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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:21PM

A former board member for an Iowa school district seeks to block the closure of one of its three schools.

The Board of Education at Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District voted 5-2 Wednesday to close the district's elementary and middle school building located in Gladbrook and move students to two schools in Reinbeck in an effort to cut costs. But Charles Bearden, who previously served on the board, has filed a legal petition to prevent the closure.

Bearden said on Thursday that the building in Gladbrook is newer than those in Reinbeck, and that it would be a "disgrace" to shut it down.

Josh Hemann, a current board member who voted in favor of the proposal, says maintaining an elementary school in every town isn't realistic.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:19PM

A Senate panel has abandoned Gov. Terry Branstad's broadband bill and instead approved different legislation aimed at expanding high-speed Internet in Iowa.

Members of an economic growth subcommittee approved a bill Thursday that focuses more heavily on the infrastructure of building out broadband, also known as high-speed Internet. The bill has no grant program for service providers but expands a property tax offer.

The bill now heads to a full committee for consideration.

Sen. Steven Sodders, a Democrat from State Center, says Branstad's bill needed stronger language on expanding a fiber-optic network, which experts say is the best system for robust service.

Sodders is sponsor of the remaining bill and says it incorporates aspects of Branstad's legislation. He plans to meet with House leaders to ensure there is cohesive legislation.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:15PM

The Burlington Animal Board has decided that a dog that was involved in a fatal police shooting of a woman was not dangerous or vicious, and should be returned to its owners.

The board announced its decision Wednesday after a 90-minute hearing.

On Jan.6, 34-year-old Autumn Steele was fatally shot by a Burlington police officer outside her home when the officer was investigating a domestic disturbance involving her husband. The policeman was startled by the couple's German Shepherd dog, which ran outside from the couple's home. The officer fired several shots at the dog when he fell down. One of the shots missed the dog, and hit Steele in the chest.

Steele's 4-year-old son and a neighbor witnessed the shooting. The witness said the dog did not appear to be attacking the officer.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:15PM

A House panel has approved a bill that would legalize the sale of more fireworks in Iowa, a move that echoes action in the Senate.

Members of a ways and means subcommittee approved the bill Thursday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

The bill would require retailers to obtain a license to legally sell firecrackers, roman candles and other fireworks. Currently, state law allows only sales of sparklers or certain "novelty fireworks."

Several groups spoke in opposition to the bill and argued it would lead to more injuries. Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley and chairman of the subcommittee, says it's important to give consumers the right to buy fireworks.

A similar bill is advancing in the Senate.

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Location : Iowa
People : Matt Windschitl
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:07PM

A southwest Iowa mother convicted in a cancer hoax involving her 5-year-old daughter must make restitution totaling nearly $33,000,

Seven claimants stepped forward at a restitution hearing on Wednesday in Cass County District Court to request around $10,000 total.

Cass County Attorney David Wiederstein says Judge Greg Steensland didn't rule on any of the claims. Once he rules, the total paid out will be deducted from the restitution that 30-year-old Leatha Slauson must pay. The remainder will be sent to cancer research-based charitable organizations.

Last month Slauson was sentenced to five years of probation. She'd pleaded guilty to child endangerment, theft and other crimes. Prosecutors say Slauson posted on a Facebook page that her daughter had colon cancer. Donations soon began pouring in.

Her story proved to be a lie.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 3:02PM

A 24-year-old Marion man faces several charges following a collision with a patrol car being driven by a sheriff's deputy in northeast Cedar Rapids neighborhood.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the accident occurred around 4:50 p.m. on East Post Road. The release says a southbound vehicle driven by D'Andre Hicks went out of control and ran into the northbound cruiser being driven by Deputy Chad Watkinson.

The release says Hicks drove away, with Watkinson and two other officers in pursuit. Hicks was captured a few blocks away when he stopped his car and tried to flee on foot.

Hicks' attorney didn't immediately return a call on Thursday seeking comment on the allegations.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 2:58PM

A 23-year-old man is accused of threatening to light a stick of dynamite in his girlfriend's North Liberty home and threatening her with a knife.

Dillon Charles Lee Sage of Grand Junction is charged with first-degree harassment and domestic abuse.

According to a North Liberty police complaint, Sage was arguing with the woman while packing his belongings at her home.

The complaint also says Sage briefly blocked the woman from leaving the residence with her son. The woman eventually was able to leave with her child and drove to a convenience store to call police.

Sage was being held in Johnson County Jail as of Thursday. Online jail records didn't list an attorney for him.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 26 2015 5:40AM
Iowans are doing pretty good in the aftermath of the latest snowfall. The snow fell during the day Wednesday. Snowplowing and shoveling was done on a repeated basis. Roads this morning are mostly to partly covered with ice and snow.

Some schools depending on the location are delayed two hours others do to the efficiency of the snow clearing done are on time.

We're are back into the deep deep freeze as far as low temperatures are concered the next two days in the listening area.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:45AM

Fuel prices will soon go up in Iowa now that Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a tax increase into law.

Branstad announced Wednesday that he had signed the bill, which will raise the state fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon. The Legislature gave bipartisan support to the measure Tuesday in an effort to provide more road funding.

The legislation will provide more than $200 million annually for Iowa's network of bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient. The price change will go into effect March 1.

Branstad says he recognized the state needs more money for infrastructure. He praised lawmakers for reaching a bipartisan consensus.

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Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:44AM

A 14-year-old girl has been flown to an Iowa City hospital after being shot by another teen handling a rifle.

Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton says officers were sent to the Vinton home just after 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. They found the girl had been shot in the head. She was taken to Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton and then transferred in critical condition to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

The names of both teenagers have not been released.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaIowa City
People : Ted Paxton
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:42AM

Officials have found no links between the suicides of two students at a school in suburban Des Moines.

Authorities say a 12-year-old sixth-grader at Urbandale Middle School killed herself on Feb. 15. The suicide of an eighth-grade girl was reported on Monday.

No evidence has been found that either girl was bullied, and Superintendent Doug Stilwell says the girls didn't know each other.

He told The Des Moines Register on Tuesday that the district is in shock and that, "We'd like to think that one or two suicides isn't a pattern."

Stilwell says counselors from the high school were brought in to help the middle school students and also says district officials are discussing the idea of bringing in professional speakers to discuss suicide with students.

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Location : Des Moines
People : Doug Stilwell
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:39AM

The trial of a 35-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in a northern Iowa girl's stabbing death is set to begin next week.

Prosecutors say Casey Frederiksen was watching the 5-year-old girl at the time of her disappearance in July 2005. She was the daughter of his live-in girlfriend. The child's body was found in the Cedar River a few days after she was reported missing.

The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Hamilton County. The trial is expected to last at least two weeks.

A message seeking comment was left with Frederiksen's attorney Wednesday.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Hamilton CountyIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:06AM

The Iowa Senate has approved bills that would raise Iowa's minimum wage and try to curtail cases of wage theft.

The Democratic-majority Senate voted 27 to 22 Tuesday to increase the state's minimum wage level to $8.75. The Senate also voted 26-23 to establish more rules to curtail alleged wage theft by employers in Iowa.

The bills now head to the Republican-led House for consideration, but it's unlikely there's enough support there to get them to Gov. Terry Branstad's desk.

Lawmakers in the House have said they would rather focus on skilled worker training opportunities instead of a minimum wage bill that raises it above its current level of $7.25. Lawmakers have also said there are other ways to prevent wage theft.

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Topics : LaborPolitics
Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:03AM

Commercial airline service has returned to Fort Dodge for the first time in more than a year.

Air Choice One began service Monday from the Fort Dodge Regional Airport to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in Missouri and Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Illinois.

The restoration of commercial airline service to Fort Dodge comes about a year after Great Lakes Airlines halted operations at the local airport due to a lack of pilots.

Rhonda Chambers, director of aviation at the Fort Dodge airport, says Monday's flights are the result of year-long efforts to secure a new airline.

Erik Straka is the first passenger to depart from Fort Dodge, and he says the option to fly out of the city's regional airport was convenient.

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Location : IllinoisMissouri
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 11:02AM

Iowa senators are reviewing legislation that would expand an effort to offer online voter registration in the state.

A Senate subcommittee discussed the proposal Tuesday. Iowa does not currently offer online registration, but the secretary of state is working on a system that will offer the service to anyone with a valid driver's license or state issued identification.

The proposed legislation would also offer online registration to those without those forms of ID. The bill did not immediately receive subcommittee approval, but Democratic Sen. Jeff Danielson says he hopes it will move forward.

Deputy Secretary of State Carol Olson says the office would prefer to get the first system up before starting such an initiative but that the office would work with the Legislature.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 6:01AM
The Marshalltown Police Department says the local snow ordinance will go
into effect at 2pm this afternoon. Vehicles need to off the designated snow
routes for snow removal purposes. Vehicles will be towed away if on the street at
owners expense.


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Topics : Weather
Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 25 2015 5:49AM
The National Weather service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for today.
They are saying some five to eight inches worth of snow and easterly winds
of ten to twenty miles per hour. Be wary of road conditionsand for early school
dismissals.

The warning will be in effect until nine p-m Wednesday night followed
by cold temperatures.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 24 2015 5:04PM
According to Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller, a motion was made today for Jose Morales' trial to be moved to a location outside of the county. Miller noted this motion was made because of the excessive amount of media coverage this case has received. She said the fear is that keeping the trial in Marshall County could cause it to be difficult to find an untainted jury.

Morales is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher back in January. The alleged shooting took place on West Church Street here in Marshalltown. An intense search by authorities for Morales ended on Wednesday, January 21st when police found and arrested Morales at a Plaza Heights Road location here in Marshalltown.

He faces charges of First Degree Murder and Going Armed with Intent. He has already demanded a speedy trial. His jury trial date is currently set for April 7th of this year.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 24 2015 5:02PM
Jean Martinez-Velazquez has waived his right to a speedy trial. According to Marshall County Attorney Jennifer Miller, Martinez-Velazquez had originally had an April trial date scheduled. However, because of his decision, Martinez-Velazquez won't receive a new trial date at this time.

Martinez-Velazquez is accused of shooting a woman at the Flamingo Motel on Iowa Avenue West here in Marshalltown. The alleged incident took place back in January of this year. Martinez-Velazquez is facing charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver, and Aggravated Domestic Assault.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 24 2015 5:56AM
At the latest meeting of the Marshalltown City Council, Council heard from
Library Director Sarah Rosenbloom about a proposal to get voters to approve
a small levy for the Marshalltown Public Library that would create some 204-thousand dollars to enhance the libraries efforts including opening up on Sundays for a few hours.

She says the overall budget of 900-thousand dollars has stayed the same for a while and patron useage is between 800 and a thousand people per day.


