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

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

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

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

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


by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 9:53AM

An 18 year old Marshalltown man has been arrested on charges of 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse. Police  Captain Mike Hanken indentifies the suspect as Daniell Lee Sanchez.
He says the investigation into the case which involves a 14 year old juvenile female
stretches back to April 10th. Captain Hanken says the charge is a Class C Felony.



 
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Location : Marshalltown
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 5:49AM
A little dog picked up as a stray in Iowa has been reunited with the Louisiana girl who lost him three years ago. A Cedar Rapids animal control worker flew to New Orleans Wednesday to give Sam the Yorkshire terrier back to Karisa Lambert. Officials tracked her down using the dog's implanted microchip.
 
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Topics : Human Interest
Location : IowaLouisianaNew Orleans
People : Karisa Lambert
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 5:44AM
Authorities say a Cedar Falls City Council candidate and a youth football coach were among several arrests made following a prostitution investigation in Waterloo. Police conducted an operation at a local hotel, resulting in the arrests of 11 people, including 29-year-old Travis Biggs, who announced his candidacy for the Cedar Falls City Council last month.
 
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Topics : Social Issues
People : Travis Biggs
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 30 2015 5:39AM
State agriculture officials say the deadly bird flu virus is suspected on two more Iowa chicken farms and two more turkey operations. Officials say initial tests indicate the virus on two turkey farms in Buena Vista County. One has 50,000 birds and the count on the other farm is still pending.

Bird flu isn't suspected in the deaths of hundreds of waterfowl collected in the Mississippi River near northeastern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said that four types of waterfowl are being tested to determine cause of death.


 

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 29 2015 5:54AM
Former Iowa egg industry executives Jack and Peter DeCoster are appealing their jail sentences. The two men who were sentenced to three months for their roles in a food poisoning outbreak in 2010 argue that jail time is unconstitutional for the crime.
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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 29 2015 5:48AM
The mother of a 10-year-old eastern Iowa girl whose abduction prompted an Amber Alert last month has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor child endangerment charges. Forty-four-year-old Shelly Johns entered a guilty plea April 21. Criminal complaints allege Johns burned her daughter in the face with a cigarette, smacked and kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also claim she kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence. Her husband, 48-year-old Kenneth Johns, is accused of abducting the girl from a Solon home in early March.
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Location : Eastern IowaIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:39PM

The mother of a 10-year-old eastern Iowa girl whose abduction prompted an Amber Alert last month has pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor child endangerment charges.

44-year-old Shelly Johns entered a guilty plea April 21. Online court records show she originally entered a not guilty plea before withdrawing it last week.

An attorney for Johns declined to comment on the plea deal.

Criminal complaints allege Johns burned her daughter in the face with a cigarette, smacked and kicked her and pulled her hair. Police also claim she kept drugs inside the house where she lived with the girl and used them in her presence.

Her husband, 48-year-old Kenneth Johns, is accused of abducting the girl from a Solon home in early March.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:37PM

Legislation that would make it harder for two energy projects to win eminent domain rights has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Legislature.

Subcommittees in the House and Senate met jointly Tuesday and approved identical legislation on the issue. Under the proposal, a project seeking eminent domain to build through private properties could only get permission after negotiating voluntary deals for at least 75 percent of the affected land.

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

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:36PM

Authorities say more than $40,000 in equipment has been stolen from a Waterloo welding supply company.

A Superior Welding employee arrived for work Monday to discover anywhere from $40,000 to $50,000 worth of equipment missing. Items stolen include cutting tools, helmets, copper and more.

Investigators say it seems that someone broke a piece of glass on the front door to get inside. They say the burglary occurred sometime between when the store closed Friday night and opened Monday morning.

No arrests have been made in the case, which remains under investigation.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:35PM

Staffers in the Iowa Legislature are starting some of the tasks associated with adjourning the session, even though lawmakers are not close to concluding the budget process.

Student pages in the Iowa Senate were organizing boxes in the chamber Tuesday for members to pack up desks. As per tradition, they also stacked the boxes up to the balcony until they collapsed.

Friday will mark the last day for lawmakers to receive daily expense payments, as well as the final day of work for many clerks and pages in the part-time Legislature.

But lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Senate and Republican-controlled House have not reached a compromise deal on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:34PM

Two men have been rescued after their rubber raft became stuck on a river dam in Mason City.

Police, firefighters and medics were dispatched to the Winnebago River dam around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Rescuers threw the men a rope and then pulled the raft to shore.

Authorities say 26-year-old Rusty Thorngren and 45-year-old Marc Ciska were cited for public intoxication. Online court records don't list the names of attorneys who could be contacted to comment on behalf of Thorngren and Ciska.

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Location : IowaMason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:32PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Iowa this month to talk about his liberal beliefs. But most Iowans have no idea who he is.

A new poll released Tuesday revealed that 67 percent of Hawkeye State residents don't know enough about de Blasio to have an opinion.

The Public Policy Polling survey says that 18 percent have a favorable opinion of the mayor while 15 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

The poll was of 466 Democratic voters. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

De Blasio spoke in Des Moines about the need to fight income inequality.

He has taken clear steps to try to raise his national profile but has steadfastly denied considering a presidential run.

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Topics : PoliticsSocial Issues
Location : Des MoinesIowaNew York CityNyc
People : Bill de Blasio
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:31PM

Regulators are suing the owners of two Ames restaurants to try to collect nearly $600,000 in wages that they say are owed to workers.

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the husband and wife who own Mongolian Buffet and the recently-closed King Buffet.

The lawsuit alleges the owners, Li Ying Li and Jian Yum Zheng, did not pay some employees the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and did not pay overtime premiums.

The lawsuit says kitchen employees and servers were expected to work 72 hours per week. Some of them were paid a fixed salary of $450 weekly.

Regulators say 38 employees are owed $597,000 in past wages from March 2012 to March 2014.

Li said she wasn't aware of the lawsuit and declined comment.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:29PM

More details are emerging about the decision to fire Evansdale's police chief, with accusations ranging from the man creating a hostile work environment to engaging in inappropriate relationships.

Documents obtained on Monday detail complaints against Kent Smock, who was fired from the department April 14 in a closed city council meeting. Much of the information in the documents, which comes from Smock's personnel file, has been withheld.

According to the documents, seven officers signed a complaint about Smock's behavior, saying he lacked "honesty, integrity and respect for police employees."

Evansdale Mayor Doug Faas declined the television station's request to comment specifically about the allegations.

Smock had been with the department since 2012 and was leading the investigation of the abduction and slayings of two young cousins.

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Location : Evansdale
People : Doug FaasKent Smock
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:27PM

The first dog flu case in Iowa has been confirmed in Sioux City.

Dr. Kyoung-Jin Yoon with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Iowa State University says samples from a sick dog treated at the Perry Creek Animal Hospital are believed to be the latest strain of canine flu, H3N2. He says the specific strain hasn't yet been confirmed.

The virus has swept the Midwest in recent weeks, sickening more than 1,000 dogs and killing five between January and March.

Dr. David Ray, the veterinarian who first treated the sick dog April 20 in Sioux City, says the owners reported his health was improving as of Monday. He says about half of animal clinics in the area have reported dogs with flu-like symptoms, including fever, nasal discharge and a dry cough.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:25PM

Court officials say jury selection got underway Tuesday in a Sioux City courtroom for the trial of the second man charged with killing two elderly people in Crawford County.

A judge granted a venue change for 20-year-old Jayden Chapman because news coverage of the case. Another man charged in the slayings of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga, 27-year-old Michael Schenk, was sentenced last month to two life terms for his role in the killings.

Authorities say Schenk and Chapman shot the pair at a trailer home in Deloit in March 2014 and then set it on fire. Investigators have said Schenk and Chapman probably were on the property to steal scrap metal.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 4:52PM

Officials say an Iowa man has died after falling while painting a water tower with a work crew in the southern Illinois town of Damiansville.

The Clinton County coroner's office identified the victim of the Monday afternoon accident as 31-year-old Dustin L. Spilman of Ventura, Iowa. He was part of a crew from Elgin, Iowa, hired to paint the water tower.

The coroner says workers notified sheriff's deputies just before 2 p.m. Monday. Spilman was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese.

Coroner Phillip Moss says Spilman was apparently working his way to the top of the water tower when he fell. Moss says that's about 100 feet high.

