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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 20 2014 4:25AM
There will be entertainment in the community of Garwin this evening.

Organizers say it will take place at the Bandshell in town at seven p-m.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 20 2014 4:18AM
The Cartwright Pavilion version of the Farmers Market in Marshalltown will be held this afternoon.

Organizers say the event will be held from four to six p-m at 108 North Second Avenue in Marshalltown.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 19 2014 10:12AM

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New traffic cameras are helping move Iowa commuters through the Des Moines area.

Nearly 50 state-of-the-art cameras along West Des Moines roads have reduced traffic. The city plans to add more 18 more cameras on a heavily traveled corridor next year.

A West Des Moines traffic engineer says travel speeds have increased, while delays and stops have decreased. He also says it seems there have been less crashes.

Studies showed travel time has been reduced by 24 percent.

The cameras are located at major intersections throughout the city. They observe the flow of vehicle and change traffic lights when backups are detected.

Des Moines and other cities in Iowa also plan to add their own cameras soon.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 19 2014 10:11AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The commission that oversees water quality regulations in Iowa is considering adoption of rules that align state regulations with those imposed by the federal Clean Water Act.

The Environmental Protection Commission's proposed rules primarily give the Iowa Department of Natural Resources authority to issue permits that regulate manure handling for livestock farms shown to discharge manure into waterways.

Permits aren't required, however, and environmental groups say the rules are too weak and too friendly to livestock farms.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement wants all farms with spills to be required to get a permit. The group also wants five members of the nine-member, governor-appointed commission to abstain from voting because they have financial interests in livestock farming.

A vote on the rules is scheduled for Tuesday morning.


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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 19 2014 10:11AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two brothers and their sister from Johnston are sharing a $1 million lottery prize.

61-year-old Stephen Bevis, his 59-year-old brother, Craig, and their 55-year-old sister, Marsha, claimed their prize Monday at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines.

The siblings have bought lottery tickets together for a couple of years. Stephen Bevis bought the winning ticket at a Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines. The ticket matched the numbers 13, 29, 34, 37 and 72 in the Aug. 1 Mega Millions drawing but didn't match the Mega Ball number of 6.

The three netted more than $233,000 each after taxes were withheld.

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People : CraigMarshaStephen Bevis
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 19 2014 10:10AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in special sessions at four locations across the state during its upcoming term.

The Des Moines-based court said Monday that justices will travel to hear arguments next month in Iowa City, to Storm Lake in October, to Creston in March and Decorah in April.

The visits build on an outreach campaign that Chief Justice Mark Cady instituted after three justices were ousted by voters following the court's decision to legalize gay marriage in 2009.

In a statement, Cady says the court has visited 13 communities for oral arguments and public receptions in the last three years. He says the visits give justices "a tremendous, first-hand insight into what Iowans expect from their court system now and into the future."


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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des MoinesIowaIowa City
People : Mark Cady
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 19 2014 10:10AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered a delay in the trial of a former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying data to make a developmental AIDS vaccine appear promising.

The Sept. 2 trial for Dong-Pyou Han is scheduled for Sept. 29 after a judge approved a delay Monday.

Han pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts of making false statements in research reports.

He is free on bond.

His attorney, Joseph Herrold, a federal public defender asked the court for the delay. He says case research is time consuming and Han requires a Korean translator.

He says more time is needed to investigate the case and determine whether it will proceed to trial "or be resolved in another manner."

Federal prosecutors did not resist the motion to delay.


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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 19 2014 4:35AM
The Albion City Council Monday night voted to table a vote about ousting Councilman Todd Kelley of the Volunteer Fire Department and EMT crew till December 1st after members of the Volunteer Fire Department had voted him off the Fire Department roster last week, the Council has final say about the matter.

At least one member of the Volunteer Fire Department after the meeting between Council and Kelley which was in closed session, and the vote which was back in open session, turned in his gear and apparently walked away from the job.

Suzie Wenner a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT says there were issues between Kelley and other members of the crew, she acted as a spokesperson for the other members of the squad and said they voted him off of the volunteer fire fighting and first responder roster last week.

Kelley said he had no comment on the matter.

Albion City officials said they hoped that relations between Kelley and other Volunteer Firefighters and EMT's could improve and differences could be worked out.

A Marshall County Sheriff`s Deputy was asked to be present at the meeting.





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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 11:43AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential campaign.

Sam Roecker, a spokesman for the Harkin Steak Fry, says Monday that both Clintons will speak at the Sept. 14 fundraiser in Indianola, just south of Des Moines. It will be the former first lady's first appearance in Iowa since 2008. She is the leading Democratic presidential contender, and the event is among her first campaign appearances before the 2014 midterm elections.

Clinton has said she intends to campaign for Democratic candidates this year. Iowa is the home of a key Senate race, and its presidential caucuses will begin the 2016 nomination process.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 10:08AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa mom is speaking out against the Food and Drug Administration's ban on donations of some tissue from gay men after her son died and some of his organs were rejected.

Sheryl Moore of Pleasant Hill was told that some of her 16-year-old son's tissues wouldn't be donated because his sexual history was unclear.

Moore says the Iowa Donor Network accepted his heart, lungs and kidneys. But they wouldn't take other tissues, including bone, tendons and eyes.

Moore's son, A.J. Betts, committed suicide last July. She says the refusal of his tissues floored her because she thinks the federal safeguards are archaic.

FDA regulations restrict certain tissue donations from men who have had sexual contact with other men within the past five years.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 10:08AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at 22 Iowa county jails are refusing to accept requests from federal immigration authorities to hold people in jail without a court order.

It has been common practice for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to ask jails to hold individuals suspected of not having proper immigration documentation. Some people have been held for days or weeks without charges filed against them.

Increasingly county officials are declining in part because of lawsuits but also because they're not paid to hold the individuals.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says 22 counties refusing to honor immigration detainers include Iowa's most populous cities. Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, and Sioux City are among them.

The counties say they now require a judge's approval of a warrant before they'll hold someone.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 10:06AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The deadline has arrived for homeless people to leave their camps along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines.

Earlier this month, an administrative law judge ruled that the city can legally evict homeless residents who received notices. The city plans to clean up the areas on Monday.

