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School bus in Fort Madison collides with SUV

Officials say a Fort Madison school bus carrying dozens of schoolchildren has collided with an SUV, but there are no serious injuries. The Fort Madison Community School District says the crash happened Wednesday morning as the bus was headed to…

posted 2014-10-22 12:36:16 by KXEL

Storm Lake man accused of assaulting wife

A 54-year-old northwest Iowa man has been accused of sexually abusing his wife and of forcing her to take pills that resulted in the termination of two pregnancies. Records say the Storm Lake man is charged with two counts of…

posted 2014-10-22 10:13:02 by KXEL

Woodbury County funding ruled conflict of interest

Woodbury County's attorney says it's a conflict of interest for the county to give public money to an agency headed by the county board chairman. In a legal opinion released on Tuesday, county attorney P.J. Jennings said no more payments…

posted 2014-10-22 07:57:11 by KXEL

Winnebago County doubles beaver bounty to $50

Winnebago County has doubled its bounty on beavers to $50. County supervisors say an aging trapper who had kept the beaver population in check retired because of his physical limitations. Beaver dams can cause damaging floods. Officials say anyone turning…

posted 2014-10-22 06:16:29 by KXEL

West Des Moines council moves to limit panhandling

The West Des Moines City Council is moving toward limits on panhandling at interstate ramps. The ordinance unanimously approved at its first reading Monday also would bar "aggressive panhandling" anywhere in the city. Passive panhandling, with verbal requests or signs,…

posted 2014-10-22 05:52:44 by KXEL


School employee faces exploitation charges

A Des Moines Public Schools employee has been arrested following an allegation that she had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student. Des Moines police say 33-year-old Dena Marie Konrad was taken into custody Tuesday morning.  She faces two felony…

posted 2014-10-21 13:11:10 by KXEL

Winterset woman faces vehicular homicide charges

A Winterset woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following a car crash in May that killed two people. Court records show 21-year-old Mari Silliman faces two counts of vehicular homicide.  She turned herself in earlier this month and is…

posted 2014-10-21 13:08:17 by KXEL

Iowa airman buried nearly 70 years after death

The remains of an Iowa airman shot down nearly 70 years ago during a World War II battle have been buried in his hometown of Badger. Staff Sgt. Maurice Fevold was 21 when his plane was hit while flying over…

posted 2014-10-21 13:07:23 by KXEL

Graceland University placed on brief lockdown

Officials at a small private university in southern Iowa say the school was briefly on lockdown because of a threat on campus that is now resolved. Graceland University in Lamoni posted Tuesday on its official Twitter page and Facebook page…

posted 2014-10-21 13:04:24 by KXEL

Pomeroy man who was speeding wife to hospital is charged

An Iowa man who wouldn't pull over for police while racing to get his pregnant wife to a hospital has been charged with speeding. Authorities have also charged 41-year-old Ben Kohnen with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. Last…

posted 2014-10-21 09:28:04 by KXEL

Construction begins on Chicago-Moline rail line

Construction has started to restore passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities, on the Iowa state line, for the first time since 1979. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the work Tuesday.  The $255 million project is mostly…

posted 2014-10-21 09:26:43 by KXEL

Woman injured in Council Bluffs house fire

A woman has been injured in a fire at a house in eastern Council Bluffs. The fire was reported about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the woman was taken to an Omaha, Nebraska, hospital for treatment.  Her name hasn't been…

posted 2014-10-21 08:35:35 by KXEL