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2014-09-12

Iowa committee backs legalizing medical marijuana

A legislative committee narrowly recommended allowing medical marijuana to be grown and sold in Iowa to help people with epilepsy. The 10-member committee was formed to look at problems with a new law that was supposed to allow some epilepsy…

posted 2014-09-12 10:55:50 by KXEL

Accessory in Sioux City slaying sentenced, freed

A 23-year-old man convicted of being an accessory in a fatal Sioux City shooting has been sentenced and released. Ricardo Vital on Thursday was sentenced to 300 days in jail but was credited with the time because he's been in…

posted 2014-09-12 09:18:58 by KXEL

OSHA: Company wrongfully disciplined Iowa worker

A railway company will pay $2,000 for disciplining an Iowa employee seeking doctor-ordered time off, federal officials announced Thursday. Canadian National Railway, doing business as Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad, violated the Federal Railroad Safety Act when it denied the…

posted 2014-09-12 05:57:35 by KXEL

Testimony begins in farmhouse slaying trial

Testimony began Thursday in the second trial of a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl who was beaten and shot to death in a southeast Iowa farmhouse 40 years ago. Robert Eugene Pilcher was…

posted 2014-09-12 05:56:37 by KXEL

DNR: Iowa fish kill linked to dairy operation

A large fish kill in northwest Iowa was caused by a manure spill from a nearby dairy operation, state officials announced Thursday. The state Department of Natural Resources said the August discharge killed more than 860,000 fish along 28 miles…

posted 2014-09-12 05:55:54 by KXEL

Ridesharing service to begin Des Moines operation

The ridesharing service Uber is expected to begin operating in Des Moines on Friday despite warnings that the company will be violating city ordinances. Uber, which is based in San Francisco and operates in more than 100 U.S. cities, uses…

posted 2014-09-12 05:54:31 by KXEL

2014-09-11

Building wall collapses in Eldon

A building wall in the southeast Iowa city of Eldon has collapsed, prompting officials to close a downtown street. The wall of the empty building collapsed Monday, sending bricks tumbling into Fifth Street, the Ottumwa Courier reported. There were no…

posted 2014-09-11 08:15:26 by KXEL

Woman, teen suspected in 5 Sioux City house fires

A 32-year-old woman and a 14-year-old have been arrested on arson charges in Sioux City. Daisy Castillo and the youth are suspected of setting five house fires over 2½ weeks in August and September, police said. Castillo also is charged…

posted 2014-09-11 08:14:14 by KXEL

Sioux City man accused of shooting uncle, 66

A Sioux City man has been charged with attempted murder, accused of shooting his uncle as the man lay in bed. The charges of burglary and attempted murder were read to Eric Riley, 40, on Wednesday in a Woodbury County…

posted 2014-09-11 06:43:37 by KXEL

Man rescued from grain bin near Newton

Crews rescued a man who became trapped in a grain bin south of Newton, fire officials said. Rescuers from four fire departments were called Tuesday morning to a home south of Newton where the man was trapped in a bin…

posted 2014-09-11 06:41:39 by KXEL

Celebration planned for off-highway vehicle park

An open house is planned to celebrate the opening of an expanded off-highway vehicle park near Fort Dodge that now features about 30 more miles of trails. The second phase of the Gypsum City OHV Park opened Aug. 12, but…

posted 2014-09-11 06:39:26 by KXEL

Volunteers place US flags at Des Moines park

Volunteers have placed 3,213 American flags in the ground at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines in preparation for Patriot Day on Thursday. The Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department said the flags are the key part of the Tribute…

posted 2014-09-11 06:25:48 by KXEL

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