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People : Sarah Rosenbloom
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 23 2015 6:45AM
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors meet Tuesday morning at nine a-m.
According to the published agenda there are 18 items on the agenda
for the Supervisors to work through. The proposed budget will be discussed
and in addition a construction permit for a hog confinement facility is being
sought.



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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 23 2015 6:02AM
The Marshalltown City Council will meet at noontime today at Marshalltown City Hall.
The purpose of the meeting is to further progress the proposed city budget for fiscal years 2015 and 2016.

Word is that taxes will be raised between four and a half and
ten cents per thousand dollars of valuation in order to meet expenses.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 23 2015 5:59AM
A high school wrestler from southwest Iowa who collapsed at the state duals tournament has been released from a Des Moines hospital.

Spokesman Gregg Lagan (LAY'-guhn) for Mercy Medical Center said Sunday night that Creston/Orient-Macksburg student Tayler Pettit is heading home.

Pettit's parents said in a statement released by Lagan that Tayler complained of a shortness of breath after his second match Wednesday. He then collapsed, experienced seizures and went into cardiac arrest.

Scott and Melissa Pettit said in the statement that doctors found Tayler has a previously unknown condition in which an extra electrical pathway in his heart caused a rapid heart rate.

Their statement said Tayler underwent a procedure to correct the pathway and is expected to make a full recovery.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 21 2015 6:45AM
The Marshalltown area got snow pellets Saturday morning during the overnight time frame.It amounted to a dusting. The high on Friday reached 33 which seemed almost balmy compared to temperatures in recent days.

The weather man says its back into the deep freeze starting Saturday night with a day time high predicted Sunday of 7 above and a low Sunday night of -9 below.


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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 21 2015 6:38AM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say about 100 gallons of fuel has pooled on top of a frozen section of the Des Moines River.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says E-85 fuel overflowed Friday as a tank at an Estherville service station was being filled. He says the fuel reached a nearby storm sewer and flowed to the West Fork of river in northern Iowa.

Officials say they began cleaning the spill atop the ice and placed a barrel at the end of the storm sewer pipe to collect any fuel that continues to flow through and keep it from reaching the river.

Baskins says the DNR doesn't expect significant environmental impact from the spill.

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Location : EsthervilleIowa
People : Kevin Baskins
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 21 2015 6:32AM
Visiting Iowa for the first time this year, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham got some advice from Republicans already thinking about the state's lead-off presidential caucuses. He says they told him he needs to keep showing up. Graham spent two days in Iowa this week, mostly attending private events with Republican elected officials and activists as part of his efforts to "test the waters" for a potential campaign.
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Location : Iowa
People : Lindsey Graham
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 20 2015 5:12PM
James Robert Head has been given a trial date. Head will appear in front of a jury in Marshall County on July 7th.

Head is accused in the murder of Adam Paul Garrett of Tama. Marshalltown authorities discovered the body of Garrett back on December 6th of 2014. An autopsy was done, and the case was then deemed a homicide. Five days following the discovery of Garrett's body, law enforcement arrested Head and charged him with First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

Head is pleading not guilty to both charges. He also previously waived his right to a speedy trial.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 20 2015 4:51PM

An Iowa woman has been acquitted of two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago.

After nearly eight hours of deliberation, jurors found 54-year-old Theresa Supino not guilty in the 1983 killings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory, whose bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Jurors weighed witness testimony and crime scene evidence presented over nearly three-week trial in which prosecutors said Supino killed Fisher and Gregory out of anger over their relationship. The defense said the murders could have been related to the former ranch owner's drug trafficking.

It's unclear whether officials will continue to investigate the murders.

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Location : IowaJasper County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 20 2015 4:48PM

A former owner of a Des Moines pharmacy has been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and tax evasion.

According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Mark Graziano was sentenced Friday by Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to two years in prison, and will have three years of supervision after he is released. Graziano must also pay almost $600,000 in restitution.

Graziano pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2014 after being accused of illegally selling 700,000 hydrocodone pills at Bauder Pharmacy.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation began looking into the pharmacy when an informant notified state regulators.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Iowa prosecuted the case.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 18 2015 4:51PM
According to Marshall County Assistant Attorney Paul Crawford, Jose Enrique Morales has entered a written plea of NOT GUILTY to charges of Murder in the 1st Degree and Going Armed with Intent.

Also, Crawford stated that Morales' trial date has been set for April 7th of this year.

Morales is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Dedrikk Montrell Fisher back on January 17th here in Marshalltown. Authorities spent nearly four days searching for Morales following the shooting. This search included an incident during which a SWAT team was deployed to a northern Marshalltown residence and stayed outside the house for several hours after receiving a tip that Morales was hiding inside. Officials deployed tear gas and advised anyone inside to surrender. However, SWAT discovered that Morales was not inside the home after deploying tear gas and entering the residence. This was just one of two separate incidents where SWAT surrounded a home in search of the suspect.

Morales ended up being found and arrested on Wednesday, January 21st at a Plaza Heights Road location without incident. Two additional arrests were later made in connection to the case.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 18 2015 4:50PM
If you are a Marshalltown resident, you may have seen the multiple store closing sale signs in the Marshalltown Radio Shack's front windows. However, this does not necessarily mean that the store is closing.

According to Assistant Store Manager Amanda Carter, there are several different "levels" of Radio Shacks that could potentially be closing. These sections are termed A, B, C, D, and E stores. Carter said that the Marshalltown location is on the "E" level. This means that, if the Marshalltown store did close, it would be a part of the final group of stores to be closed up.

This also means that if a company decides to buy out the Marshalltown Radio Shack, the store could stay in business and potentially keep its name. As a result of Radio Shack's national filing for bankruptcy, the Marshalltown store is currently required to have these sale signs posted.
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Location : Marshalltown
People : Amanda Carter
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 18 2015 5:18AM
The Iowa State Patrol reports a Marshalltown woman was injured in an accident in Hardin County.

An accident report identifies the woman as 35 year old Laura Beth Dhyne who was driving a 2009 ToyotaMatrix that lost control on a slick road and the vehicle went into a ditch and rolled. She was seatbelted and taken to a hospital at Hampton by Ackley EMS.

The accident happened on U-S Highway 20.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 17 2015 7:44AM
Officials of the Marshalltown Mall report that a March Second Grand Opening
and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Hobby Lobby has been set.

The event will be held at 8:45 a-m that day. The store has been refurbishing their space for a few months now. Local jobs have been provided by this new business which has been the biggest addition to the mall in quite some time.


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 3:23PM

Officials have announced the expansion of a high-tech plastics manufacturing plant located in Ankeny.

Roger Hargens is the president and CEO of Accumold, a company that designs, develops and produces micro-sized plastic parts, and he said Friday that a $10 million expansion of Accumold's plant is expected to begin this spring.

Hargens says the expansion will add more than 200 jobs over the next three years. Accumold currently employs 221 people.

According to a news release, the planned expansion reflects a $7 million project in 2010. But Hargen says the latest addition is meant to strengthen the facility to be "capable of withstanding an F-5 tornado."

Founded in 1985, Accumold manufactures miniscule parts found in surgical tools, hearing aids, antennas and other devices.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 3:22PM

Authorities have identified the 28-year-old man who fell into a large tank filled with chemical cleaning solution.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Eric L. Woollard, of Des Moines, remains at Mercy Hospital following his fall into a vat of chemical cleaner at Chemorse, Ltd. Information on his condition has not been released.

Officials say Woollard's coworkers were able to help him out of the tank with a safety rope Thursday before rescue crews arrived at the Des Moines facility. They say Woollard was rinsed off before being transported to the hospital.

Authorities say they're unsure how the man ended up in the cleaning solution.

Chemorse, Ltd. is a producer of pesticide enhancers and a distributor of industrial chemicals.

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Topics : Environment
Location : Des Moines
People : Eric L. Woollard
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:48AM

An 18-year-old who'd been charged with robbery after a lockdown at Iowa Central Community College has been given probation.

Garhoth Dak, of Storm Lake, was sentenced on Monday to two years of probation and five years in prison, suspended. Dak pleaded guilty last month to one count of extortion.

Prosecutors say Dak admitted threatening someone at an Iowa Central apartment on Nov. 10. College officials placed the school on lockdown when the student reported that men were in her room. Dak surrendered to Fort Dodge police the day after the incident.

Robbery charges against three others arrested in the case have been dropped. The three are Joseph Odir and Molong Deng, of Des Moines; and Juma Deng, of Urbandale.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:46AM

Clive plans to repay a youth baseball league nearly $69,000 because the league's been overbilled for water.

The Walnut Creek Baseball league has been double billed since 2005. City Manager Dennis Henderson says a billing error was discovered during discussions with league officials about league plans. League games are played along the Greenbelt Trail at the Brownell Sports Complex.

City officials say a meter was improperly set and was overstating the number of gallons used for irrigation and other reasons.

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Topics : Sports
People : Dennis Henderson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:45AM

A Forest City business owner has been sentenced to two years of probation for embezzling funds from an employee benefit plan.

Owner Anthony Bartleson of Bartleson Masonry also was ordered in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to pay nearly $19,500 in restitution for lost income and tax liabilities.

That amount is on top of the nearly $42,000 he's already paid to the federal government.

Court documents state Bartleson didn't deposit money from his employees into their retirement accounts. He also didn't pay the employer matching contribution.

Bartleson admitted to using the money for himself.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:43AM

A Dubuque elementary school principal says a student who brought bullets to school didn't understand the danger of bringing them.

Principal Vicki Sullivan of Bryant Elementary School said in an email to parents Thursday there was never any ill intent or threat to students or staff.

Several .380-caliber pistol bullets were found Wednesday afternoon in a toilet in a boys' restroom. Students remained in their classrooms for the rest of the day and had their coats checked before they left.

A police sweep of the building found no evidence of additional ammunition or weapons.

Sullivan said the incident is a reminder for parents to talk with their children about not bringing dangerous items to school.

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Topics : Education
People : Vicki Sullivan
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:41AM

Documents from the Iowa Board of Medicine show a Clive gynecologist has agreed to pay $7,500 to settle accusations he interacted inappropriately with patients.

Frederic Sager also has agreed to have a female chaperone present during patient appointments.

The 64-year-old will undergo "professional boundaries" training and psychotherapy. His work will be overseen by another doctor, and he'll serve five years of professional probation.

The licensing board says Sager had obstetrical patients stay at his Florida vacation home while he was there. It also says he prescribed medications to a woman displaying "drug-seeking behavior."

The board says he treated a woman after hours when no one was present at his clinic.

Messages seeking comment from Sager and his lawyer were left Thursday.

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Location : FloridaIowa
People : Frederic Sager
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:39AM

An Iowa couple are being charged in Virginia with sex trafficking after a woman found in their recreational vehicle said they were holding her against her will.

