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Iowa group builds support for immigrant children

The issue of unaccompanied immigrant children entering the U.S. has faded from the headlines, but an Iowa group is continuing to seek pledges from people willing to house and offer care to kids while their residency questions are resolved. The…

posted 2014-09-20 07:35:26 by KXEL


Union: Discovery of pills at prison a major breach

A union representing correctional officers said Friday the discovery of hundreds of pills inside a prison was a "major security breach." AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan called on the Iowa Department of Corrections to release more information about…

posted 2014-09-19 17:55:51 by KXEL

Iowa to mail 374,000 checks to buying club victims

The state of Iowa has started mailing out 374,000 refund checks to residents who were tricked into signing up for buying club memberships, Attorney General Tom Miller said Friday. Miller said he wants people to know the refund checks are…

posted 2014-09-19 17:54:28 by KXEL

Young cancels television advertising time

Republican David Young has canceled some television airtime reserved for advertisements in his bid for Iowa's 3rd congressional district, according to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission this week. Young, a former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Chuck…

posted 2014-09-19 17:52:17 by KXEL

Jurors to see Iowa prison's graphic films at trial

An Iowa prison's practice of showing male inmates sexually graphic movies will be at issue in a trial starting next week, during which a female officer will argue it caused them to harass and threaten her. Kristine Sink argues that…

posted 2014-09-19 14:12:58 by KXEL

Davenport police chief takes Kansas position

City officials says the police chief of Davenport will leave his position to become police chief in Overland Park, Kansas. Police Chief Frank Donchez will begin his new job in the Kansas City suburb on Oct. 20. Donchez came from…

posted 2014-09-19 13:37:10 by KXEL

Former counseling center head sentenced to prison

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the former owner of a mental health counseling center has been sentenced to a year in prison and more than $700,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to charges of health care fraud and money laundering.…

posted 2014-09-19 12:40:26 by KXEL

3rd person arrested in Sioux City arsons case

A third person has been arrested and charged with arson in a string of house fires in Sioux City. Javen Mobley, 18, was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with arson and burglary connected to a fire on Sept.…

posted 2014-09-19 08:19:14 by KXEL

Iowa lawmaker pleads not guilty in sex abuse case

Republican State Rep. Henry Rayhons has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of sex abuse. Online court records say Rayhons, 78, of Garner, made the plea Wednesday.  No trial date has been set. Rayhons is accused of having sexual…

posted 2014-09-19 06:44:01 by KXEL


Hampton school trains for school shooter scenario

Shots echoed through the halls of a Hampton elementary school this week as authorities trained staff about how to respond to a school shooter. Two rounds of gunshot blanks, one from a rifle and another from a handgun, were fired…

posted 2014-09-18 21:56:33 by KXEL

Des Moines names new city manager

The Des Moines City Council on Thursday unanimously selected a new city manager. Scott Sanders' appointment begins immediately.  He will be paid an initial salary of $195,000 per year. Sanders replaces Rick Clark, who announced late last year that he…

posted 2014-09-18 21:55:25 by KXEL

Iowa investigates unknown capsules found at prison

Officials say the discovery of hundreds of capsules containing an unknown substance at a northern Iowa prison has prompted a state drug investigation. Authorities said that 300 to 400 capsules were found last week during routine searches by staff at…

posted 2014-09-18 21:52:58 by KXEL