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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2015 5:42AM

A fire at a Clear Lake warehouse caused significant damage to the structure and sent a plume of smoke high above the northern Iowa city.

The fire was reported at 4:41 a.m. NTI Limited.

Fire department spokesman Billy Krefft says arriving firefighters found numerous tires aflame. Hours later, thick smoke was still pouring out of the building.

About two dozen firefighters from Clear Lake and Ventura were called to the fire.

The company sells axles, tires and wheels for trailers.

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People : Billy Krefft
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Dec 1 2015 5:39AM

Police are investigating the deaths of two people in a Des Moines home as homicides.

Officers were dispatched to the home a little before 3 p.m. Monday. A police news release says the officers found the bodies of 36-year-old Bryon Howard and 31-year-old Heather Belieu.

Police have not said how the two were killed. No arrests have been reported.

Investigators say they're looking for person of interest in the case, 35-year-old Michael Wanchanic.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 30 2015 5:40AM
Two state lawmakers are raising concerns about Governor Terry Branstad's plans to continue to shift Iowa's Medicaid operation to private management, after a judge recommended that the state throw out one of four contracts awarded to companies to run the program. The Des Moines Register reports Administrative Law Judge Christie Scase recommended Wednesday that Iowa reverse its contract with Florida-based WellCare. Branstad spokesman Ben Hammes said the decision allows the privatization plans to move forward.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 30 2015 5:37AM
Voters in Waterloo will pick a new mayor and city council member in a runoff election. Quentin Hart and Tim Hurley are both running for mayor. The candidates have waged a civil campaign and agree on many issues, but they say voters have a distinct choice when they head to the polls for Tuesday's runoff elections.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 30 2015 5:35AM
 Authorities are investigating a shooting that killed one man and injured another in downtown Des Moines. Police say 21-year-old Edmanuel Perez died and 23-year-old Andrew Hurley-Boyd was hospitalized in the shooting. Officers responded to the incident around 1:10 a.m. Sunday in the city's popular Court Avenue district.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 28 2015 6:41AM
(Waterloo, IA) - A Waterloo woman is spending this Thanksgiving weekend behind bars, for allegedly robbing a cellphone store. It happened early Thursday morning. Police say, 41-year-old Cheryl Wanchanic, was armed with a knife, when she held up the storein Waterloo. She's being charged with First-Degree Robbery and is currently being held in the Black Hawk County Jail.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 28 2015 6:38AM
(Des Moines, IA) - A fire interrupted holiday shopping, at a West Des Moines Target on Thanksgiving night. According to reports, the fire broke out in the kitchen of the store. The building was evacuated around 8:30pm Thanksgiving night. No injuries werereported. The Target store was open in time for all those Black Friday holiday shoppers.  
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 28 2015 6:35AM
(Marshalltown, IA) - The folks at the Salvation Army were hard at work this Thanksgiving holiday. According to Major Ben Stillwell, 613 Thanksgiving meals were served up to the community. Major Stillwell says, now it's onto the annual bell ringing campaign and getting those holiday baskets ready for the needy.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 28 2015 6:31AM
(Newton, IA) - republican Presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz is back on the campaign trail following the Thanksgiving holiday. Senator Cruz will swing through Newton and Tama tomorrow afternoon. He's scheduled to speak at the Pizza Ranch in Newton, tomorrow afternoon at 2:30pm...followed by an appearance at Casey's in Tama at 4 o'clock. Everyone is welcome to attend.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 27 2015 5:55AM

A West Liberty man has been accused of shooting his friend, and his friend has been accused of lying about how he got shot.

Iowa City police say 21-year-old Jonathan Salas Jr., of West Liberty, was riding with his friend, 19-year-old Sergio Martinez, of Iowa City, on Nov. 1. Police say Salas removed an ammo magazine from a pistol he had. He then pointed the gun at Martinez's legs and pulled the trigger. The gun fired and the bullet went through both of Martinez's legs.