The city has said the notices followed complaints from people who use bike paths in addition to concerns from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding damage to levees. Council member Robert "Bob" Mahaffey says the city is trying to protect public property.

The city plans to help residents of the camps access social services. The city also plans to hire a coordinator to work with the homeless.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaRaccoon
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 10:06AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sales of Indian motorcycles are strong enough to support more jobs at the Iowa plant that makes them.

Polaris Industries expects to hire 300 more people at its Spirit Lake, Iowa plant that already employs more than 700.

The Minneapolis-based company is hiring because it is expanding its Indian line of motorcycles to include the lighter, less-expensive Scout.

Polaris' Steve Menneto says the company is confident there will be strong demand for the revived Scout model.

Sales of Indian motorcycles have been strong for Polaris, but the brand remains well behind industry leader Harley-Davidson.

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Topics : Labor
Location : Des MoinesIowaMinneapolis
People : Steve Menneto
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 10:05AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several price records fell as the livestock auctions at the Iowa State Fair raised $327,000 for scholarships this year.

Hundreds watched the auctions Saturday.

The livestock was raised by students involved in 4-H and FFA groups, and the proceeds help provide scholarships for people interested in agriculture.

Seventeen-year-old Alexis Delaney says she had no idea her prized hog would sell for $50,000. Iowa Select Farms paid nearly double the previous record price.

Delaney says she raised her hog, Frankie, in DeWitt since he was a piglet and fed him marshmallows as a treat.

Seventeen-year-old Truman Chamness of Blairsburg says he spent many long days taking care of his champion red heifer. His dedication paid off when Casey's General Store paid $36,500 for the heifer.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 10:04AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa conservatives are continuing to fight the Common Core education standards, but it isn't clear that the program will go away at the state level any time soon.

The Common Core is a set of english and math standards that spell out what students should know and when. The standards have been attacked by conservatives, who say the federal government is overreaching into classrooms.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has not said he wants to eradicate Common Core here, though last year he signed an executive order clarifying that the state would continue to maintain control over education standards and testing. And earlier this month Branstad removed Iowa from an organization created to develop an assessment system for the Common Core standards.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 6:04AM
There will be a Monday Farmers Market in LeGrand today.

The timing is five to seven p-m at City Park there at 206 North Vine Street.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 4:58AM
The State Fair for 2014 is now history as the Fair wound down with a concert featuring Foreigner and Styx at the Grandstand last night.

Fair attendance this year will lag behind that of last year, with 3 days so far according to preliminary data having larger crowds than last year.

There was a big crowd at the Grandstand for Lady Antebellum, a sell out crowd of 10-thousand-768.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 18 2014 4:03AM
The Marshalltown School Board meets this afternoon at five p-m at the school district administration
Headquarters.

According to the published agenda the school board will consider putting into place a voluntary early retirement program.

Also up for discussion and possible action the issue of pre school playgrounds in the district. The school district wants to upgrade or build playgrounds targeted to pre school age children at its six elementary schools, a public hearing will take pace that could result in a go ahead with plans for the project.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 10:01AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A digital replica of the Iowa Constitution is now available online for public viewing.

Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Friday that the document from 1857 had been scanned so that a replica could be provided online. Previously, people could only see the original beneath glass in the Secretary of State's office at the State Capitol.

The constitution — which features 40 pages of hand-written text — was digitized through a partnership between Schultz's office and the State Library of Iowa. The library bought a $23,000 scanner a year ago to use on fragile documents.

State officials said they hope the public will enjoy being able to look over the historic document. The digital version of the Iowa Constitution is on the State Library of Iowa's website.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Matt Schultz
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 10:00AM

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps.

The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kansas.

Deere & Co. said in a news release Friday that "to remain globally competitive, the company must align the size of its manufacturing workforce with market demands for products."

Deere is the world's biggest farm equipment supplier.

The company said it is also implementing seasonal and inventory adjustment shutdowns and temporary layoffs at the four affected factories as well as one in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Earlier this week, the company announced that its third-quarter profit dropped 15 percent as sales weakened.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 10:00AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is announcing staff changes as administrators try to step up the school's support for businesses and entrepreneurs.

The school said Thursday that its director of federal relations, Peter Matthes, will take on a new role working to "grow corporate and business partnerships."

Separately, the university named administrator David Conrad as assistant vice president for economic development. He will lead efforts to commercialize research, transfer technology to the private sector and work with businesses.

UI President Sally Mason says in a statement the realignment is an important step toward helping companies thrive and ensuring "faculty and student innovators have adequate support" to translate ideas into products and businesses.

The Iowa Board of Regents has made clear that it expects the university to focus on economic development.

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Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 9:59AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Des Moines is getting ready to temporarily close its Great Western bike trail for construction.

The city says the 16.5-mile trail will be closed Monday through Aug. 23. The closure is due to the replacement of the Army Post Road Bridge over the rail that started earlier this year.

The closure is just east of the Willow Creek Golf Course. There will be no detour on the trail.

The paved trail is jointly managed by the Warren and Polk county conservation boards.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 9:59AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch sparred over who could best boost job creation, enhance education and improve quality of life during their first televised debate

Branstad and Hatch met Thursday at the Iowa State Fair. It was the first of three debates in the race.

Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth nonconsecutive term. He touted his record of tax cuts and job creation and offered a new proposal, an expanded plan to improve broadband Internet access in rural Iowa.

Hatch, a longtime state lawmaker, said he could do more to enhance incomes and improve education. He pledged to raise the minimum wage, cut taxes for middle class residents and raise the gas tax to pay for road repairs.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 9:58AM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Fair's new home in Grand Island places it closer to the center of the state, but the move from Lincoln four years ago has created a potential opening for Iowa.

Iowa State Fair organizers are working to attract visitors from Omaha, which sits halfway between Nebraska's fair in Grand Island and Iowa's in Des Moines.

Both fairs are advertising to Omaha residents, but organizers say they aren't competing. They argue that the fairs are scheduled at different times of the month, and offer different concerts and events.

Marla Calico of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions says fairs want to draw as many patrons as possible, but attendance alone isn't the best way to measure success. Sometimes, revenue will increase even when turnout is down.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaLincolnNebraskaOmaha
People : Marla Calico
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 5:08AM
There will be stand up comedy at Jax Steakhouse and Lounge in Marshalltown tomorrow night.

