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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 30 2015 5:48AM
A young magician will have to tweak his act when he competes in an Iowa State Fair talent show next month. Michael Osman can't use his pet doves because state agriculture officials have barred live bird exhibitions due to the bird flu. Osman says he's been practicing with fish instead.
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People : Michael Osman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 30 2015 5:45AM
Authorities say a man leading state troopers on a chase in central Iowa reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour before his vehicle flew off the road and into an auto auction lot. The driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released, survived the crash and was taken to a local hospital with a head injury.
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Location : Central IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 30 2015 5:41AM
Federal authorities believe a man suspected of robbing a credit union in Iowa with an assault rifle is the same man suspected of robbing banks in several states. The FBI says the "AK-47 Bandit" robbed banks in California, Idaho and Washington in 2012 and a bank in Nebraska in 2014. Authorities say a man entered the Iowa Heartland Credit Union in Mason City on Tuesday wearing a black ski mask.
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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 27 2015 5:46AM
The author of the motion picture inspiring novel "The Bridges of Madison County" has donated an original manuscript of the best seller to the University of Northern Iowa. Robert James Waller's manuscript will be housed in a special collection at his alma mater.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 27 2015 5:44AM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened an attack Saturday on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, accusing the leader in recent polls in early-voting Iowa of running his state into financial trouble. Spurred on by a raucous audience of more than 1,000 at an Oskaloosa, Iowa high school, Trump said Walker has an advantage in Iowa because he's from a neighboring state but that the edge is undeserved because Walker has mismanaged Wisconsin's budget.
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Topics : Politics
Location : IowaWisconsin
People : Donald Trump
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 24 2015 2:58PM
A former Iowa small town city clerk has been sentenced for embezzling over $32,000.

According to Connie Haughey of the Tama County Attorney's Office, 45-year-old Nanci Kay Parizek was sentenced on Thursday to five years of probation for stealing money from the City of Vining. Haughey said that if Parizek chooses to violate her probation, she could face up to 15 years in prison. The former Vining city clerk pled guilty back in April to charges of Theft in the First Degree and Felonious Misconduct In Office. The small town of Vining, Iowa is located east of Toledo. Its population in 2013 was 50, according to the United States Census Bureau.

A press release from the Tama County Attorney's Office noted that the Honorable Judge Sean McPartland granted suspended sentences for Parizek. She has also been ordered to pay over $8,600 back to the city. By law, Parizek won't have to pay the rest of Vining's losses, as an insurer will cover the inbalance.

Mayor of Vining George Bazal and City Council Member Fred Vore asked the court to incarcerate Parizek. She stole a grand total of $32,243.27 from the City of Vining over a five to six year period. The city has a budget of just $20,000 a year. The release stated that road improvements and other city projects were not undertaken because of a shortage of funds. Bazal, along with Vore, testified that Parizek seemed nervous when she was questioned about city money during council meetings.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 24 2015 5:46AM
A Dubuque woman says she has a state cannabis card allowing her to give an oil extracted from marijuana to her son, but she's not allowed to do so in his care center. Instead, Jennifer McFadden says she gives the oil to her 12-year-old son, who has severe epilepsy, twice a day in the facility's parking lot. She says the agency which operates the center says it can't allow the oil into the facility. She says the agency told her that federal authorities still consider it a strictly controlled marijuana product.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 24 2015 5:42AM
About 100 people were evacuated safely when a fire broke out on a paddle wheel boat on Clear Lake. The fire was reported Thursday morning, just after the Lady of the Lake cruise ship had docked. About 100 people, including 27 from a care center, were evacuated to shore.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 24 2015 5:38AM
An Iowa court says people can drink alcohol in their cars as long as they're parked on private property. The Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday a state law banning open alcohol containers in vehicles doesn't apply to people parked in private lots or driveways.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 23 2015 5:48AM
A Waterloo man who was shot by police is suing the city and two police officers in federal court. Jovan Webb was shot in April after police say he drove toward an officer following a disturbance at a nightclub. Webb denies that and says police used excessive force. A city attorney says the city will "vigorously" defend itself.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 23 2015 5:44AM
Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that is 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it protects turkeys. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday that the agency plans to quickly license it for widespread production if it is effective for turkeys. The USDA is seeking federal funding to stockpile vaccine nationally.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 23 2015 5:40AM
Iowa highway crews had to plow a bridge crossing the Mississippi River because of ankle-deep mayflies that swarmed the span. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the insects on Saturday night swarmed to the Savannah-Sabula bridge, connecting Iowa and Illinois. The bugs covered the bridge so thickly, and caused such slick conditions, that crews plowed the bugs off the lanes and applied sand for traction.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 22 2015 5:45AM
Iowa's largest newspaper says Donald Trump should get out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The Des Moines Register editorial says Trump is unfit to hold office or stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents. Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump read out the cellphone number of fellow candidate Lindsey Graham.
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Location : IowaSouth Carolina
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 22 2015 5:41AM

