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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

Testimony begins in farmhouse slaying trial

Testimony began Thursday in the second trial of a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl who was beaten and shot to death in a southeast Iowa farmhouse 40 years ago. Robert Eugene Pilcher was…

posted 2014-09-12 05:56:37 by KXEL

DNR: Iowa fish kill linked to dairy operation

A large fish kill in northwest Iowa was caused by a manure spill from a nearby dairy operation, state officials announced Thursday. The state Department of Natural Resources said the August discharge killed more than 860,000 fish along 28 miles…

posted 2014-09-12 05:55:54 by KXEL

Ridesharing service to begin Des Moines operation

The ridesharing service Uber is expected to begin operating in Des Moines on Friday despite warnings that the company will be violating city ordinances. Uber, which is based in San Francisco and operates in more than 100 U.S. cities, uses…

posted 2014-09-12 05:54:31 by KXEL


Building wall collapses in Eldon

A building wall in the southeast Iowa city of Eldon has collapsed, prompting officials to close a downtown street. The wall of the empty building collapsed Monday, sending bricks tumbling into Fifth Street, the Ottumwa Courier reported. There were no…

posted 2014-09-11 08:15:26 by KXEL

Have you ever thought Washington, D.C. could use some common-sense input from Iowa? This Wednesday, I’ll be in our nation’s…
posted by Dennis Lowe 10 days ago
Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001: “The anniversary of September 11,…
posted by Dennis Lowe 12 days ago
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement in honor of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001…
posted by Dennis Lowe 12 days ago