An autopsy is planned Tuesday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 7:58AM
A California man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movies has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in Jasper County. Thirty-three-year-old David LaVera entered his plea yesterday. Authorities say that while LaVera was in Jasper Countylast year, he posed as a "Twilight" actor and visited two Newton schools. Prosecutors say LaVera inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:45AM
Students at a West Des Moines high school have presented a petition to the school board to extend its nondiscrimination policy to those who rent the school district's facilities.

According to reports, students from Valley High School presented a petition to revise policy to require renters to sign an agreement that they would abide by the district's policy regarding protection for sexual orientation and gender identity.

The petition comes on the heels of criticism officials at Dowling Catholic High School have received for opting not to hire a substitute teacher full time after learning he was gay.

Dowling Catholic High School has a long-standing agreement with the district to use its football field.

Some school board members have expressed interest in reviewing the policy. H. Milton Cole-Duvall commended the students for their actions.


 
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:41AM
The daughter of former NBA player Scottie Pippen has been arrested on allegations that she urinated in an Iowa City hotel lobby. The Iowa City Police Department says 20-year-old Sierra Pippen was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel on a charge of public intoxication. A police complaint says an officer reported Pippen smelling of alcohol and having impaired speech and balance in a walkway near the hotel. She refused a preliminary alcohol screening. Pippen is an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 28 2015 5:38AM
State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in a large egg-laying flock in northwest Iowa, plus four more poultry farms.

Initial tests indicated the presence of the H5N2 virus on an egg-laying farm with 3.7 million chickens in Sioux County.

Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Monday the virus will cost producers about a sixth of Iowa's 60 million hens.

Northey says other probable cases have been identified at two farms in O'Brien County, one in Osceola County and another in Sioux County. More than 2 million chickens combined were on those farms.

Final confirmation of tests is expected later Monday or Tuesday. If confirmed, all of the birds will be killed to prevent spread of the disease.

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Topics : Environment
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 27 2015 4:54PM

State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in a large egg-laying flock in northwest Iowa, plus four more poultry farms.

Initial tests indicated the presence of the H5N2 virus on an egg-laying farm with 3.7 million chickens in Sioux County.

Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Monday the virus will cost producers about a sixth of Iowa's 60 million hens.

Northey says other probable cases have been identified at two farms in O'Brien County, one in Osceola County and another in Sioux County. More than 2 million chickens combined were on those farms.

Final confirmation of tests is expected later Monday or Tuesday. If confirmed, all of the birds will be killed to prevent spread of the disease.

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Topics : Environment
People : Bill Northey
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 27 2015 4:53PM

A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a bank robbery.

22-year-old Jonathan Birdnecklace was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. He has been ordered to serve a minimum of seven years before he is eligible for parole and pay $200 in restitution to Great Southern Bank in Sioux City.

Court documents say Birdnecklace admitted in October to writing a note demanding $1,500 from a bank teller and pretending to have a weapon. He was arrested about half an hour later.

A phone number for Birdnecklace's attorney could not be located to request comment on his behalf.

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Location : IowaSioux CityWestern Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 27 2015 4:51PM

A Mason City cement company has received several citations from a federal agency following safety inspections conducted in March.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration on Monday announced that Lehigh Cement Company in Mason City was issued 24 citations for violations of the Mine Act, which prioritizes the health and safety of employees in coal or other mining industries.

Of the 24 citations, seven were deemed violations likely to cause serious injury or illness, while the remaining 17 violations were determined less likely to pose such a risk.

Federal inspectors issued a total of 188 citations across the country and two orders to remove employees from particularly hazardous work environments.

Lehigh Cement Company produces cement and construction materials in the U.S. and Canada.

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Location : IowaMason City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Apr 27 2015 4:50PM

A burnt bowl of macaroni and cheese forced a brief evacuation at the Iowa Capitol.

Iowa Department of Administrative Services spokesman Caleb Hunter says Monday that somebody's lunch burned in a microwave behind the Senate Chambers on the second floor of the Capitol. He says the smoke prompted a short evacuation of the entire building during the morning.

Hunter says he wasn't aware of any property damages or injuries due to the incident.

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Location : Iowa
People : Caleb Hunter
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