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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 11:34AM
A Marshalltown teen accused of sexually abusing a girl has received a second sentencing hearing date.

According to online court records, Travis James Bunn of Marshalltown will receive a sentence on July 27th at 1:30pm. Bunn, along with his attorney Aaron Siebrecht and Iowa Attorney General's Office lawyer Andy Prosser, met one week ago for sentencing, before the assigned judge decided to continue the hearing.

Bunn is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Marshalltown back in January. He is charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, Indecent Contact With A Child, and Lascivious Acts With A Child.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 5:51AM
Iowa State is in the final stages of a major renovation to the south end zone at Jack Trice Stadium, highlighting a $60 million expansion that's set to be completed in late August. It's arguably the most ambitious renovation in the 40-year life of the stadium, which will soon be the third-largest in the Big 12 with a capacity of 61,000.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 5:48AM
A Clive auto repair business reports that 90 percent of the vehicles on its property have been ruined by a flash flood. Acheson Auto Works, which backs up to the Walnut Creek, was flooded early Friday, destroying about 40 vehicles. Workers plan to continue the cleanup throughout the weekend in hopes of opening on Monday.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 29 2015 5:45AM
The ongoing bird flu outbreak has forced competitors at the Linn County Fair and other poultry events in the state to prepare educational displays and leave their birds at home. But the 79 participants in this weekend's Linn County competition got tomeet Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey. He visited the fair Saturday to speak about poultry health and the bird flu.
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Topics : Environment
Location : IowaLinn County
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 3:35PM
A vacant building on the south side of Marshalltown will soon be demolished, and a major dollar store chain is planning a build on the property.

Dollar Tree, which currently has a Marshalltown location next door to what used to be an EconoFoods grocery store on Iowa Avenue West, will be making the big move this year, according to store management. The new location for the dollar store outlet will be a space on the corner of E. Southridge Road and S. Center Street. The old Long John Silver's building currently located on the property is to be destroyed, and a new building, which will house Dollar Tree, will be developed.

Specific details on the project have not been made public. Also, no set completion date has been released, as of yet. However, Dollar Tree management noted that the company is aiming for a November opening.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 5:48AM
University of Northern Iowa students are working to bring fresh produce to low-income neighborhoods in Waterloo. Students established the Waterloo Mobile Produce Stand this summer so families could have access to fresh vegetables that they normally wouldn't have due to costs.
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Location : Northern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 5:45AM
One of three veteran Iowa State Patrol officials who were on leave during an internal investigation has been transferred to a new job. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Major Todd Misel is no longer in charge of field operations for the patrol. Misel and two other patrol officials were placed on paid leave in April while the department investigated whether they mishandled a state contract to purchase handguns.
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People : Todd Misel
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 26 2015 5:42AM
One man has died in an apparent explosion of a house in rural Jackson County in eastern Iowa. 73-year-old Stephen W. Brandenburg was found early Thursday in the basement of a house near U.S. Highway 64 between Miles and Preston. Emergency responders were called to the home about 4:40 a.m. yesterday after reports of an explosion.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 25 2015 5:53AM
Two construction workers were hospitalized after a building site collapsed in eastern Iowa. Evansdale emergency officials say the two were being treated for non-life threatening injuries after the collapse at a planned Kwik Star convenience store on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities are investigating the cause.
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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 25 2015 5:50AM
Ohio Governor John Kasich is making his first trip to Iowa as he considers whether to run for president next year. The Republican said Wednesday in Des Moines that it's not practical or humane to deport millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. In the past, he's expressed reservations about creating a path to citizenship.
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Location : Des MoinesIowaOhio
People : John Kasich
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 25 2015 5:48AM
Iowa farm equipment maker Kinze Manufacturing says it must lay off 215 workers as business has slowed because of the impact of low grain prices on farmer purchases. The privately held company based in the eastern Iowa near Williamsburg makes planters andgrain carts. Deere and Company another major farm equipment maker laid off 910 workers in its Iowa factories and 500 in Illinois in January.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Eastern IowaIllinoisIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 24 2015 5:45AM
The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado damaged homes and a grocery store in southern Iowa. Meteorologist Craig Cogil says the tornado received an EF-3 rating after peak winds were estimated at 142 mph near a damaged house in Lovilia on Monday night. The tornado developed in Marion County and briefly moved through Lucas County before ending in Monroe County, where the house was located. The tornado had wind speeds of 103 mph when it later ripped into a grocery store in Albia. No injuries have been reported.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 24 2015 5:41AM
Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for four Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad issued the proclamation for Davis, Humboldt, Monroe and Wright counties. The areas were affected by severe weather Monday. The proclamation allows officials to use state resources to help affected people. It includes an assistance program that provides grants of up to $5,000 for certain households needing food, clothing and temporary housing.
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Location : DavisHumboldtIowaMonroeWright
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 24 2015 5:39AM
A computer science committee has recommended to Gov. Terry Branstad's STEM Advisory Council that Iowa high school students should have to complete computer science coursework to graduate.

