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Former Iowa township clerk placed on probation

A former township clerk in western Iowa accused of mishandling $60,000 over several years has been placed on probation. Woodbury County District Judge Edward Jacobson suspended a 10-year prison sentence for 65-year-old Peggy Powell after she pleaded guilty Thursday to…

posted 2014-11-08 06:24:57 by KXEL


Small fish kill linked to county lake near Burlington

The Department of Natural Resources investigated white material in Flint Creek north of Burlington Tuesday through Thursday this week. A DNR investigator found a white material flowing from Big Hollow Creek into Flint Creek, and several locations with dead and…

posted 2014-11-07 14:01:04 by KXEL

Iowa judge upholds commission's actions on casino

An Iowa judge has upheld actions of the state's gaming commission over its decision to issue a casino license last year to a new developer in Sioux City. Polk County District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom's ruling Friday upholds actions by…

posted 2014-11-07 13:58:29 by KXEL

Logan teen found not guilty in brother's death

An Iowa teenager who claimed he killed his 5-year-old foster brother because he thought the child was a goblin has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. Harrison County District Court Judge Kathleen Kilnoski issued her ruling Friday in…

posted 2014-11-07 12:37:29 by KXEL

Officials: Man at Villisca 'murder' house stabs self

Authorities say a man staying overnight at a southern Iowa house where several brutal murders took place in 1912 has been hospitalized following a self-inflicted stab wound. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says Robert Laursen Jr., of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, was…

posted 2014-11-07 12:35:57 by KXEL

Solar power to reduce Waco school district's energy costs

A southeast Iowa school district is nearing completion of an $800,000 solar power system that will drastically reduce its energy costs. The system could save the Waco School District $100,000 each year in energy costs. Superintendent Darrell Smith estimates Norman…

posted 2014-11-07 08:48:15 by KXEL

Shenandoah superintendent fired over fraud allegations

A western Iowa school superintendent has been fired following allegations he committed fraud and policy violations. Members of the Shenandoah school board unanimously voted to immediately remove Jeff Hiser this week after a nearly two-hour closed session.  Hiser didn't attend…

posted 2014-11-07 05:25:22 by KXEL

DOT crews to begin construction on I-29 overpass

Iowa officials are warning drivers of a detour while they demolish an overpass on Interstate 29 that has been repeatedly struck by vehicles hauling tall loads. The Iowa Department of Transportation will close the interstate in both directions starting at…

posted 2014-11-07 05:24:13 by KXEL

Final pieces of Sioux City casino removed

The final remnants of Sioux City's floating casino have been towed away. A tugboat on Thursday hauled off a barge containing offices, signage and other elements left behind by the Argosy Casino.  It is headed to a large shipyard in…

posted 2014-11-07 05:23:34 by KXEL

Iowa man injured in train accident dies

Clinton County authorities say a 65-year-old man in eastern Iowa whose tractor was hit by a train last month has died. Thomas Olson died from injuries suffered in the Oct. 29 accident near Calamus. The Clinton County Sheriff's Office says…

posted 2014-11-07 05:22:43 by KXEL


Officials say Iowa inmate dies of natural causes

Officials say an inmate assigned to the Iowa State Penitentiary has died of natural causes. The Iowa Department of Corrections says 76-year-old Jimmy Edward Gordon died Wednesday at the Fort Madison prison's medical unit. Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says Gordon's…

posted 2014-11-06 20:30:54 by KXEL

Davenport aldermen OK rezoning of land for casino

Davenport aldermen have unanimously approving the rezoning of about 108 acres for a $110 million casino and other businesses. The aldermen OK'd the rezoning of the land at Interstates 80 and 74 in a special meeting that took about 20…

posted 2014-11-06 14:45:12 by KXEL