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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 26 2015 5:50AM
A Grinnell family spent the long weekend in Washington, D.C., at a national seminar and grief camp for those coping with the loss of a member of the armed forces. Kaanan Mackey says the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, known as TAPS, will give her five children, ages 6 to 16, a chance to meet others with similar experiences. Mackey's husband, Matthew, died in 2010 from injuries following an accident on his way home from a drill weekend at Camp Dodge in Johnston. He served in the Marine Corps and Iowa Army National Guard.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 26 2015 5:46AM
The body of Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco (or-ROHZ'-koh) will be laid to rest Tuesday after a funeral in Omaha and burial services in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Orozco was shot to death Wednesday by a fugitive who was fatally wounded by another officer. Orozco was 29. She lived in Council Bluffs and was a native of nearby Walnut, Iowa.

The funeral is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church at Creighton University. The Omaha Police Department says church seating is being limited to only family and groups selected by the family. The funeral will be broadcast at CenturyLink Center in downtown Omaha.

Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Council Bluffs. Law enforcement officials have asked the public to line the 8.5-mile-long procession route.

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People : Kerrie Orozco
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 26 2015 5:43AM
Officials say there's evidence a black bear has traveled into Dubuque. Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say tracks found behind a home on the south side of the city belong to a black bear weighing between 100 and 200 pounds. Police say a bear sighting was reported Monday morning.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 23 2015 6:38AM
Officials have ruled the deaths of a former Des Moines police officer and his ex-girlfriend a murder-suicide.

Death certificates show Polk County Medical Examiner Gregory Schmunk determined Mersed Dautovic assaulted and strangled Mevlida Dzananovic with some type of binding material before Dautovic killed himself. Their bodies were found April 19 in a garage behind an apartment complex in Urbandale where Dautovic lived.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 23 2015 6:35AM
Diesel fuel has accidentally spilled into Storm Lake in northern Iowa, but officials say it's a small amount that's not expected to affect wildlife or recreational use. Julie Sievers with the state Department of Natural Resources says the spill occurred briefly yesterday as officials with the city of Storm Lake added fuel into an apparatus that pumps excess soil from the lake bed. It's unclear what caused the spill.
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Location : IowaNorthern Iowa
People : Julie Sievers
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 23 2015 6:32AM
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad plans to attend the funeral of an Omaha, Nebraska, police officer who was killed in the line of duty. Branstad said today that he's going to Officer Kerrie Orozco's funeral on Tuesday and he ordered all Iowa flags to be flown at half-staff that day. Orozco, who was killed Wednesday and had just given birth to her first child, lived in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and grew up in nearby Walnut.
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Location : Council BluffsIowaNebraskaOmaha
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 23 2015 6:29AM
Egg prices have surged to a record high, a month after bird flu was first detected in the chicken flock in Iowa, the nation's leading egg producer. Midwest large eggs reached $2.32 a dozen, eclipsing the previous record high of $2.27 a dozen set on Dec. 4. More than 21 million of Iowa's egg-laying hens have been killed.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 23 2015 6:27AM
The department that oversees economic development in Iowa says it has approved investment funding that will eventually create more than 1,300 jobs in the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority says its board awarded money and tax benefits yesterday to six companies expected to add jobs and expand projects.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 22 2015 5:50AM
The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday released an estimate showing Des Moines' population on July 1, 2014, was 209,220. That tops the city's previous population high of 208,982 set in the 1960 census. Following that peak, the city's population began a long decline that saw the number of residents bottom out at 191,003 in the 1980 census.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 22 2015 5:43AM
The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want to try to take this summer's event back to basics, but they now face downsizing of a different kind — fewer candidates. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the latest 2016 prospect to opt out of the Iowa tradition. He said today that he won't participate in the poll that he placed second in eight years ago. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also plans to skip the poll.
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Location : ArkansasFloridaIowa
People : Jeb BushMike Huckabee
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 22 2015 5:20AM
There will be no chickens or ducks at the Iowa State Fair this summer and no poultry shows at county fairs in Iowa in 2015 as the bird flu continues to infect birds. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday prohibited all live bird exhibitions at fairs and live bird sales at livestock auctions and swap meets.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 22 2015 5:15AM
Another chicken farm in Buena Vista County has tested positive for bird flu, the 17th farm in that northwest Iowa county to get the virus. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials on Thursday did not have an immediate count on the number of chickens housed at the egg-laying facility. Across the Midwest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture puts the bird loss at nearly 39 million.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 21 2015 5:45AM
A state audit shows the former director of a drug treatment center in Des Moines mismanaged more than $130,000 intended for client benefits. The report released today says Mindy Williams, former executive director of Center for Behavioral Health in Des Moines, falsified receipts and other documentation when seeking reimbursement for incentive benefits issued to clients who do well in the program. The report has been forwarded to law enforcement agencies.
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Location : Des Moines
People : Mindy Williams
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 21 2015 5:40AM
As lawmakers struggle to resolve the state budget, a new conflict has sprung up about how much new money to give schools in the 2016 to 2017 school year. The Appropriations Committee in the Republican-led House on Wednesday approved a plan that would provide about $125 million in new dollars in that year, with some of the money going to a teacher leadership program. But Democrats say the funding level is inadequate.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 21 2015 5:36AM
A woman who's worked since 2012 for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission has been named its executive director.

The office of Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday announced his appointment of Kristin Johnson to the post. Johnson replaces Beth Townsend, whom Branstad appointed to be director of Iowa Workforce Development.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 21 2015 5:15AM
A Pleasant Hill woman faces child endangerment charges in connection with alleged abuse at a home day care. Pleasant Hill police say 28-year-old Christina Williamson faces charges including child endangerment causing serious injury and willful injury causing bodily injury. Online records show Williamson was booked Wednesday morning into the Polk County Jail. She is being held on a $5,000 cash or surety bond.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 19 2015 5:49AM
Investigators suspect that a former Iowa lawyer facing fraud charges was getting help from an ex-business partner while on the run from the FBI. Search warrant documents unsealed Monday show investigators believe former Coralville attorney Dennis Bjorklund received financial and other assistance from Thomas Harbit, who worked as a substance abuse counselor at Bjorklund's office. Harbit has denied knowing Bjorklund's whereabouts and hasn't been charged.
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Location : CoralvilleIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 19 2015 5:46AM
Two more Iowa turkey farms in Sac County have tested positive for the bird flu and state agriculture officials say they've found the virus among a backyard duck flock and a backyard chicken flock, both in Sioux County. The new discoveries announced by the Iowa Department of Agriculture bring to 56 the number of cases reported in the state in 14 counties.
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Location : IowaSac County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 19 2015 5:43AM
A Des Moines man has claimed his $1 million Powerball prize with a taped-back-together ticket.

Iowa Lottery officials say Pete Kemp showed up Monday to claim his prize. Five numbers on his repaired ticket matched five numbers drawn Saturday night: 24, 29, 38, 48 and 52. But he missed on the Powerball number, 32.

Kemp bought his winning ticket at a Cash Saver supermarket. When he went to a convenience store Sunday to have his winning ticket checked, a store clerk accidentally threw away the ticket while getting paperwork from the lottery terminal. Kemp realized the mistake as he was about to drive away, so he went back inside. The ticket had been torn in two, but the clerk retrieved both pieces from the trash, and they taped them together.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 18 2015 5:03PM
A plea hearing took place Monday afternoon at the Marshall County Courthouse for 32-year-old Jean Martinez-Velazquez of Marshalltown.

