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Gay former state official wins $1.5M in discrimination case against Branstad

By DAVID PITT DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million…
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Southern Iowa Fair begins

The Southern Iowa Fair begins its week-long run in Oskaloosa Monday (7/15).  Monday’s highlight is the crowning of the Southern Iowa Fair Queen.  The six candidates are Jeana Appleget, Veronica Bolibaugh, Karlee Chandler, Hannah Koellner,…
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Keokuk County Farm Accident Fatality

Keokuk County law enforcement is investigating a fatal farm accident.  According to the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office, there was a call about an accident around 4pm Wednesday (7/10) at 260th Street east of Zephyr Avenue, outside…
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Ottumwa man makes plea in 2018 bank robbery

An Ottumwa man accused of robbing two area banks has made a plea deal in one of those robberies.  Ethan Spray was one of three men accused of robbing the Pilot Grove Savings Bank in…
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Ottumwa sewer repair

A traffic note for Ottumwa: the 600 block of Boone Street between Weller and Hancock will be closed starting Thursday (7/11) for sewer repair. Drivers will need to use alternate routes….and access to local residents…
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Woman accused of threatening to kill Jasper County Deputy

A woman from Colfax is in hot water for what she allegedly said to a Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputy as he was taking her to jail.  Around noon on July 3, a Deputy was called…
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Attempted murder in Agency

He tried to kill his father.  A man from Agency is in custody after a shooting Monday night (7/9) in Agency.  The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office says it was called around 9:45pm about a man…
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Thomas murder trial delayed

An Ottumwa woman accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter is having her murder trial pushed back. 23-year-old Kelsie Thomas is charged with first degree murder in the death of 5-year-old Cloe Chandler last July.  Thomas…
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Work release inmate at large

Wapello County law enforcement is looking for an inmate who was on work release and didn’t come back.  32-year-old Aidan Alan Edward Miller was supposed to return to the Ottumwa Residential Facility on Wednesday (7/3). …
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Sigourney turns 175

Sigourney is celebrating a birthday.  The city turns 175 years old on Friday (7/5), but the celebration is starting Wednesday night (7/3) and will be combined with Independence Day celebrations.  Julie Tremmel, a member of…
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