The U.S. attorney's office says 36-year-old Aldair Hodza and 31-year-old Laura Sorensen of Clive, Iowa, made in an initial appearance Thursday in federal court.

The two were arrested on Jan. 6 east of Richmond in New Kent County after police said a frightened and malnourished 20-year-old woman told officers the couple had physically and sexually abused her. She also said she had been forced to engage in prostitution during the trip from Iowa to Virginia.

The government said Sorensen and Hodza told officers they were on vacation.

Court records did not list an attorney for Sorensen and Hodza.

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Location : IowaNew Kent CountyVirginia
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 11:36AM

By posting online all of his personal email from his eight years as Florida's governor, Jeb Bush sought to show himself as a tech-savvy executive, in touch with constituents and an active administrator.

But tucked away in a small percentage of those hundreds of thousands of messages were the names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of more than 12,000 people. A data security firm, Identity Finder, audited the database.

By Thursday, Bush had removed the private information from all but a few hundred of the emails he had posted to a website, jebemails.com.

Bush's attempt to demonstrate transparency comes as he prepares for a likely presidential run in 2016. A Bush spokesman says his political action committee, Right to Rise, wasn't involved in the email-posting effort.

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Location : Florida
People : Jeb Bush
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 5:55AM
The Marshalltown School District will be utlizing a make up day today
on this President`s Day. School Superintendent Doctor Marvin Wade says
today will make up a snow day from the snow storm of a couple of weeks
ago on Super Bowl Sunday.
Todays school lunch menu will be Cook`s Choice.



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People : Marvin Wade
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 16 2015 5:46AM
The Marshalltown City Council will meet today in special session to talk about the proposed budget for fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The meeting is at 12 noon at the
City Council Chambers of Marshalltown City Hall.


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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 13 2015 5:15PM

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he's still mulling a presidential decision, but if he runs, he'll come to Iowa.

Rubio signed copies of his latest book Friday at a Barnes and Noble in suburban Des Moines. After chatting with the more than 100 people who lined up, Rubio said he and his family are still deciding on a 2016 presidential bid.

Should he run, Rubio says he'll spend time in the early voting state. He noted that candidates "have to come to Iowa more than once or twice."

Iowa was the first stop for Rubio as he promotes "American Dreams: Restoring American Opportunity for Everyone." He says he was also going to try to meet with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 13 2015 5:14PM

A former coworker of the Iowa woman accused of slaying her husband and his girlfriend nearly 30 years ago testified that she remembers the woman confessed to killing her husband.

Allison Simmons and Paul Kish, a blood stain pattern analyst, testified Thursday in the case against 54-year-old Theresa Supino, who was arrested in March in connection with the 1983 killings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Supino has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Simmons worked with Supino in 2001. She says she recalls Supino mentioning that she and her brother killed someone.

Kish says nothing in the case demonstrates whether the assailant was left- or right-handed.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 13 2015 5:09AM
The Marshalltown Police Department is reporting another scam alert they would
like people to know about. Lieutenant Chris Roush says a caller is posing as being from a local medical provider and demanding payment of a bill.

Lieutenant Roush says ask or seek verifacation and do not give out personal
information over the phone especially credit card numbers.

He says if you are suspicious contact your local law enforcement agency
or call Marshalltown Police Dispatch at 641-754-5725.



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People : Chris Roush
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 12 2015 10:09AM

A 33-year-old man has been arrested, accused of killing his half brother in Des Moines.

The Des Moines Police Department says Frank Turner is charged with first-degree murder. Police say he stabbed to death 29-year-old Tad Foster during a family dispute.

Officers and medics who responded to a 911 call around 10 p.m. Wednesday found Foster. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he later died.

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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 12 2015 10:07AM

Iowa Department of Corrections officials say they weren't trying to mislead the public when they refused to acknowledge for months that the price tag for the state's faulty new prison had risen to $166 million.

The department confirmed Wednesday that an often-cited $132 million cost for the empty Iowa State Penitentiary is inaccurate.

Deputy department director Brad Hier had stood by that figure during an October interview — even though talking points prepared for Gov. Terry Branstad months earlier put the cost at $165.5 million.

Hier blamed "miscommunication" and "semantics" Wednesday for confusion over the cost and apologized for a months-long delay in clearing up questions. He says $132 million reflected construction costs at one point, but the price rises when project management, design, equipment and other costs are included.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 12 2015 10:03AM

A family says a dog that ran away from home was found inside a Cedar Rapids hospital where her owner was staying at.

Nancy Franck was at Mercy Medical Center following a surgery.

Last Saturday, her husband discovered their miniature schnauzer Sissy was gone from their residence, which is at least 15 blocks away from the hospital.

A hospital security guard used Sissy's tags to call Franck's husband, Dale. He said Sissy was on a mission to see her mom but simply couldn't find the right elevator to take.

The family is still perplexed on how Sissy sniffed her way to the hospital. But they think she might've knew her way around from car trips in dropping Nancy Franck off for work next door.

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People : DaleNancy Franck
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 12 2015 10:02AM

Iowa lawmakers are differing greatly over bills that would decide when fall classes can start for Iowa school districts.

A Senate education committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would give control to school districts. Lawmakers on a House education committee later approved a bill that would require classes to start on or after Aug. 23, with a stipulation that school districts cannot seek a waiver to begin sooner.

Both the full Senate and House will now be able to debate the bills.

The school start issue emerged as a top issue for the Legislature after state education officials said they would stop issuing automatic waivers that allowed districts to start early. District leaders say they need to cater to students. Tourism officials argue the early start hurts businesses.

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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 12 2015 9:59AM

Dubuque school district officials say several bullets were discovered in the toilet of an elementary school's bathroom.

But they say a police sweep of Bryant Elementary School on Wednesday found no evidence of additional ammunition or weapons.

Spokesman Mike Cyze of Dubuque Community Schools says several .380-caliber pistol bullets were found late in the school day, but couldn't say exactly when they were found.

He says school officials alerted a school resource officer, who's a member of the Dubuque Police Department, immediately after the ammunition was found.

The school's principal says students remained in their classrooms for the rest of the day. They had their coats checked before they left and were asked to leave their backpacks in the building.

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People : Mike Cyze
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 12 2015 9:55AM

Tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas have matched all six numbers to split a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot

Sue Dooley, senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, says the Puerto Rico ticket was the first Powerball jackpot winner ever sold outside the continental United States. Puerto Rico joined Powerball less than a year ago.

Dooley had no immediate information on the specific locations of where the tickets were sold.

Should the winners select the lump sum option, each would get a one-third share of $381,138,450.16 before taxes.

The jackpot was the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest U.S. lottery prize. The jackpot now goes back to $40 million.

The winning numbers in Wednesday's drawing were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball 19.

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Location : North CarolinaTexas
People : Sue Dooley
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:22PM

The siblings of a woman murdered nearly 30 years ago and a forensic pathologist took the stand in the trial of an Iowan accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend.

Scott and Lisa Gregory testified Wednesday in the case against 54-year-old Theresa Supino, who was arrested in March in connection with the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Supino has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Scott and Lisa Gregory testified about a fight they witnessed at their home between Supino and their sister.

Dr. Jonathan Thompson, Iowa's assistant medical examiner, testified about the wounds Fisher and Gregory sustained and how they had been administered.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:19PM

Capturing catfish using a bow and arrow would become legal in Iowa under a bill that is moving through the state House.

The proposal got committee-level approval from lawmakers Wednesday. The bill would let people take catfish in state parks and preserves using a bow and arrow. Currently, catfish is not on the list of approved fish for bow and arrow capture.

The bill now moves to the full House for approval. Rep. Jarad Klein, a Republican from Keota, said he expects the measure will win approval in the General Assembly. He said he looks forward to trying this fishing technique if it becomes legal.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jarad Klein
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:17PM

Police have arrested two Waterloo men suspected of vandalizing a vehicle that belongs to a Bosnian man.

21-year-old Dayln Cornelius Harrington and 36-year-old Andy Lee Little were arrested on charges of first-degree criminal mischief and public intoxication. Bond has been set at $27,000 apiece.

Police responded to a call on Monday from neighbors saying they witnessed the vandalism, and officers found the man's car with broken windows and an anti-Bosnia slur spray-painted on it.

According to court records, Harrington was found with a can of spray paint, paint on his hands and a bottle of vodka. The records say Harrington and Little appeared to be drinking.

A message left for the chief public defender in Waterloo was not immediately returned Wednesday.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:15PM

A Des Moines woman says two men assaulted her at a trailer park, stole her car and set it on fire outside of a gas station.

According to a police report, the woman says she was retrieving her children's school clothes Wednesday at a trailer park in south Des Moines when two men with guns attacked her and took her car keys. Police later found the woman's car engulfed in flames at a Git-N-Go gas station.

Police went to the trailer park to ask neighbors if they had spoken to the men before the assault, but no suspects have been identified.

Fire officials responded to put out the fire that damaged the exterior of the gas station's convenience store.

The case remains under investigation.

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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:14PM

A House panel has declined to approve a bill that would have prohibited most people in Iowa from killing mountain lions.

Members of a natural resources subcommittee discussed the bill Wednesday. It will not advance in the legislature this session.

There is no current law that prevents a person from killing a mountain lion, also known as a cougar. The bill would have increased protection for the animals by specifying that a person accused of trapping, wounding or killing a mountain lion could be charged with a simple misdemeanor. That may lead to jail time or a fine.

The bill had exemptions, including for a person who spotted a mountain lion and feared for their safety. Lawmakers expressed concern about who would determine when a person was in danger.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:12PM

July 4th celebrations could get colorful in Iowa under proposed legislation that would legalize more fireworks sales in the state.

The bill got subcommittee-level approval in the Senate Wednesday. Under the proposal, retailers could sell firecrackers, roman candles and other fireworks. Currently, the state only allows sales of certain "novelty fireworks" like sparklers.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Cedar Falls, said that Iowa residents are already going to border states to buy fireworks. He said the current restrictions are not working and that a more permissive law could promote better safety education.

Representatives from the fireworks industry offered support for the bill, while health care groups questioned the plan, saying it could lead to more injuries.

The measure now moves to a Senate committee for review.

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Location : Iowa
People : Jeff Danielson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:11PM

Officials say the Powerball jackpot has risen to an estimated $500 million, which would make it the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.

The lottery raised its jackpot estimate hours before Wednesday night's drawing and has raised it twice since Saturday's drawing by a total of about $105 million.

No one has won the Powerball jackpot for more than two months, so the prize has been growing gradually from its $40 million starting point.