Martinez-Velazquez and his public defender Aaron Siebrecht previously came to a plea agreement with the State of Iowa, and Sarah Tupper, who is representing the prosecution in the case. Martinez-Velazquez submitted guilty pleas to counts of Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia With Intent To Distribute, Felon In Possession Of A Firearm, Willful Injury, and Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury. Judge Dale E. Ruigh accepted the pleas Monday. To re-emphasize: The plea agreement did not include the charge of Attempted Murder.

Martinez-Velazquez allegedly shot Amber Cervantes at the Flamingo Motel on Iowa Avenue West in Marshalltown back in January. He also admitted to stabbing Cervantes in December; and being in possession of more than five grams of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting, with the intent to distribute that meth.

Martinez-Velazquez now faces a sentencing hearing, which has been set for June 8th at 2:30pm. He likely faces a lengthy prison sentence, as well as a large total of fines.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 18 2015 7:59AM
Someone purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a Des Moines supermarket before Saturday's drawing. Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket purchased at Cash Saver matched five of the six numbers. No one won Saturday's jackpot of $110 million.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 18 2015 7:56AM
Altoona police say an officer kept a wandering zebra under control until its owner showed up.

Department spokesman Jason Ferguson says officers were sent Saturday morning to check reports of a zebra roaming near Sam Wise Sports Complex. They found it, and Sgt. Royal Nahno-Kerchee held its mane until owner Pat Shannon arrived.

The zebra had wandered away from home less than a mile away after a gate was left open.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 18 2015 7:51AM
Strong storms damaged farm buildings across central Iowa, knocked down trees and toppled dozens of empty railcars. The storms caused damage in Decatur, Clarke, Dallas, Boone and Madison counties as it moved across the state early Sunday morning.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 15 2015 2:47PM
Travis James Bunn of Marshalltown, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, has switched his plea of not guilty to a plea of guilty.

Bunn, who was set to go to trial June 2nd, was represented by his public defender Aaron Siebrecht in the written plea. Geoff Greenwood, Media Correspondent for the Iowa Attorney General's Office, confirmed the change. Greenwood also noted that a sentencing hearing for Bunn has been scheduled for June 8th at 11:00am.

Bunn is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Marshalltown back in January. He is charged with 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse, Indecent Contact With A Child, and Lascivious Acts With A Child.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:48PM

A transportation official says he will propose dramatically changing a rural intersection in eastern Iowa where a recent vehicle crash killed five people.

Steve Gent, director of traffic and safety for the state Department of Transportation, says he will suggest removing a curve along Highway 150 near Urbana beginning sometime in 2017. Improved signage will be added in the meantime.

Gent made the pledge Wednesday while meeting with citizens at the Capitol. They submitted a petition to him with more than 1,500 signatures asking for changes.

DOT officials say there have been a few crashes along the curve in Benton County over the years, but a crash in April that killed five people drew new attention.

The plan would cost around $1.5 million. It needs approval from an agency commission.

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Location : Benton CountyIowa
People : Steve Gent
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:47PM

A virus known for attacking a horse's nervous system has been confirmed at a stable in Iowa's Madison County.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the stable has several confirmed cases of a neurological disease associated with Equine Herpesvirus infections. Officials say the disease poses no threat to humans.

The disease was detected at the Madison County stable when horses began to show symptoms including fever, decreased coordination, lethargy and inability to rise.

A news release says the horses are being monitored and aren't permitted to leave the stable. The virus is spread through direct horse-to-horse contact. Objects contaminated with the virus, such as grooming equipment and feed and water buckets, also contribute to its transmission.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:45PM

An eastern Iowa man previously convicted of sexual assault has pleaded not guilty to charges in a separate case involving a 14-year-old girl.

29-year-old Michael Cole, of Manchester, entered his plea Tuesday to three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested in April.

The Manchester Police Department says investigators responded to reports of an inappropriate relationship between Cole and the teen. Police say the two had sexual contact at least three times.

Cole was convicted of third-degree sexual assault in November 2008 for sexual interaction with a teen girl. His trial on the latest charge is scheduled for July 8.

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People : Michael Cole
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:43PM

Testimony is underway in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Minnesotan at a Waterloo nightclub in August.

A jury was empaneled Tuesday in the case against 36-year-old Rodolfo Gonzalez. Testimony was slated to begin Wednesday.

Gonzalez is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celio Antonio Posada outside of El Señor Tequila Nightclub. According to police and court records, the two met at the establishment and later left for the parking lot, where witnesses reported hearing gunfire. Posada was found in the lot with a gunshot wound, and Gonzalez was stopped by a sheriff's deputy a few blocks away.

Authorities say a gun found in Gonzalez's truck that night matched a bullet recovered from Posada's body.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:39PM

A judge has ordered a $2,500 fine and probation for an Iowa grandmother who admitted to splitting up bank deposits of legally earned money in a flawed attempt to avoid IRS scrutiny.

U.S. Magistrate Jon Scoles imposed the sentence Wednesday on retired Dubuque real estate agent Janet Malone, who had faced up to one year in prison after pleading guilty to a crime called structuring.

Malone admitted she split up deposits of cash left by her late husband into increments below $10,000 to circumvent federal reporting requirements. She did so because, as a new widow, she was worried about facing an IRS audit.

Malone earlier forfeited $18,700 that the government seized from her bank account. Her attorney asked Scoles not to impose a fine, arguing the forfeiture was punishment enough.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:38PM

Police say a Storm Lake woman accused of snapping her 10-year-old daughter in the face with a rubber band has been arrested.

The Storm Lake Police Department says 44-year-old Ah Lu was arrested Tuesday and charged with child endangerment. Online court records don't yet list an attorney who could be contacted about the charge.

Police say they responded to a report of child abuse from the girl's school and found that her face was red and swollen. They say investigation revealed Lu had continually snapped the girl in the face with the rubber band Tuesday morning because she wouldn't get out of bed.

The girl has been released into her father's custody.

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Location : Iowa
People : Ah Lu
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:35PM

Police have arrested a Newton woman accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy and giving him alcohol and cigarettes.

21-year-old Tori Kaiser is charged with third-degree sexual abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Kaiser's attorney said he hadn't yet reviewed the case and couldn't comment on the charges.

A criminal complaint filed Monday says Kaiser told authorities she had sex twice with the boy between January and May, but the boy alleges they engaged in sex acts at least 15 times. The complaint says Kaiser also gave him alcohol and cigarettes and allowed him to smoke marijuana and use prescription pills at her home.

According to the complaint, Kaiser had permission from the boy's father to act as his caretaker.

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People : Tori Kaiser
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:34PM

Two wheel manufacturing plants in Iowa have been cited for improperly handling and storing hazardous waste at their facilities.

The Midwest branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that compliance inspections of GKN Armstrong Wheels plants in Estherville and Armstrong revealed violations of waste regulations. The company agreed to pay a penalty of more than $150,000.

The EPA says the two GKN Armstrong Wheels facilities disposed of hazardous waste without an appropriate permit and didn't comply with waste generator requirements, meaning they didn't conduct hazardous waste inspections or properly label containers. The agency says the company also failed to adhere to universal waste and used oil regulations.