The STEM Support of Computer Science working group made the recommendation Tuesday. Group co-chairs Mark Gruwell and Ann Watts discussed a list of recommendations to integrate computer science into Iowa schools, including an endorsement to recognize teachers and technology professors qualified to teach courses.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2015 5:54AM
After years of arguing that liberal Iowa law professors illegally derailed her career, a conservative lawyer will get a second chance to prove her claim to a jury. Jury selection started in federal court in Davenport in a lawsuit filed by anti-abortion activist Teresa Manning, who contends that the University of Iowa College of Law refused to hire her for teaching jobs because of her beliefs and associations. The long-running lawsuit has been closely watched in higher education.
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Location : DavenportIowa
People : Teresa Manning
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2015 5:51AM
Governor Terry Branstad has signed legislation to expand high-speed Internet service in Iowa. The new law creates a property tax relief program for service providers adding broadband infrastructure. A bill with more tax incentives for service providers failed in 2014.
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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 23 2015 5:48AM
A former Des Moines police officer convicted in March of using excessive force has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Colin Boone was sentenced to 63 months in prison. He will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence. A jury convicted the 39-year-old Boone following allegations he kicked a man in the head during a traffic stop in 2013. The kick knocked out two of the man's front teeth.
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Colin Boone
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 22 2015 5:51AM
Police in central Iowa say a man is dead following an overnight shooting. The Ames Police Department says officers received a report of a shooting at 1 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a man with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. The victim's name was not released yesterday.
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Location : Central IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 22 2015 5:47AM
Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that has wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms. An Omaha breakfast and lunch eatery owner says his supplier's inventory has dwindled because of demand and production is down because of federal testing.
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Topics : Environment
Location : Omaha
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 22 2015 5:42AM
Police say two men will be charged with public intoxication after jumping into the Des Moines River.

According to authorities, police and rescue crews responded to reports of someone jumping into the river and not resurfacing just after 5 p.m. Saturday. Two men were taken out of the water uninjured.

According to police, the two men had jumped off a ledge near the Riverwalk Hub. The Iowa Craft Beer Festival was just ending in the area, and Iowa Brewers Guild President Dave Ropte said this was the lone incident at the sold-out event.

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People : Dave Ropte
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:26AM

AMES — Ames police say one man has died and another was critically injured in a construction accident at Iowa State University.

Emergency crews were called Friday afternoon to an apartment building under construction across the street from the ISU Memorial Union.

Police say the accident that killed one man and hurt another involved a fall from scaffolding.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:24AM

DES MOINES — A New York City company the Iowa attorney general says was running a fraudulent psychic mail campaign targeting elderly Iowans has been ordered to pay $200,000 to a state consumer protection fund.

Court documents filed Friday say Faircom New York Inc. and company senior account director Audrey Corvino agreed to the restitution and will permanently halt mailings to Iowans. Faircom was further ordered to ensure that no one else uses Iowa mailing lists it compiled.

Attorney General Tom Miller says the company helped fraudulent operators in Switzerland, France, and the United Kingdom distribute mailings to older Iowans and people in other states promising psychics would miraculously deliver health, wealth and happiness for a fee of $20 to $35.

He says Faircom acknowledges helping with hundreds of thousands of mailings nationwide.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:18AM

IOWA CITY — The new Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman is explaining her decision to participate in a vote on a major oil pipeline despite a potential conflict of interest.

In a June 8 filing, Geri Huser told parties in the case that her brother is no longer representing a farm family that has filed an objection to the pipeline proposed by Dakota Access LLC.

Huser noted that she wasn't on the board when her brother wrote a December objection letter, which will remain part of the case file. She said any appearance of a conflict of interest has been addressed by his withdrawal from the case.

Days before Huser's filing, a board spokesman said that Huser wasn't planning to formally disclose the issue in the case.

The board could vote later this year.

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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Iowa
People : Geri Huser
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:08AM

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Neighbors of a proposed shooting range in rural Dubuque County have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the development.

