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Sen. Amy Klobuchar to address Iowa Democrats

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will give the keynote address at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, the state party organization announced Tuesday. The two-term senator will speak at the dinner on Oct. 25 at Hy Vee Hall in…

posted 2014-09-16 10:38:57 by KXEL

Humboldt County rejects proposed hog facility

A northern Iowa county rejected a proposed hog confinement facility, citing concerns about possible water contamination. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday against the application by Hawker Farms II LLC.  The application was for two new 2,500-head…

posted 2014-09-16 10:37:14 by KXEL

Children's Museum of Siouxland closer to reality

The Children's Museum of Siouxland in Sioux City is closer to becoming a reality. After a decade of planning, museum administrators announced Tuesday that Sioux City-based W.A. Klinger was awarded the contract to build the $7 million project.  A ground-breaking…

posted 2014-09-16 10:19:05 by KXEL

Study finds big wealth gap in rural Iowa counties

A new study by a sociologist at Iowa State University found three rural Iowa counties were among the top 10 in the nation in growth of income equality over more than a decade. The gap is less obvious because showy…

posted 2014-09-16 09:30:52 by KXEL

Guilty plea in Mason City public piano vandalism

A Des Moines man has made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to flipping over a public piano in Mason City. Coltin Schupbach, 22, made the plea Monday to a felony charge of criminal mischief.  Prosecutors dropped a charge…

posted 2014-09-16 08:26:14 by KXEL

Officials ID man found dead at golf course

Authorities on Monday released the name of a man found dead at a Council Bluffs golf course pond. The body of Josey Janssen, 33, was found Friday at the Council Bluffs Country Club, according to police.  The Iowa Medical Examiner's…

posted 2014-09-16 06:24:39 by KXEL

Police say Des Moines mom intoxicated with kids in car

Police say a Des Moines woman was intoxicated and had two toddlers in her vehicle when she went to school to pick up her 5-year-old son. Officers were sent to Hillis Elementary School to check a report that the boy…

posted 2014-09-16 06:21:21 by KXEL


Branstad says deposition must come after election

Citing his busy schedule, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that it was appropriate to delay his deposition in a high-profile civil lawsuit until after the November election. After his attorney objected to September and October dates, Branstad has been scheduled…

posted 2014-09-15 13:17:57 by KXEL

3 teens injured in rollover crash in Winnebago County

Authorities are investigating a rollover crash in northern Iowa that injured three teenagers. The Iowa State Patrol says the teens, ages 14, 15 and 16, were taken to a hospital Sunday night after the crash in Winnebago County.  Additional information…

posted 2014-09-15 13:14:06 by KXEL

Iowa officials seek to improve financial teaching

Iowa students should be learning how to make informed financial choices as part of their education, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday, as he accepted a series of recommendations from a group charged with reviewing financial literacy teaching in the state.…

posted 2014-09-15 13:13:00 by KXEL

Iowa birth rate sluggish despite better economy

Iowa's economy is improving but the state's birth rate isn't keeping pace. Iowa Department of Public Health figures show the state's birth rate for 2013 is up less than 1 percent over 2012.  The 2013 numbers are still nearly 5…

posted 2014-09-15 13:11:04 by KXEL

Iowa farming officials seek punishment for thieves

Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops. Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn,…

posted 2014-09-15 09:31:56 by KXEL