The Iowa sites produce steel wheels primarily for the agricultural and construction industries.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 2:32PM

An Iowa judge has dismissed a 112-member jury pool after determining that a black man accused of murder couldn't get a fair trial when all but one potential juror is white.

41-year-old Tyrone Washington Jr. of Northwood is accused in the August 2013 stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, 30-year-old Justina Smith.

Washington's defense attorney requested to have the entire jury pool stricken, and District Judge Colleen Weiland on Tuesday granted his motion. Out of the 112 jury pool, 111 people had identified themselves as white. One juror identified himself as Native American.

A new trial date wasn't set Tuesday, but the case is expected to remain in Webster County, about 80 miles north of Des Moines.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaWebster County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:57AM

Authorities have arrested an Iowa City man accused of writing a post on Facebook in which he threatened to shoot white police officers.

The Iowa City Police Department says 30-year-old Michael McCullum was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree harassment.

A police complaint says McCullum posted a message May 1 on a Facebook account using the alias Mike Jones. In the post, the complaint says McCullum said he was plotting to shoot "every white cop" he saw in the head, and that he would try to kill at least 15 the following day.

Police say they used photos and videos to confirm McCullum's identity and his connection to the Facebook account.

Online court records don't yet list an attorney for McCullum who could comment on the allegations.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:56AM

A 51-year-old man has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison for embezzling over $365,000 from a private business in Dubuque.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 51-year-old Michael Schute, of Dubuque, must serve a 33-month prison term and pay $306,848 in restitution to the company and its insurance provider. He already paid back more than $56,000.

Schute pleaded guilty in February to one count each of wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

At Monday's sentencing hearing, Schute said wrote checks to himself from the company's bank account between 2008 and his firing in April 2013 to pay off his personal credit cards and other bills. He then falsified records to cover it up and left the money off his tax returns.

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Location : Iowa
People : Michael Schute
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:54AM

A 54-year-old Minnesota man has been hospitalized after being pinned between two cement trucks in northern Iowa.

The Worth County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday near Northwood State Bank on Central Avenue in Northwood. The office said in a news release that Dale Leeman, of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, was standing behind one truck when the second truck backed up, pinning Leeman between them.

He was taken to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City and was listed in fair condition on Tuesday night.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:53AM

Iowa's transportation department has rejected requests by officials in four cities to keep operating some speed cameras in their areas.

The state Department of Transportation issued the denials in letters dated Monday to officials in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine. A letter to Council Bluffs was dated May 6.

DOT Director Paul Trombino says in the letters the cameras are not making interstate highways or nearby intersections safer.

The DOT decided in late 2013 that speed cameras on or adjacent to state highways should not be used as long-term enforcement tools and required more justification for their use. The agency later ordered several cities to turn off some cameras. Many communities appealed those orders.

City officials can appeal the decision in district court.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:51AM

Four more Iowa farms are testing positive for bird flu.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture says an egg-laying farm and a turkey farm in Buena Vista County bring to 15 the number of cases in that county in northwest Iowa. A broiler farm in Osceola County is the state's first indication of the disease on a farm raising chickens for meat. Officials said Tuesday the farm has 700 birds. Most of Iowa's affected chickens are egg layers.

Lyon County also has its first case. It's on an egg farm.

Iowa has 49 cases of bird flu in 13 counties. More than 26 million birds will die.

Minnesota and Wisconsin have no new cases but Nebraska reported its first on a farm with 1.7 million chickens.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:50AM

Transportation officials say an increase in Iowa's fuel tax will help support a five-year plan to improve roads and bridges in the state.

The state Department of Transportation submitted a $3.2 billion proposal to an agency commission Tuesday. The commission will meet in June.

A draft report of the plan states money from a law that increased Iowa's fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon in March will be used "100 percent" on critical road and bridge construction projects. It also pledges to use some of that money for four-lane construction on parts of U.S. Highways 20, 30 and 61. The report acknowledges those projects aren't for repair or rehabilitation, but a DOT spokeswoman says they fill critical infrastructure needs.

The plan covers a period from July through 2020.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:48AM

A judge has ordered four relatives jailed in Iowa after their arrest Tuesday on charges of conspiring to illegally smuggle guns and ammunition to Lebanon.

U.S. District Judge Linda Reade said the suspects would remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing Friday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Rich Murphy told Reade that the four should be detained because they represent "an immense risk to public safety." He added that their alleged scheme was international in scope.

The four said little in court. Their attorneys declined comment.

A complaint alleges the four stockpiled guns, ammunition and accessories worth more than $100,000 from Iowa gun dealers. Federal agents intercepted two containers bound for Beirut that contained 152 firearms and 16,000 rounds of ammunition, hidden with supplies for Syrian refugees.

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Location : BeirutIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:47AM

Republican Jeb Bush won't be at the Iowa Republican Party's presidential straw poll this summer, skipping the fixture of the political calendar for a competing event in Georgia.

Bush spokesman Tim Miller says Bush will instead attend the RedState Gathering, an annual four-day forum featuring conservative figures and speakers in Atlanta.

Bush's decision is a disappointment for state GOP officials, who have fought to keep the Aug. 8 event alive and relevant.

Critics complain the straw poll rewards candidates who pay for their supporters' tickets to the event and unfairly gives Iowa two early tests of presidential strength, along with its lead-off caucuses.

Bush has not yet declared his candidacy for the White House, but is widely expected to do so this summer.

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Location : AtlantaGeorgiaIowa
People : Jeb BushTim Miller
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:43AM

An energy company seeking to build an oil pipeline through Iowa is investigating a claim that an agent for the project offered to hire a prostitute for a landowner if he would allow access.

Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners, said Tuesday in a statement that the company was investigating the allegation about an agent, who she said was working for a contractor. Hughie Tweedy says that he has recorded proof that an agent for the Bakken Pipeline offered to get him a prostitute in exchange for land access. Tweedy did not provide copies of the recordings during a news conference Monday.

The proposed pipeline would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to a hub in Illinois.

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Location : IllinoisIowaNorth Dakota
People : Vicki Granado
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:42AM

Jury selection in the trial of a 41-year-old Northwood man accused of killing his former girlfriend has hit a standstill amid challenges to the racial makeup of potential jurors.

An attorney for Tyrone Washington Jr. argued Tuesday that the system in Webster County underrepresents blacks. Of prospective jurors who gathered Monday, 111 identified themselves as white and one as Native American, and his attorney said they therefore don't represent a fair cross-section of the community.

Prosecutors argue the state also deserves a fair trial.

The trial was moved to Webster County after Washington's lawyer argued that with so few blacks in Worth County, Washington — who is black — wouldn't be judged by a jury of his peers.

Washington is charged with stabbing to death 30-year-old Justine Smith in 2013.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 13 2015 11:41AM

Republicans in the Iowa House want to change the funding for a family planning program so that they can block abortion providers from participating.

The Republican-majority House on Tuesday gave committee-level approval to a health budget that would stop accepting federal matching dollars for a program that offers family planning coverage to low-income people. The House would set up a new program using federal dollars the state has more discretion over.

Under the House plan, care could not be provided by "any entity that performs abortions or that maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed."