Three neighbors filed the lawsuit Tuesday against several county panels, arguing the proposed range was too close to their properties and could endanger people or livestock.

The Dubuque police and county sheriff's office applied for a special-use permit to build the 100-yard law enforcement shooting range. After several meetings, county boards approved the permit.

Authorities say the range could be used by any officers working in the county.

The Dubuque police chief, county sheriff and county attorney all declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit argues the decision to grant the special-use permit was unreasonable and not supported by the facts.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Dubuque CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:06AM

A state board has approved $25 million in extra tax breaks for a company building a giant fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday approved the tax breaks for the Lee County plant after the IowaFertilizer Company pledged to add 11 more jobs. The project's total cost now totals $1.9 billion, and it will employ 180 people.

According to board documents, approval of the request brings the total amount of tax benefits the state has provided to the company to $107.5 million.

The construction of the plant near Wever is one of the largest economic development projects in state history.

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Location : IowaLee County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 20 2015 12:02AM

A new fire and rescue boat named after a longtime Clear Lake firefighter is ready for use.

A christening ceremony was held Thursday for the 26-foot boat.

Diane and Mark Holt of Mason City donated $275,000 for the watercraft. It was named in honor of Diane Holt's late father, Frankie "Bud" Meyers.

Meyers was assistant fire chief from 1974 until his retirement in 1993. He also was the father of current Clear Lake Fire Chief Doug Meyers.

Frankie Meyers' widow, Helen, also was on hand for the ceremony.

The boat will be kept in a covered lift at City Beach until needed.

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Topics : Human Interest
Location : IowaMason CityNorthern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 19 2015 6:02AM
The economy has improved slightly in rural parts of Iowa and Nebraska, but a new survey suggests little growth ahead. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss in Omaha says the strong dollar is continuing to hurt crop prices and exports, so farm income is down in the region.
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Location : IowaMidwestNebraskaOmaha
People : Ernie Goss
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 19 2015 5:54AM
Governor Terry Branstad says more than 1,500 workers will likely lose their jobs as a result of the bird flu outbreak and he is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster for four of the hardest hit Iowa counties. In his letter to the president Thursday, Branstad says 438 people have sought unemployment benefits from Buena Vista, Sioux, Webster and Wright counties.
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Location : IowaWebsterWright
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 19 2015 5:50AM
Boone Water Works and the Xenia Rural Water District are advising thousands of customers not to give tap water to children under 6 months old because of high nitrate levels.

The warning applies to nearly 1,600 customers within the Xenia Rural Water District and 5,000 Boone Water Works customers. Xenia buys water from Boone for some of its customers.

The water tested out Wednesday at 10.7 milligrams per liter. The maximum level allowed in public drinking water is 10 milligrams per liter.

Experts say infants under 6 months can't process nitrates like older children and adults can.

People are advised not to boil, freeze or filter the water, because boiling can concentrate the nitrates.

Boone City Administrator Luke Nelson blames the high levels on recent rains.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 18 2015 6:44AM
Authorities say a man suspected of making a bomb threat at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids has been taken to a hospital for evaluation and will be charged. A police spokesman says the OnStar vehicle communication service contacted police about 3 a.m. Wednesday to report that a man had just called, saying he was on an airport road and intended to blow up the airport. The man was seen driving away from the airport and soon was pulled over. No explosives were found in the car or on airport property.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Eastern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 18 2015 6:40AM
A man accused of leading police on a high-speed car chase in Des Moines has been arrested. Daniel Phillip Garretto was charged Wednesday with eluding, domestic abuse assault, obstruction of emergency communications and violation of probation. A police pursuit report says a woman reported early Tuesday that Garretto was wanted for domestic assault and was stealing her friend's car.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 18 2015 6:32AM
Firefighters at a Des Moines firehouse are battling bedbugs that may have hitched rides from an infested home.

The problem appeared after a Fire Station No. 4 ambulance was used for a call. The ambulance was taken out of service for cleaning, but bedbugs were later found at the station.

Bedbug bites can cause itchiness and skin welts, but the pests don't carry diseases.

Chemicals have been used on the firehouse and the fire vehicles, and firefighters are peering into cracks and other dark or tight spaces at the station where the bugs may be hiding. In addition, firefighters are being reminded to put their clothes in a dryer to kill the bugs, lest they hitch a ride to the firefighters' homes.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 16 2015 4:58PM

An investigation by the state auditor has found more than $500,000 in improper and unsupported spending by the city of Garwin.

