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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

New DHS policy aims to help Iowa families

Department of Human Services caseworkers are taking a new approach in child welfare cases that emphasizes helping families deal with their problems. The idea, called differential response, is to not launch formal investigations into parents when there are questions about…

posted 2014-10-21 08:34:42 by KXEL

Webster County man gets 15 years for escaping jail

An Iowa jail inmate who escaped from the facility in August has been sentenced to 15 more years behind bars. A Webster County judge rejected 43-year-old Jason Sullivan's request for a suspended sentence on Monday.  He pleaded guilty last month…

posted 2014-10-21 07:20:03 by KXEL

Woman accused of theft from Des Moines drugstore

Authorities say a woman lied to a Des Moines pharmacy worker about a man threatening to hurt the woman's children if she didn't get him some drugs. Andrea Small now faces theft and other charges.  Jail records say Small remained…

posted 2014-10-21 07:18:50 by KXEL

Parties jockeying for early vote in Iowa, Florida

More than 2.3 million voters have already cast ballots for the November midterm elections, and both Republicans and Democrats are claiming the early voting numbers work to their advantage. Florida continues to dominate early returns, with more than 891,000 votes…

posted 2014-10-21 05:57:05 by KXEL

New Iowa-Nebraska bridge set to open Wednesday

The new U.S. Highway 34 bridge connecting Nebraska and Iowa is scheduled to open after 3 p.m. Wednesday. Included in the project is about seven miles of new four-lane divided highway extending west of the U.S. 34/Interstate 29 interchange to…

posted 2014-10-21 05:55:30 by KXEL

Former Sioux City gambling boat arrives in Illinois

 A former Sioux City riverboat casino has arrived at its new home after a two-week journey hampered by temporary delays. The three-deck Argosy Casino replica of a 1920s-era paddlewheel boat pulled into a Wood River, Illinois, shipyard on Monday. Owner…

posted 2014-10-21 05:54:23 by KXEL