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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

Iowa public info board taps new executive director

The board meant to promote openness in Iowa government has named a government lawyer with experience in election and campaign law as its next executive director. The Iowa Public Information Board said Monday that Charlie Smithson would succeed Keith Luchtel…

posted 2014-11-17 16:35:54 by KXEL

Muscatine pastor back in the pulpit after quarantine

A Muscatine pastor is back preaching at his church after spending three months in Liberia, where he worked in villages to teach people how to avoid spreading the disease. The Rev. Saye Beipa of the Calvary Church was placed under…

posted 2014-11-17 15:20:18 by KXEL

Fire destroys motorcycles at Mason City dealership

More than a dozen motorcycles have been destroyed in a fire at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Mason City. Business owner Steve Minert says the Monday morning fire damaged a service support building and up to 20 motorcycles. It did not…

posted 2014-11-17 15:18:18 by KXEL

Des Moines police seek ways to streamline hiring process

Some Des Moines police departments are studying ways to join forces and streamline the hiring process in an effort to save money and hire a more diverse force. Ankeny officer Jacob Miller tells The Des Moines Register that he spent…

posted 2014-11-17 08:21:49 by KXEL

Authorities follow tracks in snow during car chase

A deputy in southeast Iowa has caught a suspect who eluded authorities after a two-county chase by following tire tracks in the snow. Marion County Deputy D.J. Reed says the 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday after a traffic stop led…

posted 2014-11-17 05:21:08 by KXEL


Iowa considers new groundwater restrictions

State officials may impose new limits on groundwater use to protect the underground aquifer that supplies drinking water to a half-million Iowans. The Des Moines Register reports environmental leaders are concerned about the future of the Jordan aquifer that sits…

posted 2014-11-16 19:52:56 by KXEL