Auditor Mary Mosiman announced Tuesday that an audit requested by city officials found $562,089 of improper and unsupported spending. That includes 203 payments traced by credit card statements to former City Clerk Anna Lori Leytham.

Payments on those credit card accounts date from December 2000 to September 2013.

Mosiman says there likely were additional payments but records before Jan. 1, 2001, weren't available.

Mosiman noted other improper payments, including $145,224 that Leytham issued to herself.

A telephone message left for Leytham seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

The auditor's report was forwarded to state authorities and the Tama County Attorney's Office.

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Location : GarwinGarwin City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 15 2015 6:56AM
A new Miss Iowa has been chosen to represent the state. Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Wiebers of Clinton won the title Saturday night at the pageant in Davenport.
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Topics : Politics
Location : Davenport
People : ClintonTaylor Wiebers
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 15 2015 6:52AM
Authorities have identified a woman shot and killed in an eastern Iowa shopping mall as 20-year-old Andrea Farrington, who worked in the children's museum at the mall. Coralville police said Farrington was shot multiple times in her torso Friday evening, and that a handgun and bullet casings were found at the scene. Farrington died at an Iowa City hospital.
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Location : CoralvilleEastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 15 2015 6:47AM
Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to build an organizational edge in Iowa as some of her lesser-known Democratic rivals clamor for attention in the state that tripped up her first presidential campaign. Clinton flew to Iowa after her high-profile campaignkickoff Saturday in New York. She appeared at a Sioux City house party Saturday night, telling supporters that "everybody has a role to play."
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Topics : Politics
Location : IowaNew York
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 15 2015 6:42AM
Iowa continued to add people to its do-not-rehire list over the past year despite the concerns raised by some representatives of public employees and at least one lawmaker. Public documents show 67 people have been added to the list that now includes 943 people ineligible to work in state government. Critics like state Sen. Janet Petersen say the no-hire list might set the state up for another lawsuit.
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Topics : Labor
Location : Iowa
People : Janet Petersen
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 12 2015 5:06PM

A former Iowa legislative clerk has been indicted on suspicion of bringing white powder to the state Capitol in 2012, a move that halted floor debate and forced a building lockdown.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt says Michael Dekota McRae was indicted on a charge of false information and hoaxes. He was arraigned Friday and released. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty.

McRae doesn't have a public phone listing, and a message left for his attorney seeking a comment wasn't immediately returned.

McRae is accused of writing a threatening letter and placing it in an envelope that was later opened near the desk of Democratic Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad. The envelope contained white powder.

House debate was halted and the Capitol was closed. Tests determined the powder was harmless.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 12 2015 5:53AM
Marshalltown recieved 2.27 inches of rain from the latest go round with Mother Nature.
A Flash Flood Watch was allowed to expire. There have been several report of rainfall
in excess of two inches worth. The most rain reported thus far has been in the Cedar Rapids area with 4.4 inches worth. The next best chance for rain is tomorrow
evening and into the day on Sunday. Officials are keeping a close eye on the
levels of rivers in the aftermath of the rain.




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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 11 2015 5:50AM
Four Democratic presidential hopefuls will appear at an Iowa Democratic Party event next month. The state party organization announced Wednesday that their "Hall of Fame" dinner will be attended by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Virginia Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb.
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Topics : Politics
Location : IowaMarylandVirginia
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 11 2015 5:47AM
A West Des Moines man who served with the Iowa National Guard in Iraq has returned there on his own to help train Kurdish troops. Federal officials say the actions of Ryan O'Leary, a former National Guard corporal who served in Iraq in between 2007 and 2008, are legal. But they've urged against them over concerns of him being put in danger.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 11 2015 5:44AM
Iowa Republican Party officials are pondering the future of the state's traditional straw poll for presidential favorites. Iowa GOP spokesman Charlie Szold confirms that a conference call has been set up for Friday, but declines to provide further details.Critics say the August 8th poll has become a costly sideshow.
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Location : Iowa
People : Charlie Szold
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 10 2015 6:33AM
According to reports from the media and the Urbandale Police Department, two bodies have been found in a burned out SUV in Missouri that are believed to be connected to
an Amber Alert that was issued in Iowa earlier this morning. A nine month old male and a 33 year old male were being sought. The Amber Alert was issued at 1:43 a-m Wednesday morning.
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Location : IowaMissouri
People : Amber Alert
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 10 2015 5:52AM

A man has died after being shot by Des Moines police following a vehicle chase

The incident happened late Tuesday. Sgt. Jason Halifax said that an officer had pulled over a car for an unrelated traffic stop when another vehicle pulled up alongside so close that the officer couldn't open the door. Halifax said the driver of that car got out and danced before driving off.