It's been nearly a year since a Powerball prize topped $400 million

Powerball is sold in 44 states as well as Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The chance of winning a Powerball jackpot is about 1 in 175 million.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:10PM

A Republican farmer from Glenwood has won a special election to fill the Iowa House seat for the 23rd District.

David Sieck won Tuesday's special election with nearly 1,100 of the nearly 1,500 ballots cast. The Iowa secretary of state's office says that in unofficial results, Democrat Steve Adams received a little more than 400 votes, and there were five write-in votes.

The district includes Mills and Fremont counties and two-thirds of Montgomery County.

Sieck replaces Mark Costello, who won a special election Dec. 30 for the Iowa Senate District 12 seat that had been held by Joni Ernst, who's become a U.S. senator.

Sieck had sought Ernst's Senate seat but lost the GOP nomination to Costello.

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Location : FremontIowaMillsMontgomery County
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:07PM

A tow truck driver has helped free a woman who was pinned in her wrecked car on an icy highway in northern Iowa.

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 18 near Nora Springs. TheIowa State Patrol says the woman was driving west when she lost control of her vehicle. It rolled at least four times and landed upside down in the eastbound lanes. One of the driver's arms went out the car's sunroof, pinning her inside the wreckage.

Trooper Keith Duenow says the tow driver from Scott's Towing and Auto Body in Rockford carefully lifted up the woman's vehicle, freeing her. She was taken to a hospital in Mason City.

Duenow says speed and icy roads appear to have been factors in the crash.

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Location : IowaMason City
People : Nora Springs
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:05PM

A home health care company will pay millions to settle allegations that it submitted false bills to Medicare and Iowa's Medicaid program.

ResCare Iowa will pay $5.6 million in a settlement announced Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Cedar Rapids. The company is a subsidiary of ResCare Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Prosecutors say ResCare Iowa violated a Medicaid and Medicare rule that an independent physician must verify in a "face-to-face" assessment that a person needs in-home care.

Spokeswoman Nel Taylor told the newspaper that an outside auditor hired by ResCare found the documentation problems and that ResCare disclosed the problems to the government.

The company provides services aimed at helping elderly people and people with disabilities stay in their homes.

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Location : IowaKentuckyLouisville
People : Nel Taylor
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:03PM

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says charges are pending against a man who tried to elude deputies on a high-speed chase.

The Tuesday afternoon chase ended after the man drove his vehicle into a Cedar Rapids intersection, resulting in his car being hit, along with pickup truck and a Cedar Rapids school district bus.

School officials say no students on board the bus were hurt. The other vehicle's driver and a child inside were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening.

Law enforcement officials caught the 46-year-old man after he tried to flee the scene. He's been taken to a hospital for injuries also not considered life-threatening.

The sheriff's office says the pursuit began after the man after failed to stop for deputies on Highway 13.

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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 3:01PM

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would require Iowa businesses to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees.

Members of a labor and business relations subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

The bill would define reasonable accommodations as anything from modifying equipment that a pregnant employee must use to assisting them with their work schedule. The bill states the action cannot impose an undue hardship on the business or employer.

A few business groups oppose the bill.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the bill would affirm a decision by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, which enforces the state's civil rights act. The commission said in 2013 that employers must provide such accommodations to pregnant employees.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 2:40PM

An Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for using donations to his charity to buy drugs and pay for sex.

52-year-old Christopher H. Simms, formerly of Durango, Iowa, was sentenced Monday for charges of ongoing criminal conduct.

According to court records, Simms solicited money for his charity, telling contributors their donations were going to help military personnel. Records show he instead used the money to buy drugs for personal use and pay for sexual favors.

In addition to his prison term, Simms has been ordered to pay more than $800 to 13 businesses and others who donated.

An attorney for Simms could not be reached.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 2:37PM

A plan to increase the state fuel tax to pay for road improvements is moving forward in the state Legislature.

Lawmakers in the state House and Senate said Tuesday that identical legislation had been introduced in both chambers to hike the tax by 10 cents. That would provide $215 million annually for the state's network of bridges and roads, many of which are in disrepair.

The hearing process is expected to start tomorrow in both chambers, with full votes coming perhaps later in the month.

Iowa's fuel tax — now 22 cents per gallon for gasoline, including fees — hasn't been raised since 1989.

Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, and Rep. Josh Byrnes, a Republican from Osage, expressed optimism that the legislation could find support in both chambers.

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Location : Iowa
People : Josh ByrnesTod Bowman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 11 2015 5:52AM
24 students from Marshalltown High School and Miller Middle School were invited to the State Capitol Building in Des Moines by Governor Terry Branstad to take part in
Anti Bullying Day.

Among the contingent was Marshalltown High School Senior Cecelia Martinez who is passionate about the issue because her nieces and nephews were subjected to cyber bullying. Martinez got to speak at a press conference conducted by Governor Branstad.

The students were picked because of the areas strong Not In Our Town anti bullying initiative.
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Location : Des MoinesMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 3:07PM

The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate has approved legislation to significantly boost school funding, but the plan will likely face opposition in the Republican-majority House.

Lawmakers on Tuesday backed bills to boost funding for the next two school years, voting largely along party lines. Under the proposal, school aid would increase by more than $200 million for the upcoming academic year, according to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency. That's more than double the amount approved by the House for the same period.

The House and Senate proposals both include funding specifically dedicated to teacher leadership training.

Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, said the state's future "depends on high quality schools." But Republicans in the Senate questioned how the state could afford the plan.

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Topics : EducationPolitics
Location : Iowa
People : Tod Bowman
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 3:05PM

The Hy-Vee Triathlon in Iowa, once the world's richest events, has been discontinued.

Hy-Vee, the Midwest-based grocery chain, announced the decision in a recent email to potential participants. The event had been held in either downtown Des Moines or neighboring West Des Moines since 2007.

The total purse for the triathlon reached as high as $1.1 million before being reduced to $500,000 in 2013.

Hy-Vee says it is exploring "new avenues" for health and wellness promotion, including an event for children and families. The company says more information on that proposed event will be released in March.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 1:48PM

Net income for U.S. farmers is expected to fall by nearly 32 percent this year because of low crop prices and increasing expenses, placing many farmers in an unprofitable situation.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released estimates on Tuesday that show 2015 is expected to be the second year in a row that farmers will see their income fall. Income was down 16 percent from 2013 to 2014.

The report estimates net farm income will be $73.6 billion in 2015, down from $108 billion in 2014. It was at a record $129 billion in 2013.

The report also anticipates that as income falls, expenses will increase by one-half percent.

Government programs that pay farmers when commodity prices are low are expected to increase 15 percent this year.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 1:13PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has opened an office in Iowa, the first of the potential 2016 presidential candidates to take such a step.

Walker spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski confirmed Tuesday that Walker's tax-exempt fundraising group, Our American Revival, has leased the space in a suburb of Des Moines.

Kukowski says the campaign is in the process of opening other offices, but she had no further details on where they would be or the timing.

The office has been used for numerous other political campaigns in recent years, including Mitt Romney's general election effort in 2012 and prior to that Michele Bachmann's campaign during the Iowa caucus that year.

Walker's director of Iowa operations previously worked for Bachmann in that race.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaWisconsin
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 1:09PM

A Des Moines man says he had to jump off his bike to avoid a head-on crash with his ex-girlfriend.

The 20-year-old man says he was riding his bike down the street when he saw his ex-girlfriend driving a Jeep Cherokee straight toward him. He says he jumped off his bike when he realized they were about to hit head-on.

The man says his bike was run over, dragged down the street and destroyed. According to a police report, the bike was worth about $400.

Police took photos of skid marks left on the street and the bike after the collision, which occurred Saturday afternoon. The man tells police that he and the woman broke up about five months ago.

Police say the incident is being investigated.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 1:06PM

An Iowa widow is charged with a crime and had nearly $19,000 seized from her bank after depositing her late husband's legally earned money in a way that evaded federal reporting requirements.

Janet Malone of Dubuque faced civil and criminal proceedings under a law intended to help investigators track large sums of cash tied to criminal activity such as drug trafficking and terrorism. Some members of Congress and libertarians have complained that the IRS and prosecutors are unfairly using the law to target ordinary people who deposit lawfully obtained money in increments below $10,000.

Malone allegedly made several deposits under $10,000 when transferring money left by her husband, who'd been warned against the practice.

One libertarian group is criticizing the government for prosecuting Malone since her money was legally obtained.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
People : Janet Malone
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 1:05PM

The Dubuque Regional Humane Society is defending itself against widespread criticism on social media of its decision to euthanize a kitten.

Maria Benham, the CEO and President at the regional humane society, released a four-page statement outlining the organization's policy regarding euthanasia.

The criticism began when a volunteer, Lois Sutton Richardson, admitted a cat named Brooklyn in mid-January. Richardson assured the humane society staff that Brooklyn was adoptable, but Brooklyn was euthanized last week.

Richardson was reprimanded for after saying the humane society's veterinarian was "kill happy." After Richardson posted her frustration on Facebook, she was fired. A Facebook post about her dismissal was shared 764 times.

The organization said Brooklyn acted aggressively toward several staff members.

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

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $450 million, making Wednesday night's drawing the fifth largest prize in U.S. history.

It's been more than two months since someone won the Powerball jackpot, so the prize has been gradually growing from its $40 million starting point.

The last time Powerball grew nearly so large was February 2014.

Lottery officials are quick to point out that the game is fun and a chance to dream. They note the chance of winning a Powerball jackpot is about 1 in 175 million.

Besides giving players an opportunity to fantasize, huge jackpots also are good news for the state lotteries that run the game.

Powerball revenue has been down slightly during a drought of jackpots, but officials say this big prize has caused sales to surge.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:51AM

A man has been convicted in the death of a 2-year-old Waterloo girl who authorities say had gotten so cold she died.

A jury found 38-year-old Nathaniel Knight guilty on Monday of child endangerment resulting in death. Authorities say Knight had been baby-sitting little Kennadi Porter on the night she died in March 2013.

Knight, who was a friend of Kennadi's mother, told authorities he gave Kennadi a bath, put her to bed and discovered she wasn't breathing when he checked on her later. Prosecutors say there is no way the child could have gotten so cold in a heated house.

Prosecutors say it's likely Knight put the girl in an unheated porch while he cleaned up after she'd soiled herself and him.

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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:49AM

Authorities say smoke inhalation likely killed a Sioux City man who was found dead inside a burning car near a Des Moines church.

Firefighters had been sent to the parking of the Abundant Life Church on East Sheridan Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday. They discovered the body of 51-year-old Patrick Murphy II after opening the driver's side door.

Medical examiner Gregory Schmunk says Murphy was barely burned. The autopsy didn't reveal any evidence of trauma or signs of any crime involved in Murphy's death. A toxicology report is expected within six weeks.

