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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2015 6:02AM
The Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its corn and soybean harvest estimates. But experts say the nation still is on pace for its third-largest corn crop on record and the second largest soybean crop. Record per-acre yields are expected in 11 states, including Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2015 5:47AM
The four national health insurance companies selected to manageIowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program have signed contracts with the state to begin work. TheIowa Department of Human Services said Friday that contracts have been signed with Amerigroup, AmeriHealth Caritas, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Health Plans.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 10 2015 5:42AM
Authorities have filed new charges against a former Iowa lottery security officer who was convicted months ago of rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot. Iowa Lottery and Department of Public Safety officials announced Friday evening that Eddie Tipton was charged with ongoing criminal conduct in the tampering of lottery equipment so his brother and a friend could win prizes in Colorado and Wisconsin.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2015 5:43AM

Authorities say a runway blackout at the Des Moines International Airport delayed or diverted a dozen flights scheduled to arrive at the airport Thursday night.

Lights along the runway went dark around 8 p.m. Thursday. Airport officials say the problem was traced to a lightning strike last week, which weakened an electrical wire.

Officials say the problem has been fixed and that the runway lights came back on just before midnight. The station says at least two flights landed in Des Moines after 1:00 a.m. Friday.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2015 5:40AM

Law enforcement experts and state leaders in Iowa monitoring the national debate over body cameras on police say there are privacy issues and technical limitations in granting the public full access to footage.

The panelists spoke Thursday at a public forum in Des Moines. They included the city's former police chief, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the editor and publisher of The Hawk Eye newspaper in Burlington.

The Des Moines Register reports about 60 people attended the event, which included discussions on how body cameras might affect victims' privacy and the feasibility of authorities storing thousands of hours of footage.

Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, says he expects the topic to come up during the next legislative session.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 9 2015 5:36AM

A former Des Moines police officer has turned himself in to authorities after being accused in the embezzlement of more than $20,000 while he was treasurer on the police gym's board of directors.

According to Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek, the former officer turned himself into the Polk County Jail Thursday after a warrant for his arrest was issued earlier in the day. He faces four counts of theft charges.

Authorities say the former officer, who resigned from the department in January, took the money while he was treasurer of the gym, which is a private entity funded by police officer membership dues.

Police say they discovered money was missing during an audit after the officer had resigned.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2015 5:45AM
A Duke University researcher has testified in a lawsuit that three lemurs at a zoo in Manchester are living "miserable" lives. At least five have died at the Cricket Hollow Zoo since 2006. Several people and the Animal Legal Defense Fund are suing the zoo and its operator, seeking to keep it from having endangered species.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2015 5:42AM
The wife of a couple hit by a car late last month near Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City has died. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that 49-year-old Peggy Knight of Iowa City died Sunday at a hospital, five days after she and her husband, 59-year-old Anthony Knight, were hit while crossing a street near the stadium.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 8 2015 5:39AM
Hillary Rodham Clinton says she opposes the big Pacific Rim trade accord backed by President Barack Obama. The Democratic presidential candidate says in an interview with PBS there are too many "unanswered questions" about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. She joins Democratic rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley who warn it could lead to lost American jobs.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2015 5:20AM
A former city clerk in Pacific Junction is facing theft and other charges. Authorities say Kari Williams gave herself unauthorized Christmas bonuses and vacation and sick pay worth about $32,000. State auditors uncovered improper payments earlier this year. Williams resigned in March.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2015 5:16AM
A central Iowa firefighter has lost his home and everything in it to fire. The Lehigh house fire occurred Monday afternoon. No one was home at the time, and no one was injured.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 7 2015 5:13AM
Four former prison guards at a maximum security penitentiary in eastern Iowa face charges after authorities say they used illegal drugs while armed at work. Twenty-nine-year-old Garrett Barton, 29-year-old Ethan Darrow, 38-year-old Marques Maryland and 28-year-old Seth Vogel face different charges ranging from firearms possession to possession of controlled substances. Each man has agreed to plead guilty.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2015 5:49AM
Iowa growers say they still expect a good pumpkin crop this year even though rains in other parts of the country are causing pumpkins to rot in the field. One grower near Cedar Falls says sandy soil and rain have combined to create perfect conditions and this year's pumpkins are larger than normal.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2015 5:46AM

Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to dispel the notion that he has any authority to remove members of a state board that oversees Iowa's three public universities, following criticism over its hiring of a new University of Iowa president.

Branstad said Monday he was shocked that the Faculty Assembly at the university's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences voted recently for the nine-member Iowa Board of Regents to resign. The faculty group also asked Branstad to dismiss the board.

Branstad, who appoints members for six-year terms, says Iowa code is clear that the board doesn't serve at the pleasure of the governor.

The board's appointment in September of Bruce Harreld, a business executive, has been criticized by some UI faculty. They question Harreld's lack of experience in academics.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 6 2015 5:43AM

A 16-year-old Urbandale boy has been charged after police say he rammed a police car with a stolen vehicle in Polk County.

According to a news release from the Altoona Police Department, the suspect faces charges of assault with a weapon, first-degree theft, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving

Officers say they responded to reports of a reckless driver Sunday night. Police said the vehicle being driven had been reported stolen in Des Moines.

According to authorities, when police turned on their emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, the driver sped into the driver's side of the patrol car, pushing about 10 feet down the street. No injuries were reported.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 4:35PM
(Muscatine, IA) - Authorities in Muscatine are investigating, an ATV crash that claimed the life of a four-year-old boy. Police say, four-year-old Lukas Thompson was driving the ATV when it rolled over. Thompson was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The crash remains under investigation.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 4:33PM
(Sioux City, IA) - Police in Sioux City were called to a home early Sunday morning, on reports of a stabbing. The victim told police, that his brother, 32-year-old Lonney Reuny had stabbed him. Reuny was taken to the Woodbury County Jail. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 4:30PM
(Davenport, IA) - Two men from Davenport are facing charges, after they shot a pair of protected trumpeter swans. It happened Saturday morning at the Princeton Wildlife Area in Scott County. Police say, the two men shot the swans while they were out waterfowl hunting. One swan died the other was severly injured.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 5:48AM

More than 100 people watched the old Riverfront YMCA in Des Moines crumble to the ground.