Organizers say the headliner will be Bill Blank who at one time played baseball for MCC and served as the school mascot Tyrone the Tiger as well.

Tom Garland will another one of the featured comedians.

The event will be hosted by Ed Burroughs who has Marshalltown ties.

Jax is at 903 West Lincoln Way in Marshalltown.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 4:36AM
There is a Star Gazing opportunity tonight at the Green Castle Recreation area at rural Ferguson.

Organizers say it will be at 8:30 p-m at the Dean Memorial Observatory.

The event is put on by the Amateur Astronomers of Central Iowa.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 15 2014 4:25AM
Today is day number 9 of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

The theme is Iowa Corn Day and Building Bridges Day.

The Grandstand entertainment tonight will be Chevelle and Halestorm at eight p-m followed by fireworks.


Other highlights include:
Mutton Busting
Largest Rabbit Contest
Childrens Joke Telling Contest
Husband Calling Contest



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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 10:16AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 54-year-old mansion on Des Moines' south side prized by preservationists could be torn down soon after the city issued a demolition permit.

Thursday the city issued the demolition permit for the home, which was owned by David and Liz Kruidenier. David Kruidenier was an executive at The Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. and Liz Kruidenier was an attorney and civil rights advocate.

David Kruidenier died in 2006. His wife died in 2011.

Preservationists say the house is a significant example of midcentury modern architecture. Steve Wilke-Shapiro, of the Des Moines Rehabbers Club, calls it a "museum of midcentury development."

The new owners, who bought the property for $645,000, say structural problems make demolition necessary.

Demolition could begin in a week or two.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 10:15AM

An Iowa drug developer says it has enough doses of a possible vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus to launch an initial round of human testing.

NewLink Genetics Chief Financial Officer Gordon Link says the timing of the trials is uncertain, but the company is receiving help from a number of sources to speed up the process.

NewLink Genetics Corporation says the vaccine has been 100 percent effective in preventing deadly Ebola infections in non-human primates, and it acts quickly enough to show effectiveness in animals that received a typically lethal dose of the virus.

There is no proven treatment or vaccine for Ebola. A current outbreak of the virus in West Africa is the biggest in history. It has killed more than 1,000 people.

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Location : IowaWest Africa
People : Gordon Link
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 10:15AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa college says it wants to renovate a building's dome that was once destroyed in a fire and then reconstructed.

The University of Iowa plans to spend about $1.5 million to repair the Old Capitol's roof and cupola. Areas of concern include the building's metal roofing and portions of the dome's interior.

The Old Capital was built in 1842 and was used by lawmakers. It became the university's first permanent building in 1857 after the Legislature moved to Des Moines.

A fire ripped through the cupola and dome in 2001. Investigators say the blaze started when workers used torches and heat guns to remove asbestos from the building.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 10:14AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch are set to face off in their first debate.

Branstad and Hatch are scheduled to meet Thursday at the Iowa State Fair. This will be the first of three debates in the race.

Branstad is running for an unprecedented sixth nonconsecutive term and has been touting a record of job creation and tax cuts. Hatch, a longtime state lawmaker, says he could do more to boost incomes and improve services, such as education and health care.

Thus far, Branstad has looked stronger in the race. He remains popular in the polls and had more than $4 million in his campaign account in mid-July. Hatch had less than $200,000 at that time and had lent personal funds to the campaign.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 10:13AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Crews have rescued a man from the Des Moines River after he was found swimming near the Center Street dam in downtown Des Moines.

The man was pulled out of the river Wednesday afternoon after being in the water about 20 minutes. Although he was just downstream from the dam, authorities don't think he went over the dam, which produces dangerous, churning water.

The man, who was naked, was taken to a hospital. His name wasn't released.

Rescuers threw ropes to the man from bridges on Locust and Walnut streets. He grabbed one rope but let it go.

He was pulled from the river by rescuers in boats.

Des Moines Fire Capt. Steve Brown says it's unclear why the man was in the river.

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People : Steve Brown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 4:33AM
The McFarland Clinic Board of Directors named Andrew
Perry, Chief Executive Officer . Perry will begin
his position with the physician-owned clinic November.

Perry joins McFarland Clinic with nearly 20 years of service in the
health care management field. His most recent appointment was Chief
Executive Officer for The Corvallis Clinic PC based in Corvallis, Oregon,
for the past nine years.

McFarland Clinic Board of Directors began a nation-wide search in January
upon announcement of Steve Koger's plans for retirement as the
current CEO at the end of 2014.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 14 2014 4:24AM
Today is Day number eight of the Iowa State Fair.

The incredible run of Fair weather is expected to continue today.

Today is Iowa Park and Recreation Day.

Among the features of the day:
The Budweiser Clydesdales will be on parade
Celebrity Grape Stomp
Pie Eating Contest

The Grandstand Attraction: Jake Owens Days of Gold Tour
7pm plus Fireworks….


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:17AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers representing black workers are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reconsider the decision throwing out a class-action lawsuit challenging executive branch hiring practices.

In a petition Monday, the attorneys say the decision last month found evidence showing blacks were disadvantaged in hiring and promotion decisions but left them "without a collective remedy to address those wrongs."

At a minimum, they say the court should reinstate the lawsuit to focus on eight departments where the state's own expert found racial disparities in hiring.

The justices rejected the lawsuit, ruling that the employees and applicants failed to prove which specific hiring practices disadvantaged them.

The plaintiffs' lawyers say that outcome isn't in line with the court's history of landmark equality rulings dating back to slavery.

The court rarely grants rehearing requests.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:16AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A loaded gun and an extra magazine have been found by security officials at the Des Moines airport.

The Transportation Security Administration says the weapon and magazine were found Monday morning in an Ankeny man's carry-on bag at a security checkpoint. Des Moines police cited the owner, 57-year-old Charles Scott, of Ankeny.

Scott told police he'd put the gun in the bag after returning from a trip to Montana and forgot the gun was in the bag when he went to the airport on Monday.

TSA says it's the third firearm its agents have found this year during security screening at the airport.

Firearms may be transported in checked baggage but not in carry-on bags.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaMontana
People : Charles Scott
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:16AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines airport officials say they expect repairs to be finished next week on a chasm that's been opened up across a runway.

