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Cold and then snow

It got very cold Friday night into Saturday morning in Marshalltown. A Wind Chill Advisory was issued by the National Weather Service.
A Winter Advisory was posted for Saturday night through the majority of the day Sunday. They are saying a warm up is due to arrive next week.

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Fatal accident in Ankeny

Police say one person has been killed and a child seriously injured in a crash in Ankeny that left a vehicle on its side between two trees.

Rescue crews responded to the crash Friday around noon. One person died and the child was flown by air ambulance to a Des Moines area hospital.

The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle before it left the road and went into a ditch. The car ended up on its side, wedged between two trees.

Officials have not released the names of those involved and the crash remains under investigation.

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The U of I under investigation

The University of Iowa is facing a broad federal civil rights investigation into allegations that its athletics department does not provide equal opportunities for female athletes. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show the Office for Civil Rights is looking into gender bias allegations in multiple areas. Investigators will visit Iowa in April.
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Trooper faces charges

A Missouri state trooper has waived his arraignment on an involuntary manslaughter charge linked to the drowning of an Iowa man who fell from a boat while handcuffed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Anthony Piercy was charged in December in the May 2014 death of Brandon Ellingson of suburban Des Moines.
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Zoo now under safety orders

The owners of a private northeast Iowa zoo must remove their tigers and lemurs after a federal judge ruled that they failed to provide appropriate living conditions for the endangered animals. In a ruling issued Thursday, Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Stuart ordered the owners of the roadside Cricket Hollow Zoo, near Manchester, to transfer the tigers and lemurs to U.S. Department of Agriculture-licensed facility within 90 days.
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News from the State Senate

The Democratic-controlled Senate has passed legislation that would dismantle plans to switch Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program into private management, though the bill is not expected to advance in the divided legislature. The chamber voted 29-19 Thursday for the bill, which would terminate the state's contracts with three private companies.
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Chase in Des Moines nets arrest

A man is in custody following a chase in Des Moines early Wednesday. A police officer fired at 25-year-old Austin Allen after police say Allen swerved his car toward the officer while trying to get away from a traffic stop. The shot missed and Allen was caught a few minutes later. He was wanted on warrants in Iowa and Kansas.
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Court news

A man serving up to 30 years in prison for robbing a Coralville western wear store at knifepoint in 2009 has convinced the Iowa Court of Appeals he deserves reconsideration of his sentence. Jose Murcia was 17 when he and another man forced two store workers to turn over money from the cash register. Murcia sought resentencing under recent court rulings requiring judges to reconsider sentences of juvenile defendants given mandatory minimum prison terms.
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Des Moines fire victim identified

Authorities have released the name of a man who died in a Des Moines house fire.

The man has been identified as Brian Houston. Fire Capt. Mark Dooley says Houston was alone when the blaze started Tuesday evening.

The fire cause is being investigated.

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Fatal fire incident in Des Moines

Police have identified the man who was found inside a fire-damaged Des Moines home after he resisted officers' rescue attempts. Police announced that 48-year-old Neil Johnston, of Des Moines, died during the incident. Firefighters sent to the home put out the blaze and found Johnston's body. Investigators say the fire was intentionally started.
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News from the state legislature

Some Republican House lawmakers are supporting legislation that would create a system for manufacturing, distributing and possessing some forms of medical marijuana in Iowa, though it's unclear what type of support the bill will get from party leaders. The bill would expand the state's current law on medical marijuana, which allows some epilepsy patients to use cannabis oil. The new legislation would expand it to include more products and patients, though it would prohibit the smoking of medical marijuana.
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Court news from Newton

A Newton jury has convicted a man of helping his mother stab his wife to death in 2013.

Jurors handed over the verdict finding 40-year-old Dustin Jefferson guilty of aiding and abetting first-degree murder in the death of his wife.

His mother, Ginger Jefferson, is serving life in prison for first-degree murder in the September 2013 attack of 32-year-old Kerry O'Clair Jefferson.

The trial is the state's third attempt to convict Dustin Jefferson. His first two trials were both in Tama County. The first ended during jury selection and jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict in the second trial.

The trial moved to Newton after a judge granted a change of venue.

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Tragic house fire at Knoxville

A Knoxville house fire killed a 77-year-old woman and injured her husband. Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt says around 11 p.m. Sunday dispatchers received a call about a Knoxville house engulfed in flames with a woman inside. Emergency responders took Patricia Henning to a nearby hospital, where she later died. Her husband, 79-year-old Ronald Henning, was injured and taken to a burn unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
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Pipeline meeting taking place

The Iowa Utilities Board is meeting to consider whether to approve a hazardous liquid pipeline permit for an oil pipeline that will stretch 346 miles across the state diagonally from the northwest to the southeast. Texas-based Dakota Access is building the so-called Bakken pipeline to carry a half-million barrels of oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois crossing Iowa and South Dakota. Iowa is the only state that hasn't yet approved a permit.
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Missing goat back on U of I campus

University of Iowa police have confirmed that a research goat has been captured after being on the loose for over a week. Dispatchers confirmed "William the Goat" had been captured but could not provide any details. The police department posted a statement saying the goat was back in a pen at the University Research Park. The male goat escaped on Jan. 29 while being transferred from a portable carrier to a vehicle.
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Police shooting in Sioux City

A Sioux City police officer is recovering after being wounded by a suspect who also shot and wounded himself before his arrest. The incident happened Saturday morning when officers were following up on a number of reported robberies and burglaries. While at an apartment, an 18-year-old man shot and wounded a 13-year veteran of the police force. The man also hurt himself. The wounded officer was treated at a local hospital and released. The 18-year-old suspect remained in custody Sunday.
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Nasty day out weather wise!

