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New report criticizes Iowa stun gun policies

Law enforcement policies on the use of stun guns vary greatly across Iowa's 99 counties, and civil rights experts who recently reviewed the policies say many of them are inadequate. The Des Moines Register obtained a new report that identifies…

posted 2014-10-19 19:29:25 by KXEL

17-year-old girl shot to death in Waterloo

Waterloo Police are investigating the shooting death of a teenage girl early Sunday morning. Officers were sent to 520 Elm Street just before 2 a.m.  Officers found 17-year-old Jazzmine Rembert in the basement of the home.  Rembert appeared to have…

posted 2014-10-19 12:12:24 by KXEL

Idle Tama beef plant prepares to reopen this month

A long-idle beef processing plant is getting ready to reopen in Tama later this month. Iowa Premium Beef officials recently took reporters on a tour of the plant that had been closed since 2004. The plant has undergone a $48.6…

posted 2014-10-19 12:07:00 by KXEL

Iowa hospitals prepare to handle Ebola cases

Hospitals and doctors' offices in Iowa are preparing for the unlikely possibility of a case of Ebola in the state. Clinics have started asking whether patients have visited the countries where the Ebola outbreak is based West Africa. And area…

posted 2014-10-19 12:05:17 by KXEL


Drugs, alcohol killed Harper woman at campground

The death of a woman at Maquoketa Caves State Park in September has been ruled an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs. Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Russ Long says that there were no indications of foul play in the…

posted 2014-10-18 17:58:44 by KXEL

Farmersburg man sentenced for sex crimes against child

A 64-year-old Farmersburg man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison sexually abusing a child. Donald Spragg had been convicted of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child. According to the…

posted 2014-10-18 17:57:20 by KXEL

Wartburg College launches $75 million campaign

Wartburg College in northeast Iowa has announced a $75 million fundraising effort — and it's already raised nearly three-quarters of that. For two years, the college has been quietly raising money — garnering nearly $54 million — for its "Transforming…

posted 2014-10-18 17:48:50 by KXEL

Police say arrest made in Des Moines hit-and-run

Des Moines police say an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run death of a 55-year-old man. Reports of a person in the road in eastern Des Moines led officers early Saturday to the discovery of the body of Kenneth…

posted 2014-10-18 17:47:28 by KXEL

4 people injured in rollover accident near Alburnett

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says four people were injured in a rollover accident south of Alburnett Friday afternoon. At about 3:44 p.m., first responders were dispatched to a rollover accident on North Alburnett Road north of White Road.  Deputies…

posted 2014-10-18 07:25:34 by KXEL

Demolition nears for downtown Des Moines buildings

An insurance company plans to begin demolishing three downtown Des Moines structures to make room for a new office building. EMC Insurance spokeswoman Lisa Hamilton says that crews will begin tearing down the three brick buildings next week. The century-old…

posted 2014-10-18 07:14:14 by KXEL

Some Dubuque landlords call renter proposal unfair

Some property owners in Dubuque are objecting to a proposal that would require them to consider all types of income equally when choosing renters. But others, including some landlords, say adding it to the city's human rights ordinance could help…

posted 2014-10-18 07:13:13 by KXEL

Off-duty sheriff's deputy charged in assault

An off-duty Iowa sheriff's deputy has been charged with assault and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. The Iowa Department of Public Safety said Friday that 35-year-old Jeffrey Allen Athey, a Chickasaw County sheriff's deputy, was arrested on Oct.…

posted 2014-10-18 07:09:50 by KXEL