn sold to promote the grain.

Checkoff funds have been used to promote ethanol, such as sponsoring an Indy Car race.

The checkoff can only be increased after farmers approve it in a referendum.

The first authorization on the checkoff in 1977 set a maximum of 1 cent per bushel sold. In 2012 corn producers approved that amount, which meant state legislators had to update the law for the checkoff to go any higher.

Corn promotion officials say they have no plans to increase the checkoff, which generates as much as $20 million a year.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 10:11AM

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — A former Lee County maintenance worker who sued under Iowa's whistleblower law is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's ruling setting aside the $186,000 that a jury awarded him.

Rick Carter has appealed the judge's ruling last year.

Carter was fired in 2010. His lawsuit says he was fired because he reported problems with the Lee County Jail during its construction and accused the county board of malfeasance.

In February 2013, a jury awarded Carter $141,000 in back wages and $45,000 in lost benefits.

But several weeks later, District Judge Mary Ann Brown set aside the jury award, saying Carter was fired for incompetence, not in retaliation for his public accusations.

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Topics : LaborLaw_Crime
Location : IowaKeokukLee County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 10:10AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has filed a federal lawsuit accusing officials of violating his constitutional free speech rights last year when they ordered him to stop preaching on public sidewalks just outside the Iowa State Fair.

Jason Powell, of Des Moines, hopes the lawsuit will deter officials from trying to keep him from preaching outside this year's state fair in August.

Powell's lawsuit, filed in June, says he was on a public sidewalk Aug. 15 outside the fair when a security guard told him to go to the other side of the street or be arrested.

The next day, on a public sidewalk outside a different gate, Powell says he was detained and photographed by a state trooper who said he was trespassing.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Jason Powell
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 9:42AM
The Marshall County Engineers Department reports that some more roads in the county have opened up in the wake of last weeks flooding along the Iowa River in the County.

County Engineer Paul Geilenfeldt repots that Garwin Road, Reed Avenue and Wiesegarden Road have all opened back up on a near river to near river basis.

He says those roads are open with no restrictions, they are soft so proceed with caution…….

Gielenfeldt says East Main Street will remain closed as repairs are warranted after the high water went down……..


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 6:58AM
The Marshalltown Police Department reports a hot and run accident that involved a female pedestrian…

Police Lieutenant Ryan Goecke says it happened at North 8th Avenue, and Marion Street, the motorist left the scene without providing aid or assistance to the injured pedestrian which was a female…..

The time of the accident was back on Friday the Fourth of July at 3:15 a-m….

The female was 26 years old….

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police comm center at 754-5725……
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Location : Marshalltown
People : Ryan Goecke
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 5:05AM
The Fourth of July celebration in Marshalltown back on Friday was called a hit by organizers.

There was entertainment at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds at the band shell as there were cloggers, the Municipal Band and the Band Loose Nuetral Played, the racing at the Marshalltown Speedway packed em in and the evening was capped off with fireworks.

The weather for the Fourth of July was Fabulous.

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Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 4:56AM
The Iowa River at Marshalltown is down five feet from its crest of the other day.

The stage this morning was 17.25 feet, flood stage is 19 feet, the crest set last week was 22.25 feet which was an all time record that beat a record that was set just last year.

The last of the major road closures was lifted Saturday morning as the DOT reopened a stretch of U-S 63 in the Tama area.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2014 4:44AM
Spotters reported some 11 twisters last night in Iowa including 5 in the listening area.

Tornados were reported at Kellogg, rural Newton, rural Traer, rural Reinbeck and rural Dysart.

Damage to area farms was reported in the Traer area, two homes were hit in the Renbeck area one of which was reportedly destroyed.

1 inch diameter hail was reported in Grinnell.


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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 4 2014 6:59AM
The state DOT says Iowa 14 north of Marshalltown has reopened after floods closed it earlier this week. That brings a big sigh of relief to motorist in and passing through the area.

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Location : IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 4 2014 5:53AM
A road closure update:

Major road closures:

Iowa highway 14 north of Marshalltown…
U-S 63 in the Tama area between county road E-64 and U-S 63….

In Marshall County:
East Main Street
Garwin Road
Wiesgarden Road
Reed Avenue
Quarry Road

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 4 2014 5:47AM
The latest stage on the Iowa River at Marshalltown stood at 19.51.

The river crested at a new record of 22.25 feet which broke a record that was set on May 30th 2013.

The National Weather Service says a Flood Warning will continue through tomorrow morning at 11:24.

The river is forecast to drop below flood stage at 1pm this afternoon.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 4 2014 5:20AM
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for Marshall County in the wake of the recent severe weather activity.