Airport executive director Kevin Foley says airport workers noticed a hole in late July. A broken stormwater line had caused a washout, creating a cavity under the runway. Workers dug up the entire section of pipe to ensure no other cavities exist.

The chasm is about 22 feet wide and 150 feet long, running diagonally across the northwest-southeast runway.

Foley says no flights have been delayed by the repairs, which are expected to cost about $250,000.

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People : Kevin Foley
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:13AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is removing Iowa from an organization created to develop an assessment system for the Common Core education standards.

A Branstad spokesman said Tuesday that Branstad last week sent a letter to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, seeking to terminate Iowa's membership. The consortium, which is comprised of states, has been working to establish a testing program.

In his letter, Branstad says a state task force is reviewing Iowa's assessment needs and will provide recommendations in January. Out of respect for that work, he says the state will not continue in the consortium.

The Common Core standards have been adopted by more than 40 states but have been criticized by conservatives. Iowa has blended many Common Core components into the Iowa Core.

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People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:11AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report says Iowa state employees receive generous health benefits and pay little out of pocket for coverage.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation released the report Tuesday. It shows what states are paying for employee health care.

In Iowa, the state pays 97 percent of health care costs for an average worker enrolled in the plan. That's higher than a national average of 92 percent. Iowa is among six states that pay 97 percent or more of average employee health care costs.

The plans most people buy through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces cover 70 percent of the costs.

Danny Homan, who heads the state's largest public employee union, says state workers have passed on raises to maintain health benefits.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Danny Homan
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:11AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group that attacked a maintenance man may have made off with the "keys to downtown" Des Moines.

The worker from Heritage Maintenance was jumped between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. by four people.

A police report says he was punched in the face and lost consciousness when he hit the floor. When he regained consciousness, the keys to a number of downtown buildings were missing — the report referred to them as the "keys to downtown."

The man's cellphone, an electric charger and his shoes also were stolen.

Police are continuing to investigate the matter.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 10:10AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has revised upward its estimate of this year's corn harvest to 14 billion bushels.

That exceeds last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.

Soybean production also will set a new record at 3.8 billion bushels, beating the 2009 harvest of 3.4 billion bushels.

Farmers are blessed with an abundant crop but cursed that it has driven prices lower. They are taking more control of their grain marketing by building more on-farm storage, holding onto the crop and timing the sale to maximize profit.

Rain fell at the right times and a cooler summer made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 8:30AM
There was a bus/bike accident in Marshalltown on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say it happened in the area of Kwik Star and Mega 10 Park.

A 14 year old male was on a bike at the time and had to be taken to MMSC for treatment.

Traffic on the South 3rd/6th Street viaduct had to be blocked off for a while.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 5:03AM
Business news:

Anytime Fitness of Marshalltown has teamed up with Move With Me Fitness formerly of the Marshall Town Center.

The two businesses will join together at one location to combine fitness classes and and a 24 hour fitness workout center as of September 2nd.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 13 2014 4:54AM
Today is day #7 of the Iowa State Fair.

The high temperature today should hit 82.

Highlights of the day include:

4-H Horse Show
Marvelous Hat Contest
Ladies Rubber Chicken Throwing Contest
Speed Chess Tournament

Grand Stand Attraction:
Tractor and Truck Pull

Iowan of the Day:
Karen Spurgeon of Bloomfield




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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 12 2014 10:42AM
Hobby Lobby Stores, a national retail chain of crafts and home decor stores, has announced it has signed a lease to open a store in Marshalltown.

Assistant Vice President of Advertising John Schumacher says construction and renovation is set to begin soon on a 55,000 square-foot building, formerly occupied by Menards, located at 2500 S. Center Street in the Marshall Town Center.

Hobby Lobby currently has 14 stores in Iowa.

The Marshalltown store is projected to open in 2015, bringing about 35 to 50 jobs to the community paying $15 per hour for full time and $10 per hour for part-time associates.

The parent company is based in Oklahoma City and dates originally back to the year 1970 and operates 600 stores in the U-S. David Green founded the company.

Ken Huge of the Marshall Town Center says they are very pleased with the news and look forward to progress with the Hobby Lobby Development.





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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 12 2014 9:44AM
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved a request by the Mid Iowa Antique Power Association to place a storage trailer on their grounds adjacent to the Marshall County Jail location.

The semi trailer would be placed in the west windbreak for storage use and is needed after a wind storm damaged a building.

The Supervisors also approved an agreement with the State Department of Transportation for a resurfacing project that would involve side road improvements along Iowa Highway 14 south of Marshalltown.

Among several personnel moves Steven Hoffman was shifted from Chief Jailer to Chief Deputy of the Marshall County Sheriffs Department to replaced the retired Burt Tecklenberg.



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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 12 2014 8:58AM
Some area wood carvers did well at a competition held at the Iowa State Fair.

Clark Weaver who is from Grinnell won 1st place in the category of birds of prey and also miniature birds he got a 3rd place award in the category of song birds and got a second place best of show award from the judges.

Nedra Herr of Newton won 1st place in the category of Decorated Functional Frames and Clocks.

Linda Medhus of Gilman got 1st place awards for Human Figures Caricature and in the category of Chip Carving.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 12 2014 5:04AM
Attendance figures at the fair lag behind last year for the three of the four days in which attendance figures have been posted.

So far only Saturday numbers for Fair attendance are more than last year.

Sundays attendance was five thousand and change less than last year.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 12 2014 5:00AM

Today is day six of the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.

Another good weather day is forecast with a high of 77 and light winds of around nine miles per hour.

Some of the highlights of the day include:
Iowa Championship Auctioneers Contest
Beard Growing Contest
The Des Moines Registers Hog Heaven event
Outhouse Races
4-H parade of Breed Heifer Champions

The Grandstand attraction is Florida Georgia line with Colt Ford

The Iowan of the Day is:
Cecil Rueter of Grand Junction



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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 12 2014 4:42AM
News from the latest meeting of the Marshalltown City Council:

From the City of Marshalltowns Public Works Department:

Edgewood St. will be closed to through traffic from Highway 14, east to N. 5th Ave as of tomorrow morning.

It is anticipated that this closure will be in place into October.