The Des Moines Register reports the building imploded Sunday when workers set off about 100 pounds of dynamite that had been placed around the structure.

The eight-story building was built in 1957, but it had been vacant since January when the new Wellmark YMCA opened three blocks away.

Developers said the building's boxy design would have made it difficult to reuse for another purpose.

Sixty-one-year-old Dave Wolz says he was a little sad to watch the building crumble because he spent many hours at that YMCA in his youth.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 5 2015 5:44AM

Authorities say a former Iowa State basketball standout has turned himself in to police after a high school principal and two others were injured in a Glenwood confrontation.

Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley said 42-year-old Hurl Beechum, of Arizona, turned himself in Saturday and was released after posting bond. Beechum, 18-year-old Denver Cook and 21-year-old Colton McDaniel face several charges including intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

It was not immediately clear if the men have attorneys.

Authorities say Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard Hutchinson confronted a group of young adults about the use of a racial slur outside his home Sept. 27. An affidavit says a fight broke out and Cook and McDaniel kicked and punched Hutchinson. Police say Beechum, Hutchinson's stepson became involved in the fight.

The affidavit says Beechum left and returned with a gun and shot McDaniel in the leg.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2015 6:36AM
Authorities in Webster County, are investigating the death of a man, who was found in his motor home. Officers were called to the home of 55-year-old Roger Brown. Autopsy reports show, Brown died from a gunshot wound. Two women discovered Brown, dead in his motor home after he failed to show up for a medical appointment. The case remains under investigation.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2015 6:33AM
A marion man is heading to jail for two years on charges of wire fraud. 33-year-old Jeremy Murphy, plead guilty to making fraudulant charges, on a company credit card from April 2013 - August 2014. He was also ordered to re-pay more than 180-thousand-dollars, to his former employers insurance companies.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 3 2015 6:27AM
After three days of deliberations, a jury in Tama County could not make a decision, in the murder trial of Dustin Jefferson. The judge decalred a mistrial, late Friday afternoon. Jefferson is being accused of aiding and abetting, in the murder of his wife back in 2013. A date for a new trial is pending. In the meantime, Jefferson remains in the Tama County Jail.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2015 5:53AM

Authorities say a Dubuque man and his 11-year-old daughter combined to save two neighbors from a fire.

Joshua Hentges and his family were watching television Monday evening when his daughter, Natalee, told him she saw flames coming from a home across a street.

Hentges says he ran over and knocked on the neighbor's front door. No answer. The door was unlocked, so he went in and found a woman and her young daughter in a bedroom where flames were dripping onto the floor from burning curtains.

He says he scooped up the girl, carried her out and then returned to awaken her mother.

Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says Hentges' daughter did exactly the right thing in reporting the fire to an adult.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2015 5:21AM
The coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen at Marshalltown High School has taken place. According to Communications Director for the School Andrew Potter Raechel Hannam was named Queen and Tony Smith was named King. The ceremonies took place in the newly renovated Roundhouse.
The Homecoming Parade preceeded the cornation festivities, great weather for the parade through the downtown Marshalltown area.
Tonight`s Homecoming opponent is Mason City, kickoff is 7:30 p-m.
The Homecoming Dance is tomorrow night.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 2 2015 4:58AM
As the result of a tip to Crime Stoppers, law enforcement authorities found and arrested a fugitive who was hiding out at a location in Tama County.
Captain Christopher Jones of the Marshalltown Police Department reports the arrested of 41 year old Amy Stanley of Marshalltown on charges of 3rd Degree Theft and Control of an Offensive Weapon by a Felon.
The tip to Crime Stoppers was anonymous and came in on Wednesday.
Captain Jones says over the last month Crime Stoppers has generated 15 crime related tips which are presently under investigation.
The phone number is 641-753-1234, you can text a tip to crimes or 274637 or on line to
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2015 5:46AM
Federal agriculture officials say the virus that killed more than 8 million pigs in 2013 and 2014 likely came into the U.S. on reusable tote bags used in international trade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also says the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus closely matched one found in China in 2012. The virus killed nearly 10 percent of U.S. hog production, reducing pork supplies and causing record prices last year.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2015 5:42AM
Three people have been charged in connection with a fight and shooting that injured a high school principal. The Mills County Attorney's Office says 42-year-old Hurl Beechum, 18-year-old Denver Cook and 21-year-old Colton McDaniel face different charges following Sunday's altercation in Glenwood. Cook and McDaniel are accused of attacking Glenwood Community High School Principal Richard Hutchinson, and Beechum is accused of shooting McDaniel. Beechum is a former Iowa State and Des Moines North basketball star.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Oct 1 2015 5:40AM

A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.

A report issued Thursday says the overall Mid-American Business Conditions Index dropped to 47.7 last month, compared with 49.6 in August.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he cited the strong U.S. dollar and global economic weakness among the reasons for the region's economic slide.

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. 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 Sep 30 2015 5:48AM
An Iowa judge has upheld a state law that disqualifies felons from voting and an executive order requiring felons to petition the governor for the restoration of their voting rights. Judge Arthur Gamble also strongly suggests in yesterday's ruling that the Iowa Supreme Court sort out the confusion it caused last year when it ruled not all felons are automatically disenfranchised.
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