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2014-04-05

Man charged in hatchet death pleads guilty

A Fort Dodge man accused of using a hatchet to kill another man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. Twenty-nine-year-old Ronald Dilley had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Steven Fisher, whose…

posted 2014-04-05 20:32:37 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids police investigate suspicious death

Cedar Rapids police are investigating what they're calling a suspicious death on the city's southwest side. Police responded to a request to check on the welfare of a person at 228 Jacolyn Drive SW about 4:30 Friday afternoon. Officers found…

posted 2014-04-05 11:24:03 by KXEL

Des Moines man stabbed, robbed of casino winnings

Police say a Des Moines man was stabbed, threatened with a gun and robbed of $500 he had just won at a casino. The robbery happened around 4 a.m. Friday. The 28-year-old victim told police he was approached by three…

posted 2014-04-05 11:21:37 by KXEL

New Vienna man accused of attacking family

Police have arrested a 27-year-old eastern Iowa man accused of attacking several members of his family, including his infant son and his 50-year-old mother. Officers were called to a New Vienna house early Friday. Investigators say Troy Devore had assaulted…

posted 2014-04-05 11:19:37 by KXEL

Des Moines officials take control of illegal goat

Authorities in Des Moines say they have taken control of a goat whose owner tried to flee with the animal. A city animal control officer responded to reports Thursday of a goat running loose.  The officer responded to the area…

posted 2014-04-05 06:42:54 by KXEL

Waterloo woman pleads guilty in stabbing death

A 40-year-old Waterloo woman has pleaded guilty in the 2013 stabbing death of her former boyfriend. Keisha Lesha Magee pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder for the death of 28-year-old John Ladell Bass. Magee had been charged with first-degree murder…

posted 2014-04-05 06:40:47 by KXEL

Broadband bill could strip local authority

A bill intended to expand broadband access to rural Iowans also includes language that could limit the ability of local governments to regulate the placement of cell towers. Both the state Senate and House are wrangling with details on the…

posted 2014-04-05 06:39:34 by KXEL

2014-04-04

Vilsack: No secret payments when he was governor

Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack says there was no money paid to anyone during his administration to keep quiet and he's unconvinced there were confidential settlements with workers. Vilsack, now U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, told reporters Friday after being interviewed…

posted 2014-04-04 14:09:00 by KXEL

Vilsack: Ag economy remains strong due to exports

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says he's confident the agricultural economy will remain strong despite an expected drop in farm income next year as corn prices lag and a pig virus reduces herds. Vilsack, in an interview Friday for…

posted 2014-04-04 14:07:29 by KXEL

Dubuque medical group donates funds to schools

A Dubuque medical group has donated $150,000 to help high school students pursue careers in health care. The Medical Associates Clinic Foundation of Dubuque says $50,000 each will be given to three area high schools over the next three years.…

posted 2014-04-04 12:13:54 by KXEL

'American Gothic' figures will look over Iowa State Fair

The iconic figures in Grant Wood's painting "American Gothic" have taken up temporary residence at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. A 25-foot-tall replica of the farmer and his daughter will remain at the fairgrounds in east Des Moines for the next…

posted 2014-04-04 10:37:41 by KXEL

Iowa Supreme Court adopts new media rules for courtrooms

A rule going into effect May 1 will allow members of the news media to use laptops and cell phones in Iowa courtrooms with permission. The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday approved updates to the rules governing news media coverage…

posted 2014-04-04 10:36:34 by KXEL

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