Hardin County is also on the list.

The proclamation allows for state resources to be utilized in the recovery effort.

Marshall and Hardin counties are also eligible for the Iowa Individual Assistance Program.

Marshall County Emergency Manager Kim Elder says more information can be obtained by surfing over to www.dhs.iowa.gov-releases/disaster_assistance

Elder can be reached at 641-751-1726…




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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 4 2014 5:06AM
The Fourth of the July Fireworks show in Marshalltown this evening will be coupled with a special night of racing at the Marshalltown Speedway.

The venue will be the Central Iowa Fairgrounds and the Marshalltown Speedway.

Food vendors will be on hand starting at two o clock.

Kids games will be at four.

Band Shell entertainment includes:
Cloggers at five pm
The municipal band will play at six
"Loose Neutral" will play at seven
The fireworks show will be around 935 pm…

The Marshalltown Speedway will be celebrating its 50th year Anniversary this evening as well with a special night of racing….

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Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 4 2014 4:57AM
The Marshalltown Police Department is asking for the public help in identifying a man wanted in a case of theft from back in the latter part of the month of May.

Police Chief Mike Tupper says the theft took place at the Menards store on May 29th.

A white male is sought who was wearing an Iowa State cap, with a light greenish t-shirt with green piping on the collars and sleeves, he had a moustache and a goatee.

The man stole a laser level that was valued at 850 dollars.

The store where the theft took place is at 504 Iowa Avenue West.

If you have any information you are asked to call 641-754-5725.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:22AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is shutting down a Mississippi River lock and dam as flooding worsens.

Corps spokesman Mike Petersen says Lock and Dam 24 in Clarksville, Missouri, will close to navigation Friday. The river is nearly 6 feet above flood stage in Clarksville and is expected to rise another 3 feet by Tuesday.

Heavy recent rains in the upper Midwest have caused the Mississippi and many of its tributaries to rise sharply, causing significant flooding in Iowa, Illinois and in Missouri north of St. Louis. The Mississippi remains below flood stage from St. Louis to the south.

The Corps of Engineers is also activating its Emergency Operations Center in St. Louis, a move that enables the agency to provide personnel and resources to support flood-fighting efforts.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:21AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a 97-year-old Des Moines man who was killed in a home invasion in which his wife was injured.

Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax says police arrested 19-year-old Ngor Peter Makuey early Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Police say Rupert Anderson, 97, and Harriet Anderson, 94, were taken to the hospital, where Rupert Anderson died. Harriet Anderson is in stable condition.

Officers were called Wednesday night to the Andersons' east side home after a woman called 911 and reported someone had entered her home.

Online court records didn't show whether Makuey had an attorney.

Halifax says Anderson's death is the sixth homicide in Des Moines this year.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:20AM

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say more than 100 jobs will be lost with the closing of the Evergreen Packaging plant in Clinton.

The employees were told the bad news on Tuesday. The closure is expected to occur by Sept. 1.

A news release from Evergreen says the "difficult business decision is necessary in order to improve the position of our company in today's challenging marketplace." Employee Nathan Reafsnider told the newspaper that workers were told that a major cause for the closure was pricing issues that cost the company a few big accounts.

Evergreen is based in Canton, North Carolina, and has plants or other facilities in several states and overseas.

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Location : ClintonIowaNorth Carolina
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:19AM

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the hatchet slaying of a Fort Dodge man last year.

Holly Ekstrom submitted the plea Wednesday on aggravated misdemeanors of accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent.

Ekstrom said she saw Ronald Dilley kill 22-year-old Steven Fisher in July 2013. She admitted to driving Dilley away from the scene and disposing of evidence in the case.

Dilley is serving 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the case. He earlier admitted to killing Fisher with a hatchet.

Ekstrom is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:18AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The leader of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is resigning after 18 years of leading the organization.

The ACLU announced Wednesday that Executive Director Ben Stone planned to leave the position and return to practicing law. In a news release, Stone says the time is right to "return to fighting for justice one client at a time."

During Stone's tenure, the ACLU of Iowa has grown from three staff members to eight staff positions.

The organization has taken on issues dealing with voting rights, free speech, religious freedom, the fair treatment of sex offenders and other prisoners and the rights for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

An interim director will be appointed while a search is launched for a permanent executive director.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Ben Stone
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:18AM

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Residents of a Newton apartment building have been told to move out of their homes because the structure has been deemed an "unfit dwelling."

The residents of the three-story building found a sign posted Monday from the Newton Fire Department informing them they needed to vacate the building immediately. Residents learned the owner had 10 days to appeal the order.