Authorities say the driver did a U-turn after a low-speed pursuit and stopped abruptly.

Halifax said the driver was behaving erratically when he got out and began to move toward the car window of another officer who had just arrived. The officer shot the driver in the torso, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Halifax said he did not know if the driver was armed.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Jason Halifax
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 10 2015 5:48AM
Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has died at a hospital after being shot in the mouth at a home in Des Moines.

The shooting was reported about 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the boy died later at Mercy Medical Center. Sgt. Jason Halifax identified him as Terry Harris.

Halifax says Harris and the shooter knew each other. Several people were on other levels of the home when the shooting occurred in the basement.

Witnesses told police the shooter ran with a handgun from the scene. No arrest has been reported.


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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:49AM

Federal prosecutors say a Marion couple have pleaded guilty to enticing a 15-year-old girl into sexual activity.

Sentencing hearings have not been set yet for 20-year-old Michael Darling and his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Darling.

Prosecutors say that at a hearing last week, Michael Darling admitted that, between January and March, he persuaded the girl to engage in sexual activity. Prosecutors also say that on Monday, Jennifer Darling admitted enticing the same girl to engage in sexual activity, over the same weeks.

Each Darling faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:48AM

A 32-year-old man who shot his girlfriend at a Marshalltown motel has been given 41 years in prison.

Jean Martinez-Velazquez was sentenced on Monday.

Police say officers responded to the Flamingo Motel on Jan. 4 and found the woman suffering from a chest wound.

Martinez-Velazquez initially was charged with attempted murder and several other crimes. But he made a plea deal with prosecutors, who lowered some of the charges. He was convicted of domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, willful injury and several other crimes.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:36AM

A crew of inmates soon will begin tearing down much of a Fort Dodge zoo, which once had cared for lemurs and other exotic animals.

The inmates from the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility will begin Monday in dismantling the empty pens at the Oleson Park Zoo. The removal likely will take between a week and 10 days to finish. All of the animals at the zoo have been removed, except some deer.

The city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission voted in April to not renew an agreement with the Friends of Oleson Park Zoo, a volunteer group that had operated the attraction for over a decade. The commission approved instead to return the site as a petting zoo of barnyard animals, deer and geese.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:35AM

The Davenport school district is telling students they'd better behave on city buses or the students will lose their free rides.

The board approved rules Monday night for student use of CitiBus services. Parents will have to sign off on requests for CitiBus passes, and bus drivers will be able to limit how many students may board their buses.

Some drivers and other CitiBus riders have complained about swearing, fighting and other student misconduct.

Students who lose their passes will be able to ride if they pay, but if they keep being disruptive, police will treat such situations as trespassing.

The district says students accounted for 230,000 CitiBus rides over the past three years.

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Topics : Education
Location : Davenport
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:33AM

A new bipartisan group in Iowa is pushing for campaign finance reform in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

"Iowa Pays the Price" is set to officially launch Tuesday. The effort is being chaired by Democrats, Republicans and an independent. It's funded by a national group also focused on campaign finance issues.

Group co-chair Brad Anderson is a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state last year.

He says the group plans to spend about $500,000 on an educational campaign that will include social media, online videos, studies and a petition drive.

Anderson also says the group will question presidential candidates about their campaign finance reform plans.

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Location : Iowa
People : Brad Anderson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:30AM

A police officer who says he's received threats since shooting a man in 2012 will be allowed to move his family farther away from City Hall in Waterloo.

The City Council voted Monday to grant Officer Kyle Law an exception to a policy that says city workers deemed critical to emergency response must live within 10 miles of City Hall. The exception lets Law move up to 20 miles away. Law had sought the exception, saying he's been threatened several times and wanted to find a new, safer home for his family.

A grand jury declined to charge Law in the November 2012 shooting of 22-year-old Derrick Ambrose Jr.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:28AM

A Davenport man has been ticketed after the personal watercraft he was operating ran into a dock on the Mississippi River near Bettendorf in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department says five people were injured in Sunday's accident on the edge of Leach Park. They were treated at a Bettendorf hospital and released. The watercraft operator, 44-year-old Daniel Nelson, was not hurt.