Cruddy day weather wise in the listening area. Travel conditions are lousy especially out in the wide open spaces. Part of the listening area is under a Winter Weather Advisory and part meaning Grundy and Hardin Counties are under a Blizzard Warning. Here in Marshalltown we have had a peak wind gust of 45 miles per hour. Snow showers, white out conditions and ground blizzard conditions have all been experienced.

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The U of I's image

A pollster warned the University of Iowa last year that its reputation was suffering from an image as a heavy-drinking school where sexual assault was too common. The university has refused to release the December 2014 report and others conducted by a Washington-based firm that received a no-bid contract for the work. The Associated Press obtained the report from a university employee.
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The Medicaid soap opera continues

Iowa Senate Democrats plan on passing a bill next week that would halt Governor Terry Branstad's effort to privatize management of the state's Medicaid program. The bill directs the Iowa Department of Human Services to give a 30-day notice of contract termination to the three companies. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says the bill has no chance in the House.
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News from the state legislature

A bill proposed by House Republicans would require local police and county sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration officials by disclosing when they have in custody immigrants living in the country without legal permission. The measure would prevent local governments from adopting policies or procedures that limit or restrict the enforcement of any federal immigration law.
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Marshalltown man dies in prison

An inmate serving a 50 year sentence for second-degree murder has died in a Coralville prison.

The Iowa Department of Corrections announced Wednesday that 42-year-old Matthew John Irving died of natural causes. Officials say he collapsed to the floor in a hospice care unit while being assisted from a bathroom to a bed. He was pronounced dead by a physician on duty.

He had previously been diagnosed with cancer that spread to his lungs and bones. Irving was assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center.

He was convicted in 2014 in the death of 55-year-old Rebecca Hall, of Marshalltown, whose body was found in a van on the side of a road.

Irving was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Fireworks in the State Legislature

Legislation that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Iowa is once again advancing through the Iowa Legislature, though it may face some challenges from lawmakers. The Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday in support of the bill, which would allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks such as firecrackers and roman candles. Current law allows the sale of novelties like sparklers.
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Hotel attached to the Iowa Events Center

Polk County's board of supervisors has agreed to loan nearly $30 million in additional financing to build a convention hotel attached to the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines.

Officials voted for the loan on Wednesday. The board will loan up to $29 million through a partnership with Bankers Trust to kick-start construction on the $101 million hotel project, which will be managed and operated by Hilton.

Bankers Trust has created a subsidiary company that will buy the hotel after its expected completion in 2018.

The Iowa Events Center is owned by Polk County and operates on gaming revenue collected through gambling profits at Prairie Meadows casino.



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Caucus issues emerge

Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders are facing scrutiny over how they ran the state's signature event.

The tight contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday has highlighted the complicated process Democrats use to determine the winner and the bumpy road they take to get there.

Organizers reported overcrowded meeting rooms and delays caused by long lines of people registering to vote. Some precinct chairs initially failed to report results due to errors or technological glitches, leaving the nation waiting for a winner to be declared until Tuesday.

Clinton was named the winner Tuesday after winning by less than four "state delegate equivalents" out of 1,405, the measurement the party uses to calculate caucus-goers' preferences.

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Bizzare truck fire

A Franklin County sheriff's deputy's election paperwork to run for sheriff has been destroyed in a truck fire.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says that a fire broke out in the engine or dashboard area of a truck at Chief Deputy Linn Larson's residence, west of Coulter, around 4:10 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say the fire destroyed Larson's 2001 Ford F-150, a snow blade and everything inside the truck, including signed nomination papers Larson had collected in order to run for Franklin County sheriff.

It is unclear how the fire started.

Larson had planned to take his paperwork to the local caucus later that night, but had to collect a new round of signatures instead.

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Snow hits the area

The listening area had a two to three inch snowfall overnight Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Roads are tricky, slow down and take your time. Roads in the towns and cities are snow packed, and highways are partly to completely covered with snow.
JBS delayed the start of it`s first shift by four hours, Iowa Premium Beef of Tama opted to close for the day. Several schools opted to delay the start of school by two hours on Wednesday.
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A shot of winter weather

The listening area is under a winter storm warning till 6am. Tama, Poweshiek and Jasper counties are in a winter weather advisory for the same time frame. 30 other Iowa counties are in the midst of a blizzard warning. A number of area schools are closed for the day.
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The caucuses are over

Texas Senator Ted Cruz stunned Donald Trump with Marco Rubio finishing a strong third on the Republican side of the Iowa Caucuses on Monday. Hillard Clinton was declared the Democratic winner by the narrowest of margins some point two percentage points on a statewide basis. Bernie won in Marshall County as did Cruz. The turnout here in our neck of the woods was stunning including an all time record for the GOP party and the closest race in Iowa Democratic caucus history.

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Grundy County inmate found dead

The death of a Grundy County inmate has been ruled a suicide after county officials found the man unresponsive in a jail cell Thursday night. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identified the man as 26-year-old Jared Martin Slinker of Wellsburg.
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Who will show up?

For all the hype surrounding the February 1st caucuses, only a fraction of Iowa's registered voters participate. Most Republicans expect a higher turnout in 2016 than the last two caucuses, when about 120,000 showed up. Democrats doubt they will match 2008, when nearly 240,000 came out.
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Keep an eye on the sky

Iowa roads officials are preparing for a major winter storm, but forecasters saythe snow is likely to miss Monday's caucuses. The National Weather Service says the storm isn't expected to reach western Iowa until early Tuesday, so people participating in the presidential caucuses should be able to get home.
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