Easy Keep Management oversees the building and stated that the only issue was a fire escape that was being repaired.

Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik says there are other problems, but he wouldn't be specific.

There are 12 apartments in the building but it's unclear how many people live there.

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Location : IowaNewton
People : Jarrod Wellik
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 10:17AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City officials are going door-to-door to speak with people in low-lying areas about potential flooding from the swollen Iowa River.

Officials planned to issue recommended evacuations Wednesday for homes and businesses on the north and west side of the city. There are no mandatory evacuations in place.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase the flow of water coming from the nearby Coralville Lake Reservoir because of the swollen Iowa River at Marshalltown. The increased outflow is expected to flood low-lying areas in Iowa City and other nearby communities.

City spokeswoman Shannon McMahon says the city is prepared to deal with the rising waters because of its history with flooding. She recommended that people stay away from the Iowa River for safety reasons.

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Location : IowaIowa CityMarshalltown
People : Shannon McMahon
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 9:37AM
Road closure update:

From the DOT and the Marshall County Engineers Department:

Major Closures: Iowa 330 south of Albion
Iowa 14 north of Marshalltown
U-S 63 in the Tama area from E-64 to U-S 30

In Marshall County proper adjacent to the Iowa River:

North Center Street is now open, proceed with caution.

Closed:

East Main Street east of Marshalltown
Garwin Road
Wiesgarden Road
Zeller Avenue
Reed Avenue
Quarry Road


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 5:14AM
The slow drop in the level of the flood waters continues in our listening area.

After the Iowa River had a record crest at 22.25 feet, the stage this morning was at 20.71 feet.

A continued slow fall is forecast.

A river flood warning continues until tomorrow afternoon at 3:34 p-m.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2014 4:39AM
Major routes that are closed because of flooding:
Iowa 330 South of Albion
Iowa 14 north of Marshalltown
U-S 63 in the Tama area from county road E-64 to U-S 30
Iowa 21 near Belle Plaine from Iowa 212 to E-66

In Marshall County adjacent to the Iowa River:
North Center Street Road
East Main Street
148th Street
160th Street
Garwin Road
Wiesgarden Road
Zeller Avenue
Knapp Avenue
Reed Avenue
Quarry Road
Oaks Avenue
Morman Rudge Road
Jessup Avenue
Marsh Avenue
Sandford Avenue





by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 10:06AM

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit says Iowa State officials wrongfully barred a pro-marijuana group from using the school's Cy logo on T-shirts that also were decorated with cannabis leaves.

The lawsuit alleges that the school violated two students' constitutional rights by barring use of the logo by the campus chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

The two students are Paul Gerlich, who is president of the chapter, and Erin Furleigh, who is vice president.

In 2012 ISU officials barred the group from using the Cy log after the chapter's president at the time displayed the T-shirt in a Register photo. The photo prompted lawmakers' complaints that the shirt made it look like the school endorsed pro-marijuana legalization.

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Location : AmesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:41AM

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A 51-year-old southwest Iowa woman has been sentenced to prison for lying to the Social Security Administration.

Federal prosecutors say Sharon Manchester, of Farragut, on Tuesday was sentenced to a year and a day, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Manchester pleaded guilty in February to committing Social Security fraud from October 2008 to July 2013.

She also was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $49.000.

Prosecutors say Sharon Manchester lied to Social Security when she said she wasn't receiving any financial support from her husband, co-defendant Andrew Manchester. He has pleaded guilty to possession of a false document and is awaiting sentencing.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:40AM

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Marshall County jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a minivan.

Jurors took about three hours Tuesday before finding 40-year-old Mathew Irving guilty in the killing of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall, of Marshalltown, in July 2013. Her body was found in the back of a minivan parked on the side of a road just east of Marshalltown.

Irving testified he didn't intend to kill Hall but was defending himself when she attacked him.

Irving had been charged with first-degree murder.

Second-degree murder has a mandatory-minimum sentence of 35 years in prison.

A medical examiner testified Hall died after being smothered.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 18.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:38AM

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old's call to 911 helped lead to the arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting the child's mother in Storm Lake.

Police say the child dialed 911 early Tuesday but did not speak to emergency dispatchers. Police responded to an apartment, where 30-year-old Denis Reyes-Morales is accused of jumping out of a second-story window.

Police say Reyes-Morales entered the apartment and sexually assaulted a woman inside. He was later arrested at his home.

The woman was treated at a hospital. The child was not hurt.

Reyes-Morales faces charges of first-degree burglary, third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He is being held at the Buena Vista County Jail. Court records do not list an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:38AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch.

Ethanol made from plant fiber is called cellulosic ethanol. It's been in research for decades but production is expected to expand significantly this year.

