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Western Iowa mom pleads guilty to cancer hoax

A 30-year-old western Iowa mother has pleaded guilty to allegations that she devised an elaborate hoax about a diagnosis of cancer for her 5-year-old daughter. On Monday Leatha Slauson pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court in Atlantic to two…

posted 2014-11-18 07:46:31 by KXEL

Iowan gets 2 years of probation for theft

A 55-year-old northern Iowa man has been given two years of probation for stealing from a hotel in Mason City where he'd been working as general manager. On Monday morning, Robert Walker also was given a deferred judgment and 40…

posted 2014-11-18 06:40:26 by KXEL

Former Mason City school to be demolished

A northern Iowa school district has voted to demolish a 91-year-old former elementary school. The Mason City Board of Education unanimously voted on Monday night to destroy the building after an unsuccessful attempt to sell it. The city received two…

posted 2014-11-18 05:24:41 by KXEL


Officials: Iowa man escapes from work release

Authorities say an Iowa man under the state's work release program has escaped. The Iowa Department of Corrections says 23-year-old Alan Nigel Archibald, Jr. was placed on escape status Monday after he didn't return to the Fort Des Moines work…

posted 2014-11-17 17:15:59 by KXEL

Iowa public info board taps new executive director

The board meant to promote openness in Iowa government has named a government lawyer with experience in election and campaign law as its next executive director. The Iowa Public Information Board said Monday that Charlie Smithson would succeed Keith Luchtel…

posted 2014-11-17 16:35:54 by KXEL

Muscatine pastor back in the pulpit after quarantine

A Muscatine pastor is back preaching at his church after spending three months in Liberia, where he worked in villages to teach people how to avoid spreading the disease. The Rev. Saye Beipa of the Calvary Church was placed under…

posted 2014-11-17 15:20:18 by KXEL

Fire destroys motorcycles at Mason City dealership

More than a dozen motorcycles have been destroyed in a fire at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Mason City. Business owner Steve Minert says the Monday morning fire damaged a service support building and up to 20 motorcycles. It did not…

posted 2014-11-17 15:18:18 by KXEL

Des Moines police seek ways to streamline hiring process

Some Des Moines police departments are studying ways to join forces and streamline the hiring process in an effort to save money and hire a more diverse force. Ankeny officer Jacob Miller tells The Des Moines Register that he spent…

posted 2014-11-17 08:21:49 by KXEL

Authorities follow tracks in snow during car chase

A deputy in southeast Iowa has caught a suspect who eluded authorities after a two-county chase by following tire tracks in the snow. Marion County Deputy D.J. Reed says the 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday after a traffic stop led…

posted 2014-11-17 05:21:08 by KXEL


Iowa considers new groundwater restrictions

State officials may impose new limits on groundwater use to protect the underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to a half-million Iowans. The Des Moines Register reports environmental leaders are concerned about the future of the Jordan aquifer that sits…

posted 2014-11-16 19:52:56 by KXEL

Girl critically hurt while sledding Saturday

A 6-year-old girl was critically hurt this weekend when she sledded into a street in Council Bluffs and was hit by a truck. The incident happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday. Council Bluffs Police say Kailey Maloney was sledding down…

posted 2014-11-16 19:48:52 by KXEL

Winnebago County may try jail vote a third time

Iowa's state jail inspector thinks Winnebago County should try a third time to persuade voters to approve building a new jail. Even though voters have rejected a jail bond issue twice in the past year, Jail Inspector Delbery Longley thinks…

posted 2014-11-16 19:46:35 by KXEL