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Police investigate deaths of 2 found in Fairfield motel

Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two people found in a motel room in southeast Iowa. Fairfield police say 20-year-old Alexandra Higdon and 24-year-old Casey Griffin were found unconscious Sunday morning at a Super 8 motel room.  They were…

posted 2014-11-18 17:44:08 by KXEL

Prosecutors want ex-lawmaker's sex abuse trial moved

Prosecutors have made the rare move of seeking a change in venue in the trial of a former state lawmaker accused of sexual abuse. Former state Rep. Henry Rayhons of Garner is charged with third-degree sexual abuse and has pleaded…

posted 2014-11-18 14:49:57 by KXEL

Officials: 8 students injured in Wapello bus crash

Authorities say eight students have been injured following a school bus crash in southeast Iowa. The Louisa County Sheriff's Office says the school bus exited a county road Tuesday morning after the driver lost control of the vehicle.  The bus…

posted 2014-11-18 14:48:00 by KXEL

Trial proceedings begin in Council Bluffs shooting case

Trial proceedings have begun in the case of a southwest Iowa man accused of shooting a woman to death. Jury selection began Tuesday morning at the Pottawattamie County Courthouse in the trial of 63-year-old Robert Reynolds. Reynolds is charged with…

posted 2014-11-18 12:33:02 by KXEL

Des Moines officials denies YMCA landmark status

The City Council has denied landmark status to the YMCA building in downtown Des Moines, meaning it likely the brick building on the riverfront will soon be demolished. The council voted Monday to not approve the historic designation. Councilman Chris…

posted 2014-11-18 12:31:09 by KXEL

Authorities say woman 'bumped' by train in Sioux City

Authorities say a woman who was "bumped" by a train in Sioux City has been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Sioux City police Lt. Rex Mueller says the woman stepped onto tracks Monday as a train was approaching.  The engineer was…

posted 2014-11-18 11:31:55 by KXEL

County inmates in Sioux City lose cable TV

Inmates at the Woodbury County Jail in northwest Iowa will have to survive without cable television. Sheriff Dave Drew says Cable One had provided free cable service to the jail for 24 years.  But he says the company has decided…

posted 2014-11-18 09:09:52 by KXEL

Officials say city worker set Davenport park traps

Davenport officials have acknowledged that it was a city employee who set up a trap in a park that led to a dog's death. A seasonal employee, who worked for the Parks & Recreation Department, was asked to set up…

posted 2014-11-18 09:08:15 by KXEL

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