Several plants are in construction capable of turning corn leaves and stalks, wood scraps and even garbage into the fuel additive.

The Quad County Corn Processors plant in Galva has made Iowa's first commercially produced gallons of cellulosic ethanol from corn kernel fiber. The plant, which has the capacity to make 35 million gallons of ethanol the traditional way from corn starch, has added equipment to make an additional 2 million gallons a year in cellulosic ethanol.


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Location : Des MoinesIowaNorthwest Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:37AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he falsified his research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding.

Dong-Pyou Han appeared in federal court in Des Moines on Tuesday and entered his pleas of not guilty to four counts of making false statements. Each count carries up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Han was released on bond and his trial was scheduled for Sept. 2. His attorney declined to comment afterward.

Prosecutors say before Han resigned last fall, he told university officials he had spiked samples of rabbit blood with human proteins to make it appear the vaccine was working.

The alleged misconduct was uncovered last year after Harvard University scientists discovered the spiked samples.


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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Dong-Pyou Han
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:37AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Republican-backed group American Crossroads is reserving $3.1 million in Iowa advertising time for September, an early sign they see Iowa's U.S. Senate race as competitive.

The group and its related group Crossroads GPS announced Tuesday they are reserving nearly $20 million in television advertising time in six states that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, including Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina and Montana. Republicans need six seats to retake the majority.

Apart from Iowa and Montana, all the seats are held by Democrats seeking re-election. In Iowa, five-term Democrat Tom Harkin is retiring.

Of the six states, Iowa is the only state Democrat Barack Obama carried in the 2012 presidential election.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley faces GOP state Sen. Joni Ernst in the Iowa race.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 9:36AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is reporting its first case of West Nile virus this year.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the first person infected is a man, between the age of 18 and 40, who lives in Clay County.

Patricia Quinlisk, the agency's medical director, says the man is recovering. Details about the man weren't released.

About 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus have mild to moderate symptoms, including fever, headache and vomiting. Less than 1 percent become seriously ill, and people can occasionally die of the disease.

The virus first appeared in Iowa in 2002. Last year, there were 44 confirmed cases and no deaths.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus usually lay eggs in stagnant water, so it's important to eliminate standing water whenever possible.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 5:26AM
A jury rendered a guilty verdict Tuesday in the murder case of 40 year old Matthew Irving.

The charge was second degree murder after an orginal charge of first degree murder.

The jury deliberated for three hours.

The trial lasted about a week.

Irving was charged with murder after 55 year old Rebecca Hall was found strangled in a van a year ago last July 14th.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2014 4:48AM
Road closure update:

Major routes:

Iowa 330 South of Albion
Iowa 14 north of Marshalltown
U-S 63 between E-64 and U-S 30
IA 21 between Iowa 212 and E-66 near Belle Plaine
North Center Street Road
East Main Street in Marshalltown at 18th Ave past Sand Lake…

Other routes in Marshall County closed near the Iowa River:
Stanley Mill Road
148th Street
Garwin Road
Wiesegarden Road
Zeller Avenue
Knapp Avenue
Reed Avenue
Quarry Road
Oaks Avenue
160th Street
Morman Ridge Road
Jessup Avenue
Marsh Avenue
Sandford Avenue



by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2014 10:23AM
Iowa 14 is closed both ways north of Marshalltown.
Iowa 330 is closed both ways south of Albion.
U-S 63 is closed both ways from E-64 to U-S 30 in Tama County.
North Center Street in Marshalltown is open.
Iowa 21 is closed both ways by flooding near Belle Plaine.
U-S 6 is closed both ways west of Victor.
Iowa 57 is closed both ways 1 mile west of New Hartford.
In Marshall County the following roads have been closed including: Reed Avenue, Prairie Avenue, Stanley Mill road, 148th Street, Garwin Road and Wiesegarden Road.





by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2014 5:08AM
Of the numerous damage reports from yesterday here is a summary:

During the second storm last night during the six o clock hour, a report was made out of Marshalltown to the National Weather Service of fast moving water of an unknown depth moving down an entire city street. Marshalltown had a peak wind gust yesterday of 73 miles per hour.

A report of several homes damaged or destroyed at Traer.

Large trees were reported downed at Zearing.

A large machine shed was downed in the Liscomb area.

A corn crib was destroyed at Chelsea.

An 81 mile per hour wind gust at Hubbard with tree and crop damage there.

A 70 mph wind gust at Story City.

Tree damage was reported at New Providence, Clemons and Albion.

Flash flooding was reported in Conrad.

Grundy Center had large hail and a 70 mpn wind gust.






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