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2014-09-28

Man accused of holding Des Moines mother hostage

Police have charged a 51-year-old man with kidnapping, saying he held his 74-year-old mother hostage in her Des Moines home for five days. A neighbor, who grew concerned after not being able to get in touch with the woman, told…

posted 2014-09-28 11:38:22 by KXEL

Newspapers at Drake University vandalized

Police are investigating after a pile of more than 400 destroyed newspapers was left in front of the office of Drake University's student newspaper. Austin Cannon, managing editor of the Times-Delphic, found the pile of drenched newspapers at about 4…

posted 2014-09-28 11:36:49 by KXEL

Sioux City leaders to seek grant to update hotel

City leaders plan to apply for a state grant to help modernize an aging downtown hotel owned by a Chicago bank after a recent foreclosure sale. Sioux City Economic Development Director Marty Dougherty says that the city will seek an…

posted 2014-09-28 11:31:51 by KXEL

Iowa teen dies 2 days after fight at school

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school. The Pottawattamie County Attorney will review the circumstances of 17-year-old Dakota Escritt's death on Monday. Authorities said…

posted 2014-09-28 11:24:04 by KXEL

2014-09-27

Ex-teacher in Ankeny pleads guilty to sex charge

A former high school teacher in Ankeny has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Mandy Lynn Davenport, 33, told a judge Friday that she had sexual contact with a student.  She had pleaded not…

posted 2014-09-27 10:35:17 by KXEL

Mason City business owner installs wind turbine

After 18 years of effort, a Mason City business owner is finally installing a wind turbine that will power his large property, though not everyone is happy about the project. Work began Thursday on the turbine's installation at wholesale food…

posted 2014-09-27 07:31:04 by KXEL

Man sentenced to life for 2013 killing of officer

A judge formally sentenced a man to life in prison Friday for the killing of a Rockwell City police officer during a standoff last year. Corey Trott, 33, was sentenced in the shooting death of officer Jamie Buenting, who was…

posted 2014-09-27 07:25:38 by KXEL

2014-09-26

Motion seeks removal of Iowa governor's attorneys

Attorneys defending Gov. Terry Branstad's administration against a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay official have a conflict of interest and should be disqualified, the plaintiff's attorney said Friday. Des Moines attorney George LaMarca and two associates cannot continue to…

posted 2014-09-26 13:48:38 by KXEL

Group will replace old hotel with 6-story building

A development group announced Friday that it will build a six-story office building on the site of a former Howard Johnson hotel on the edge of Davenport. The Downtown Davenport Partnership said it has selected a development team to purse…

posted 2014-09-26 13:47:09 by KXEL

Grant Wood sketchbook returns to Davenport museum

A rare Grant Wood sketchbook from 1929 is back in Davenport after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago. The 100-page sketchbook signed by Wood, the painter of "American Gothic," is again in the Figge Art Museum's…

posted 2014-09-26 06:48:49 by KXEL

2014-09-25

Iowa cross country team running for coach's son

A western Iowa cross country team is running to raise money for their coach's son, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton team has gathered pledges for each mile they run this fall. The proceeds will benefit…

posted 2014-09-25 22:13:59 by KXEL

American Red Cross seeks help from Iowa farmers

The American Red Cross is encouraging farmers to donate part of their crop to the charity to fund programs of special importance to rural Iowa. The Gifts of Grain program has been successfully tried in Nebraska with 19 cooperatives and…

posted 2014-09-25 22:12:38 by KXEL

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