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Mom clobbers Des Moines man to defend her toddler

A woman has assaulted a Des Moines man who tossed a toaster pastry and wrapper onto the woman's 2-year-old child in her car. The incident occurred around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday at a Des Moines convenience store.  The woman told officers…

posted 2014-08-28 07:17:05 by KXEL

Manure spill traced to Jasper County hog facility

Iowa regulators are investigating a hog manure spill in Jasper County, south of Laurel. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a farmer had called on Wednesday after spotting dead fish and crawdads in a tributary of Alloway Creek. Environmental…

posted 2014-08-28 05:55:19 by KXEL

3-day traffic crackdown yields 800 stops

A coalition of law enforcement agencies says more than 800 drivers were cited or warned during a three-day enforcement crackdown near the eastern Iowa border. The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau says it partnered with 12 state and local agencies to…

posted 2014-08-28 05:28:08 by KXEL

Bellevue convicted felon sentenced for gun possession

A Jackson County convicted felon has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for owning an assortment of guns. A U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Terrance Kilburg of Bellevue has been sentenced to serve 19 years and…

posted 2014-08-28 05:27:24 by KXEL

Coggon railroad bridge goes up in flames

Authorities are investigating what caused a railroad bridge to go up in flames in eastern Iowa's Linn County. The blaze was reported a little after 8 p.m. Wednesday on the north side of Coggon, where the tracks cross Buffalo Creek. …

posted 2014-08-28 05:26:32 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids office damaged by fire

A Cedar Rapids police officer on patrol spotted smoke and flames coming from a building in the 1500 block of Second Avenue Southeast. Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly before 7:30 p.m. and found smoke coming from a window of…

posted 2014-08-28 05:25:03 by KXEL


Appeals court upholds conviction of Waterloo man

Iowa's appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterloo man linked to a 2011 gang-related shooting. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in a decision issued Wednesday that gang evidence and a police interview were properly used in…

posted 2014-08-27 15:02:49 by KXEL

Supreme Court gets input on eliminating bar exam

The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing attorneys, judges, and law professors give their opinions on what would happen if the state eliminated the requirement that all attorneys must pass the bar exam before beginning practice. Currently only Wisconsin allows attorneys…

posted 2014-08-27 13:49:36 by KXEL

Sorenson pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican presidential candidate to another before the 2012 caucus. The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that former state Sen. Kent Sorenson received…

posted 2014-08-27 13:45:49 by KXEL

Boil order lifted at Pikes Peak State Park

The boil advisory for Pikes Peak State Park issued on Aug. 22 has been lifted after water samples tested clean for bacteria on Wednesday. The boil advisory was issued after the campground distribution system was hooked on to a new…

posted 2014-08-27 13:32:31 by KXEL

Police say Kalona attorney harassed juror

A Kalona attorney has been accused of harassing a juror who found him guilty in a trial earlier this year. Coralville police say 54-year-old Raymond Tinnian was arrested Monday and booked in the Johnson County Jail.  He faces charges of…

posted 2014-08-27 12:35:48 by KXEL

House committee to review attorney general program

A legislative oversight committee will investigate a program administered by the Iowa attorney general's office. Rep. Kevin Koester, a Republican from Ankeny who chairs the House Government Oversight Committee, says Wednesday the panel will review some of the practices of…

posted 2014-08-27 12:34:52 by KXEL