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Location : Sioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:46AM

A southeast Iowa couple who were sent cow manure in the mail have sued the woman who acknowledges that she paid to have the poop sent.

Mary Eipert and Steven Rowland want a judge to order Kimberly Capdevila and her husband, Carlos, to stop their dog from barking all day and night. The lawsuit filed Monday seeks compensatory and monetary damages for the barking and for what the lawsuit says is harassment by the Capdevilas.

The two couples are neighbors who have been squabbling over the barking dog. Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly Capdevila has said she had the manure sent as a practical joke. She has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of harassment. She's due back in court on April 7 for pretrial conference.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:44AM

Mason City police are warning residents and business owners of a phone call scam in which someone is pretending to be with a utility company.

The city's police department says it's received a report of a caller posing as a representative with Alliant Energy.

The impostor told a local business on Monday that its account was delinquent. The caller wanted the business to buy a pre-paid credit card and provide its information over the phone.

Alliant Energy doesn't ask customers to purchase prepaid credit cards.

Anyone receiving a similar call is asked to contact authorities.

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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : IowaMason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:43AM

Authorities say skeletal remains found last month in woods behind a Burlington grocery store are those of a 49-year-old man missing since September 2012.

The Burlington Police Department says autopsy results and personal items found in clothing on the remains identified the man as Alfredo Rodriguez. The cause of death is undetermined, pending further examinations.

Rodriguez had been living with his daughter and her family in Burlington. Maria Gonzalez said that she is heartbroken by the news of her father's death, but "at least we know he is at peace."

Authorities say Rodriguez borrowed $20 from a friend on Sept. 15, 2012, and said he was going for a walk. His remains were found on Jan. 22, nearly 2½ years later.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:41AM

An American Airlines jet has been evacuated after it made an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport following a report of fumes in the cockpit.

Tulsa Airport Authority spokeswoman Alexis Higgins says the plane, which was traveling to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was evacuated on the runway at about 6:15 p.m. Monday. She says the plane was able to safely taxi down the runway after landing.

Higgins says none of the 67 passengers or crew members was injured. She did not know what caused the fumes in the cockpit, and referred questions to the airline.

American Airlines spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the airline is still trying to determine the cause of the fumes.

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Location : DallasIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:39AM

Iowa's Department of Natural Resources says results from several monitoring stations along the Mississippi River show much of the ethanol that leaked into the water after several train cars derailed has dissolved.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says the highest levels of ethanol have been detected nearest the site where 14 cars containing the fuel went off the tracks Wednesday in a remote area north of Dubuque.

Baskins says ethanol dissipated fairly quickly in the first mile downstream, with fuel levels undetectable 10 miles away.

Officials say they're still unsure how much ethanol spilled into the Mississippi, but Baskins says the approximately 55,000 gallons that remain unaccounted for were involved in a three-car fire, pooled over an acre of ice, soaked into soil in the area and leaked into the river.

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Location : IowaMississippi
People : Kevin Baskins
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:37AM

Several people testifying in the trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago have said the woman made threats against the two before their murders.

Neighbors, former coworkers and others testified Monday in the case against 54-year-old Theresa Supino, who was arrested in March in connection to the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Lorri French, who previously worked with Supino, says she remembers Supino making threats against Gregory.

Sandra Cupples, a friend of Gregory, says she recalls Gregory and Supino fighting at a bar before the murders, with Fisher using a crowbar to stop others from intervening.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 10:35AM

State officials say repairs at the vacant Iowa State Penitentiary are expected to cost an additional $7 million.

In a memo to state lawmakers last week, the Iowa Department of Corrections says the cost to fix a faulty heating and cooling system is at least $6.7 million. Prison officials say an additional $350,000 is needed for a defective smoke control system.

State lawmakers in 2010 approved $131 million to build the prison. Documents prepared by aides for Gov. Terry Branstad last summer, however, show the cost had risen to $165.5 million.

The prison in Fort Madison was scheduled to open last March to house inmates at the old Iowa State Penitentiary, located a mile away. But construction issues have delayed the prison's opening.

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Topics : Environment
Location : Iowa
People : Terry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 6:49AM
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors meet at the County Courthouse this morning and are expected to appoint a Recorder/Auditor effective as of today.

Former office holder Dawn Williams stepped down at the end of last month to take a job with the State Secretary of States office.


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People : Dawn Williams
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 6:35AM
Radio Shack company officials say 14 Iowa stores could potentially close with the news that the company has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy imcluding stores in Marshalltown and Newton. The company says some four thousand stores could be sold, others will be co branded with Sprint.

A store in Newton is also on the potential closure list.



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Location : IowaMarshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 10 2015 5:21AM
The Marshalltown City Council talked about the proposed budget for the next fiscal year at their latest meeting.

They decided to have a special meeting next Monday to talk about the budgetsome more. City Finance Director Lori Stansberry told Council they would have to either raise property taxes are take money from the general fund to cover expenses for the upcoming fiscal year. No decision was made.
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People : Lori Stansberry
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:24AM

A man who'd left prison less than two months ago has been accused of robbing a bank in downtown Waterloo.

56-year-old Arthur Sanders faces a robbery charge. Jail records said Sanders remained in custody on Monday. Court records don't list the name of his lawyer.

Police say Sanders robbed Bank Iowa on East Fourth Street around 9:10 a.m. Friday and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was stopped and arrested near a church on Franklin Street.

Court records show Sanders had served about 17 years for an armed robbery at St. John's Catholic Church on Mulberry Street in January 1997. The records say that robbery came just months after Sanders had been released from prison for a 1990 robbery.

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Location : Iowa
People : Arthur Sanders
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:22AM

Officials say a project at the Johnson County Jail will require most of its inmates to be moved and housed in the Muscatine County Jail for several months.

Work is set to begin April 27 on the $880,000 project intended to improve the Johnson County Jail's control center and repair several cellblock doors. The project is scheduled to finish by July 20.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek says he estimates between 70 and 90 percent of the inmates will be moved to Muscatine County.

The Johnson County Jail has a capacity of 92 inmates. Pulkrabek says the jail will be able to hold some inmates during the project.

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

An Illinois man is expected to plead guilty to shooting a gun near a crowd of people in eastern Iowa.

An attorney for 24-year-old Blake M. Maurer of Freeport, Illinois, filed Wednesday a notice of intent to plead guilty. He's charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Dubuque, Iowa, police arrested him after witnesses said he pulled out a handgun in August and shot it into the air while arguing with a man outside a residence. Police say he then pointed the gun at others, crossed the street and fired the gun into the air several more times.

The criminal charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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Location : FreeportIllinoisIowa
People : Blake M. Maurer
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:17AM

Officials say two crew members inside an ambulance were taken to the hospital after their vehicle crashed in northern Iowa.

State trooper Travis Derr says the victims were treated for injuries from the single-vehicle wreck on Sunday.

He says the two workers from Mitchell County EMS of Osage had just finished dropping off a patient in Mason City. They were the only people inside the ambulance when it hit a slick spot on Highway 9 and went into a ditch.

Derr says the vehicle rolled through a barbed-wire fence and landed upright in a farm field. No citations were filed in the accident. The names of the crew members weren't released.

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People : Travis Derr
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:13AM

A 28-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for his role in a 2012 home invasion and robbery.

Deandrew Deshawn Harris was sentenced last week.

Authorities say Harris will have to serve at least 20 years and six months before he is eligible for parole.

At a December trial, Harris was convicted of taking part in the August 2012 robbery.

Prosecutors say Harris was one of six armed men who entered a townhome to rob a group of friends who were playing cards and video games.

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Location : Iowa
People : Deshawn Harris
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:11AM

An Iowa man is still recovering from the injuries he sustained in a serious fall while decorating Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City for Christmas.

Mark Newcom fell roughly 35 feet when a lift he was using to hand garland and replace light bulbs tipped over on Dec. 5.

Newcom is easing back into his daily routine of teaching at Waldorf College, but in the fall he broke all the ribs on his left side, suffered a collapsed lung and broke his neck, elbow and sacral bone.

He was taken to the Mayo Clinic for treatment and had five surgeries over 12 days there.

Newcom says the fall itself was terrible, but he's grateful for all the support he has received since then.

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Location : IowaMason City
People : Mark Newcom
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:09AM

Lottery officials say no jackpot winner was selected in the latest $380 million Powerball drawing.

The next drawing will be Wednesday after no one matched Saturday's winning numbers.

Sue Dooley is the senior drawing manager for the Multi-State Lottery Association, which oversees Powerball. She says the estimated value of Wednesday's drawing will be $450 million.

The huge jackpot is a return to form for Powerball, which has been known along with Mega Millions for its record-breaking jackpots in recent years. But the Powerball lottery has experienced a slump, with nearly a year passing since its jackpot total climbed above $300 million.

Powerball's last major jackpot was in February 2014, when it climbed to $425 million.

Powerball tickets cost $2 each.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:06AM

A man who says he was kicked in the face by a Des Moines police officer following a traffic stop is suing the now ex-officer, former Police Chief Judy Bradshaw and the city of Des Moines.

Orville Hill filed the federal lawsuit Wednesday.

The officer, Colin Boone, was fired in 2013 following the incident and faces a second federal trial on March 9 on an excessive force charge.

Hill says he crashed into a barrier in Des Moines after having a seizure. Videos show Boone kicking Hill while Hill was on the ground, but Boone left the incident out of an official report.

In November, a federal jury acquitted Boone of falsifying records, but couldn't agree on whether he used excessive force.

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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 11:02AM

A 91-year-old Mason City woman accused of hitting a bicyclist with her car has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

The incident happened Friday afternoon. Police investigators say Patricia Fullerton was driving west on a city street shortly before 3 p.m. and attempting to turn south when she struck 54-year-old Terrie Eliason's bicycle.

Police Lt. Logan Wernet says Fullerton saw Eliason get up, thought she wasn't injured and drove home.

An ambulance was called to the scene, but Eliason was not taken to the hospital.

Fullerton has also been charged with failure to yield right of way on a left turn.

Fullerton did not immediately return a message left Saturday at her home seeking comment.

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Location : Mason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 10:57AM

Police say an intoxicated man has been arrested after he caused a commotion at an eastern Iowa school that triggered a lockdown.

39-year-old Scott M. Menadue was detained Friday after officials at Bernard Elementary School called authorities about an angry man inside the school who they believed was intoxicated.

Principal Tesha Ruley says the school was placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes following the call until Dubuque County Sheriff's Department officers arrived and escorted Menadue from the premises. She says he wasn't armed and didn't make any threats.

According to a news release, Menadue faces charges of disorderly conduct, child endangerment and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Online court records do not list an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 5:52AM
The Marshalltown City Council meets this afternoon at City Hall
at 5:30.

