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Man found guilty of murdering Nashua man in 2012

Man found guilty of murdering Nashua man in 2012

A north Iowa man has been found guilty of murdering a retired grocer more than a decade after the crime. A Chickasaw County jury has found 51-year-old Randy Patrie guilty of killing 70-year-old Carl Gallmeyer of Nashua in September of 2012. Patrie was the primary...

Segment of I-35 closed due to semis flipped over by the storm

Segment of I-35 closed due to semis flipped over by the storm

Tornado sirens wailed this morning in several central and eastern Iowa counties as severe storms rolled across the state. In Hamilton County, southbound traffic is being detoured off of Interstate 35 due to several semis having been knocked over by powerful winds....

Iowa law officers are on the roads in force for the holiday

Iowa law officers are on the roads in force for the holiday

Memorial Day weekend is predicted to be one of the busiest travel holidays in many years, and law enforcement is already putting a stronger presence on Iowa’s roads. State trooper Paul Gardner, who’s based in Fort Dodge, says drivers need to keep their cool and use...

Flooding may make for a challenging holiday weekend for Iowa boaters

Flooding may make for a challenging holiday weekend for Iowa boaters

All the recent rain has pushed up water levels in Iowa's lakes, rivers and streams, flooding many waterways -- with a busy boating holiday just ahead. Susan Stocker, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' boating law administrator and education coordinator, says...

Only 33 percent of state remains in some sort of drought

Only 33 percent of state remains in some sort of drought

Continued rains across the state brought more improvement in the U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. DNR Hydrologist Tim Hall says the two most severe categories of drought are no longer found on the map. "So we're just down to just over 20% of the state is rated...

NWS upgrades Greenfield tornado to EF4

NWS upgrades Greenfield tornado to EF4

.National Weather Service survey teams have identified damage in Greenfield and southern Adair County indicating Tuesday's tornado was an EF4 -- a thousand yard wide twister than was on the ground for 44 miles. It reach peak internal wind speeds of between 175 and 185...

State Girls’ Wrestling Tournament will have two classes this year

State Girls’ Wrestling Tournament will have two classes this year

The Iowa Girls' State Wrestling Tournament is expanding to two classes. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union added girls wrestling as a sanctioned sport two years ago and the first two state tournaments were held with no classes. The largest 64 wrestling schools...

Red Cross recovery efforts extend well beyond Greenfield

Red Cross recovery efforts extend well beyond Greenfield

There's still no official tally on how many houses were damaged or destroyed in Greenfield by Tuesday's massive tornado -- easily dozens -- and the community shelter set up in the town's Nodaway Valley High School remains a very busy place. Emily Holley, spokeswoman...

Winterset hosts two-day birthday bash for actor John Wayne

Winterset hosts two-day birthday bash for actor John Wayne

A celebration of the Duke will be held in southwest Iowa's Madison County this weekend. The John Wayne Birthplace and Museum in Winterset will honor what would have been the actor's 117th birthday with a two-day festival. Museum spokesman Brian Downes says they're...

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Minden and Harlan

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers open in Minden and Harlan

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened temporary Disaster Recovery Centers in two western Iowa counties where residents are recovering from last month's tornadoes. One site is at the Chamber of Commerce office in Harlan. The other is in the parking lot of...

Officials confirm four killed, 35 injured in Greenfield tornado

Officials confirm four killed, 35 injured in Greenfield tornado

State officials say four people were killed and at least 35 were injured as a result of the tornado that hit Greenfield Tuesday. According to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the number of people injured in Greenfield is likely higher. The 35 people cited in the...

Governor says tornado damage in Greenfield is horrific

Governor says tornado damage in Greenfield is horrific

Governor Kim Reynolds says debris in Greenfield needs to be stabilized before volunteers will be able to enter the town to help residents recover from Tuesday's tornado strike. The governor is hoping to have damage estimates completed by tomorrow so she can submit a...

Flooding an issue after torrential rains, rising rivers

Flooding an issue after torrential rains, rising rivers

Governor Reynolds has declared 15 counties state disaster areas and many of those counties have had significant flash flooding from storms that moved through on Monday and Tuesday. Algona got well over five inches of rain, flooding roads and basements. Flash flooding...

