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2014-10-12

Probation sentence stuns Polk County prosecutors

A man freed last year after being granted a new trial for a 1996 Des Moines slaying has been given probation for new convictions — a move that stunned prosecutors who had worked out a plea agreement for a seven-year…

posted 2014-10-12 12:44:17 by KXEL

Outage at Scott Community College cancels classes

Scott Community College in Bettendorf saw its Friday classes and activities canceled when a contractor accidentally cut through a power line and caused an outage. College spokesman Alan Campbell says that a contractor was digging trenches outside the entrance of…

posted 2014-10-12 12:42:38 by KXEL

Man found guilty in shooting seeks new trial

A Webster County judge will decide next week whether to grant a new trial to a man convicted in August of first-degree murder. A jury found 28-year-old Derrick McElroy guilty in the May 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Brandyn Preston…

posted 2014-10-12 12:39:49 by KXEL

Davenport cemetery placed on Park Service registry

A Davenport cemetery has been listed on a national U.S. National Park Service registry of sites connected with the Underground Railroad, an anti-slavery network that had helped many escape to freedom. A high school social studies class from Arlington Senior…

posted 2014-10-12 12:34:36 by KXEL

2014-10-10

Repairs nearly finished for Quad-Cities bridge

A Mississippi River bridge linking Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, should open soon after repairs that took weeks longer than expected. John Wegmeyer, an engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation, said on Friday the Centennial Bridge should be…

posted 2014-10-10 23:44:54 by KXEL

Jury rejects Iowa guard's sexual harassment suit

A jury has rejected an Iowa prison guard's lawsuit that said she was sexually harassed after inmates were repeatedly allowed to watch sexually graphic and violent moves. The Polk County jury reached its decision Friday afternoon, a day after hearing…

posted 2014-10-10 23:43:36 by KXEL

Michelle Obama visits Iowa for Bruce Braley

Michelle Obama is urging Iowa Democrats to get out and vote for Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The first lady attended a rally Friday afternoon at Drake University.  She said she was "beyond thrilled" to be there with Braley. Braley, a…

posted 2014-10-10 16:51:20 by KXEL

Hearing set for caregiver charged in girl's death

A plea hearing is planned next week for an Orange City day care provider who is charged with killing a 3-year-old girl. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister says details on Rochelle Sapp's plea agreement won't be made public until…

posted 2014-10-10 16:49:49 by KXEL

Demolition starts on Oakville church's old building

Workers are demolishing the Apostolic Christian Church of Oakville brick by brick and burning the wood that remains. The church held its last service in January 2013 in the Oakville building.  It moved that same month into a new building…

posted 2014-10-10 14:23:53 by KXEL

Iowa contracts for help with dog racing buyout

A New Jersey company has been hired to help Iowa distribute the $36 million buyout of greyhound racing participants. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, at a meeting in Clinton on Thursday, accepted a $40,270 proposal from Spectrum Gaming Group,…

posted 2014-10-10 11:54:43 by KXEL

Ideas abound for former Argosy casino space

Now that the former Argosy riverboat casino is being removed, Sioux City officials are beginning to consider options for the soon-to-be vacant riverfront space. The riverboat pulled away from its dock earlier this week.  City officials say some ideas, such…

posted 2014-10-10 08:36:14 by KXEL

Mason City man sentenced on 3 charges

A 27-year-old Mason City man has been given probation and suspended sentences on charges of child endangerment, domestic abuse assault and animal neglect. Dacota Witham was sentenced on Wednesday. He'd pleaded guilty to the charges.  He was given suspended sentences…

posted 2014-10-10 06:45:24 by KXEL

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