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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


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


Davenport senator says surgeons remove brain tumor

A state senator said surgeons have successfully removed a tumor from his brain and he expects to attend the opening of the legislative session in January. In a statement released Wednesday, Sen. Joe Seng, of Davenport, said the surgery Tuesday…

posted 2014-09-10 12:42:09 by KXEL

Iowa stabbing suspect arrested in western Illinois

A man suspected of fatally stabbing a Davenport woman and injuring her husband has been captured in western Illinois. Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said Tuesday that Gary Fortune had been apprehended but didn't provide any other details.  Fortune…

posted 2014-09-10 09:52:10 by KXEL


Judge: Iowa pharmacy owner to have separate trials

A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of selling nearly 700,000 pills of addictive painkillers will have a separate federal trial on allegations that he misspent company money and failed to pay taxes, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge James Gritzner…

posted 2014-09-09 21:33:52 by KXEL