Martinez later told police he was shot while walking through an apartment complex by some men he didn't know.

Salas is charged with reckless use of a firearm. Martinez is charged with filing a false police report. It's unclear whether either man has an attorney.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 27 2015 5:52AM
A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire in Cedar Falls that damaged three vehicles and a shed. Cedar Falls police say 30-year-old Nicholas Kollasch was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 27 2015 5:48AM

An administrative law judge has recommended Iowa throw out one of four contracts awarded to private companies set to take over the state's Medicaid program in January.

Judge Christie Scase says in a ruling Wednesday that Iowa should reverse its contract with Florida-based WellCare. The Des Moines Register reports the ruling is considered a "proposed decision." It's unclear how it will affect plans to let WellCare and three other companies run Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program for the poor and disabled.

The ruling says WellCare should have disclosed information early to state officials about fraud or mismanagement involving former executives. WellCare officials said in a statement it will challenge the ruling.

Governor Terry Branstad said in a statement Wednesday his office is working to ensure things remain on schedule.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 4:31PM
(Marshalltown, IA) - Police were called to a home in Laurel this morning and discovered a 25-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Police arrived at the home along Market Street shortly before 3:30am this morning. Three adults were insde the home at the time of the shooting. The victim was airlifted to a Des Moines Trauma Center. No word yet on his condition. The Sherriff's office says, the public is not in any danger. 
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 4:27PM
(Waukee, IA) - A man accused of murder in Waukee is pleading not guilty. 42-year-old Brendan McGuinness, was back in court today. He's accused of fatally shooting 41-year-old Gino Risola. Authorities say, McGuinness ambushed Risola, when he and his wife returned home, earlier this month. Trial has been set for February 1st. 
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 4:24PM
(Des Moines, IA) - Police have arrested a man, responsible for a fatal accident in a Des Moines neighborhood. 24-year-old troy Mure has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide. The crash happened earlier this week. Mure claims, he was being chased by a group of individuals, when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole. 22-year-old Salicity Boyd was killed in the crash.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 9:48AM
Marshall County authorities have an investigation of a shooting in the Laurel area underway. A call came in at 3:30 a-m Wednesday morning to an address in the Laurel area about a 25 year old man who suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Deputy Steve Hoffman of the Marshall County Sheriff`s Department says there were thre adults in the home at the time and they cooperated with authorities. The man was taken to Central Iowa Health Care and then by air ambulance to a Des Moines area hospital. It was originally thought that the shooting was accidential in nature, but the sheriffs department decided to conduct an investigation. No i-d on the man as of yet or a condition report.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 5:52AM

It's been 30 years since a fiery plane crash killed much of Iowa State's women's cross country team, just hours after a surprising second place finish at a championship meet.

On Wednesday, surviving runners will join with running enthusiasts and others at the site where the twin-engine plane went down in a quiet Des Moines neighborhood. The crash that icy evening of Nov. 25, 1985, killed three runners, two coaches, an athletic trainer and the pilot.

Jill Slettedahl-Winter, of Danville, Kentucky, was an 18-year-old freshman that day. She recalls how one of the best days of her life suddenly became the worst.

Residents plan to establish a permanent memorial near the crash site.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 5:48AM
General Mills has set a deadline for its conversion to all cage-free eggs by 2025. The Minnesota-based company, whose brands include Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Progresso soups and Yoplait yogurt, initially announced its plans to go cage-free in July. But it updated its animal welfare policy Tuesday to establish the 10-year time frame.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 25 2015 5:45AM
 The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is adjusting its security measures at Memorial Stadium for the football game against Iowa on Friday. Officials are asking fans to arrive early to expedite entry before the 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Gates open at 1 p.m.
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Location : IowaLincolnNebraska
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 24 2015 5:48AM
 Iowa egg farms are gradually recovering from the bird flu that destroyed 25 million of the state's egg-laying hens this spring. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report Monday that Iowa egg production during October was 753 million eggs. That's up 2 percent from September but down 47 percent from a year ago. Iowa, typically by far the nation's leading egg producer, fell behind Ohio.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 24 2015 5:44AM

The Des Moines City Council has approved reconstruction of a landmark downtown bridge in downtown Des Moines.