According to the published agenda, a Public Hearing Date on
the budget for the next fiscal year will be set for March 9th. The City is
facing some tough budget times this year.

Meanwhile there will be reports
on progress with the Marshalltown Generating Station construction and also
an annual report on the Marshalltown Fire Station from new Fire Chief David
Rierson.
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People : David Rierson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 9 2015 5:45AM
The Marshalltown Police Department reports another telephone scam.
Officials say someone is calling people posing as a police officer and
telling them they owe large fines and must pay or be arrested.

Police say this is a scam, do not give out information to someone
you don`t know over the phone. Call the law enforcement center
if you are suspicious at 641-754-5725.

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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 7 2015 6:49AM

Republican presidential prospect Rand Paul says he agrees with outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder on some criminal justice issues.

The Kentucky U.S. Senator says he applauds Holder's efforts to reduce seizure of property from people facing no criminal charges. He also supports reducing penalties for possession of marijuana.

Paul says jailing young adults for "55 years for selling marijuana is obscene," and endorses getting them "back to work and back into productive society."

Paul was in Marshall and Ames here in Iowa, home of the leadoff nominating caucuses, promoting his bill to audit the Federal Reserve Bank, which he argues is insolvent. He appeared with freshman Republican Representative Rod Blum Saturday and took in an Iowa State University men's basketball game against Texas Tech.

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Topics : Politics
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 7 2015 6:31AM

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say they're trying to decide the best way to remove ethanol that leaked into the Mississippi River and pooled around the area where several train cars derailed.

About a half-acre of fuel froze at the site as of Friday, with more covering about an acre of ice on the Mississippi. Fourteen of the cars that derailed Wednesday morning contained ethanol, and eight appeared to be leaking.

DNR spokesman Kevin Baskins says one ethanol removal option is to use a steam hose to collect and pump it into a storage tank. He says this won't be possible if the ice can't support the necessary equipment.

Baskins says the ice also limits efforts to evaluate the effect on aquatic life.

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Location : IowaMississippi
People : Kevin Baskins
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:33PM

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Des Moines next week.

The White House announced Friday that Biden would visit Drake University in Des Moines on Thursday. Biden will give remarks about President Barack Obama's economic policies.

Biden will also take part in a discussion at Des Moines Area Community College about attending college and preparing people for the workforce.

Biden is considered a possible Democratic candidate for president in 2016. He has said he will make a decision about running later in the spring or summer but has done little to set up a campaign.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Barack ObamaJoe Biden
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:31PM

Authorities say an Iowa man imprisoned for killing two store clerks has been accused of trying to kill another inmate.

A criminal complaint states that 21-year-old Michael Richard Swanson slashed a fellow inmate in the neck at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville on Nov. 13. The victim required stiches for 15 cuts.

Swanson is charged with felony attempted murder.

Swanson was convicted of killing 47-year-old Vicky Bowman-Hall while she worked at a convenience store in Algona in 2010. He was convicted of killing 61-year-old Sheila Myers on the same night while she worked at a convenience store in Humboldt. Swanson was 17 at the time.

He was serving two life terms, but his sentence was commuted by Gov. Terry Branstad, which allows him to seek parole after 60 years.

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Location : CoralvilleIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:28PM

A state insurance official says officials continue to investigate the number of Iowans affected by a data breach at health insurer Anthem Inc.

Iowa Assistant Insurance Commissioner Tom O'Meara says Friday the company discovered a cyberattack into a database containing the personal information for 80 million people. The health insurance provider says hackers gained access to names, birthdates, email addresses, Social Security numbers and other information of people who are currently covered or previously had coverage.

O'Meara says the number of Iowans whose information has been compromised is unknown but that Anthem has two companies doing business in Iowa, one of which provides policies for more than 1 million people.

Anthem is notifying each person affected by the breach. O'Meara says instances of identity theft haven't yet been reported.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:27PM

Two family members of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago have testified as trial continues in Waterloo.

54-year-old Theresa Supino's twin brother and sister-in-law testified Friday in the case against Supino, who was arrested in March in connection to the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dallas Ranch northwest of Newton.

Tim Supino says he brought his sister to the ranch the night before the bodies were found because she wanted to talk with Fisher. He says neither he nor Theresa Supino killed Fisher or Gregory while they were there.

Carol Supino says she didn't see blood on Theresa or Tim Supino's clothes that night.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:25PM

Iowa's chief medical examiner says a 2-year-old girl who was found cold and unresponsive nearly two years ago in Waterloo likely died of hypothermia.

Dr. Julie Goodin testified Friday in the case against 38-year-old Nathaniel Knight, who was babysitting Kennadi Porter the night she was found dead in March 2013. Knight has been charged with child endangerment resulting in death.

Goodin says Porter's autopsy narrowed the cause of death to either hypothermia or drowning. She says doctors who treated Porter found no signs of drowning.

Porter's body temperature was 76 degrees when she arrived at the hospital.

Knight told police he had given Porter a bath, put her to bed and noticed she wasn't breathing about 15 minutes later.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:24PM

Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge in Kansas City coordinates the cases so they can proceed.

The dispute centers around Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera, a corn seed genetically modified to contain a protein that kills corn-eating bugs. China hadn't approved it for import, and boycotted U.S. corn once Viptera was detected in its grain shipments in 2013.

Farmers who did not plant the seed, grain handlers and exporters claim the boycott cost them money.

Syngenta says it plans to seek dismissal because there's no legal authority barring the introduction of a U.S. government-approved product simply because it wasn't approved for sale in a foreign country.

China approved Viptera in December.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:18PM

The Iowa Supreme Court is dismissing the first-degree kidnapping conviction of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in his Dubuque apartment.

The court ruled Friday that the crime committed by Scott Robinson didn't meet the elements of kidnapping.

The ruling is a victory for the 37-year-old Robinson, who'd been serving life without the possibility for parole in the 2011 assault.

The court says prosecutors now have two options. They can try Robinson for second-degree sexual abuse, which would carry a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Or they can ask a judge to sentence Robinson for third-degree sexual abuse, which carries up to 10 years. The jury's verdict means he's guilty of that charge.

Prosecutors say Robinson locked the woman in his apartment against her will, and sexually assaulted her.

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Location : Iowa
People : Scott Robinson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:16PM

Police say a Des Moines man used a gaming app to persuade a 12-year-old girl into sending nude photos of herself.

47-year-old Luther Gerald St. Clair has been arrested and charged with enticing away a child.

Officers say the child's mother found multiple texts from him on her daughter's cellphone. They say St. Clair and the girl met through a random game on the app Words With Friends. St. Clair asked the girl for her number and the two began texting.

The girl told police she met St. Clair only once while taking her dog for a walk, and that they made no physical contact.

St. Clair is being held in jail on a $10,000 bond. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney yet.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 6 2015 5:14PM

AIB College of Business officials say this spring will be the final season for the school's athletic department.

The move was announced Thursday just more than a week after the private business college said it would become the University of Iowa's Des Moines campus.

Officials say no freshmen will be enrolled this fall, and that AIB will graduate its final class in June 2016 before UI takes over the campus in July 2016. They say the school will be renamed the Regional Regents Center.

AIB Athletic Director Al Dorenkamp says advisers will work with students and athletes to discuss options for continuing involvement with sports and their education.

Dorenkamp says athletic scholarships will be honored through 2016 for those who choose to stay.

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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
People : Al Dorenkamp
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:39PM
The Marshalltown Police Department responded to a report of a body found at B&B Storage at 305 W. High St. in Marshalltown this morning. Multiple police units responded to the report. Medical units also reported to the scene.

While an investigation is underway, the Marshalltown Police Department is saying the death is not believed to be suspicious.

UPDATE:

According to the Marshalltown Police Department, the deceased is an adult male. The body was found lying next to a parked vehicle inside the B&B Storage Facilty grounds. The Department is not releasing the name of the deceased individual or the cause of death at this time, pending notification of family.

Presently, there is no evidence to suggest foul play or ciminal activity played a role in the death.

Stay tuned to KIX 101.1 and 1230 KFJB for more updates.
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:19PM

A request from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to buy the Iowa City Heart Center has been approved.

The Iowa Board of Regents on Thursday agreed to the $1.17 million purchase, which includes providing academic appointments to four cardiologists and taking on the center's non-physician workforce. It will be funded with UIHC money.

The purchase only involves business assets, not real estate. According to regents documents, UIHC is looking into possibly continuing some service at the center's location in Mercy Medical Plaza. Otherwise, all operations will be fully incorporated into UIHC.

The board says the purchase and the employment of four cardiologists enhance UIHC and the University of Iowa's opportunities for clinical, research and educational experiences.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:18PM

County officials say a man did nothing illegal when he shot two dogs, one fatally, owned by his neighbors in southeastern Iowa.

A news release issued Wednesday from the Louisa County Sheriff's Office says the Louisa County Attorney has decided not to file criminal charges against Michael Drayfahl, of Wapello, who shot Tammy and Greg Slater's German shepherds Sunday. One dog was shot through the leg, and the other died in the shooting.

Officials say the shootings were legal because the dogs weren't wearing current rabies vaccination tags. They also say evidence collected indicates Drayfahl didn't fire in the direction of any person.

The rabies tags don't make a difference, because she says Drayfahl didn't know the dogs weren't wearing them.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:16PM

Senators have given preliminary approval to legislation that would change primary election rules in Iowa so voters decide certain contested races, rather than political party delegates.

The bill got subcommittee-level backing Thursday and now goes to a Senate committee for review. Under the proposal, if no candidate receives 35 percent of the primary vote in certain races, there would be a runoff election between the top two vote-getters.

Currently, when no candidate meets the primary threshold, party delegates pick a nominee. The legislation would impact races for Congress, the Legislature and statewide office.

Sen. Brad Zaun, an Urbandale Republican, proposed the measure. Last year, he received the most votes in a six-way Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. But he didn't reach the threshold and lost at the convention.

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Topics : Politics
Location : Iowa
People : Brad Zaun
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:15PM

A Lake Mills man accused of trading securities without a license has been fined $100,000 and ordered to make restitution of more than $454,000.

Randall Finer was cited by the Iowa Insurance Division for dealing unregistered securities, being an unregistered agent, making untrue statements, omitting facts and not complying with orders from investigators.

They are civil violations of the Iowa Uniform Securities Act, not criminal.

The newspaper says Finer disputed the allegations in a Jan. 16 letter to investigators. He said had sought money from people in order to trade futures contracts for himself. He said he always made it clear that he was seeking a personal loan and that he was not a broker or financial planner.

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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : Iowa
People : Randall Finer
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:12PM

Evansdale police say they have been flooded with phone calls since investigators asked the public this week for help in the case of two girls' deaths.