Rep. Linda Miller, a Bettendorf Republican, says members felt strongly about the change.

Sen. Amanda Ragan, a Mason City Democrat, says the Democratic-led Senate will seek to keep the current system.

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Location : BettendorfIowaMason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:44PM

The government says farmers are expected to grow 13.6 billion bushels of corn this year, about 4 percent less than last year's record crop.

The estimate released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture assumes an average per-acre yield of nearly 167 bushels an acre, down from last year's record 171 bushels.

Soybean farmers are expected to grow nearly 3.85 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year's record crop. The soybean per-acre yield is projected at 46 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from last year's record.

The USDA says farmers have started well this growing season with 75 percent of the corn crop planted, ahead of the five-year average of 57 percent.

Soybean farmers have planted nearly one-third of the crop, ahead of the average of 20 percent.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:41PM

An Iowa high school football player who suffered a serious head injury during practice has been awarded almost $1 million in a negligence case against the school district and a school nurse.

18-year-old Kacey Strough had a pre-existing condition known as "cavernous malformation," or abnormally formed blood vessels in his brain, which the 2012 head injury aggravated.

Strough's attorney says his client was allowed to continue playing.

Jurors Monday found the nurse and Bedford Community School District negligent for failing to notify coaches that Strough might be concussed and not making sure he saw a physician afterward.

He was awarded $990,000 in medical expenses and damages.

Strough's attorney says he is slowly recovering and might be able to one day walk with a cane.

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Location : Iowa
People : Kacey Strough
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:39PM

Two of 32 people injured in a fiery chain-reaction crash along westbound Interstate 80 remain hospitalized.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig on Monday said that the 59-year-old driver of a semi that crashed into a line of cars on the interstate near Williamsburg is in critical condition but is expected to survive. One other person involved in Friday's crash also remains hospitalized.

The patrol report says a previous accident Friday halted traffic when a semi driven by the Portland, Oregon, man crashed into the line of cars, causing a chain reaction involving four other vehicles. The semi burst into flames upon impact and spread diesel fuel across the road, catching other vehicles on fire.

Iowa County dispatchers say they received nearly a dozen 911 calls following the crash.

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Location : IowaOregonPortland
People : Nathan Ludwig
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:37PM

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa are defending their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority says in a Tuesday release that Iowa Fertilizer President Shawn Rana met with labor leaders Friday.

Rana argued the company hired many local construction workers at the Wever plant site, noting a main on-site employer is an Iowa-based union contractor.

Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham organized the meeting between Rana and labor leaders, many of whom represent union workers, following a Capitol meeting where union organizers claimed plant officials were trying to hire workers outside of the region following layoffs in April.

Southeast Iowa Building and Construction Trades Council President Ryan Drew says he looks forward to continued communication with Iowa Fertilizer.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:36PM

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims more chickens and turkeys.

A carton of eggs in the Midwest is up nearly 17 percent to $1.39 since mid-April, when the virus began killing chickens and farmers culled their flocks to contain any spread. Eggs used as ingredients in products like cake mix and mayonnaise have surged 63 percent in 2½ weeks.

Iowa, the leading egg producer, has lost 26 million hens.

Analysts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up.

The death of 5.6 million turkeys has pushed the price of fresh breast meat used in deli cuts up 10 percent since mid-April. Frozen hens used for home roasting are up about 3 percent.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:26PM

A prosecutor has moved to drop the first-degree murder charge against a man accused of fatally shooting a woman in a Des Moines apartment building last year.

The motion filed Monday would dismiss the case against 24-year-old LB Goodjoint, who was arrested in September in connection with the May 2014 death of 19-year-old Ameisha Heard.

Online court records show a judge hasn't yet ruled on the request, and Goodjoint remained in the Polk County Jail as of Tuesday morning.

The motion calls for further investigation and says there isn't sufficient evidence to prove Goodjoint was involved in Heard's killing based on witness testimony.

Goodjoint had been scheduled to go to trial on May 18.

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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:25PM

Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield has opted for the third straight year to not sell health insurance to Iowa residents on the federal online marketplace.

But another large insurer, UnitedHealthcare, has announced it will begin offering plans to residents on the website.

Coventry Health Care said residents can continue to shop for its policies on the exchange. Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said he expects a third, unidentified company to file an application this week to sell health coverage to Iowa residents.

Wellmark disclosed Monday that it wouldn't offer policies to Iowa residents next year on the federal website. The company's vice president said, "It's not a matter of if we will participate, it is really a matter of when."

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Location : Iowa
People : Nick Gerhart
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:23PM

A northeast Nebraska landfill has declined to accept poultry from northwest Iowa killed due to the bird flu virus.

The landfill's owner said that he considered disposing some of the carcasses at the site, but decided against it after Nebraska officials raised objections.

Spokesman Brian McManus with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality said officials worried that transporting the birds could expose poultry farms along or near the route to the landfill to the virus. He said that's why the department strongly recommends on-site burial of such carcasses.

Iowa officials announced on Friday that two more farms holding a total of 4 million chickens tested positive for the virus. If confirmed, the birds will be euthanized and Iowa's chicken loss will approach 25 million.

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Topics : Environment
People : Brian McManus
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:22PM

An engineering consultant has told the Waterloo City Council that the city faces a fine and must make costly improvements to its sewer system.

A city legal team and an engineering consultant have been negotiating a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. The decree is expected to be ready for signing by September and will call for several costly projects to avoid future overflows. The city has had to release untreated sewage from its overmatched system during heavy rains.

Consultant Bob Bamsey told the council on Monday that "this is going to be painful. There are certain financial obligations you're going to undertake that will be significant." But Bamsey couldn't say how big the bills ahead were going to be.

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People : Bob Bamsey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:20PM

A man accused of tossing a cat into the Winnebago River in Mason City is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.

The charge against 69-year-old William Hill was lowered to abandonment of a cat, in exchange for a guilty plea. He'd been charged with animal torture. His sentencing is set for May 26.

Authorities say the cat was inside a duffel bag tossed by Hill into the river near a Mason City bridge on March 21. A couple witnessed what happened and soon retrieved the bag. Inside was the adult calico. Hill turned himself in to authorities a few days later.

A new home for the cat, since named Winnie, has been found with St. Paul, Minnesota, resident.

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Location : Mason CityMinnesotaSt. Paul
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:15PM

The head of the Iowa agency overseeing the proposed closings of two state mental health facilities says officials are still finding placements for some long-term patients.

Charles Palmer, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services, says up to six patients in a specialized unit for the elderly at the facility in Clarinda may not have placements by June.

Gov. Terry Branstad removed funding in his budget for facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. He supports a proposal by some Republican lawmakers to keep them open through December, but it's unclear what support the measure will get from others.

Janice Scalise told lawmakers Monday her 63-year-old sister at Clarinda has yet to be placed and DHS officials have been unclear about the process. DHS officials say they're working hard.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:14PM

Iowa authorities have recovered the body of a 12-year-old boy who disappeared while swimming in the Des Moines River.

The Des Moines Police Department says Abou Sheriff was located underwater Monday about 40 yards downstream from where he had last been seen, tangled in branches and debris. Emergency responders were called shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday after Sheriff failed to resurface.

