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Lower-Cost, Cleaner-Burning E15 is Now Available in Iowa, Again

   The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA)  announced Iowa’s 2001 and newer vehicle owners can once again benefit from cheaper, cleaner, more homegrown E15. Starting today, Iowa’s 30 retail locations will resume offering registered E15 to 2001 and newer vehicles, providing consumers with a cleaner, less expensive, and more locally-produced fueling option. E15 is approved


Iowa Officials Probe Drug Find at Prison

Iowa authorities are trying to find out how illegal drugs got into the state prison in Rockwell City. Prison spokesman Fred Scaletta said in an email that “a large amount of what is believed to be illegal drugs were discovered” during a routine inspection last week. Prison officials won’t comment on the quantity or type of

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Maynard Suspect Released From Hospital and Sent to Jail

Abel Quijas Jr., of 145 7th Street North in Maynard, Iowa, has been returned to custody at the Fayette County Jail after being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics over the past weekend for a gunshot wound to the arm. Quijas was injured on September 11th, 2014, when two police officers attempted


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 percent lower than the birth rate in 2007, before the economy slumped. There were 39,013

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Trial Delayed in 2005 Slaying of Five Year Old Iowa Girl

A hearing has been scheduled for the man accused of killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005. The hearing is set Tuesday in Bremer County for Casey Frederiksen. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the June 2005 slaying of Evelyn Miller, whose body was found along the Cedar River. Frederiksen, 35, was charged in

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Donated Iowa House Offers Space for Fire Training

A donated house in eastern Iowa provided the backdrop for a fire training exercise involving more than a dozen area firefighters, according to authorities overseeing the event. Multiple departments gathered Sunday in Dubuque to receive hands-on training. The house was later burned down to conclude the exercise. “This is really the best of the best

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Sioux City Woman Faces Charges in Son’s Death

A Sioux City woman faces child endangerment and neglect charges in connection to the April death of her infant son, according to authorities. Rebekah Williams-McCarthy, 24, was charged Friday in Woodbury County District Court with child endangerment resulting in the death of a child and neglect of a dependent person. She faces an additional two


Apparent Fish Kill in Maurice, IA

The Iowa Natural Resources Department is investigating a fish kill caused by manure spilled into a northwest Iowa creek. Officials say it appears the spill occurred after a wrong switch was pulled Saturday evening at the Brian Roorda Dairy near Maurice. The switch turned on a pump that moves manure from one lagoon to another,

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Federal Officials Review Iowa City Sidewalk Ramps

Iowa City is being scrutinized by federal investigators who are trying to determine whether the city has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Johnson County Task Force on Aging complained to the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year about the sidewalks and curb ramps throughout the city. The Task Force’s Chairman Larry Kudej said

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Authorities Find Man’s Body in Iowa River

Authorities believe the body found in the Iowa River Saturday belongs to a man who had been missing for a week. Volunteers discovered the body in the river north of Marshalltown Saturday night. The Marshall County Sheriff’s office says the body is believed to be 52-year-old Kevin Kroener of Marshalltown who disappeared September 6th, but