Iowa's governor has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff at sites throughout the state in honor of the five servicemen killed last week in Tennessee. Gov. Terry Branstad called for the state-controlled flags to be lowered from Tuesday through Monday. President Barack Obama has ordered flags flown at federal buildings and grounds to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Saturday. The action honors the four Marines and one Navy sailor killed in a shooting last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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Location : ChattanoogaIowaTennessee
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 22 2015 5:38AM
One of the first Iowa turkey farms to get bird flu is getting nearing the time at which birds can be restocked but most of the 77 farms affected are still weeks away from introduction of new flocks. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials say all farms have been cleared of dead chickens and turkeys but disposal of manure, compost and other waste continued at 18 farms. All birds that died or were euthanized have been incinerated, buried or taken to landfills.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 21 2015 5:51AM
Gov. Terry Branstad is asking the Iowa National Guard to review security at its facilities in Iowa, in the wake of last week's shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Branstad asked Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen Timothy Orr to assess the protection for those working at the Guard's military facilities and recruitment sites. The Republican governor also plans to ask the federal government to review the protections at all military facilities.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 21 2015 5:39AM
A jury has convicted former lottery security official Eddie Tipton of fraud. The Norwalk man accused of rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot in 2010 now faces up to 10 years in prison. He'll be sentenced in September. His lawyer is planning an appeal.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 20 2015 5:57AM
Des Moines police say officers have arrested a man in connection with a shooting downtown just blocks west of the Des Moines River. Reports of shots fired came in early Saturday, just after midnight. Responding officers say they heard three to six shots fired. No one was injured in the shooting. The suspect's name has not yet been released.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 20 2015 5:54AM
Authorities say two people participating in an annual bike ride across Iowa were struck and injured by an intoxicated driver.

According to police, Bruce and Barbara Blair of Hudson, Wisconsin, were riding a tandem bike early Sunday morning as part of The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa — or RAGBRAI— when they were struck by 36-year-old Charryse Chavez of Sioux City.

Police say Chavez ignored an officer controlling traffic at an intersection and drove through. Sioux City Police Sgt. Jim Cunningham said Chavez was arrested about block away.

The victims were transported to a hospital, where Bruce Blair remains in stable condition. Barbara Blair was treated and released.