Sgt. Jason Halifax says Sheriff was removed from the river and turned over to the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office.

Sheriff had been swimming with three other kids — ages 9, 11 and 12 — on the north side of the Des Moines River. He jumped in but never reappeared.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jason Halifax
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 3:13PM

After years on the run, a former Iowa lawyer has appeared in court to answer fraud charges that made him one of the FBI's most wanted white-collar fugitives.

Dennis Bjorklund was arraigned in federal court in Des Moines on Monday, pleading not guilty to a 14-count indictment that charges him with defrauding clients and evading taxes.

Investigators say Bjorklund vanished in 2010, when a grand jury returned the indictment. He was arrested in Pueblo, Colorado on April 15 during a traffic stop, and has been in custody since then.

Bjorklund once ran a Coralville law firm, representing people charged with drunk driving. The indictment alleges he defrauded clients by recommending they make contributions to a phony charity he controlled. Bjorklund is also charged with underreporting his income to avoid taxes.

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People : Dennis Bjorklund
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 5:46AM
Budget haggling continues in the Iowa Legislature, as lawmakers seek a compromise financial deal for the next fiscal year. Leaders in the Republican-led House and Democratic-majority Senate must agree on an overall spending level and how much new money to provide for K-12 education. A compromise could include an increase in basic aid for K-12 schools, plus a one-time payment.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 5:42AM
A former Iowa Juvenile Home employee who state officials say was caught on video mistreating a teenage girl must pay a $315 fine and serve a year of self-supervised probation, after which his record will be cleared. Robert McFatridge was convicted Mondayof assault causing bodily injury after he entered an Alford plea. He was charged following a November 2012 incident at the now-closed juvenile home in Toledo.
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Location : Toledo
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 12 2015 5:39AM
An Iowa man and his estranged wife have been handed lengthy federal prison terms on charges that they produced child pornography involving babies and young children. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 42-year-old Bradley Jensen and 37-year-old Jennifer Jensen, both Panora residents, were sentenced to 32½ years and 20 years in federal prison, respectively. Bradley Jensen was convicted sexual exploitation of a child and production of child pornography. Jennifer Jensen was found guilty of receipt of child pornography.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 7 2015 5:56AM
The trial of a Prairie City woman facing charges stemming from her dog's fatal attack on a 4-year-old girl is set to begin. Jurors were selected yesterday in the trial of 26-year-old Jena Wright in Newton. She is charged with child endangerment, neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, assaulting a police officer and interfering with official acts. A jury of 10 men and four women was seated Wednesday. Opening statements will be delivered today.
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People : Jena Wright
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 7 2015 5:49AM
The Marshalltown Police Department along with the City of Marshalltown are putting
out the word that property owners need to keep grass and weeds mowed.
Captain Mike Hanken says the length limit for grass and weeds and soon
they willbe issuing nuisance notices to property owners. City officials say if
they have to bear the cost of mowing certain areas it will be assesed to
property taxes.

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Location : Marshalltown
People : Mike Hanken
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 7 2015 5:39AM
Iowa Govenor Terry Branstad visited Tama County on Wednesday to help celebrate that counties designation as a so called Skilled Iowa Community by Iowa Workforce
Development. The designation has to do with the readiness of the workforce to fill
mid skill level jobs that are available in the state of Iowa. The Governor applauded
Tama Counties efforts and presented an award to Heath Kellog the Executive
Director of Tama County Economic Development.

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Location : IowaTama County
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:42PM

A former Iowa sheriff's deputy has received a deferred judgment and probation on assault charges stemming from an incident when he was off-duty.

A sentence was delivered to 36-year-old Jeffery Athey, previously a Chickasaw County sheriff's deputy, on Tuesday. He has been ordered to serve two years of probation for charges of assault with intent to inflict serious injury and to commit sexual abuse.

Athey was accused of assaulting two dispatchers in October in new Hampton. He entered a guilty plea in March.

A judge decided Athey's behavior was fueled by alcohol the night of the assault, resulting in the deferred judgment. Under Iowa law, a deferred judgment allows a judge to refrain from finding a defendant guilty and instead opt for a probationary period.

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Location : Chickasaw CountyIowa
People : Jeffery Athey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:41PM

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has denied five inmates' requests to lessen the long prison terms they are now serving.

Of the inmates denied commutation Tuesday, two are serving life sentences for first-degree murder, including one man whose crime was committed more than 54 years ago. Another is serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping.

Commutation denotes the modification or reduction of a punishment. Under Iowa law, first-degree murder is punishable by life in prison without parole.

Two others are serving 25-year terms for first-degree robbery convictions, and they become eligible for parole when 70 percent of their sentence has been served. Both their crimes were committed in November 2003.

Branstad has commuted only three life sentences during his 20 years in office.

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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:39PM

Authorities say a Fort Dodge man gave a Storm Lake car dealer a fake check of more than $70,000 in an attempt to buy two vehicles.

The Storm Lake Police Department says 42-year-old Duane Knowles was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree theft. He is accused of using the check in the amount of $71,607 to buy two cars and get the remainder as a refund.

Police say Knowles presented the check Monday at Deanda Auto. The vehicles were valued at $36,400, and Knowles requested a refund check of $35,207. Police say the check was deemed false after staff tried to cash it.

Investigation revealed that the check was promotional. Authorities say the two vehicles and the refund check have been recovered from Knowles.

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People : Duane Knowles
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:33PM

Months after videos of people dumping buckets of icy water over their heads flooded the Internet, the Iowa chapter of the ALS Association has announced how it plans to use funds raised during the campaign.

Josh Nuss, the chapter's executive director, said Wednesday that the $350,000 raised statewide last year through the ice bucket challenge will be invested over the next three years to help Iowans ailing from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Nuss says donations will directly support ALS clinics in Iowa, add staffers for local care services, contribute to the chapter's general grant program for medical expenses and purchase loan equipment available for Iowans to use free of charge.

From July 29 to Aug. 27, the national ALS Association raised $94 million.

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Location : Iowa
People : Lou Gehrig
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:30PM

The trial of a Prairie City woman facing charges stemming from her dog's fatal attack on a 4-year-old girl is set to begin.

The trial of 26-year-old Jena Wright begins Wednesday in Newton. She is charged with child endangerment, neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, assaulting a police officer and interfering with official acts.

Online court records show Wright waived her right to a trial by jury, meaning a judge will decide her case.

Authorities say Wright was baby-sitting Jordyn Arndt in April 2013 when the little girl was attacked in Wright's backyard. Wright was arrested after the girl died at a Des Moines hospital.

The dog was an American Staffordshire terrier named Brutus. He was euthanized following the incident.

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Location : Central IowaIowa
People : Jena Wright
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:22PM

A World War II veteran from Cedar Rapids believes wreckage of a plane recently found by a fisherman in France belongs to a B-17 bomber he was aboard when it crashed more than 70 years ago.

92-year-old Joe Koenig's plane crashed in 1944 after being shot down by a German fighter during an air raid in the Bordeaux region of France.

All of the 10-member crew survived the crash, and Koenig says the plane ended up about 75 yards off the Bay of Biscay.

A French newspaper in March reported a fisherman found large pieces of a WWII bomber during low tide in the bay. Koenig's family has notified the military about the wreckage and is considering traveling to France to view it themselves.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:21PM

A judge has suspended a five-year prison sentence he'd given to a 55-year-old Iowa man who's been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer.