The council took the action Monday and that the bridge could reopen to pedestrians and bicyclists within the next year.

A preservation group already has reached its $2.3 million fundraising goal to help save the structure. The Southwest Fifth Street bridge was built in 1898 and is commonly known as the Jackson Street bridge. It was closed in March 2013 after an engineering report cited deterioration and safety concerns. The report cited an estimated repair cost of between $1.75 million and $3.75 million.

by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 24 2015 5:41AM

Gov. Terry Branstad has pardoned two turkeys as part of an annual Thanksgiving tradition in Iowa.

Branstad issued the special proclamation Monday outside Terrace Hill in Des Moines for two turkeys named Zoey and Spike.

Branstad noted during brief remarks that the birds had survived bird flu this year. The disease killed more than 1.1 million turkeys in the state.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : SpikeTerry Branstad
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 4:21PM
(Des Moines, IA) - Trial has been set for a Des Moines man accused of fatally shooting his neighbor. 30-year-old Patrick Kirwan was back in court, where he plead not guilty to first-degree murder. Kirwan is accused of fatally shooting, 35-year-old Mark Hruska. Trial has been set for February 29th. We'll keep you updated.
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Location : Des Moines
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 4:16PM
(Forest City, IA) - Some disturbing news out of Forest City...where a former Kindergarten teacher, has plead guilty to inappropriately touching a child. Trial for 62-year-old Allen Twait has been set for December 9th. He's accused of allegedly fondling a child last February. twait has been placed on adminsitrative leave..while his trial is pending. We'll keep you updated.
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People : Allen Twait
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 4:13PM
(Waterloo, IA) - Firefighters in Waterloo are investigating a blaze that wiped out a welding shop. It happened late Friday afternoon. Crews report, the cold and Friday's snow storm, made the high rising flames, even more difficult to battle. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 4:10PM
(Des Moines, IA) - Des Moines Police are investigating a double homicide. Police were called to a home on the city's northeast side, late Sunday night. They discovered 42-year-old Amy Fraaken and her 16-year-old daughter, Amber Fraaken, had been fatally shot by a family member. The suspect was taken to a Des Moines hospital for self-inflicted injuries. At this point, police have not filed any charges.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 5:48AM
 Following protests over his hiring earlier this fall, the new president of the University of Iowa is getting some support from the business community. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports more than 100 community and business leaders gathered Friday morning to offer support to Bruce Harreld and to apologize for the negative reaction he has received on campus.
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 5:44AM

The mayor of the small eastern Iowa city of Swisher announced recently he would defy state orders to halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees. The public statement gained plenty of attention, and some local residents say they're still unsure what to think about the sudden spotlight on their community.

Mayor Christopher Taylor says a proclamation he released Wednesday was a symbolic move to show that orders by Governor Terry Branstad are not a reflection of all Iowans.

At least one City Council member says she disagreed with Taylor's move. Another local says residents were surprised by the news about the city near Cedar Rapids.

Taylor says the response to the proclamation has been mostly positive, though he expects some of Swisher's roughly 900 residents disagreed with it.

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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 23 2015 5:22AM
An Iowa man who is interested in economics and international relations is one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars who will have the opportunity to attend prestigious Oxford University in England. Iowa City native Jeffrey Ding was one of the winners announced Sunday out of 869 applicants. In addition to economics, Ding is also studying political science and Chinese at the University of Iowa.
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Topics : Education
Location : Iowa
People : Jeffrey Ding
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Nov 21 2015 6:08AM
Rescue crews rescued a man from a vehicle Friday afternoon after the vehicle left the road and slid into a creek near Adel during the snow storm. The man was extricated and then taken to an area hospital where he was treated for non life threatening injuries.
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