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Woman's body found in a Des Moines alley Sunday

Police are investigating after finding a woman's body in an alley in Des Moines. Sgt. Jason Halifax says the body was reported shortly before 8:45 a.m. Sunday in an alley near 14th Street and 14th Place. Halifax said the woman was 35-years-old. Her

New NW Iowa psychiatric facility for children opens in May

A new facility offering psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment to children and teens in northwest Iowa is expected to address an important need in the region when it opens this spring. The Sioux City Journal reports the new Jackson Recovery Cente

West Des Moines to fund construction of aquifer

West Des Moines plans to provide about $3.5 million to build an aquifer storage facility that Des Moines Water Works says will add 3 million gallons of water capacity on peak usage days.   The Des Moines Register reports that Des M

Senate panel OKs bill that would ban most calls in cars

A Senate panel has approved a bill that would ban people in Iowa from holding a cellphone and talking while driving.   A transportation subcommittee discussed the bill Thursday. It now moves to a full committee for consideration. &

USDA: Iowa farm numbers decline by 500 in 2014 to 88,000

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report that the number of farms in Iowa continues to slide.    In an annual report released Thursday the USDA says Iowa farms fell to 88,000 last year, 500 fewer than the year b

House leader makes committee moves to support fuel tax bill

Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen has made some key changes to a House committee to help ensure there are enough votes to pass a bill raising the state fuel tax.   Paulsen said Thursday he had replaced one member of the ways a

Union leader says layoffs planned at Iowa mental hospitals

A union official says layoffs will begin in March at mental hospitals in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda despite efforts by some legislators to keep the centers open.   Danny Homan, the president of Iowa's largest state emplo

Iowa county debt levels will be part of road funding debate

The amount Iowa counties borrow to repair their roads and bridges may be a key factor in the debate over whether to increase the state fuel tax. The Des Moines Register reports Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell and Howard counties all carry large road construct

Iowa man sentenced to prison for role in 2012 robbery

A 28-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for his role in a 2012 home invasion and robbery. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Deandrew Deshawn Harris was sentenced last week. Authorities say Harris will have to serve a

Former students tour Iowa school that will be torn down

More than 300 people came out this weekend to say goodbye to a northern Iowa elementary school that is scheduled to be demolished this year. The Mason City Globe-Gazette reports the Mason City district held an open house Saturday for the former Madison S

Veterinarians monitor pig virus that killed millions in 2014

Veterinarians are working hard to monitor a virus that killed millions of baby pigs in the United States last year. The Sioux City Journal reports Iowa veterinarian Michelle Sprague is president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Spragu

Iowa man pleads not guilty to head-butting son

A February trial has been scheduled for a Sergeant Bluff man accused of head-butting his teenage son. The Sioux City Journal reports that 47-year-old Bradley Graff entered a written plea of not guilty on Monday in Woodbury County District Court. The char

Southwest Iowan faces federal firearms charge

A southwest Iowa man accused of planting audio recording devices in a woman's home now faces a federal charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. The Daily Nonpareil reports that 38-year-old Aaron Johnson was arrested Monday at his Red Oak ho

Man shoots himself near Iowa officer

Authorities in eastern Iowa say a man fatally shot himself while a police officer stopped him over a traffic citation. Marion police say an officer stopped the man Saturday night as he was driving a vehicle. The officer suspected the man was intoxicated.

Court rejects appeal in Early slaying, kidnapping

A court is refusing a new trial for an Iowa man convicted of killing his mother and kidnapping a woman.        The Iowa Court of Appeals said Wednesday that Kirk Levin's statement about wanting a lawyer wasn't enough to force o

Iowa feedlot operators adjusting to new rules

Iowa cattle and hog producers are working to comply with new state rules that are designed to keep animal waste from polluting nearby waterways. The Sioux City Journal reports Craig Moss and his family created new concrete drainage systems with grates to

Iowa girl critically hurt while sledding Saturday

A 6-year-old girl was critically hurt this weekend when she sledded into a street in Council Bluffs and was hit by a truck. The Daily Nonpareil reports the incident happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday. Council Bluffs Police say Kailey Maloney was sledd

Iowa soldiers may go to Africa for Ebola outbreak

About 80 soldiers in an Iowa Army National Guard unit may be sent to West Africa to help respond to the Ebola outbreak there. The Iowa National Guard said Sunday that members of the 294th Area Support Medical Company are being notified that they may be d

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

Iowa man gets new bike days after 1st one stolen

Two days after an Iowa fast-food worker's bicycle was stolen from outside the Culver's restaurant where he worked someone surprised him with a new one.   The Mason City Globe Gazette reports Nathan King came out of the Mason City restaurant

Cedar Rapids woman pleads guilty to wire fraud

(AP) A Cedar Rapids woman has admitted defrauding clients of her law firm. Prosecutors say 54-year-old Susan Hense pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison. In a plea agreement, Hense admit

Iowa district refuses to enroll Rwandan student

An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district's refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status. The district's lawyer, Andrew Bracken, tells the Des Moines Register it app

Freeze could end growing season for immature crops

A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region's corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.        &n
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Louis Stork of Carroll

Mass of the Christian Burial for 93 year old Louis Stork of Carroll, formerly of Breda, will be Monday at 10:30am at the St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Breda with burial at the St. Bernard's Cemetery in Breda where military honors will be conducted by the Breda American Legion.  The Breda Catholic Order of Foresters will form an honor guard for the funeral mass.  Friends may

Janice Wanninger of Manning

Mass of the Christian Burial for 77 yr. old Janice Rae Wanninger of Manning will be Monday at 11:00 am at the Sacred Heart Church in Manning.  There will be no visitation.

Janice Zeman of Sac City

Memorial Services for 85 yr. old Janice Zeman of Sac City will be Friday at 2:00 pm at the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City with burial in the Cory Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior at the Farber and Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.
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