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Guilty plea in Mason City public piano vandalism

A Des Moines man has made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to flipping over a public piano in Mason City. Coltin Schupbach, 22, made the plea Monday to a felony charge of criminal mischief.  Prosecutors dropped a charge…

posted 2014-09-16 08:26:14 by KXEL

Officials ID man found dead at golf course

Authorities on Monday released the name of a man found dead at a Council Bluffs golf course pond. The body of Josey Janssen, 33, was found Friday at the Council Bluffs Country Club, according to police.  The Iowa Medical Examiner's…

posted 2014-09-16 06:24:39 by KXEL

Police say Des Moines mom intoxicated with kids in car

Police say a Des Moines woman was intoxicated and had two toddlers in her vehicle when she went to school to pick up her 5-year-old son. Officers were sent to Hillis Elementary School to check a report that the boy…

posted 2014-09-16 06:21:21 by KXEL


Branstad says deposition must come after election

Citing his busy schedule, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that it was appropriate to delay his deposition in a high-profile civil lawsuit until after the November election. After his attorney objected to September and October dates, Branstad has been scheduled…

posted 2014-09-15 13:17:57 by KXEL

3 teens injured in rollover crash in Winnebago County

Authorities are investigating a rollover crash in northern Iowa that injured three teenagers. The Iowa State Patrol says the teens, ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken to a hospital Sunday night after the crash in Winnebago County.  Additional information…

posted 2014-09-15 13:14:06 by KXEL

Iowa officials seek to improve financial teaching

Iowa students should be learning how to make informed financial choices as part of their education, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday, as he accepted a series of recommendations from a group charged with reviewing financial literacy teaching in the state.…

posted 2014-09-15 13:13:00 by KXEL

Iowa birth rate sluggish despite better economy

Iowa's economy is improving but the state's birth rate isn't keeping pace. Iowa Department of Public Health figures show the state's birth rate for 2013 is up less than 1 percent over 2012.  The 2013 numbers are still nearly 5…

posted 2014-09-15 13:11:04 by KXEL

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