At least six tornadoes strike Iowa, multiple deaths reported

At least six tornadoes strike Iowa, multiple deaths reported

The state patrol says there are multiple deaths and at least a dozen injuries in Greenfield after Tuesday's direct hit from a powerful tornado. There's widespread destruction in the Adair County town, with homes leveled, cars tossed and trees stripped bare....

ISU professor to testify before federal lawmakers on water scarcity

ISU professor to testify before federal lawmakers on water scarcity

A soil science professor from Iowa State University is scheduled to testify about the nation's water supply before a U.S. Senate panel today at the invitation of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. "I think we're going to have a realistic professor give us some information,"...

Tornadoes in Iowa Tuesday cause deaths, injuries

Tornadoes in Iowa Tuesday cause deaths, injuries

The southwest Iowa community of Greenfield has been partially leveled by the tornado that tore through the town Tuesday afternoon. "Sadly we can confirm there have been fatalities with this tornado, Also injuries have been sustained by residents here in the Greenfield...

Atlantic Coca-Cola bottler expands into Missouri

Atlantic Coca-Cola bottler expands into Missouri

The Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company in southwest Iowa is purchasing the Trenton Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Trenton, Missouri. Atlantic Bottling CEO Rob Feeney says the expansion into northwest Missouri is a good addition and they now distributed up to the...

Farmers see double the time in the field last week for planting

Farmers see double the time in the field last week for planting

Farmers saw a lot more dry days to be in the fields last week. The U.S.D.A. crop report says there were four days suitable for planting, more than double the previous week. Corn planting moved to 78% complete, an increase of 21%. Corn planting remains eight days...

Potential for dangerous storms in Iowa this afternoon

Potential for dangerous storms in Iowa this afternoon

The National Weather Service is warning today's :round two" of stormy weather will be "more significant." Meteorologist Brooke Hagenhof at the National Weather Service office in Johnston says a very large low pressure system is moving across the central plains into...

From R2-D2 to Wonder Woman, central Iowa hosts pop culture fest

From R2-D2 to Wonder Woman, central Iowa hosts pop culture fest

It may look like Halloween arrived five months early when Des Moines Con opens on May 31st, as the event will bring some of the region's top cosplayers to central Iowa, along with a long list of celebrity guests. Convention founder Ben Penrod says the three-day...

Des Moines suburbs conducting population counts

Des Moines suburbs conducting population counts

Some of the fastest growing communities in Iowa are conducting a special census to capture population growth that wasn't included in 2020 Census figures. Waukee city manager Brad Deets says the census four years ago found nearly 24,000 residents in the Des Moines...

Des Moines suburbs conducting population counts

New law changes process for determining county road use tax funding

There will be a change in the way road use tax funds are distributed to counties after the governor signed a bill into law cutting the number of state boards and commissions. The DOT's Stuart Anderson says the funding for counties had been determined by the Secondary...

Mandatory minimum sentence for Iowa human trafficking conviction

Mandatory minimum sentence for Iowa human trafficking conviction

Iowa judges soon will be able to appoint attorneys to represent victims of human trafficking diagnosed with a mental disability if they're called to testify against their alleged abuser. The move is part of a law that will go into effect July 1. The law also sets a...

Iowa nursing homes face new staffing rules

Iowa nursing homes face new staffing rules

The federal government has set new minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes. Within two years, a registered nurse will have to be on duty at all times and most nursing homes will have to provide each resident with at least 3.48 hours of direct care daily....

More Iowa veterans take special charter flight to nation’s capital

More Iowa veterans take special charter flight to nation’s capital

The Sioux Center-based Midwest Honor Flight is taking some 80 veterans to Washington, D.C. today to visit armed forces memorials. They're from northwest Iowa as well as South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Since its launch in 2017, Midwest Honor Flight has flown...

Keokuk, Waterloo get EPA grants to clean contaminated sites

Keokuk, Waterloo get EPA grants to clean contaminated sites

The City of Keokuk is getting a $4.48 million grant to clean up a site where heavy metals were produced for decades. The vacant site, which covers 9.6 acres, is on a road called Carbide Lane in Keokuk. Zinc and lead were originally produced, then in 1929 carbon was...