The department says Nelson was ticketed on a speed and distance violation and for not having the right size life jacket for his 10-year-old stepdaughter, who was on the watercraft with him. She, too, was not hurt.

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Location : BettendorfIowaMississippi
People : Daniel Nelson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:26AM

The Muscatine County attorney is asking the Iowa attorney general's office to prosecute theft and burglary charges against the Muscatine police chief's son, citing a conflict of interest.

19-year-old Drake Talkington has been charged with several felonies including second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine.

According to court documents, Talkington was arrested May 28 for allegedly breaking into his mother's home and stealing a .45 caliber handgun. The court documents say detectives discovered Talkington was in possession of approximately ½-gram of methamphetamine during an interview.

He is being held in the Muscatine County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Talkington's court-appointed attorney has filed a request for the court to review his bond. A hearing is scheduled for June 19.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaMuscatine County
People : Drake Talkington
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:25AM

A 35-year-old Cedar Rapids woman has admitted using another person's identity to file a fraudulent tax return and steal money from the U.S. government.

Gwendolyn Murray pleaded guilty Monday to one count of theft of government property and one count of identity theft.

Prosecutors say Murray admitted using someone else's name and Social Security number and signing a fraudulent tax return that she filed in January 2012. Murray also admitted cashing the refund check of more than $6,000.

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

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People : Gwendolyn Murray
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:24AM

Five men have been charged in federal court in South Dakota with attempted commercial sex trafficking.

Authorities say the charges relate to responses to online advertisements during an undercover operation.

Those indicted are 25-year-old Benjamin Iverson and 29-year-old Scott Larson of Sioux Falls; 27-year-old Nathanuel Downs of Sioux City, Iowa; 29-year-old Lance Hunter Jr. of Little Rock,Iowa; and 26-year-old Jose Oxlaj of Guatemala.

All of the defendants have pleaded not guilty.

The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:21AM

A search for a man who went missing in the Des Moines River has been postponed.

Des Moines media outlets report emergency personnel in boats were searching the shoreline for the man who went missing late Monday. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the search was suspended due to darkness at 10:30 p.m.

Authorities had responded to a report of a distressed man in the river around 8:30 p.m.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:17AM

The number of private pilots in the U.S. has been steadily falling and is a big factor in the closure of hundreds of airports.

Since peaking at 357,000 in 1980, the number of pilots with private certificates has plunged to 188,000.

That drop is a big reason hundreds of small, rural airports have closed.

In Onawa, Iowa, planes will stop flying into the airfield for the first time in 60 years. Instead, the runway will be used as a racing dragstrip.

Officials in Hillsboro, Illinois, sold off their airport to a company that is mining for coal.

Gene Martin, who owns a private airfield in South Sioux City, Nebraska, says business has slowed, but he's holding on despite offers for his land.

Martin says, "That's all I've ever done."

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:16AM

Officials say cameras are needed to help enforce an Iowa law that increased penalties for drivers who illegally pass by school buses whenever they're stopped.

Under the state law, commonly referred to as Kadyn's Law, driving privileges are suspended for 30 days for a first conviction. It increases to 90 days for a second conviction and 180 days for a third conviction.

The law was prompted by the 2011 death of 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson, who was hit by a vehicle as she crossed a rural road to board a school bus.

An administrator who oversees transportation at Mason City and Clear Lake schools says an exterior camera on the buses is needed to help identify more violators.

Mason City bus drivers say they still see an average of one illegal pass each week.

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Location : IowaMason City
People : Kadyn Halverson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 11:14AM

The bird flu outbreak has caused the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve importing egg products from the Netherlands to be used for baking and in processed foods.

The American Bakers Association says makers of cookies, crackers and breads are facing an egg shortage crisis.

A third of the supply disappeared in just a few weeks because of the H5N2 virus, which has led to the death of 35 million egg-laying hens.

The USDA said last week the Netherlands should begin shipping egg products within days.

It's the first time in more than a decade the U.S. has bought eggs from a European nation.

In recent years, only Canada held certification to sell liquid, dried and frozen egg products to U.S. companies.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 10:57AM

Authorities have arrested a man in Minneapolis in the shooting death of another man in northern Iowa.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that police arrested 18-year-old Lee Samuel Christensen in Minneapolis and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit. Both men are from Estherville, Iowa.

The sheriff's office says officers found Bortvit's body in a rural area of Emmet County late Sunday afternoon.

Later Sunday, Christensen was arrested in Minneapolis and accused of using a firearm to kill Bortvit on Saturday.