Terry Schott Sr. was sentenced on Tuesday for a threat of terrorism. Schott, of Fredericksburg, had said he wanted to kill law enforcement officials in Chickasaw County.

Judge Richard Stochl says he took into account Schott's age and medical condition as well as the recommendation from the Iowa Corrections Department.

Prosecutors and the Corrections Department had recommended a sentence of five years. But Schott's attorney, Jesse Marzen, said Schott may be running out of time. Schott has said that when his cancer was diagnosed in January 2014, his physician said Schott likely had no more than two years left.

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Location : Chickasaw CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:14PM

Voters have approved a $4.6 million bond sale to build a public safety center in Winnebago County.

The referendum received more than 69 percent of the vote on Tuesday. The project includes a 22-bed jail, a communications and dispatch center and administrative offices for the sheriff's department. It will be built in Forest City.

In another northern Iowa election Tuesday, voters approved the sale of $400,000 in bonds to help pay for an addition and renovations to the Garner Public Library. The proposal passed with 86.5 percent of the votes.

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Location : IowaWinnebago County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:10PM

A Sioux City man accused of having sex multiple times with a teenage girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

32-year-old Joshua Case was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty last month to four counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Case's sentence also requires him to register as a sexual offender.

Court documents say a teenage girl reported having sex with Case about 20 times over a nine-month period. Case was also accused of having photos of sexual acts with the girl, who was 14 or 15 years old. Authorities say they knew each other through their involvement in community theatrical productions in Sioux City.

An attorney for Case couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Location : Sioux City
People : Joshua Case
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:08PM

The Iowa House has passed budget bills that would fund several services including the state's judicial branch and natural resources department.

The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday for the bills, which would pay for various state departments in the fiscal year that begins in July.

The chamber voted 56-43 to allocate more than $174 million to the state's judicial branch. That would keep funding at the same level as last year. Lawmakers voted 57-42 for a bill in support of $42 million for agencies like the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. That's slightly less than last year's level.

The Democratic-led Senate has proposed allocating slightly more money than the House. Lawmakers are expected to reach a consensus in special meetings.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:06PM

Iowa agriculture officials say three additional Iowa poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu including two more turkey farms in Buena Vista County, raising the number in the county to 10.

A Sioux County egg-laying operation with 60,000 chickens also appears to have the virus. Testing is underway to confirm the disease. The farms experienced an unusual number of bird deaths, prompting an initial test which indicated presence of the H5N2 virus.

The new cases raise Iowa's total number to 28 cases in 11 counties.

More than 20 million of Iowa's chickens will be affected if the latest cases are confirmed. The number of turkeys to be lost is approaching 500,000.

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Location : Buena Vista CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:02PM

A jury has found a 20-year-old Denison man guilty of killing two elderly people and trying to burn their bodies.

Jurors delivered the guilty verdict Tuesday to Jayden Chapman, convicting him of two counts of first-degree murder and reckless use of fire in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga.

Chapman testified Monday in his own defense, saying he shot Huisenga because another man, 27-year-old Michael Schenk, gave him the gun. Chapman said Schenk threatened to kill him if he didn't shoot.

Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair in March 2014 at a trailer home in Deloit and then set it on fire. Schenk was sentenced in March to two life terms for his role in the slayings.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 3:00PM

Authorities say a southeast Iowa man and the horse he was riding were killed by a lightning strike.

The Muscatine County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old William J. "Billy" Clevenger and his horse died Monday night when they were struck by lightning near Moscow in rural Muscatine County.

Deputies were called to a property Monday night and found Clevenger and another man, John R. Jenkins.

Both men were taken to a Muscatine hospital, where Jenkins was treated and then released and Clevenger was pronounced dead.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:58PM

Gov. Terry Branstad wants to end to a perplexing abortion restriction adopted in Iowa two years ago.

The Republican governor's proposed Health and Human Services budget doesn't renew a requirement that he sign off on any payments for publicly funded abortions. Lawmakers adopted that policy, which effectively halted state reimbursements for abortion under Medicaid because providers stopped submitting the claims.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says Tuesday the governor sought the change because Branstad hasn't been asked to approve reimbursement.

Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl says anti-abortion conservatives still want to ensure public funds don't go to abortions.

Iowa's Medicaid program previously paid for a small number of abortions. Federal guidelines require payment in cases of rape, incest and to save the mother's life. Iowa's program also covered some fetal deformity cases.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:54PM

Video footage from the dash camera of an Iowa State Patrol car shows a trooper administering CPR to a man in the middle of Interstate 35.

The video shows Trooper Tracy Bohlen following a swerving truck and approaching the vehicle with a hand on his gun when the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road at the eastern interchange of interstates 35, 80 and 235 in Des Moines.

The footage then shows Bohlen beginning to deliver chest compressions to the driver, Patrick Roark, in the middle of the road before he could be transported to Mercy Medical Center.

Roark says he is still awaiting test results, but that doctors described what happened as a heart episode.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Patrick Roark
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:51PM

Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has passed another legislative hurdle in the Iowa Senate.

The Senate Government Oversight Committee approved the bill Tuesday. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could get permission only after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.

The proposed change could impact two current proposals, both before the Iowa Utilities Board. One is to build an oil pipeline that would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to an oil hub in Illinois. The other proposal is to build an electrical line across 16 Iowa counties that would transmit wind-generated energy from Iowa to customers in the Midwest and East Coast.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:49PM

An Iowa lawmaker says a Senate panel will make changes to Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband expansion bill to ensure it clearly focuses on the state's most underserved areas.

Sen. Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, chaired a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee meeting Tuesday. The panel took no action on the bill.

Petersen says the three-member subcommittee will meet again before deciding whether to advance the bill to a full committee. She says she wants to review the bill's grant program aimed at helping service providers. She also wants to review the legislation's property tax relief program to make sure it focuses on areas of the state with no high-speed Internet.

A spokesman for Branstad's office recommended during the meeting that the bill advance without changes.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:46PM

A Fort Dodge man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to biting a police detective and assaulting a woman.

36-year-old Jeramy Smith was sentenced Monday. He entered a guilty plea in February to willful injury causing serious injury, assault on a peace officer with intent to inflict serious injury and assault causing serious injury.

Police say Smith assaulted a woman with a knife in May 2014 and bit a Fort Dodge police detective while being questioned following the attack.

At his sentencing hearing, Smith apologized for his actions last year. A judge said he was "simply appalled" by his behavior.

Smith must serve five years before he is eligible for parole.

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People : Jeramy Smith
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:26PM

A northern Iowa taxidermist has been charged with trafficking horns from a black rhinoceros, a critically endangered African species.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa on Monday filed a felony criminal complaint against James Hess, who owns Wildlife Pride Taxidermy and Decor in Maquoketa. Hess is accused of violating the Lacey Act, a 1990 federal law criminalizing sales of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The complaint alleges Hess participated in the transport and sale of black rhinoceros horns surpassing a $350 market value.

Hess says the horns in question were legally harvested in 1958 and have been mounted on a wall for decades as part of a taxidermied black rhinoceros head.

A plea hearing is scheduled for May 13.

