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Lawyer: Jail term for DeCoster would be improper

A defense attorney says disgraced egg producer Austin "Jack" DeCoster should be kept out of jail when he's sentenced for food safety violations linked to a 2010 salmonella outbreak. Attorney Frank Volpe filed a motion this week arguing that it…

posted 2014-10-10 04:51:41 by KXEL


Report: Former Monona County auditor embezzled money

A former Iowa county auditor convicted of a drug charge last year has been accused of embezzling money through credit card purchases. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says in a report released Thursday that 29-year-old Brooke Kuhlmann used a Monona County-issued…

posted 2014-10-09 11:10:24 by KXEL

Davenport vote targets coyotes inside city limits

Aldermen have taken a step toward allowing people living on 10 acres or more inside Davenport city limits to kill coyotes on their land. They voted unanimously in favor of a resolution Wednesday that would allow such action.  Two more…

posted 2014-10-09 09:57:23 by KXEL

Madrid nursing home faces federal fines

A central Iowa nursing home faces federal fines of at least $64,000 for care problems found during inspections. State inspection reports that led to the fines suggest many of the issues cited stem from staffing shortages at the Madrid Home…

posted 2014-10-09 06:17:47 by KXEL

DNR investigates manure spill in Guthrie County

Iowa officials are investigating a manure spill in Guthrie County. The state Department of Natural Resources says the spill was reported on Oct. 2 and came from a 14,000-head-capacity beef feedlot near Guthrie Center.  The feedlot owner told officials he…

posted 2014-10-09 06:02:53 by KXEL

Authorities ID construction worker killed

Authorities have released the name of a construction worker killed after he was pinned under a piece of equipment in northwest Iowa. Maj. Todd Wieck with the Woodbury County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Daniel Lewis Uhl, of Anthon, was killed…

posted 2014-10-09 06:00:44 by KXEL

Suit says Lee County officials broke meeting law

A group of citizens has filed a lawsuit alleging three Lee County supervisors violated Iowa's open meetings law. Supervisors Rick Larkin and Ron Fedler were handed lawsuit documents at a Tuesday meeting, and the paperwork was left for Supervisor Ernie…

posted 2014-10-09 05:59:54 by KXEL


Police: Man drops off newborn at Des Moines clinic

Authorities say a man has dropped off a newborn baby at a family medicine clinic in Des Moines. Des Moines police say they received a report Wednesday morning about a man who entered the clinic and told staff the baby…

posted 2014-10-08 13:10:07 by KXEL

Judge: State worker will be reimbursed $263,000

An administrative law judge says an Iowa government worker whose co-workers lied in an effort to get him fired will be reimbursed more than $263,000. Records released Tuesday show the money owed to Ken Morrow will include funds for home…

posted 2014-10-08 12:20:46 by KXEL

Smoke control system fails at new Fort Madison prison

The Iowa Department of Corrections is disclosing more design problems at the state's new but empty $132 million maximum-security prison. Department officials said Wednesday that the smoke control system inside inmates' housing units at the new Iowa State Penitentiary in…

posted 2014-10-08 09:27:54 by KXEL

Former Sioux City floating casino traveling to Illinois

The former Argosy riverboat casino has pulled away from its dock in Sioux City and started a long journey to a shipyard in Illinois, where it will be sold or salvaged. The floating casino closed this summer after the Iowa…

posted 2014-10-08 08:33:14 by KXEL

Trial date set for Iowa lawmaker in abuse case

A trial date has been set for an Iowa lawmaker accused of sexually abusing his wife at a care center. The trial against Republican State Rep. Henry Rayhons is scheduled to start Jan. 28 at the Hancock County District Court…

posted 2014-10-08 06:54:12 by KXEL