The contractor will be removing the street paving to install the new sanitary sewer pipe and then re-paving the two block segment upon completion of the sanitary sewer work.

The project is being referred to as the Iowa River Sanitary Sewer Interceptor Project.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 11 2014 10:24AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they shot a man who struck an officer with his car in a hotel parking lot.

Police spokesman Sgt. Jason Halifax says officers initiated contact with the male driver at the Cozy Rest Motel early Monday. He says the man tried to flee from police and hit a female officer, pinning her against her patrol vehicle.

Halifax says the pinned officer and her partner shot the suspect and his car. He says the driver fled southbound before surrendering to other officers.

The injured officer and the driver were taken to an area hospital. Their conditions are unknown but Halifax described both as "stable." Authorities haven't released any names.

The suspect's vehicle was reported stolen from Minnesota.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 11 2014 10:24AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Just two more seats in the state Senate could give Iowa Republicans complete legislative control for the first time in nearly 20 years, kicking off a new era for conservative policies like tax cuts or abortion restrictions.

But capturing those seats could be a challenge for the GOP, given that there are limited competitive races and Democrats have staved off similar attempts in the past. Currently Democrats hold a 26 to 24 majority in the Senate chamber. Republicans have a solid majority in the state House, with 53 seats to the Democratic 47. That chamber is viewed as likely to remain in GOP hands.

Still, Senate Republican leaders say they're optimistic about their chances this fall, when half the seats in the 50-member Senate are up.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 11 2014 10:23AM

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a load of marijuana has been discovered on a train car passing through Oelwein in northeast Iowa.

The 61 pounds of pot bundled in 45 packages was discovered Friday.

Oelwein police estimate the street value of the pot at $90,000.

Police Chief Jeremy Logan says he doesn't believe the marijuana was headed for Oelwein.

The marijuana was discovered by railroad workers when the railcar was diverted for repairs.

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by Deb Jackson posted Aug 8 2014 12:29PM
TYLER FARR - DREW BALDREDGE has been moved to The Altamont High School due to muddy track at the fairgrounds.
Track seats will be on the floor at the high school
Grandstand seats will be in the bleachers.
Drew Baldridge starts at 7PMand Tyler Farr stars at 8PM
Tickets will be sold at the door of the high school.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 11:42AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has predicted a record soybean crop of 3.8 billion bushels.

The USDA said last month the corn crop will be just under last year's record of 13.9 billion bushels, but many market analysts and farmers expect that to be revised upward Tuesday in a much anticipated report.

Technology is also aiding the large harvests with high-yield seeds and planting systems that use GPS.

The harvest forecast has driven corn and soybean prices significantly lower, but it isn't expected to make much of a short-time difference in consumer food prices.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:46AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is spending two days in the key presidential campaign state of Iowa.

The Republican governor, considering a 2016 White House bid, was speaking Friday to conservative Christian pastors at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewal Project. On Saturday, Jindal planned to visit the Iowa State Fair, to volunteer at the Republican Party booth.

He also was on Saturday's lineup for the Family Leadership Summit in Ames. That event, expected to draw more than 1,000 conservative Christians, also was featuring appearances by other Republicans weighing presidential candidacies: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Jindal has made 11 trips to Iowa as governor, most recently for a June speech to the Iowa Republican State Convention.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:46AM

MALVERN, Iowa (AP) — Auditors say a library director in a southwestern Iowa town repeatedly billed the city for improper purchases and altered receipts to cover up the practice.

An investigation released Friday by State Auditor Mary Mosiman found that former Malvern library director Stacey Buick misspent thousands of dollars.

Auditors say Buick billed the city for personal items like video games, groceries, and party decorations. A $1,200 home theatre system, a camera, a coffee machine, a window air conditioning unit and TracPhones were among the items flagged.

Auditors found that many receipts submitted to the city were altered with correction fluid or by cutting and pasting over the original descriptions of items. An envelope discovered in Buick's office contained the original receipts.

Buick resigned last year. There was no phone listing for her.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:45AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls.

But as conservative prospects flood the state for a major annual gathering of evangelical Christians this weekend, it's not yet clear whether the party makeover will make Iowa more attractive to a mainstream GOP contender. Evangelicals, tea partiers and libertarians remain strong in Iowa.

The lineup for the conservative Family Leadership Summit in Ames features Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former caucus winners Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

Meanwhile, appearances in Iowa by the more pragmatic options have been sparse.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:45AM

WEST POINT, Iowa (AP) — Residents of the southeast Iowa city of West Point are sure to savor the corn they eat at the annual Sweet Corn Festival.

Before the party got started, they had to shuck all of 16½ tons of corn.

Hundreds of Lee County residents turned up Wednesday evening at a seed company to tear off the green husks.

They set down on wooden benches in front of neat rows of corn and got to work.

Doris Boeding, of West Point, has helped shuck corn for many years, saying it's about small-town pride and teamwork.

The 62nd annual festival began Thursday and continues through Sunday.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:44AM

CHICAGO (AP) — Republicans are ready to adopt sweeping party rule changes aimed at making the work of picking a candidate for president more efficient and less prone to infighting.

Not a moment too soon, too.

As members of the Republican National Committee meet this week in Chicago, several White House hopefuls are spending a few days in the Iowa — a full year and a half ahead of the state's leadoff caucuses.

Yet for all their success in making the administrative changes called for in the RNC's post-2012 election autopsy, including imposing strict new penalties on states that violate the party's nominating schedule, the party's members of Congress have not yet moved on its only policy recommendation of comprehensive immigration reform.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:44AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of the glass panels that make up a popular installation at the downtown Des Moines sculpture park has shattered, and officials are trying to figure out what happened.

The the 1,200 pound panel in the "panoramic awareness pavilion" was damaged Wednesday. The glass shattered but remains in its frame.

The Des Moines Art Center owns the art in the park, and center spokeswoman Christine Doolittle says investigators were trying to figure out the cause. The area is monitored by security cameras.

There are no duplicates of the glass, so a replacement panel likely will need to be made in artist Olafur Eliasson's studio in Berlin and shipped to Des Moines.

The artwork was installed last November.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 8 2014 10:43AM

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University's president is ending the annual Veishea festival saying it has become a week-long alcohol fueled party that places students at risk.