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Location : Iowa
People : James Hess
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:25PM

A Waterloo man whose wife ran an in-home day care has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to luring a 7-year-old girl into a bathroom.

The sentence delivered Monday also requires that 44-year-old Bradley Yousse register as a sex offender for 10 years and be placed on parole when his probation ends. He had entered a guilty plea in October to a misdemeanor charge of indecent contact with a child.

Yousse's defense attorney sought a deferred judgment to remove the charge from his client's record upon completion of probation, noting that Yousse doesn't have prior convictions. A judge denied the request.

At the sentencing hearing, Yousse apologized for his actions. The day care at his home has since closed.

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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
People : Bradley Yousse
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 2:24PM

Police say a Virginia man accused of carrying unlabeled pills and distributing nude photos to a minor was arrested at an Ankeny fast-food restaurant.

The Ankeny Police Department says 29-year-old Jonathan Yates, of Clintwood, Virginia, was arrested Monday on charges of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and unlawful possession of a prescription drug.

Officers responded Monday to a report of a suspicious conversation between Yates and a 16-year-old girl at a local McDonald's. Upon arrival, officers found the two inside a vehicle in the parking lot.

Police say questioning of Yates revealed they planned to meet through online and text message conversations. Officers also discovered Yates had supplied the teen with nude photographs online beforehand.

Yates was taken to Polk County Jail. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

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Location : ClintwoodVirginia
People : Jonathan Yates
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 11:10AM

The Democratic National Committee will host six presidential primary debates, giving long-shot candidates a chance to challenge front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The DNC says each of the four states that hold an early primary or caucus will host a debate:Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The location of the other two debates was not announced.

The first debate will take place this fall.

It's unclear how many candidates will be on the stage. Clinton is seen as the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination and looks to have few primary challengers.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced last week that he would seek the Democratic nomination. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is also expected to run.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:53AM

The Cedar Falls City Council has approved an ordinance that will require inspections of some homes to ensure they're not illegally dumping stormwater into the city's sanitary sewage system.

The council voted Monday night on the measure, which is aimed at homes built after 1970. Water treatment facility manager Lyle Krueger estimates that there about 4,000 homes with improper connections and that they annually dump between 16 million and 48 million gallons of groundwater into the sanitary sewer system, which costs money for the city to treat.

The sanitary sewer can overflow into basements when stormwater in the system overwhelms its capacity.

Property owners with illegal connections will be given 90 days to correct the problem.

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Topics : Environment
People : Lyle Krueger
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:52AM

Iowa City police say they are investigating the shooting of a 10-year-old boy.

Officers say they were dispatched to Mercy Hospital on Sunday after receiving a report of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot in the lower leg. Authorities said in a news release that the injuries were not life threatening.

According to investigators, the shooting occurred at a residence. They recovered the firearm they believe was used in the shooting from the residence.

Iowa City Police spokesman Scott Gaarde said that charges could be filed depending on the outcome of the investigation.

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Location : Iowa
People : Scott Gaarde
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:50AM

Council Bluffs police charged a 39-year-old man with attempted murder after stopping his vehicle and finding him bleeding from stab wounds.

Police charged David Leroy McKee, who is being treated at an Omaha hospital.

The incident began Sunday after police received a report a man threatened his estranged wife and another woman. By the time officers arrived one of the woman said he entered the home and tried to choke her. She grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him.

Her injuries were minor and that the other woman wasn't hurt.

After stopping McKee, he was treated and charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary and felony domestic abuse assault.

Online court records didn't indicate if McKee had a lawyer who could answer questions about the matter.

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Location : IowaSouthwest Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:40AM

The head of Iowa's economic development agency says she will try to facilitate communication between labor leaders and officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant that recently issued layoffs.

Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham says she is open to hosting a meeting with labor leaders and officials involved in the construction of Iowa Fertilizer. She didn't offer a timeline. She spoke Monday with labor leaders and lawmakers.

Iowa Fertilizer recently had about 3,000 workers at its construction site near Wever in southeastern Iowa. Layoffs were issued in April to more than 1,400 employees. The company says the move was related to management.

Labor leaders claim officials are now trying to hire workers from outside the region. A message left for the company wasn't immediately returned Monday.

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Location : Iowa
People : Debi Durham
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:39AM

Iowa's executive branch will pay another $7 million to the company that oversaw construction of the state's problem-riddled maximum-security prison.

The State Appeals Board voted Monday to approve the settlement with Walsh Construction to avoid litigation over the new Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

The 800-bed prison remains empty more than a year after it was scheduled to open. Workers have been trying to bring housing units into compliance with the state fire code after discovering faulty smoke evacuation systems last year.

Walsh was the general contractor for the project, and won a contract that eventually increased to $123 million. In December 2013, the company asked the state for an additional $18.1 million, claiming that it encountered delays for which it wasn't responsible and had to perform additional work.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:37AM

A Mason City man must serve at least 17 years in prison after being sentenced in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist last November.

A judge Monday sentenced 47-year-old Victor Rivera to 25 years after he earlier pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle. He also received five years for failure to stop in the event of an accident resulting in death.

He must serve 70 percent of the 25 year term, or 17½ years, before being eligible for parole.

Rivera was driving a vehicle that struck and killed a motorcycle operated by Jefferson Davis. A motorcycle passenger was injured.

Rivera left but was apprehended that night.

Joslyn Davis, one of Davis' five children, told Rivera he'd taken away "a father, a son and a friend."

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:36AM

Iowa public health officials say the number of new HIV diagnoses fell dramatically last year, but it's too soon to tell if the drop represents a sustained trend.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Monday that new HIV diagnoses decreased 19 percent from 2013 to 2014. The 99 new diagnoses in 2014 were the fewest since 88 were diagnosed in 2003.

HIV Surveillance Coordinator Jerry Harms says the department will need more data to determine if the drop is the start of a long downward trend but that the 2014 numbers were promising.

At the end of 2014, there were 2,369 HIV-infected people living in Iowa.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jerry Harms
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 6 2015 10:35AM

An attorney for a man charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his mother says his client suffers from mental disorders preventing him from understanding the case against him.

Public defendant Billy Oyadare is seeking a hearing to determine if Jonathan Neunaber is competent to stand trial in the death of his mother, 80-year-old Esther Neunaber. Her body was found last July with the body of her husband Donald Neunaber. She was beaten to death. He died of natural causes.

Oyadare says a psychologist has stated 45-year-old Jonathan Neunaber suffers from mental disorders preventing him from appreciating the charges, understanding the proceedings or assisting in his defense.

Neunaber was arrested in July. He's pleaded not guilty.

A trial hasn't been scheduled.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 9:37PM
The votes from Marshalltown citizens are in, and the numbers have shot down the proposed plans for a new police station in Marshalltown.

The special bond referendum election in Marshalltown ended Tuesday evening with one thing clear for the city: There's a lot of work ahead for officials if a new police building is going to be approved and built.

According to a report from the Marshall County Auditor/Recorder's Office, 3,302 people voted on the special election day. Out of the over 3,300 voters, just 1,165 individuals voted YES to the proposed plans. 2,137 people voted NO to the proposal. The unofficial results came in at approximately 8:40pm Tuesday. Those numbers translate to a final tally of 35.28% YES and 64.72% NO. The City needed a 60% YES vote in order for the plans to pass.

