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Iowa farming officials seek punishment for thieves

Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops. Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn,…

posted 2014-09-15 09:31:56 by KXEL

Logan church holds community tractor-themed event

A Logan church hosted Drive Your Tractor to Church Day to attract locals who aren't regular parishioners. Immanuel Lutheran Church held the event, which featured a 17-mile tractor ride, lunch, children's games and a shorter hayrack ride, on Sunday in…

posted 2014-09-15 08:36:57 by KXEL

Nugent won't expand his youth outdoors camps

Rock 'n' roll legend Ted Nugent says he doesn't plan to expand his outdoor camps for children because he wants to ensure the camps are of high quality. Nugent is an avid hunter and conducts four youth camps each year,…

posted 2014-09-15 07:00:55 by KXEL

Manure spill fouls stream in northwest Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill caused by manure spilled into a northwest Iowa creek. The DNR says the spill appears to have occurred after a wrong switch was pulled Saturday evening at the Brian…

posted 2014-09-15 05:53:58 by KXEL

Trooper worried about mistakes, job amid drowning

Newly released records show that a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper expressed concerns in a call to a supervisor that he might have made mistakes after an Iowa man drowned in custody. The Kansas City Star reports that it obtained a…

posted 2014-09-15 05:22:22 by KXEL

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Hillary Rodham Clinton has returned to Iowa for the first time since her 2008 presidential campaign, telling Democrats that voters face a choice between "the guardians of gridlock" and those who push for shared opportunity and prosperity. Former President Bill…

posted 2014-09-15 05:21:31 by KXEL


Donated tool helps crews rescue man from grain bin

A donated rescue tool helped firefighters save the life of an Iowa man who became trapped in a grain bin south of Newton last week. The roughly $3,000 grain bin rescue tube that the Kellogg Township Fire Department owns helped…

posted 2014-09-14 20:55:36 by KXEL

Shooting of Iowa fugitive ruled an accident

A deputy U.S. Marshal who shot an Iowa fugitive in his arm during an arrest earlier this year has been cleared by an investigation. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur concluded that the May 29 shooting was an accident. A task…

posted 2014-09-14 20:54:10 by KXEL

3 Lee County supervisors sued over meetings

Several residents have sued three Lee County supervisors, accusing them of violating Iowa's opening meetings law. The lawsuit, filed Friday in state court, accuses Lee County board members Ernest Schiller, Rick Larkin and Ron Fedler, of holding secret meetings to…

posted 2014-09-14 11:14:23 by KXEL

Des Moines e-cig shop faces closure from new law

A Des Moines electronic cigarette store could be put out of business because of a new state law regulating those products. The law requires businesses selling e-cigarettes to have a tobacco license.  It also bans selling the items to anyone…

posted 2014-09-14 11:10:09 by KXEL

Pilot in Iowa helicopter crash dies in Omaha

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed last week in western Iowa's Pottawattamie County has died at the Omaha hospital where he was being treated. Chris Moore was operating the crop-dusting helicopter over a bean field near Macedonia when it…

posted 2014-09-14 11:06:53 by KXEL


Former Harkin staff gathers in Des Moines

For generations of Democrats, a popular first job in politics has been with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, whose campaigns have served as a kind of training school for a generation of up-and-comers, a place where you got lessons on how…

posted 2014-09-13 07:20:05 by KXEL