President Steven Leath says the violence-marred festival over the years it has resulted in dozens of violent incidents, riots, property damage and two deaths. A late-night crowd disturbance in early April injured a student and the remainder of the festival was cancelled for this year.

He says it has hurt Iowa State's reputation as he announced Wednesday Veishea will end for good and the name will be retired.

Leath says as university president his top priority is student safety and although he acknowledged ending a 90-year tradition will be criticized he's convinced it's the right thing to do for the university.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 7 2014 11:08AM
Iowa State University President Stephen Leath says he is canceling Viesha and also retiring the name after the event was a celebration of all things Iowa State for many many years.

The news was made public and official at a press conference at the Memorial Union on the Iowa State Campus Thursday morning.

President Leath told reporters that new events in celebration will be spread across the school year but he gave no firm timeline for doing so.

He says the conduct exhibited during rioting last spring that caused cancellation of the rest of the event will not be tolerated.

President Leath says the 250-thousand dollars expended on the event can be redirected.

He says there will not be a mass celebration that would cause future problems but they don`t want to diminish some of the wonderful things going on at Iowa State.







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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 7 2014 7:03AM
There will be a press conference in Ames at the Memorial Union today in which University President Stephen Leath will talk about the future of Viesha. A task force was charge to come up with reccomendation about the future of the event after rioting caused the cancellation of the event last spring.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 7 2014 6:46AM
Rain fell in the listening area Wednesday and is in the forecast for Thursday. Marshalltown recieved .39 worth of rain, and has recieved nearly an inch of rain over the last four days time.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 6 2014 10:03AM

JANESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Photos of Iowa veterans killed in the Vietnam War will be on display in a Waterloo museum.

The pictures will be on display in a permanent Vietnam exhibit in the Grout Museum District. They'll also be shown in a 50th anniversary exhibit.

Vietnam veteran Tom Brickman and his daughter Shari Kirkpatrick collected the pictures in a two-year project. Brickman says he came up with the idea after visiting a traveling exhibit about Vietnam in Iowa. He says he believes it's important for photos of veterans to be displayed with their names and stories.

Brickman says in his photo quest, he learned for the first time that some men he served with had been killed on duty.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 6 2014 10:02AM

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A judge has denied a Marshalltown teenager's request to temporarily block a three-game football suspension that was imposed as punishment for the display of what administrators called a white power sign.

District Court Judge Steven Oeth on Tuesday denied the temporary injunction request by 17-year-old Blair Van Staalduine.

Administrators suspended Van Staalduine after discovering a photo of him making a "W'' sign with his hands. The teen argued the sign only reflected his white clothing, but Activity Director Craig Huegel testified Van Staalduine and other students involved acknowledged it signified white power.

Van Staalduine's father, Jerry Van Staalduine, testified that missing three games could hurt his son's chance of getting a college scholarship.

Oeth stated that players often miss games and still receive scholarships.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 6 2014 10:02AM

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will join others at a forum in Mount Vernon focused on increasing export opportunities for rural businesses and farmers.

Froman will be the keynote speaker at the White House Rural Council's "Made In Rural America Regional Forum" at Cornell College on Friday.

The White House notes that U.S. businesses have generated record exports for four straight years, and that Iowa is the country's second largest exporter of agricultural products.

The National Association of Counties and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance are hosting the event with support from the White House Domestic Policy Council and other state and federal organizations.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 6 2014 9:59AM

HIAWATHA, Iowa (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he's never proposed ending U.S. aid payments to Israel, and is immediately confronted by his own budget proposal from 2011 to end such payments to all nations, including Israel.

The Kentucky Republican is not the first prospective White House candidate to become ensnared in the delicate web of policy and politics when it comes to talking about the Middle East in middle America.

Among them is President Barack Obama, who said in 2007, quote: "No one is suffering more than the Palestinian people."

Paul tells The Associated Press that he supports cutting aid generally, and that Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken publicly about aspirations to be independent of U.S. aid.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 6 2014 9:58AM

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man has been accused of shoving a woman's head into a toilet bowl.

Waterloo police arrested 66-year-old Dennis Earl Leahy on Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault.

Leahy is accused of pushing a 72-year-old woman's head into a toilet bowl. Court records say the woman's face was submerged and she was unable to breathe.

Leahy has been released from jail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 10:18AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines shopping mall has announced it will close its caged animal exhibits following public outcry.

The Merle Hay Mall's chief operating officer says the bears, wolves and other animals will be moved out of the mall by Oct. 31.

The Academy of Wildlife Education exhibit was met with public backlash in June. An online petition to "stop the zoo" has gathered 74,000 signatures.

The spokeswoman says the announcement isn't connected to the backlash. She says a $14 million redevelopment of the mall will necessitate more room for larger storefronts.

The nonprofit that operates the enclosure has agreed to purchase 103 acres near Altoona for a drive-through animal park and wildlife rehabilitation facility. Organizers hope to relocate the animals to the park.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 10:17AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has revised a promotion offering free tuition to five students buying season tickets for football by making the offer available to all students.

The Hawkeyes were forced to suspend a plan that offered $8,000 in free tuition to randomly selected student ticket holders after it ran afoul of state raffle laws.

But Iowa brought it back Monday. It now says that any student who wants to participate in the promotion simply has to notify the athletic department by 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Iowa's revised plan was approved by the state's Attorney General's office.

The tuition promotion was one of a number of plans by Iowa to combat lagging student attendance.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 10:17AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners prevent erosion and control field runoff through a state cost share program.

Farmers may qualify for up to half of the cost of projects which may include terraces, waterways, ponds, buffers, cover crops, and several other conservation measures.

Farmers who apply now may have approval to begin construction after crops are harvested this fall.

Soil and Water Conservation District offices are taking applications.

Money also is available for projects aimed at protecting 13 lakes in Iowa. The cost share for those projects is 75 percent.

Lakes include Big Creek, Lake Darling, Lake Geode, and Lake Macbride.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 10:16AM

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to about a month in jail after pleading guilty to selling 195 pigs that didn't belong to him.

The 44-year-old Monty Grote pleaded guilty Friday in Buena Vista County District Court to three counts of third-degree theft. He received a 30-day jail sentence and was placed on two years of probation.

Grote also has to pay about $14,600 in restitution.