The proposed layout involved plans to build a new police station on the west side of S. 6th Street near the American Legion in Marshalltown. The projected costs from Wilson Estes Police Architects, which has been at the forefront of the building plans, added up to a grand total of approximately $13.6 million.

With Tuesday's results going against the proposed plans, the City will have to regroup and figure out what to do to replace the aged current police facility located on N. Center Street in Marshalltown. According to city guidlines, the matter cannot be up for vote again until March of 2016.

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Location : Marshalltown
People : Wilson Estes
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 6:48PM
The Marshalltown Police Department arrested a 22 year old woman on Tuesday in connection with a stabbing that took place. Police Captain Brian Batterson identifies the suspect as Kyra Rayann Vance who allegedly stabbed 33 year old Ernest Sam.
Police found Sam with a stab wound to the abdomen at 210 East Webster in
Marshalltown, Sam was taken to Central Iowa Health Care for treatment.
Vance was charged with Willful Injury and Aggravated Domestic Assault.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 11:19AM
The Marshalltown Police Department is investigating a stabbing case.
Police Captain Brian Batterson says it happened at an Apartment
Building at 210 Webster Street. A male was taken to Central Iowa Health Care after being found with a stab wound to the abdomen. It happened shortly after five
a-m Tuesday morning.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Central IowaMarshalltown
People : Brian Batterson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:59AM
The vote on the proposed police building for Marshalltown is today. Polls are open from seven a-m until eight p-m. The polling places include the Iowa Veterans Home, Fisher Community Center, the Marshalltown Public Library and First Baptist Church, this is a simple yes no vote which will take 60% of the yes vote to pass. At stake is a proposed 13.7 million dollar police station that would be located on land adjacent to the American Legion Golf Course off of South Sixth Street in Marshalltown.

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Topics : Religion_Belief
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:21AM
Officials say the bird flu virus has been found in four more locations in Iowa, bringing the total number of poultry that must be killed in the state to more than 19 million. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says new cases were reported at an egg-laying operation in Wright County with 2.8 million chickens and at three turkey farms. Two of the turkey farms are in Buena Vista County and one is in Cherokee County. State officials didn't release the number of birds at the turkey operations.
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Topics : Environment
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:16AM
A former National Park Service official in Iowa says she was unfairly blamed for approving illegal construction projects that damaged a sacred Indian burial site. Former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Phyllis Ewing says in her lawsuit that the agency made her a scapegoat. A federal investigation found that Ewing and a subordinate violated laws that required archaeological studies and input from tribes before they built boardwalks, trails and a maintenance shed.
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Topics : Environment
Location : Iowa
People : Phyllis Ewing
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 5 2015 5:12AM
Ideal weather last week enabled Iowa farmers to make progress planting their corn and soybean crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says as of Sunday, farmers had planted 68 percent of the state's corn crop and 11 percent of the soybean crop. Both figures are better than the five-year average. The USDA says 84 percent of farmland had adequate topsoil moisture, with 11 percent short and 5 percent in surplus.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:37AM

A 28-year-old woman has been convicted of abusing a client while working at Country View Care Center in Waterloo.

A Black Hawk County jury on Friday found April Jones guilty of dependent adult abuse with injury. Witnesses say she punched the 22-year-old autistic man in the stomach and face and grabbed him around the neck at the care center a year ago.

Jones testified that she was trying to restrain the man and did not injure him.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Black Hawk County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:36AM

The City Council is expected to vote Monday on a proposal for a special baseball field for mentally and physically disabled players in Sioux City.

If the development agreement were approved, Miracle League of Sioux City would be allowed to build a $750,000 field at the Riverside Recreational Sports Complex. The project would include a playground.

If the agreement were approved, the city would give the developer a $330,000 grant. Construction would begin May 12 and end on Sept. 15.

Miracle League provides baseball for people regardless of mental or physical capability. There are similar facilities in Des Moines and in Omaha, Nebraska.

The field and playground would be built on custom-designed, rubberized material that would accommodate wheelchairs or other devices.

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Topics : Social IssuesSports
Location : Des MoinesNebraskaOmahaSioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:33AM

Fort Dodge firefighters have responded to two kitchen fires that happened on the same street within minutes.

The first fire was reported shortly after 3:10 p.m. Sunday, and the second fire was reported just after 3:20 p.m.

According to Chief Kent Hulett, the first fire started after the stove was accidentally turned on. Authorities say the fire was discovered by a family member who heard the smoke alarms.

Fire Marshal Doug Ostbloom says the second fire started when someone turned on the wrong burner on their stove as they were trying to cook noodles. They turned on a burner underneath a pan full of grease, which ignited and spread to a microwave and cabinets.

Both homes had fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the house.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 11:31AM

Since the 2008 floods, Iowa City has purchased and leveled more than 90 homes, but and now the city hopes to expand the effort after last year's flooding.

The city wants to secure more $1 million in state and federal money to buy nine flood-prone properties along the Iowa River.

In order to qualify for the roughly $1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and $136,000 in state money, Iowa City has to put up $204,000 to cover 15 percent of the project. The City Council will vote on the plan Tuesday.

City Manager Tom Markus says the best flood control project the city can do is to move people and businesses out of the water's path.

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Location : IowaIowa City
People : Tom Markus
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 6:04AM
The Des Moines school district is considering hiring a temp agency to hire substitute teachers and teacher associates. The school board could make its decision tomorrow on the proposed $854,000-a-year contract with Kelly Educational Staffing. District administrators say the temp agency would use the same standards for substitute teachers.
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Topics : EducationLabor
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 5:58AM
The daughter of a man who was severely beaten and stuffed into his trunk last year before being rescued by police says he has died. 61-year-old Ronald Carris died Wednesday in Minnesota. Carris' daughter said he died from complications from the April2014 attack. Both Debra Oliver and John Deering were sentenced to life in prison.
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Location : Minnesota
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 4 2015 5:54AM
At the center of the unresolved Iowa budget is a simple disagreement on how to count the money. On one side are Senate Democrats and Governor Terry Branstad, who support using some surplus budget dollars to balance the books. On the other side are House Republicans, who say the state should not spend more than the projected revenue for the fiscal year.
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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 1 2015 5:47AM
Three high-ranking officials with the Iowa State Patrol are on leave. Majors Todd Misel and Michael Winter and Lieutenant Richard Pierce are off the job while the agency is investigating the process that led the state to award Smith & Wesson a handgun contract last year.
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Topics : Labor
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 1 2015 5:43AM
Agriculture officials say five more farms likely have been affected by the deadly H5N2 bird flu virus, including an egg-laying operation with 5.5 million chickens. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than 15 million of Iowa's 60 million egg-laying chickens are now affected with the news of it spreading to another farm in Buena Vista County. Thursday's numbers include two turkey farms in the same county with an unknown number of birds, an egg-laying farm in Sioux County with 84,000 chickens and an unknown number of chickens on a Clay County egg farm.
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Topics : Environment
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 1 2015 5:39AM
A new monthly survey report says April results suggest that slow economic growth remains ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states.

The survey report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 52.7 from 51.4 in March.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says rising economic expectations from nonenergy firms, resulting from lower energy prices, "more than offset economic pessimism stemming from weakness in firms directly tied to energy."

The survey results from supply managers are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth, while a score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

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