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Iowa firm selling new pure vodka in the state

An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago. A pure vodka is…

posted 2014-08-31 20:18:29 by KXEL


5 firefighters hurt in downtown Des Moines fire

Five firefighters have been treated for injuries they received fighting a fire in a downtown Des Moines building. Officials say the firefighters' injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The fire was reported shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday in the…

posted 2014-08-30 11:40:36 by KXEL

Officials: Polk County inmate has died

Officials say a Polk County inmate found hanging and unconscious in a cell last week has died. The inmate, whose identity has not been released, died Monday at a hospital. Officials say the inmate was found hanging in the cell…

posted 2014-08-30 11:39:38 by KXEL

3 hurt in crash near Janesville

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 218 and Cedar-Wapsi Road Friday night. The crash was reported at about 7:30 p.m. The Iowa State Patrol identified the three injured people as 65-year-old Dealda Mary…

posted 2014-08-30 08:47:17 by KXEL

Montezuma school employee accused of sexual abuse

A man employed by the school district in Montezuma has been accused of sexually abusing two minors in 2012. The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Derek John Bates was arrested Friday on two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and…

posted 2014-08-30 08:35:39 by KXEL

Chinese woman seeks December trade secrets trial

A Chinese woman charged in what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is seeking to separate her case from her brother's and she wants a trial held as quickly as possible.…

posted 2014-08-30 08:33:51 by KXEL


Davenport man accused of sexually abusing athletes

A Davenport man serving as a caretaker during the state's Special Olympics in Ames earlier this year has been accused of sexually abusing two athletes. Authorities say 24-year-old Tyshon VanBlue was charged Thursday in Story County District Court with five…

posted 2014-08-29 17:14:03 by KXEL

Iowa State loans went to regent's LLC

The agribusiness owned by Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter was awarded $480,000 in no-interest loans from an Iowa State University-run program months after he joined the school's governing board. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the loans from…

posted 2014-08-29 13:17:41 by KXEL

Riders scramble to safety when MET bus catches fire

A Metroppolitan Transit Authority bus caught fire in Cedar Falls, forcing the driver and riders to scramble out of the vehicle as the rear burst into flames. Seven riders were on the bus Thursday morning near the University of Northern…

posted 2014-08-29 13:01:03 by KXEL

Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood may proceed

A federal appeals court says a former Planned Parenthood clinic director may go forward with a lawsuit against the organization, reinstating portions of the case dismissed in 2012 by a judge. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in…

posted 2014-08-29 12:59:33 by KXEL

Boone man riding motorcycle dies following crash

A man riding a motorcycle has died following a crash in central Iowa. The Story County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Benjamin Parsons of Boone was traveling on a Harley Davidson motorcycle Thursday night on Highway 30 near Ames when he…

posted 2014-08-29 12:27:30 by KXEL

Police investigate shots fired; one arrested

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in Cedar Rapids after police say he was uncooperative during a shooting investigation. Police say officers encountered the teen Friday morning as they investigated the sound of several gunshot rounds in the 1200 block…

posted 2014-08-29 12:20:53 by KXEL