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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

West Des Moines firefighters revive kittens after house fire

West Des Moines firefighters and medics say they have revived three kittens and one cat after a house fire. The West Des Moines Fire Department says the felines were pulled from the burning home on Monday.  Firefighters say they were…

posted 2014-10-21 05:52:47 by KXEL


Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit

A federal appeals court has given agricultural chemical maker Syngenta Seeds hope that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified…

posted 2014-10-20 20:55:02 by KXEL

Street switch comes before Sioux City council

Sioux City officials are continuing to examine whether to switch three downtown streets from one-way to two-way. The City Council planned Monday to discuss a report about plans for the change to Fifth, Sixth and Douglas streets. Public Works Director…

posted 2014-10-20 14:08:15 by KXEL

Centennial Bridge in Davenport opens to traffic

A key Davenport bridge that crosses the Mississippi, linking Davenport and Rock Island, Illinois, has finally reopened. The Centennial Bridge closed for repairs in August and was supposed to reopen within 35 days.  Earlier this month, an engineer with the…

posted 2014-10-20 13:45:40 by KXEL

Branstad offers quality of life plan

Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to make sure Iowa has great parks and cultural offerings for residents. The incumbent Republican governor, who is running for a sixth non-consecutive term, released a plan Monday he says would better organize the…

posted 2014-10-20 12:47:06 by KXEL

Davenport marsh education center to expand space

The Nahant Marsh Education Center in Davenport is expanding with more square footage for classrooms and other spaces. The center is at a former contaminated marsh cleaned up more than a decade ago.  From the late 1960s until the 1990s,…

posted 2014-10-20 08:43:35 by KXEL