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Donated tool helps crews rescue man from grain bin

A donated rescue tool helped firefighters save the life of an Iowa man who became trapped in a grain bin south of Newton last week. The roughly $3,000 grain bin rescue tube that the Kellogg Township Fire Department owns helped…

posted 2014-09-14 20:55:36 by KXEL

Shooting of Iowa fugitive ruled an accident

A deputy U.S. Marshal who shot an Iowa fugitive in his arm during an arrest earlier this year has been cleared by an investigation. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur concluded that the May 29 shooting was an accident. A task…

posted 2014-09-14 20:54:10 by KXEL

3 Lee County supervisors sued over meetings

Several residents have sued three Lee County supervisors, accusing them of violating Iowa's opening meetings law. The lawsuit, filed Friday in state court, accuses Lee County board members Ernest Schiller, Rick Larkin and Ron Fedler, of holding secret meetings to…

posted 2014-09-14 11:14:23 by KXEL

Des Moines e-cig shop faces closure from new law

A Des Moines electronic cigarette store could be put out of business because of a new state law regulating those products. The law requires businesses selling e-cigarettes to have a tobacco license.  It also bans selling the items to anyone…

posted 2014-09-14 11:10:09 by KXEL

Pilot in Iowa helicopter crash dies in Omaha

The pilot of a helicopter that crashed last week in western Iowa's Pottawattamie County has died at the Omaha hospital where he was being treated. Chris Moore was operating the crop-dusting helicopter over a bean field near Macedonia when it…

posted 2014-09-14 11:06:53 by KXEL


Former Harkin staff gathers in Des Moines

For generations of Democrats, a popular first job in politics has been with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, whose campaigns have served as a kind of training school for a generation of up-and-comers, a place where you got lessons on how…

posted 2014-09-13 07:20:05 by KXEL


No charges to be filed against Fort Madison police officer

No charges will be filed against a police officer in southeast Iowa who fatally shot a 29-year-old man, officials announced Friday. The Lee County Attorney's Office said no charges will be filed in the Aug. 3 shooting death of Ryan…

posted 2014-09-12 23:28:02 by KXEL

Police investigate body found at Council Bluffs golf course

Authorities in Council Bluffs on Friday said they were investigating the discovery of a body at a golf course. Police said they were called to the Council Bluffs Country Club after a person on the golf course reported seeing a…

posted 2014-09-12 23:24:45 by KXEL

Court suspends Fort Madison judge for drunken behavior

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday suspended a judge for 30 days without pay after she showed up for court so drunk in May 2012 she couldn't take the bench. District Associate Judge Emily Susan Dean, of Ft. Madison, has…

posted 2014-09-12 12:39:30 by KXEL

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