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2014-07-28

Hatch criticizes Branstad on limited debate plan

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch is criticizing Gov. Terry Branstad for refusing to negotiate the number, location, and details for a series of debates. Hatch, a Democratic state senator from Des Moines, says Branstad has said he'll do three…

posted 2014-07-28 20:52:45 by KXEL

Former Iowa securities agent faces theft charges

A former Iowa securities agent has been extradited from Texas to face charges of stealing investment money. The Iowa attorney general's office said Monday that 55-year-old David William Johnson, of Keller, Texas, faces four counts of felony first-degree theft and…

posted 2014-07-28 20:51:16 by KXEL

Police work to ID man found in Des Moines River

Authorities say a man found dead in the Des Moines River may have been in the water for up to two weeks. Des Moines police said Monday that an autopsy has been completed on the man, but his identification remains…

posted 2014-07-28 20:49:38 by KXEL

Police: Teen in Iowa City shooting escaped facility

Police say a 17-year-old boy who allegedly shot a weapon into the air at Iowa City's pedestrian mall had earlier escaped from a juvenile home. Iowa City police say the teenager had escaped from the Eldora State Training School for…

posted 2014-07-28 20:48:25 by KXEL

Authorities: Fire destroys railroad bridge

Authorities say a fire has completely destroyed a railroad bridge in eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says multiple departments responded to the Monday fire near the Massey Station. Crews extinguished the blaze several hours…

posted 2014-07-28 20:47:19 by KXEL

Waterloo teacher accused of sexual contact with girl

A Waterloo teacher has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Waterloo police say 32-year-old Daniel Paul Ankrum was arrested Friday on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual exploitation by a school employee. Ankrum is a teacher at…

posted 2014-07-28 13:29:59 by KXEL

Jury selection begins in Wisconsin kidnapping

Jury selection has begun in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures in Iowa. Kristen Smith faces one count of kidnapping in federal court.  She could…

posted 2014-07-28 12:33:05 by KXEL

Auditor: state budgeting better, relies on surplus

The state auditor in her annual review of the state budget says Iowa's political leaders have improved spending practices but Iowa still spends more than it takes in and covers the difference by dipping into a budget surplus. Auditor Mary…

posted 2014-07-28 12:15:56 by KXEL

Driver charged after hitting two Waterloo houses

Waterloo Police have arrested the driver of a car after hitting two homes in the 900 block of Broadway Street. Officers were called to the scene of the crash at 7:43 Sunday night.  Officers say the driver first hit the…

posted 2014-07-28 10:32:52 by KXEL

Butler County to hold emergency response drill

Butler County Emergency Management will hold an emergency response drill near the ethanol plant in Shell Rock on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Local emergency response units will take part in the drill, which is funded through a federal grant program.…

posted 2014-07-28 09:59:47 by KXEL

People rescued after boat overturns near Dubuque

At least a half-dozen people have been rescued after their boat overturned on the Mississippi River near Dubuque. Nate Johnson with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the incident occurred Saturday. At least three other boats went to help…

posted 2014-07-28 09:04:48 by KXEL

Ankeny expects to profit from special census

Ankeny expects to profit from paying about $865,000 for a special census The special count this year is expected to show Ankeny has grown to at least 53,000 residents, well beyond its official 2010 count of nearly 45,600.  City Manager…

posted 2014-07-28 06:54:05 by KXEL

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