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Gov. Branstad deposed in discrimination case

Gov. Terry Branstad is facing hours of questions under oath about his administration's treatment of a gay former state administrator. The governor was being questioned in a deposition Wednesday by an attorney for Chris Godfrey, the former workers' compensation commissioner.…

posted 2014-11-26 13:30:54 by KXEL

Riverton man dies in house fire

Southwest Iowa authorities say a 66-year-old man has died in a house fire. Fire crews from Riverton, Sidney and Hamburg were dispatched to the Riverton home about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday.  The victim was identified as William Daniel.  An autopsy has…

posted 2014-11-26 12:09:32 by KXEL

8 people indicted in Sioux City officer shooting

Eight people have been accused of helping a man flee Sioux City after he shot a police officer. The federal grand jury indictments charge the eight with various crimes and all are charged with conspiracy to obstruct or interfere with…

posted 2014-11-26 10:39:20 by KXEL

Iowa court an option for mentally ill offenders

The 4th Judicial District is planning to launch a court for nonviolent offenders with mental illnesses. In September, Pottawattamie County was awarded a $250,000 federal grant to start the project.  Officials say the purpose of the mental health court is…

posted 2014-11-26 10:37:06 by KXEL

Trial delayed until January for ex-Forest City officer

A January date has been set for another trial of a former Forest City police officer charged with burglary and arson. In May, the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker.  The Appeals Court said…

posted 2014-11-26 08:30:20 by KXEL

Police: Man injured in Ottumwa shooting

An Iowa man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he chased a man out of a car and shot at him. Ottumwa police arrested 30-year-old Michael Mancini on Tuesday.  Officers say Mancini was riding in the car…

posted 2014-11-26 05:47:53 by KXEL


Officials investigate fire at Wells ice cream plant

Authorities are investigating the cause of a small electrical fire at a northwest Iowa plant owned by the makers of Blue Bunny ice cream. Wells Enterprises says efforts are underway to figure out the cause of the Monday night fire…

posted 2014-11-25 17:45:46 by KXEL

Fort Dodge teen sentenced in drive-by shooting

A Fort Dodge teenager has been given five years in prison for his involvement in a drive-by shooting. Eighteen-year-old Xavier Rhone was sentenced Monday in Webster County District Court on a charge of going armed with intent.  Judge Kurt Wilke…

posted 2014-11-25 12:52:25 by KXEL

2 plead guilty in connection to Sioux City house fires

Two people have pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a string of house fires in Sioux City. A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree arson as part of a plea deal that will dismiss a third-degree burglary charge. Thirty-two-year-old…

posted 2014-11-25 12:51:04 by KXEL

Burlington school sends gifts to poor kids overseas

An Iowa school has filled more than 3,500 shoeboxes with items like toys and clothing intended for impoverished children overseas. On Monday, the shoeboxes filled by Great River Christian School students were loaded into a semitrailer destined for Minneapolis, where…

posted 2014-11-25 10:43:58 by KXEL

Man injured in jail escape gets 15 years

A 32-year-old man who broke an arm while climbing out of a vent to escape the Webster County Jail been given 15 years in prison. George Johnson was sentenced on Monday in Webster County District Court.  He'd pleaded guilty on…

posted 2014-11-25 10:42:33 by KXEL

Police: 1 killed, 1 injured in Davenport crash

Police say one person has died after a UPS semitrailer hit a minivan in a Davenport intersection. Capt. Paul Sikorski tells the Quad-City Times that the truck was headed north on Monday when it struck the van, which was headed…

posted 2014-11-25 06:27:07 by KXEL