Court documents show Grote had been contracted to raise pigs from a Minnesota company. Authorities say he sold the animals, claiming he owned them, in August and October.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 10:16AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's workers' compensation commissioner is resigning to take a top federal job, but his lawsuit against Gov. Terry Branstad and aides will continue.

Commissioner Christopher J. Godfrey told The Associated Press on Monday that he's been appointed chief judge of the Employees' Compensation Appeals Board in Washington, which decides workers' compensation claims filed by federal employees.

Godfrey was appointed by Democratic Gov. Chet Culver in 2009 and confirmed by the Iowa Senate to a six-year term as state commissioner.

After Branstad won election in 2010, he asked for Godfrey's resignation. Godfrey declined, saying his job is supposed to be independent. The governor ultimately slashed Godfrey's salary from $112,000 to $73,000, the lowest allowed, and administration officials criticized his performance.

Godfrey, who is gay, is suing for discrimination, defamation, and extortion.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 10:15AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 2008 study calls for improvements to tunnels connecting the state Capitol to nearby buildings and notes potential hazards from compressed steam that travels near areas with pedestrian access.

The newly released records show some have called for closing the tunnels to pedestrians but they remain open.

The independent study by architectural firm Shive-Hattery warned about "many conditions that threaten public safety" in the more than 4,500 feet of tunnels. It outlined several fixes.

About $1 million in improvements to the tunnels have been made since the study was released. State officials requested more money in 2013 for additional improvements, but the Legislature did not approve it.

Tim Ryburn, administrator of the Capitol complex's maintenance, says the delay in improvements hasn't jeopardized public safety.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 5 2014 6:34AM
The Marshalltown School Board met Monday afternoon and were briefed on progress with the Roundhouse Refurbishment Project at Marshalltown High School. The piece of the puzzle closest to completion is the locker rooms which were of concern since school starts up again on August 19th. School Board decided to table discussion of plans to upgrade pre school playgrounds at the six elementary schools until at least the next meeting on August 18th to give school board members more time to study plans.
A bid to do work at Lenihan Intermediate School was given to Hay Construction of Marshalltown at a price tag of some 35-thousand dollars.



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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:09AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court won't review a decision that threw out the conviction of a Nebraska filmmaker accused of fraudulently claiming tax credits.

A judge will now have to decide whether Dennis Brouse should be retried or acquitted.

Brouse's company received millions from a scandal-tainted tax program meant to build Iowa's film industry. Prosecutors alleged that Brouse, who made public television programs about horse training, overvalued the expenses that were submitted.

The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in April that it was impossible for jurors to find sufficient evidence to convict Brouse, citing confusing jury constructions. Prosecutors asked justices for further review, but they declined last month.

Brouse faced a 10-year prison term. His attorney, Angela Campbell, said Monday he must be acquitted since the evidence was deemed insufficient.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:08AM

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 40-year-old Sioux City man accused of trying to flee officers by jumping into the Missouri River faces kidnapping charges.

The Sioux City Police Department says Chance Michaels had forced his estranged wife into a vehicle Saturday evening and that his vehicle soon got a flat tire. Officer Bradley Echter says Michaels tried to take care of the flat at Chautauqua Park, but he jumped into the river as officers arrived.

Police say some people on a boat helped pull Michaels from the river, and he was taken into custody at a boat ramp.

He is charged with kidnapping, assault and related crimes. Online jail records say Michaels remained in custody on Monday, pending $58,000 in bail. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

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People : Bradley Echter
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:07AM

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — One of the Mississippi River bridges linking the Quad Cities has closed to allow work on the span.

The Centennial Bridge linking Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, closed Sunday. The contractor can keep the bridge closed up to 35 days, with traffic resuming by Sept. 6.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says the closure is needed to replace expansion joints and beams across the width of the bridge. Crews have been working on the bridge since June as part of the $3.35 million project, which also includes concrete repairs to several piers and the deck as well as steel repairs to the structure.

Motorists are being directed to the Interstate 280 bridge to cross the Mississippi.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:07AM

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Indianola city leaders are deciding whether they will enforce a ban on pet chickens and ducks within city limits.

Des Moines city officials knew resident kept birds as pets but hadn't enforced the ordinance. That changed in June when the city ordered a family to get rid of its three ducks and three hens.

A neighbor tells the station that the bird droppings cause the surrounding area to smell bad. The family has started an online petition opposing the city's ban.

The city will hold a forum on Aug. 18 for public comment on the fowl issue. Mayor Kelly Shaw tells the station that council members will consider a change to the existing ordinance.

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People : Kelly Shaw
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:06AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas company seeking to run an underground oil pipeline through Iowa has a laborious approval process to get through before it can start digging.

Energy Transfer Partners LP is behind the project, which would carry crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois, cutting diagonally through 17 Iowa counties along the way. The pipeline would use a 30-inch diameter pipe to carry at least 320,000 barrels a day.

The company says the pipeline would allow them to transport oil more safely than by trucks or rail, but environmental activists are already aggressively campaigning against the project and calling on Gov. Terry Branstad to oppose it.

Branstad says he hasn't made a decision about whether he would support the project.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:06AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad will be talking to educators from around the state about the importance of taking on leadership roles.

Branstad will give opening remarks Monday at the state-sponsored Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium. This event will be held in Ankeny and is the second such summit. More than 450 teachers, principals and other educators are expected to attend.

Speakers throughout the daylong event include teachers and students from Iowa schools, as well as international experts.

In 2013, Branstad signed a new education law that provides funding to offer extra compensation to teachers who take on leadership and mentoring roles.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:05AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa officials say the institution raised nearly $516 million in funding from outside sources in the 2014 fiscal year — nearly $10 million more than last year.

The biggest gains were in research funding, which makes up the majority of external funding. The university's research funding increased by $7.3 million in 2014, compared with a $14 million drop in 2013 from the previous year.

Outside funding for 2014 also includes $1.1 million more — or a 47.5 percent increase — in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2013.

University President Sally Mason and Vice President for Research and Economic Development Daniel Reed announced the increases during a Friday news conference.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 10:04AM

ATALISSA, Iowa (AP) — Officials have torn down a bug-infested, hazardous bunkhouse that had held more than 30 mentally disabled Iowa plant workers subjected to years of abuse by their handlers.