Christensen is being held in the Hennepin County Jail, and authorities plan to return him to Iowa to face charges.

Online court records weren't available to indicate whether Christensen has an attorney who could comment on his arrest.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 10:52AM

Gov. Terry Branstad is not saying whether he will sign off on the $7.3 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature last week.

Branstad said Monday he needs to review all the budget bills backed by the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate. He declined to say how he will act on the compromise plan, which includes $7.17 billion in ongoing spending, as well as $135 million in one-time expenditures.

Branstad criticized lawmakers for failing to approve K-12 education funding for the 2016-2017 school year before they adjourned but did not say if he would try to call lawmakers back in a special session to resolve the issue. He also would not commit to a compromise plan struck to keep open two mental health institutions slated for closure.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 10:50AM

A man has found and returned a class ring lost in Mason City nearly 50 years ago.

It was found by Tom Teeter, of Mason City, with his metal detector last month in a field near Hoover Elementary School.

Terry Long said that he'd given it to his girlfriend to hold while he was coaching at a Little League game in 1967. She'd placed it on a blanket on the ground and forgot it was there when they went to a car to leave. He remembered, though, and they went back to check. No luck.

His luck changed when Teeter found the ring and called. Teeter had tracked Long using his initials and the Meservey-Thornton High School initials on the ring.

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People : Terry LongTom Teeter
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 10:39AM

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.

The justices said Monday they will review a $5.8 million class-action judgment against Tyson Foods Inc. over the pay for more than 3,000 workers at its Storm Lake, Iowa, pork processing plant.

The company said it should not have been forced to defend a class-action lawsuit. But the federal appeals court in St. Louis ruled for the workers.

The case, Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo, 14-1146, will be argued in the fall.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 10:37AM

Authorities say a Decorah couple died after a highway accident in northeast Iowa.

The accident occurred around 11 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Iowa Highways 9 and 139 about a mile east of Cresco.

The Iowa State Patrol says a car driven by 88-year-old Donald Olsen had stopped at the intersection. The patrol says that when Olsen drove into the intersection, his car was struck by a southbound pickup driven by 75-year-old Gerald Ollendieck, of Ridgeway.

Olsen and his wife, 82-year-old Wilma Olsen, were pronounced dead after arriving at hospital. Ollendieck also was hospitalized for treatment.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 5:59AM
A San Diego man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movies has been given 10 years in an Iowa prison for sexual abuse.

Thirty-four-year-old David LaVera was sentenced Monday in Newton.

Authorities say that while LaVera was in Jasper County last spring, he posed as "Twilight" actor Kiowa Gordon and visited two Newton schools. Prosecutors say LaVera inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl and lured her into his vehicle.

The newspaper also reports that a federal judge on Friday rejected a plea deal LaVera made with U.S. prosecutors, saying the punishment wasn't severe enough.

In March LaVera pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges. The plea deal called for more than five years in prison, plus 10 years of supervised release.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 5:58AM
Authorities in western Iowa are investigating the death of a Texas woman found near her dead dog and a burning car. Sgt. David Dawson of the Council Bluffs Police Department says 43-year-old Paula Arnett was found early Monday near a burning pickup truckparked at a local Days Inn. Arnett had a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was found underneath Arnett. Dawson says police are investigating the death, but they do not suspect foul play.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 9 2015 5:44AM
Iowa agriculture officials are reporting an additional farm infected with bird flu in Sioux County. It's the 18th case in the county and was found in a flock of 3,800 birds of various species. An Iowa Department of Agriculture spokesman says he can't be more specific about what type of farm is infected or what species of birds are involved. It is the 73rd case of bird flu in Iowa. The outbreak has cost the state more than 29 million birds.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 8 2015 5:54AM
Iowa officials are optimistic after the growth of bird flu cases in the state slowed last week.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says he's hopeful the disease has been contained in the state.

But officials are still working to dispose of millions of chickens and turkeys that were killed to limit the spread of the disease. Northey estimates that will take several weeks, if not months to complete.

It's important that poultry and egg producers remain vigilant about biosecurity measures at their farms. It's possible that migratory birds could bring another round of disease outbreaks this fall when they pass through the region again.

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Location : Iowa
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 8 2015 5:51AM
Central Iowa residents are picking up fallen tree limbs and dealing with other minor damage from overnight storms. The storms that moved across the state early Sunday knocked down some trees and traffic lights with 55 mile per hour winds. In Ames, two light poles were sheared off and several sheds in the parking lot of a Lowes store were damaged.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 8 2015 5:47AM
Five people have been treated for injuries after a personal watercraft ran into a dock on the Mississippi River near Bettendorf in eastern Iowa.