As of Wednesday, more than 100 people called in, requiring the department to reign in city staff, retired officers and others to help answer the phones.

Investigators asked on Tuesday for tips from anyone who's familiar with a remote wildlife area where the bodies of 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins were found in December 2012.

Police think the killer is likely very familiar with the Seven Bridges Wildlife Area.

Collins' mother says the large volume of calls has given her hope in finding the person responsible in the girls' deaths.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:10PM

The Iowa State Patrol says two people are dead and another person was injured in a crash that occurred on Highway 30 in a central Iowa county.

Troopers say 62-year-old Dwight Conway of Hot Springs, Arkansas, failed to stop at a stop sign on Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle was struck by a semitrailer on the highway in Tama County.

Both vehicles rolled on their sides and into a ditch. Authorities pronounced Conway and his passenger, Phillip Core of Pleasantville, Iowa, dead at the scene.

The tractor-trailer's driver, 50-year-old Jeff Schniederman, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:09PM

A Wisconsin man has been accused of sexually assaulting a Dubuque woman while she was asleep.

19-year-old Patrick J. Hanley, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse. His bail was set at $30,000.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman told police Hanley arrived at her Dubuque home uninvited Jan. 5 after she had fallen asleep. She said he assaulted her as she slept.

The complaint says police listened in on a later phone call between Hanley and the woman, during which he said he sexually assaulted her while she was asleep, but that he thought she consented. He said he should have left when he found her sleeping.

An attorney for Hanley could not be reached Wednesday.

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Location : ShullsburgWisconsin
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 4:06PM

Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders has named Maj. Dana Wingert as the city's next police chief.

Sanders announced his appointment Wednesday and will now ask Des Moines City Council to confirm it. Wangert was among four people interviewed for the position over a three-day period last week.

A 23-year veteran of the Des Moines Police Department, Wingert has served in several capacities, most recently overseeing the operations division where he has been responsible for police patrol, airport security and the traffic and parking unit.

Sanders says Wingert is well-prepared to lead the department and has proven to be a personable and competent police officer.

The council is set to meet Monday to confirm the appointment. If approved, the selection will become effective Tuesday.

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Location : Des MoinesMoines City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:50PM

Officials have located nearly 200 missing ACT college entrance exams at an Iowa grocery store, just days after notifying students they wouldn't receive their results.

Johnston County Community School District spokeswoman Laura Sprague says Johnston High School's principal picked up the test packets Wednesday morning at a Dahl's store in Johnston. The ACT organization sent an email Monday night to 195 students who tested at the high school Dec. 13 notifying them their answer sheets never arrived at headquarters in Iowa City and therefore could not be scored.

Sprague says there was a mix-up with shipments after an ACT-hired testing coordinator dropped off the packets for mailing. She says the tests will be sent overnight.

ACT spokeswoman Katie Walker says the exams are valid and scoring will be expedited.

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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:49PM

Any disciplinary action taken against two Iowa State Patrol supervisors for highly publicized missteps while off-duty did not affect their pay.

Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Alex Murphy said Wednesday the internal investigations into Lt. Kelly Hindman and Capt. Ken Clary have been concluded.

Hindman faced scrutiny after joking on Facebook that he wished a sniper would shoot ESPN basketball announcer Dan Dakich in the head. He leads the patrol's Fort Dodge office.

Clary was investigated after being pulled over by a trooper for driving 92 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone and initially let go without a ticket.

Murphy said both matters were addressed, but that he couldn't elaborate because they're confidential. He confirmed their pay wasn't cut.

Clary earned $97,000 while Hindman earned $94,000 last year.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:39PM

A 24-year-old Cedar Falls man has been accused of peeping on women and making videos of them taking showers.

Zachary Carstensen was arrested on Jan. 22 and charged with three misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy. His attorney didn't immediately return a call Wednesday.

Court records say a woman noticed a suspicious object poking through the ceiling of her Cedar Falls apartment in early January. Police determined that it was a camera and traced it to Carstensen's bedroom, which was above the woman's apartment. Officers say they seized a camera, drill and computer equipment from his apartment and found several videos on the camera of women showering.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:37PM

Cedar Falls police have arrested six teens in connection to a series of December thefts at an area department store.

Lt. Tim Smith says the six teens were arrested Tuesday thought to be involved in the theft of more than $22,000 in merchandise over a two-week period at Kohl's.

Smith says a 17-year-old store cashier scanned merchandise for her friends and voided the transactions, allowing them to leave the store with the items and their voided receipts. She was charged with first-degree theft. He says the others were charged with second- or third-degree theft.

Police say they've also issued an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Marqwane Wilson, who is suspected of second-degree theft in the case.

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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:35PM

A House legislative panel has approved a bill that would prohibit indoor tanning for minors at commercial salons in Iowa.

Members of a human resources subcommittee agreed Tuesday to advance the bill. It now heads to a full committee for consideration.

The bill would ban people under age 18 from using a tanning device at a commercial salon, with or without parental consent. Current law has no restrictions.

A separate legislative panel in the Senate approved a similar bill last month.

There is no opposition listed for the bill. Eric Goranson, a lobbyist for the American Suntanning Association, says the group supports the legislation.

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Topics : Social Issues
Location : Iowa
People : Eric Goranson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:24PM

An Iowa Army National Guard medical unit won't be joining the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

A National Guard news release says the 294th Area Support Medical Company's estimated six-month deployment was canceled "due to completion of Ebola Treatment Unity construction and other major training in West Africa." Because that work has been completed, more than 800 U.S. military personnel have been sent home, with more to follow.

Originally, 80 Iowans were scheduled for the West Africa mission, but that number was reduced to 40. The National Guard says the Iowa solders would have provided care only for Defense Department personnel and others sent to help, but they wouldn't have been treating West Africans.

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Topics : War_Conflict
Location : IowaWest Africa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:22PM

A fire official says people have used snow to battle a garage fire in Mason City.

Firetrucks were dispatched to the home on South Wilson Avenue around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday. Residents say they heard an explosion and then found smoke coming from the garage.

Lt. Dustin Pillard, of the Mason City Fire Department, says the residents threw snow on the flames while waiting for firefighters to arrive.

No injuries have been reported. Officials suspect the fire was started in or near an electrical heating unit.

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Location : Mason City
People : Dustin Pillard
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 3:21PM

Authorities suspect exposure to the bone-chilling cold killed a 67-year-old woman found a few dozen yards from her home in western Iowa.

Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said Monday that Judy Kay's body was found around 9 p.m. Sunday, not far from her house in rural Atlantic. Her pickup had run off a road and into a ditch.

McLaren says Kay was trying to walk home from the ditch, but she got only halfway. A relative found her body about 50 yards from the house.

The sheriff says Kay was wearing a light jacket — not enough for the temperature of 11 degrees and wind chill of minus 9.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
People : Darby McLarenJudy Kay
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 1:14PM

Gov. Terry Branstad's legal counsel is leaving state government for work in the private sector.

Branstad announced Thursday that Brenna Bird would leave his administration after four years of service. A press release did not provide any further details on Bird's future plans.

Bird launched an unsuccessful Republican bid for attorney general in 2010. Her last day is Friday.

Branstad has appointed policy adviser Michael Bousselot as his new legal counsel. He will take over the role on Monday.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 5 2015 1:09PM

Railroad officials say it's unclear how much ethanol has leaked into the Mississippi River following a train derailment in eastern Iowa, but that they're working to monitor the environmental impact and offload fuel from the train.

The cars went off the tracks Wednesday morning in a remote area about 10 miles north of Dubuque.

Canadian Pacific spokesman Jeremy Berry says eight of the 14 derailed cars carrying ethanol appear to be leaking. He says some ethanol has reached the river, but it's unclear how much.

Federal and state environmental agencies are working with Canadian Pacific to set up ethanol monitoring sites downriver.

Local authorities say three cars caught fire and three others plunged into the river. Fires from the accident had been extinguished by Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

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Location : DubuqueIowaMississippi
People : Jeremy Berry
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2015 11:01AM

Authorities in a northeast Iowa county say 53 students were onboard a school bus when it was struck by another vehicle.

Only one student on the bus was taken to a hospital for further examination in the Tuesday morning accident.

Clayton County authorities say emergency responders were sent to the scene after a pickup leaving a parking lot pulled in front of the bus traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 18.

The Cedar Rapids television station says the bus carrying students with the MFL MarMac School District had minimal damage. The pickup was left disabled by the impact.

The truck's driver was cited for failing to yield.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2015 10:51AM

Senate Democrats have given preliminary approval to legislation that would boost school funding above the level sought by the governor.

A set of education funding bills received subcommittee approval in the Democratic-majority Senate Wednesday. Under the proposal, school aid would increase by more than $200 million for the upcoming school year.

That's more than double the amount supported by the Republican-controlled House and by Gov. Terry Branstad. The legislation will now move to the full Senate Education Committee for review.

Lawmakers say the schools need more support. Sen. Tod Bowman, a Democrat from Maquoketa, says the state must do better for students.

Legislators will have to work to find a compromise. House Republicans contend the state cannot afford a significant increase for schools, given existing budget commitments.

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Topics : EducationPolitics
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2015 10:34AM
A fundraising Dinner, Dance, and Silent Auction on behalf of this summers Rose Festival at State Center is taking place this Saturday.

Chairperson Buffi Honeck says the event is called a "Black Tie Affair" and the venue is the Lincoln Valley Country Club at rural State Center.

Honeck says tickets are 50 dollars a couple and the evening includes a social hour at six pm, dinner at 7, silent auction at 7:30, and dancing to the music of the band Final Mix from nine p-m to one a-m. Honeck says proceeds benefit this summer's Rose Festival which will be held from June 18th through the 21st. Dance-only tickets are available for 25 dollars a couple. For ticket information call 641-691-8250.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2015 5:14AM
The Iowa State Music Association State Show Choir Competition will be held at the Marshalltown High School Auditorium Thursday afternoon and evening.

Instructor Amy Ose at Marshalltown High School says its a come and go
type of thing for spectators or you can take in all the performances if you so desire.

BCLUW will perform at 4:05, Grundy Center at 4:30 Marshalltown at 8:55 p-m.
Admission is five dollars, the students will be performing in front of adjudicators
who will be critiquing their work.
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Topics : Education
Location : Marshalltown
People : Amy Ose
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 4 2015 5:00AM
The State Department of Public Safety and the The Iowa State Patrol report that,
during the time of the snow storm this past weekend in Iowa, there were a total of 273 crashes reported in the 99 counties of the state of Iowa and 872 calls for motorist assists.