Chavez has been charged with a second offense of operating while intoxicated, failure to obey a police officer and having no insurance.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 20 2015 5:50AM
The poultry farmers who lost millions of chickens and turkeys to the bird flu this spring are facing an uncertain future.The farmers aren't sure when federal officials will allow them to start rebuilding their flocks or whether enough birds will be available. Dave Rettig is president of Rembrandt Foods in Spirit Lake, Iowa, which lost 8 million egg-laying hens. Rettig says the disease decimated the egg industry and who knows if the disease will return in the fall when birds migrate again.
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Topics : Environment
Location : Iowa
People : Dave Rettig
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 17 2015 5:46AM
The Humane Society of the United States says a USDA proposal to respond to a future outbreak of bird flu by shutting off ventilation systems to barns instead of gassing or using foam to suffocate the birds is gruesome. In response, the U.S. Department ofAgriculture says it considers many factors when determining ways to euthanize large numbers of animals during a disease outbreak.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 17 2015 5:42AM
Attorneys for a former lottery worker accused of rigging a Hot Lotto game have rested their case in the man's fraud trial. The defense for 52-year-old Eddie Tipton presented testimony Thursday for about an hour before resting their case. Closing arguments are scheduled on Friday.
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Eddie Tipton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 16 2015 5:46AM
Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal shooting last month at a Des Moines home. The 17-year-old boy is accused of shooting 16-year-old Terry Harris during a robbery. Investigators say Harris and the suspect knew each other.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des Moines
People : Terry Harris
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 16 2015 5:43AM
A collision of a dump truck and car in Waterloo left one man dead and three people injured. The crash happened Tuesday when a dump truck driven by 66-year-old Robert Stedman, of Waterloo, apparently ran a stop sign. The truck, which was loaded with gravel, pulled into the path of a car.
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People : Robert Stedman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 16 2015 5:38AM
A former lottery security chief testifying at his ex-coworker's fraud trial over a Hot Lotto winning ticket says the top threat to any lottery's integrity can be its own employees. The Des Moines Register reports Ed Stefan, a former chief security officer for the Urbandale-based Multi-State Lottery Association, says expert information technology employees with ill intentions can be dangerous. Stefan spoke Wednesday during the trial of 52-year-old Eddie Tipton, who faces two counts of fraud.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Urbandale
People : Ed StefanEddie Tipton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 15 2015 5:49AM
Van Meter city officials are scrapping plans to let people pay $5 for a chance to shock one of them with a stun gun. The ACLU and other groups have criticized the raffle, which is intended as a police department fundraiser. Officials say they'll let the winner shoot a target instead.
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Topics : Human Interest
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 15 2015 5:46AM
A judge has dismissed harassment charges that were filed against a Burlington woman after she admitted sending cow manure to a neighbor. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers filed a motion to dismiss criminal harassment charges against Kim Capdevilia. The charges were filed after Capdevilia acknowledged to Burlington police that she paid a company to send the manure to her neighbor in December. The action was prompted by a dispute over a barking dog.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 15 2015 5:42AM
A state audit shows an Iowa correctional district linked to improper spending has misspent nearly $1.2 million in additional money. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the improper disbursements from the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services had a significant financial impact on the district over the years. The report says the bulk of improper disbursements came from payroll costs. More than $170,000 was spent on excess vacation and sick leave for some employees.
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Location : Iowa
People : Mary Mosiman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 14 2015 5:44AM
Jeb Bush says new economic proposals from Hillary Rodham Clinton would not grow the economy or boost wages. The GOP presidential hopeful said in Sioux City that Clinton's new economic agenda is a "continuation of the Obama economics, which has been a complete disaster." Bush said he wanted to reform taxes and regulations to grow the economy. He said he wants people with part-time jobs to get full-time work if they want it.
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Topics : LaborPolitics
Location : Sioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 14 2015 5:41AM
A Prairie City woman whose dog killed a four-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jena Wright was convicted of neglect, child endangerment and other charges in the fatal mauling of Jordyn Arndt, a girl she was babysitting at the time of the dog attack more than two years ago.
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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Jena Wright
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 14 2015 5:38AM
Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation aimed at extending clean-up efforts involved with the bird flu outbreak. Branstad signed a disaster emergency proclamation y for 18 Iowa counties adversely affected by bird flu. It is effective until Dec. 31 and extends a proclamation that was set to expire Wednesday. The proclamation is aimed at helping chicken and turkey producers with disposal and clean-up efforts on affected sites.
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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 13 2015 7:14AM
Students at Iowa's three public universities could see an unprecedented mid-year tuition hike, if the Iowa Board of Regents approves an increase for the upcoming spring semester. Late last year, the Iowa Board of Regents approved a freeze on tuition rates for the third consecutive year. But a regents spokesman says a state funding shortfall could lead to the mid-year increase.
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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 13 2015 6:29AM
The Black Hawk County Emergency Management Commission has unanimously voted to pick RACOM Communications as the vendor for an $8.7 million project to replace that countywide emergency 911 radio system. RACOM's proposal will be considered for approvalby the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. If approved, construction is expected to take up to two years.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 13 2015 6:04AM
The backyard of Iowa's historic governor's mansion is about to get a major facelift, with a new reflecting pool and vintage style greenhouse. Jeff Boeyink, a former chief of staff to Governor Terry Branstad who heads up a fundraising effort, saysboth projects will be privately funded.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 10 2015 10:59AM

The completion of a structure with space to store funeral urns at an eastern Iowa cemetery highlights a trend toward cremation rather than traditional burials.

Work on a new columbarium recently finished at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque County. It's the cemetery's second columbarium, with the first being built in 2013.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the cremation rate in the United States was less than 4 percent in 1960. The rate has climbed steadily since then, surpassing 20 percent in the mid-1990s and reaching 40 percent in 2010.

The organization projects that 2015 will mark the first-ever year in which cremations will become more popular than traditional burials.

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Location : Dubuque CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 10 2015 10:58AM

Ashford University has announced that it will close its Clinton campus next year, surprising several leaders in the community who say they're sad to see it go.

The chairman of the school's board of directors said in a Thursday statement that the Clinton campus hasn't been able to resolve an ongoing enrollment shortfall. The school's online education center will continue and won't be affected by the closure.