The Iowa Natural Resources Department says 44-year-old Daniel Nelson, of Davenport, was operating the watercraft when it hit the dock at Leach Park around 3:15 p.m. Sunday. He was not hurt.

At least three people were thrown into the water.

All five of the injured were taken a hospital. Their names have not been released.

The accident is being investigated.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 5 2015 4:07PM
A judge has pushed James Robert Head's trial back to November.

Online court records state that the honorable Judge James Carl Ellefson has granted a request for a continuance. Head is now set to go before a jury November 3rd. It should be noted that this is a tentative date.

The 18-year-old Head is accused of killing then 32-year-old Adam Paul Garrett of Tama back in December. Garrett's body was discovered at the Sunset Village Trailer Court in Marshalltown. Head is pleading Not Guilty to charges of Conspiracy To Commit A Forcible Felony and Murder In The 1st Degree.

Since the December arrest, Head waived his right to a speedy trial on January 21st, setting up a July 7th trial date. He then dropped his public defender and hired Alfredo Parrish of Des Moines as his lawyer. Parrish requested for the continuance yesterday.

As James Head awaits his November 3rd trial date, the other man connected to the murder of Tama's Adam Garrett is just about set go before a jury himself.

29-year-old Jeremy Lynn Lavender of Marshalltown faces a charge of Dominion/Control Of A Firearm/Offensive Weapon.

Lavender's trial date is currently set for June 25th. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for June 19th.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 5 2015 5:23AM
Iowa State President Steven Leath says he's "open minded" about how much the university is willing to pay its next basketball coach, adding that the school is looking for a return on its investment. Leath spoke to reporters for the first time since Fred Hoiberg left to take over the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 5 2015 5:16AM
A federal judge has denied a request to turn off the speed enforcement cameras on Interstate 235 in Des Moines.

A Judge ruled Thursday that removing the cameras "might create a more hazardous traffic condition at the camera location."

A lawsuit was filed against the city in March that argued the cameras violate motorists' fundamental right to travel granted by the U.S. and Iowa constitutions.

The suit also says the cameras entrap motorists and that the equipment used to enforce speed limits fails to meet national standards.

The judge is set to hear arguments to dismiss the case June 18.

The Iowa Department of Transportation has separately ordered the Des Moines to turn off the cameras because they were not making roads safer. City officials say they will fight the order in court.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 5 2015 5:11AM
Iowa lawmakers are on the brink of adjournment after approving bills late into the night.

The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate backed budgets for economic development, agriculture, administration and infrastructure spending Thursday. They also approved a plan that seeks to support broadband infrastructure in the state.

Lawmakers are hoping to adjourn soon. They've agreed to a spending plan of about $7.3 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The tentative deal includes $7.17 billion in ongoing spending, plus $135 million in one-time payments for items such as schools, universities and Medicaid. Lawmakers had originally estimated the one-time spending at $125 million.

Several budget bills still await final approval before the lawmakers can adjourn for the year.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 4 2015 12:32PM
Chris Christie is set to give a speech on education when he comes to Iowa next week.

Samantha Smith, a spokeswoman for Christie's political action committee, said Wednesday that the Republican New Jersey governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate will give the speech in Ames on June 11.

Christie is slated to speak at the Polk County Republicans' spring dinner that night. His trip will also likely include a town hall meeting.

The trip will be Christie's fifth to Iowa this year. He was last here in early March for a candidate forum and has two paid staffers in the state.

Christie is trying to demonstrate that he remains a top 2016 prospect in an increasingly crowded field.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 4 2015 12:29PM
The newly renovated Cowles Commons in Des Moines is set to open to the public. The space is scheduled to open to the public around June 18th. Des Moines Performing Arts president and CEO Jeff Chelesvig says the $12 million project is the largest endeavorthe organization has led since opening in 1979.
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People : Jeff Chelesvig
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 4 2015 12:26PM
A judge has refused to change the five-year sentence given to a Charles City man who made threatening statements against schoolchildren. Forty-nine-year-old Loren Saxon pleaded guilty last year to charges of intimidation and public intoxication. Saxon's attorney filed a motion for reconsideration of her client's sentence, but the judge said Wednesday the "sentence previously imposed was appropriate."
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Location : Charles City
People : Loren Saxon
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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