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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 3 2015 6:02AM
In political news: Senator Rand Paul will make a visit to Marshalltown on
Saturday. Staffers say the visit will be made to Legends American Grill between
nine and nine fourty five a-m. The appearance will be made with Iowa Congressman
Rod Blum.
After the Marshalltown visit Senator Paul will take in the Iowa State
men`s game at Hilton Coliseum in Ames that afternoon.


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Location : Marshalltown
People : Rand PaulRod Blum
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 3 2015 5:42AM
The Marshalltown School Board approved the idea of forming a committee to look
at the idea of having school year round. After members of the public asked them
to do so the board voted unanimously to form a study committee to look into the
idea. A group of community leaders will be charged to study the issue.

In other news Bo Ragland a Junior at Marshalltown High School spoke to the
board about his experiences being a state finalist in a Know Your Constitution
essay contest sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association.

Also, Rick Simpson, of the Building and Grounds Department, is opting to take early retirement after 16 years with the school district.
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Topics : Education
People : Rick Simpson
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 4:19PM

Senate Democrats are again seeking to increase funding for school districts that expand public preschool for 4-year-olds.

A Senate panel gave preliminary approval to a proposal Monday that seeks to expand the IowaStatewide Voluntary Preschool Program, which was established in 2007.

The legislation now moves to the Senate Education Committee. A similar bill failed to win full legislative approval last year.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, introduced the bill. He says students benefit from early education and the state should help more students participate. He said the price tag for the proposal would depend on the number of new students enrolled.

Rep. Ron Jorgenson, a Republican from Sioux City, said he had not reviewed the bill, but that he was concerned about the potential cost.

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Location : Sioux City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 4:16PM

A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would prohibit in Iowa the sale of cleaning products that contain a certain sanitizing agent.

The bill would prohibit a person from selling cleaning products that contain triclosan (TRY'-kloh-san) for the purpose of sanitizing. The ingredient is found in products like soaps and deodorants.

Members of a human resources subcommittee advanced the bill Monday. It now moves to a full committee for review.

The Food and Drug Administration said in 2013 that there is no evidence that anti-bacterial soap cleansers with ingredients like triclosan were more effective than regular soap. The agency is reviewing the safety of triclosan in response to studies about its alleged health risks.

Minnesota last year banned triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products.

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Location : IowaMinnesota
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 4:11PM

Gov. Terry Branstad is hoping to reduce domestic abuse in Iowathrough proposed legislation that would toughen penalties and oversight.

Branstad said Monday he supports a bill that would increase prison time for people repeatedly convicted of domestic abuse assault. It would also increase oversight of domestic abuse offenders by permitting the use of electronic monitoring in some cases.

The bill has been drafted and will now be reviewed by lawmakers in the Legislature. Branstad said he hopes the bill will "end domestic violence in our state.

Sheila Lynch said that tougher laws would have helped protect her daughter, TereseAnn Lynch Moore, who was killed by her estranged husband in 2009. Randall Moore was convicted of murder, kidnapping and sexual abuse and was sentenced to three life sentences.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 4:10PM

Authorities have released the name of a firefighter who died at home after battling a blaze at a 300,000-square-foot building in south-central Iowa.

A city of Centerville news release identified him as Assistant Fire Chief Mike "Coop" Cooper. Cooper had been released from the fire scene at Cowan Enterprises in Centerville on Friday night and had gone home, where he died on Saturday.

Cooper started with the Centerville Fire Department on July 12, 1977.

The owner of the building says everything inside it was destroyed, including campers, pickups, boats and trailers.

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Location : CentervilleIowa
People : Mike
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 11:10AM

Two Waterloo residents have been accused of trying to defraud lottery officials after a winning ticket worth $30,000 was redeemed.

40-year-old Samuel Hirsch and 34-year-old Natasha Nieman each are charged with one count of lottery fraud. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.

Court records say Nieman bought the ticket in Waterloo on June 14. Authorities say Nieman owed money to the state, and that money would have been deducted if she had cashed in the ticket.

Hirsch went with her to Iowa Lottery Regional Headquarters in Cedar Rapids, and authorities say Hirsch was given the winnings after he told officials that he had bought the ticket.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 11:06AM

The trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago is scheduled to begin today in Waterloo.

Fifty-four-year-old Theresa Supino is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found at Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton. Supino has pleaded not guilty.

Supino was married to Fisher at the time of his death, but the couple had separated.

The trial was moved to Black Hawk County after a judge ruled there would be substantial prejudice against Supino if her trial were held in Jasper County.

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Topics : Law_Crime
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 11:00AM

As Iowa's modified Medicaid expansion hits the one-year anniversary mark, some enrollees will be asked to pay small monthly premiums because they haven't completed a physical exam and health questionnaire.

For Gov. Terry Branstad, those health requirements were key provisions for expanding Medicaid in Iowa using funding from President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Iowa received federal approval to make modifications to the traditional Medicaid terms, including setting health requirements and charging contributions.

Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers says the governor "continues to believe that a critical component of improving the health and wellness of Iowa is having citizens take ownership of their health."

Lydia Mitts, a policy analyst with health care advocacy group Families USA, says such incentives might not work and could hurt people who need health coverage.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:58AM

Authorities say a Centerville firefighter has died after fighting a blaze at a 300,000 square-foot building.

The firefighter, who has not been identified by authorities, had been released from the fire scene at Cowan Enterprises on Friday night and had gone home, where he died.

Authorities consider the firefighter's death to have occurred in the line of duty.

The blaze was reported around 7:30 p.m. Friday. When crews arrived, the 50-year-old structure was engulfed in flames.

Crews pulled back after determined there was a 1,000-gallon propane tank outside the building and 500-gallon propane tank inside. The fire was under control by around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The owner of the building says everything inside it was destroyed, including campers, pickups, boats and trailers.

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Location : Centerville
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:57AM

A Des Moines-based grocery chain has been auctioned off piece-by-piece to the highest bidders.

Dahl's Foods Inc. filed for bankruptcy in November. On Friday in a Des Moines bankruptcy court, Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc., of Kansas City, Kansas, bought the assests of seven of Dahl's 10 stores. The cooperative said those stores will be remodeled and renamed.

Iowa grocery chain Hy-Vee bought the assets of the pharmacies at Dahl's three other stores, and Kum & Go Inc. bought a West Des Moines Dahl's location, where it plans to build a convenience store.

Equity Ventures Commercial Development bought the store at 8700 Hickman. It plans to close the store and redevelop the property into retail space.

The remaining store on East 33rd Street was not sold and will close in March.

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Topics : Business_Finance
Location : IowaKansasKansas City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:52AM

A Mason City man who pleaded guilty to hiding bullets in his underwear while in jail has been sentenced to probation.

28-year-old Lover Montgomery was sentenced earlier this month to three years of probation and a suspended five-year prison sentence.

He had pleaded guilty to a felony count of possession of contraband.

A jailer said he found three .380-caliber bullets in Montgomery's underwear when booking him into the Cerro Gordo County Jail for an assault charge on Aug. 6.

The assault charge was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea, but Montgomery currently faces burglary charges for an unrelated case.

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Location : Mason City
People : Lover Montgomery
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:34AM

An Osage man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for vehicular homicide in the death of a Charles City man.

23-year-old Tyler Patrick was also sentenced Friday in Floyd County District Court to a year in prison for driving while drunk. That sentence will run at the same time as his vehicular homicide sentence.

A Mitchell County District Court jury convicted Patrick in December for the Sept. 20, 2013, death of 22-year-old Jesse Wilson, of Charles City.

Wilson was one of six people in the vehicle Patrick was driving. Patrick and the four others were injured in the crash.

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Location : Charles City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:27AM

Police say a 31-year-old Iowa man has died following a snowmobile crash in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Michigan State Police say in a statement that the crash happened late Thursday along Trail No. 8 in Ontonagon County's McMillan Township.

Police say Brandon Laubenthal of Bancroft went off the trail and struck a tree. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:25AM

A northern Iowa fire chief's childhood memories have gone up in smoke with the blaze that destroyed the home where his mother has lived for nearly 60 years.

The blaze began around 11 a.m. Thursday in Stacyville.

Fire Chief Jay Adams' mother was home when the fire began, but she was able to escape safely.

The fire cause is being investigated.

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Location : IowaStacyville
People : Jay Adams
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:23AM

A May trial has been scheduled for a 33-year-old man accused of killing a woman in her Cedar Rapids apartment last year.

Online court records say Bobbie Little, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 37-year-old Shanna Beyhl. She was found dead on April 4. Authorities say Little was charged on April 8 after he was found with Beyhl's cellphone, televisions and other items. Investigators say they found Little's fingerprints at the scene and that Beyhl's DNA was found on clothing and shoes belonging to Little.

The murder trial is set to begin May 18. It had been delayed while Little was examined by mental health experts. Court records say that in December he was found competent to stand trial.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 10:21AM

Waterloo police say a 45-year-old man has been charged in a November stabbing death.

The Waterloo Police Department announced that Martez Smith has been charged with first-degree murder in Shawonyta Norman's death.

Investigators say Smith stabbed Norman several times during a confrontation with him about Smith's previous assault on Norman's sister.

Smith remains in Black Hawk County Jail. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney yet.

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Topics : Law_Crime
People : Martez Smith
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 2 2015 5:22AM
Parts of the area got better than a foot of snow from a nasty winter storm that began
Saturday night and lingered through most of the day Sunday.
The Marshalltown area recieved 44 hundreths of an inch of rain Saturday before the
snow began to fall. The snow event was lengthy in duration and the winds finally
calmed down overnite. The majority of cancellations recieved Sunday had to do
with church activities. Some schools delayed classes Monday some opted to close.
Area highways were listed as completely covered according to the State Transportation Department website. Airports had some flight cancellations in and
out of the Chicago area but otherwise operated normally. Some areas in Iowa got better than a foot of snow. Officials say they were thankful it happened on a Sunday
as opposed to a weekday. Marshalltown had a peak wind gust Sunday of 44 miles per hour.
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Topics : Weather
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Feb 1 2015 5:56AM
Alliant Energy is reporting numerous power outages across central Iowa, as a result of snowfall in the state.
According to Alliant Energy officials, power outages continue to increase across the state and may continue until snow lets up sometime later Sunday. As of early Sunday morning, Jasper, Marshall, Grundy, Story, Hardin, and Tama counties were all experiencing power issues. Marshall county is near the top of the list with upwards of 342 outages in the area.
As snowfall in the region approaches the one-foot mark today, power outages may continue at a rather frequent rate. To report an outage or for more information go to myaccount.alliantenergy.com. If there is a severe issue, including a power line downage, call 1-800-255-4268.
Stay tuned to Kix 101.1 and 1230 KFJB for continuous weather updates.
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Location : Central IowaHardinIowaMarshallStoryTama
People : GrundyJasper