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Cherokee man in custody after 6-hour standoff

A Cherokee man is in jail after a six-hour standoff with police. Authorities say 35-year-old Joshua Lee Allender faces several charges including intimidation with a weapon, assault while participating in a felony, assault on a police officer and reckless use…

posted 2014-10-31 13:39:34 by KXEL

Branstad aides waited to reveal 2nd prison problem

Gov. Terry Branstad's administration waited for weeks to announce a second construction problem at the long-delayed new Iowa State Penitentiary. Records suggest that Branstad aides saw the $165.5 million maximum-security prison in Fort Madison as a potential issue as he…

posted 2014-10-31 13:11:49 by KXEL

3 school districts receive state literacy grants

Three Iowa school districts have been notified they'll receive grants from the state to boost the literacy skills of students who don't speak English. The Denison, Des Moines and Postville districts will receive grants.  The recipients were announced Friday by…

posted 2014-10-31 13:10:51 by KXEL

Kum & Go chain settles disabilities lawsuit

The Kum and Go convenience store chain will spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities…

posted 2014-10-31 06:57:38 by KXEL

Poll: Economy, other issues overshadow abortion

A new Associated Press-GfK Poll shows that candidates will have a hard time rallying voters around social issues on Election Day. The poll found that likely voters' top issues are the economy, health care, Ebola and the Islamic State group…

posted 2014-10-31 06:56:14 by KXEL


2-vehicle collision near Yarmouth kills 1, injures 2

A two-vehicle collision in southeast Iowa has killed a 39-year-old man. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office says James Wishmeier was driving a minivan Thursday morning near Yarmouth when he failed to stop at a stop sign.  A semi-truck pulling…

posted 2014-10-30 13:37:29 by KXEL

Motorcycle crash involving deer injures 3 near Danville

Authorities say a motorcycle crash involving a deer injured three people in southeast Iowa. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Joe Roth was traveling by motorcycle Wednesday night near Danville when he struck a deer and was knocked…

posted 2014-10-30 13:35:53 by KXEL

Police: Red Oak man accidentally shoots himself

Authorities say a southwest Iowa man is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the face. Red Oak police say 28-year-old Cody Allen Keith Tunnell was handling a weapon Wednesday night when it went off. He told authorities he…

posted 2014-10-30 11:48:13 by KXEL

Western Iowa police chase ends in Missouri River

A high-speed chase through western Iowa has ended with a crash into the Missouri River and a manhunt for one suspect who escaped the scene. Pottawattamie County authorities say the chase began in Missouri Valley on Wednesday and involved officers…

posted 2014-10-30 06:21:22 by KXEL


Shenandoah man faces murder charge in girlfriend's death

A southwest Iowa man has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 death of his girlfriend. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 34-year-old Brian Davis of Shenandoah was arrested Wednesday.  He is being held at the Fremont County…

posted 2014-10-29 20:30:29 by KXEL

3 northwest Iowa schools placed on lockdown

Authorities in northwest Iowa say they have placed three schools on lockdown as they search for a male student who they believe brought a gun to school earlier in the week and made threats. The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says…

posted 2014-10-29 13:19:16 by KXEL

DOC: Man did not return from work release in Ames

Authorities say they're looking for a man who failed to return from a work release assignment in central Iowa. The Iowa Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Nelson Messiah Humes was placed on escape status Saturday.  He is accused of failing…

posted 2014-10-29 10:51:57 by KXEL