The president and CEO of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce says that he's saddened over the university's plans to shutter the campus.

The university was one of Clinton's larger employers. Clinton Alderwoman Julie Allesee says she believes the departure of the university will have an impact on the city's economy.

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Topics : EducationPolitics
People : ClintonJulie Allesee
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 10 2015 10:54AM

Johnson County is set to accept applications for and begin issuing community ID cards.

According to county officials, residents will be able to start applying July 17 for IDs.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved creation of the ID program in April. It was proposed last year by Iowa City's Human Rights Commission and Ad Hoc Diversity Committee to help give access to local services to immigrants and others who do not have documentation required to obtain a state-issued ID.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said he hopes that over 1,000 cards will be issued right away. The community cards will cost $8 for adults and $4 for children.

According to Weipert, the county's cost for the ID program is between $15,000 and $20,000.

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Location : IowaJohnson County
People : Travis Weipert
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 10 2015 10:53AM

A federal judge says two men may proceed with the lawsuit they filed after more than $100,000 was seized from them by two Iowa State troopers.

The judge rejected a dismissal motion by the troopers and Desert Snow, a company that trains officers on roadside searches. The judge said in his ruling Wednesday that the allegations are sufficient for a claim to move forward that the troopers and Desert Snow acted as part of a conspiracy to violate the rights of William Davis and John Newmerzhycky.

A trooper pulled over Davis and Newmerzhycky in April 2013 and accused them of not using a turn signal. The cash and a grinder with small pieces of marijuana were seized when their rental car was searched.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 10 2015 10:52AM

Police in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny are holding a safe filled with somebody's cash.

A construction company worker spotted the safe Tuesday morning in a field near the 1100 block of Southwest State Street in Ankeny. He turned it over to police.

Ankeny evidence technician David Billings says the safe is small enough to be carried by one person and says the money is packaged in a way that the owner can identify. Billings says officers are checking local cases of stolen safes.

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Location : Des Moines
People : David Billings
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 10 2015 10:50AM

An Iowa lawmaker says he doesn't regret telling a science teacher to "quit whining" in an email exchange over the state's public education funding.

Republican Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyeden says that his initial response to Vaughn Gross, a teacher at Waterloo West High School, was fueled by the lawmaker being "fooled" when responding to other messages from people via email and social media.

Gross says he emailed Johnson and 22 other Iowa senators to encourage them to support a special legislative session to vote for additional K-12 education funding. He says he was disappointed by Johnson's initial response.

Johnson says he "tested" Gross to make sure the teacher's email was sincere. The newspaper reports the men's discussion became more civil as their exchange continued.

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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 9 2015 5:53AM
A former University of Iowa student is out of prison days after a judge overturned his conviction in a high-profile sexual assault case. Evan Pfeifer was released from custody in Iowa City after his father posted a $10,000 cash bond Wednesday, which a judge set a day earlier. The 22-year-old had been serving a 10-year term after a jury in November 2012 found him guilty of third-degree sexual abuse.
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Location : IowaIowa City
People : Evan Pfeifer
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 9 2015 5:50AM
Governor Terry Branstad's request for a federal disaster declaration to respond to the bird flu outbreak has been denied. The governor had sought a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama for the four counties most impacted by the virus. In a letter from federal authorities dated Tuesday, the request was rejected.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 9 2015 5:43AM
A 17 year old girl from rural Rhodes was named the 2015 Central Iowa Fair Queen.
Shelby Sly is a student at West Marshall High School and bounced back from being
stepped on by her heifer earlier in the day to win the Queen`s Crown.
Lilly Fisher was named Miss Princess, Elaine Krause was named to the Central Iowa
Fair Hall of Fame.

Thursday is day number three of the six day long fair at Marshalltown.



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Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2015 3:00PM
Another 2016 presidential candidate will be coming to the local area this summer.

Wisconsin Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker is set to visit Marshalltown on Saturday, July 18th. Walker will also be visiting Ames earlier in the day. This information is according to Governor Walker's Iowa Communications Director Eric Woolson.

In an announcement made exclusively to the 1230 KFJB/KIX 101.1 news department, Woolson explained that an exact time and place for the event has not been nailed down. However, he did note that the appearance should take place sometime in the evening on the 18th.

