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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 11:01AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad insists his staff knew nothing of settlement agreements with state workers that included clauses requiring secrecy before late March when reports surfaced in the media and they didn't know payments had been made for that secrecy.

Branstad is responding Monday to last week's Senate Government Oversight Committee hearing in which former Department of Administrative Services attorney Ryan Lamb said he told the governor's chief of staff documents might exist showing money was negotiated for secrecy.

Branstad says Chief of Staff Matt Hinch met with Lamb twice and both times Lamb insisted there were no payments made for promises of secrecy.

Lamb later called Hinch after recalling there could be an email showing a payment was offered.

It later surfaced creating questions around who knew about secret settlements.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:48AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Auditors say a state-run center for the disabled improperly awarded dozens of no-bid construction contracts to the family business of a high-ranking Iowa purchasing official.

State Auditor Mary Mosiman released findings Monday of an investigation into Department of Administrative Services employee Lois Schmitz and her family business, BluePrint Homes LLC.

The report says Woodward Resource Center gave the company $505,000 in contracts in one year. Most payments were improperly split into amounts of less than $10,000 to avoid competitive bidding.

The report says Schmitz failed to disclose the payments to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board as required.

Schmitz was fired last year after bosses accused her of a conflict of interest. But an arbitrator reinstated her in January after determining she had no role in awarding the contracts.

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Topics : Social Issues
Location : IowaIowa City
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:48AM

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old Marine from Iowa who was killed in Afghanistan is being remembered as a kind and strong young man.

A large crowd attended Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff's funeral Sunday afternoon.

Pastor Mark Hornback says he knows Wolff's family appreciated the support. Volunteers helped set up hundreds of American flags along the funeral procession route this weekend.

Adam's twin brother, Aaron Wolff, thanked everyone for acknowledging his brother's life. Aaron Wolff says his brother was his hero and the most important person in his life.

Adam Wolff died along with two other Marines on June 20 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. All three were assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

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Topics : Human Interest
Location : HelmandIowaNorth CarolinaOttumwa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:46AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The loud cry for voter ID and voter fraud investigations is fading to a whimper as Iowa's top election official prepares to leave and those seeking to replace him downplay the politically charged issues.

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz leaves in January after pursuing high profile voter fraud investigations costing $250,000, proposing a voter purge rule for those lacking citizenship proof, and lobbying for voter ID.

Brad Anderson, the Democrat seeking the office opposes voter ID and says he would immediately end criminal fraud investigations. He says Iowa's 99 should use the same computerized poll book program.

Republican former Secretary of State Paul Pate also supports statewide electronic poll books, which he says if designed right can accomplish the same ends as voter ID without alienating or disenfranchising people.

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Topics : Politics
Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:45AM

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — An 84-year-old Grundy County man has died after his tractor lunged forward and hit him.

Harold Voss was trying to start his International 674 tractor Friday when the machine started and lunged forward, knocking him to the ground. The accident happened at Voss' farm, about two miles northwest of Grundy Center.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says Voss was taken to Grundy Memorial Hospital, where he died.

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Location : Grundy CountyIowa
People : Harold Voss
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:44AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Republican Party has voted to replace its current chairman with a former state lawmaker.

The state central committee on Saturday chose former state Rep. Jeff Kauffman, of Wilton, as the new party chairman. Kaufmann replaces Danny Carroll, a former lobbyist for the Family Leader, a conservative Christian group.

The vote came after new committee members were elected earlier this year, with the support of Gov. Terry Branstad. Branstad wants the party unified to protect Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

Kaufmann, a loyal Branstad supporter, says he will work to unite the party, raise money and get Republican voters to the polls. Kaufmann set an immediate goal of raising $300,000 over the next three months.

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Topics : Politics
Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:43AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police say they've identified a suspect in the vandalism of a Herky statue and expect to file a felony charge.

Police are in the process of contacting the alleged vandal, who is accused of damaging the "Organic Herky" statue located downtown.

Authorities say they won't release a name until the person is formally charged. The expected charge is second-degree criminal mischief.

Iowa City police officer David Schwindt says the suspect apparently punched agriculture-themed, fiberglass statue, which caused its ankles to crack.

The Iowa City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has removed the statue for repairs, which will cost an estimated $1,300. The statue is one of 83 included in the Herky on Parade displays.

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Location : IowaIowa City
People : David Schwindt
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 30 2014 9:42AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New state laws aimed at corn growers, drones and electronic cigarettes are set to go into effect Tuesday in Iowa.

The laws will allow for potential increases in Iowa's corn promotion check-off, impose new restrictions on e-cigarettes and prohibit the state and local governments from using drones to enforce traffic laws.

Another law will allow consumers to use gift certificates indefinitely. The state Board of Educational Examiners will also receive the power to discipline teachers who engage in relationships with recent former students.

Iowa will also allow household pets to be included in protection orders in domestic abuse cases. The state will also provide services for minors forced into prostitution, instead of prosecuting them.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jun 27 2014 9:09AM
There was a tragic fatal s-u-v bicycle accident in Story County on Thursday.
 
According to the Story County Sheriffs office the victim is 13 year old Timothy Jenks of Ames who was part of a group of bicyclers who were on 580th Avenue when the accident occurred, Jenks apparently made contact with another bike and veered to the left going south bound and was hit by a vehicle driven by 25 year old Ashley Ishmael of Cambridge.
 
An investigation into the accident does continue.
 
 
 
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Location : CambridgeStory County
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Jun 27 2014 5:06AM
Former Iowa Hawkeye Devyn Marble was picked by the Orlando Magic in last nights NBA Draft. Meanwhile highly touted former Ames prep Doug McDermott was drafted by the Denver Nuggets and then traded to the Chicago Bulls.
 
 
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Topics : Sports
People : Doug McDermott
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