Heavy rain expected tonight into tomorrow

Heavy rain expected tonight into tomorrow

More thunderstorms are on the way for tonight and into tomorrow. National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Fowle says the rain could lead to other problems. "Some of that rain could be on the heavy side. So we have issued a flood watch for basically much of central...

Des Moines suburbs conducting population counts

Iowa Congresswoman Hinson says bill will help prevent stillbirths

A bill co-authored by Iowa Congresswoman Ashley Hinson that seeks to prevent stillbirths passed the House on 408-3 vote. Emily Price, the executive director of Healthy Birth Day, joined Hinson to talk about the bill. She says stillbirths are an epidemic."The annual...

Six people rescued from northwest Iowa river

Six people rescued from northwest Iowa river

An eight year old child was among six people rescued Saturday afternoon on the West Fork of the Des Moines River, north of Estherville. Travis Sheridan, Estherville's Fire Chief, said a 911 call indicated a kayak flipped over and a woman and child were in the water....

Dry weather leads to record number of wild turkeys taken in Iowa

Dry weather leads to record number of wild turkeys taken in Iowa

Iowa’s spring turkey hunting season wrapped up with a record harvest of 16,059 birds, topping the record of 14-843 set last season. DNR Wildlife Research Biologist Jim Coffey says the records are one good thing to come from the dry weather. "We've had three good years...

Soil toxins worry Waterloo residents

Soil toxins worry Waterloo residents

As Waterloo residents work to revitalize old industrial areas, concerns are mounting about the safety of those sites, like the Chamberlain ammunition plant which was abandoned some 40 years. Residents want to tear it down and put affordable housing in its place, but...

Iowa’s already confirmed 43 tornadoes midway through the season

Iowa’s already confirmed 43 tornadoes midway through the season

We're just past the halfway point for Iowa's tornado season, and while twisters can strike during any month of the year, April, May and June are considered the three prime months for tornadic activity. Meteorologist Mike Fowle, the National Weather Service in...

67 state boards and commissions being eliminated

67 state boards and commissions being eliminated

Eighty-three state boards and commissions are being eliminated or consolidated. Governor Kim Reynolds recommended even more for elimination, but legislators pared down her list and she has approved the final plan. Iowa-Nebraska NAACP president Betty Andrews is raising...

Governor approves new rules for traffic cameras, consumable hemp

Governor approves new rules for traffic cameras, consumable hemp

Governor Kim Reynolds has approved a bill that establishes state oversight of traffic cameras that generate tickets for speeding. Cities and counties will have to submit an application to the Iowa Department of Transportation, showing the camera is placed in an area...

Iowa Senate’s GOP leader undergoing treatment for brain tumor

Iowa Senate’s GOP leader undergoing treatment for brain tumor

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver announced this afternoon that he's undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Whitver, in a written statement, said he is remaining in the Iowa Senate and continuing in his role as majority leader. In his statement, Whitver said he is...

Des Moines suburbs conducting population counts

Participants praise Polk County guaranteed income program

A guaranteed income program in central Iowa marked one year of monthly payments this week. Some of the 110 participants who get $500 each month in the UpLift program spoke at an event celebrating the program, but used only their first names to keep their part in the...

Governor using COVID relief funds for opioid treatment programs

Governor using COVID relief funds for opioid treatment programs

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is using $17.5 million of federal pandemic relief money to pay for prevention and treatment programs for opioid addiction. She made the allocation after the legislature failed for a second year to agree on how the state's opioid settlement...

Six people rescued from northwest Iowa river

Iowa DOT worker is killed in construction zone crash

An Iowa Department of Transportation worker was struck and killed in southwestern Iowa Thursday morning while he was patching a section of Interstate 80. The Iowa State Patrol says 36-year-old Matthew Dickerson, of Neola, died from the accident that happened on I-80...

Pollen is starting to become a problem for Iowa’s allergy sufferers

Pollen is starting to become a problem for Iowa’s allergy sufferers

All the recent rain has helped keep pollen counts down in Iowa, but soon enough, the state's allergy sufferers will be red-eyed, sneezing and sniffling. Dr. Ravi Johar, at UnitedHealthcare, says while the chilly winter weather may be gone, that pesky pollen will force...

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