Stay tuned here to kixweb.com and 1230KFJB.com…In the coming days we hope to be able to give you complete details on Governor Walker's upcoming visit to Marshalltown.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2015 5:53AM
An Iowa Falls woman has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for stealing from the bank where she worked. Teresa Kobriger pleaded guilty after she was charged with embezzling from Iowa Falls State Bank over a four-year period. She's been ordered to make more than $181,000 restitution.
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People : Teresa Kobriger
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2015 5:50AM
Authorities say an Iowa inmate managed to escape from one of the state's most secure cells by sneaking through the building's piping and onto the roof. The Iowa Department of Corrections SAYS Justin Kestner escaped early Sunday from a building onthe Iowa State Penitentiary complex in Fort Madison. He was living in a unit for disruptive maximum-security inmates who are typically confined 23 hours per day. Hours later, he was captured near Geneseo, Illinois.
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Location : GeneseoIllinoisIowa
People : Justin Kestner
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 7 2015 5:46AM
Authorities say they're investigating a fatal hit and run in western Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says authorities found 50-year-old Charlotte Anderson dead on the side of the road Saturday night. She was located near a mile marker on Highway 127 on the north side of Logan. DCI says an Iowa State Patrol trooper located a suspicious vehicle in the area Sunday morning that appeared to have front end damage consistent with evidence at the scene, but additional information was not provided.
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Location : IowaWestern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 6 2015 5:49AM
Authorities have released the name of a Tennessee woman who was killed in an accident at an eastern Iowa truck stop.

Davenport police identified the woman as 74-year-old Mary LeMay, of Centerville, Tennessee.

Police say she was guiding her husband as he was trying to park a recreational vehicle at the truck stop on Saturday. Police Capt. Brent Biggs says the RV went out of control and struck LeMay and then struck a car full of children. Several of the were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises.

LeMay's husband was taken to a Davenport hospital for evaluation. His name hasn't been released.


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People : Brent BiggsMary LeMay
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 6 2015 5:47AM
An Iowa girl has drowned during a family gathering on a Wisconsin island on the Mississippi River. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says 2-year-old Bryle (BRIGH'-lee) Morgan of Waterloo, Iowa died early Sunday at an Iowa City hospital.
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Location : IowaMississippiWaterlooWisconsin
People : Bryle
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 6 2015 5:40AM
Council Bluffs Police say a bullet someone fired into the air wounded a 7-year-old boy who was watching fireworks with his grandparents. When the boy started crying and complaining about shoulder pain Saturday night, his grandparents initially thought he'd been hurt by fireworks. But while treating the wound, the boy's grandmother discovered a .223 caliber bullet in the wound, which was about ¼-inch deep. The boy was treated at a local hospital and released.
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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2015 5:15AM
The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued plans Thursday aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating waterfowl and other wild birds.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2015 5:12AM
Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Branstad announced the vetoes late yesterday afternoon, as he approved a slew of budget bills. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.
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People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2015 5:49AM
A state audit has found major problems with how some Iowa state agencies spent millions of dollars on information technology contractors. The report has uncovered cost overruns, a no-bid contract and questionable relationships between agencies and IT firms. In one case, two top Revenue Department officials went to work for a state contractor before a mandatory two-year waiting period was up.
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Topics : EnvironmentLaw_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2015 5:42AM
Two Iowa mental health institutes have been closed and about 80 workers have gotten layoff notices. Governor Terry Branstad is still reviewing whether to approve a legislative compromise to continue funding the facilities in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. There are no patients at either one.
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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2015 5:38AM
The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Incorporated. JBS USA, a division of Sao Paulo, Brazil-based JBS, and Cargill said yesterday they have signed an agreement for the $1.45 billion transaction. JBS entered the U.S. pork market in 2007 and sells products under the Swift brand names.
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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Sao Paulo
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2015 5:42AM
The former police chief in Des Moines has been named the new director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Judy Bradshaw has been assistant director since she retired from the Des Moines Police Department last year. Governor Terry Branstad says Bradshaw has the "leadership, knowledge, temperament and communications skills" to lead the academy.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2015 5:38AM
Organizers of the Iowa State Fair are pairing the event's famous butter cow sculpture with another butter piece celebrating the Monopoly board game. Officials say the accompanying piece, which changes every year, will this summer celebrate the game's 80th anniversary. The Iowa Star Fair is scheduled Aug. 13-23 in Des Moines.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 1 2015 5:20AM
A disaster proclamation has been issued for 18 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. The proclamation allows the state to help residents impacted by a tornado that hit parts of Wapello County on June 20. The proclamation also helps residents affected by other severe weather and flooding in Iowa in late June.
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Location : IowaWapello County
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