The bunkhouse in Atalissa was demolished about a week ago.

Several town residents fondly recalled seeing and interacting with the men who had lived in the bunkhouse.

Last year, a jury found that Henry's Turkey Service — a now-defunct Goldthwaite, Texas, company — subjected the men to years of abuse and discrimination at home and work. Henry's contracted the workers out to the West Liberty Foods turkey processing plant from the 1970s until 2009.

State officials shut down the bunkhouse in 2009 and transitioned the men, many of whom needed urgent medical care, into new housing.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 7:46AM
Preparations are being made for the 100th edition of the Meskwaki Powwow.

The event will begin in earnest on Thursday of this week, organizers say the daily performance schedule is 1pm and seven p-m.

Thursday will be children's day with the admission price at three dollars for those six through 12.

Adult admission is priced at seven dollars.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 5:49AM
There has been a fatal two car accident in Tama County.

The Iowa Highway Patrol identifies the victim as 56 year old Debra Sells of Dysart. She was driving a 2000 Chevy pick up truck.

Injured in the accident weretwo people from Aredale identified as 55 year old Craig and 46 year old Nancy Stevens who were taken to a hospital at Waterloo.

The accident happened on Highway 8 three miles east of Traer.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 5:06AM
The Iowa State Patrol says there has been a fatal accident in Marion County.

According to an accident report the victim is identified as 20 year old Clayton Harsin of Knoxville who was on a Yamaha Motorcycle at Highway 14 and County Road G-44.

It was a rear end collision type of accident.

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People : Clayton Harsin
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 4:43AM
Le Grand will have a Farmers Market today.
Organizers say the event will take place from five to seven p-m at Le Grand City Park at 206 North Vine.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 4 2014 4:31AM
The Marshalltown School Board meets at five p-m today at 1002 South Third Avenue.

According to the published agenda School Board will hear an update on the Roundhouse construction project which will continue through the start of the new school year on Tuesday August 19th.

Also on an informational note the issue of future projects for pre-school playgrounds will be talked about, all of the elementary buildings in the district have pre-schools and there is the necessity to have equipment for this age group.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 1 2014 10:14AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democrats are offering proposals for how to expand access to the state's presidential caucuses.

Party adviser Norm Sterzenbach says Iowa Democrat Party Chairman Scott Brennan will unveil the recommendations Friday before the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee in Washington.

The proposals include pushing for legislation requiring employers to give non-essential workers time off to attend their precinct caucus, as well as hiring a staff member to focus on caucus accessibility.

The party also wants to provide satellite caucus sites for those who can't easily participate. And they are proposing that Iowans serving in the military could participate through a video-conferencing system.

The committee will not take action on the broad proposals Friday. The state party must still develop a complete plan to present for approval next spring.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 1 2014 10:14AM

LARCHWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Two girls who went missing after going out to pick corn in a northwest Iowa field have been found safe.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says the girls were ages 3 and 6. They went to pick corn on Thursday afternoon and got lost in a field.

Several law enforcement agencies and a helicopter joined the search. A passer-by spotted the girls about 2½ hours after they were reported missing. They've been reunited with their parents.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 1 2014 10:13AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor.

The Polk County District Judge Dennis Stovall ruled earlier this week to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Brenna Gray against Dr. Daniel Baldi. Stovall said plaintiffs have up to two years to file.

Paul Gray died of an overdose in July 2010; Brenna Gray filed her suit on Feb. 14, 2014, accusing Baldi of failing to help her husband overcome his drug addictions.

Gray's lawyer said the statute of limitations shouldn't have started until she had reason to believe Baldi caused her husband's death. The judge disagreed.

Baldi was acquitted May 1 of involuntary manslaughter in connection with several patient deaths, including Paul Gray.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 1 2014 10:12AM

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — An Akron man has been charged with first-degree murder after Plymouth County officials say he told them he caused the death of his mother.

Jonathon Neunaber was charged in a complaint filed Thursday by County Attorney Darin Raymond. Raymond says Neunaber admitted to causing the death of 80-year-old Esther Grace Neunaber. Her body was found July 9 at a home in Akron with the body of her 83-year-old husband, Donald.

Jonathon Neunaber, who is 44, has been held in jail as a material witness since July 10. He remains there on $100,000 bond.

Authorities haven't released further information on the death of Donald Neunaber.

Jonathon Neunaber's case wasn't listed in court records and it's not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

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Location : IowaMarsPlymouth County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 1 2014 10:12AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will be the special guest at a summer picnic held by a prominent GOP donor this weekend in Hardin County.

Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says Rubio, who is weighing a 2016 bid for president, will top the list of out-of-state political visitors to his annual party, which is also expected to include Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, another prospective presidential candidate.

Rastetter, an agribusiness company founder, has become one of Iowa's leading Republican donors. He helped encourage Gov. Terry Branstad to return from retirement to seek the governorship again in 2010, and tried to recruit New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run for president in 2012.

The guest list for the private party includes about 1,200 Iowans from politics, business and higher education.

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

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The state Department of Human Services says a resident of the Glenwood Resource Center swallowed three batteries and had to be treated at a hospital.

The agency on Thursday says it agreed to pay a $2,000 state fine because of the incident, which happened June 2 at the facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

The resident was treated at a hospital before being released a few days later.

After the incident, the center notified the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals about the matter and submitted a self-correction plan. The agency on Thursday cited Glenwood for failing to provide required supervision as specified in the resident's individual service plan.

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Location : GlenwoodIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Aug 1 2014 10:11AM

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of the annual Iowa by the Sea Picnic in California say they have stepped up their organizing efforts and expect a bigger crowd this year.

The picnic began in 1900 in Pasadena and at one time drew more than 100,000 transplanted Iowans and their families. From the 1940s through the 1960s, Iowa governors and celebrities with Iowa roots often attended.

The attendance dwindled over time, and last year only about 70 people gathered.

Retired Navy and Cedar Rapids native Cmdr. Don Swenson is working to change that. He helped create a picnic website and encouraged university alumni groups to send information to graduates living in California.

Swenson estimates 200 people will attend the picnic Saturday near the battleship USS Iowa in San Pedro.

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Location : CaliforniaIowaPasadenaSioux City
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