Author Archives: Chris Berg

Hearing for fired Iowa patrol sergeant is delayed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A hearing for an Iowa State Patrol sergeant is who appealing his termination has been delayed a second time. A two-day hearing for Kevin Knebel was scheduled for last week in front of an administrative law judge. But a state official said Tuesday the case was delayed. Both sides will

Iowans will be getting 8-year driver’s licenses

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Next year Iowans will be getting driver’s licenses that will expire in five, six, seven or even eight years. The Legislature authorized the longer licenses, and officials say it will take Iowa five years to transition from the current five-year driver’s licenses to eight-year licenses. The state’s Motor Vehicle Division director,

Iowa gets more info in lottery jackpot mystery

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Deputy Iowa Attorney General Thomas H. Miller says investigators have obtained more information about a winning lottery ticket at the center of an investigation into attempted fraud. Miller said Monday that investigators within the last week “obtained some additional substantive information” about the history of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto

ISU police issue warrants in locker room theft

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State police have issued arrest warrants in connection with a burglary that occurred in Iowa’s locker room during a football game against the Cyclones. The Des Moines Register ( ) reports that warrants for second-degree theft and second-degree burglary were issued on Dec. 12 for 23-year-old Nicholas Beary. Beary’s

Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

CHICAGO (AP) — Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan. It was the latest in a series of pushed-back deadlines and delays that have marked the rollout of

Ethanol from corn scraps plant starting in 2014

EMMETSBURG, Iowa (AP) — An ethanol plant that will make the fuel from corn cobs, leaves, and husks is on track to start production early next year. The plant located in Emmetsburg is a joint venture of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based POET and Royal DSM, and a biotech company based in the Netherlands. It is designed

No. 3 Iowa no match for PSU on the mat

IOWA CITY (AP) — In a showdown of NCAA Div. I wrestling powers, third-ranked Iowa dropped a 24-12 decision to No. 1 Penn State Saturday night in Big Ten Conference action at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tony Ramos (No. 3 at 133), Derek St. John (No. 1 at 157) and Bobby Telford (No. 3 at 285) all

Saving Mitchell County cupola may be too costly

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Mitchell County officials say it may be too expensive to save a cupola atop a courthouse that will soon be destroyed. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Monday that county supervisors informally agreed to save the cupola when they approved plans to destroy the rest of the 155-year-old courthouse. But since getting

Deadline looms for health insurance enrollment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents are hurrying to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace website before a looming coverage deadline. Experts helping people enroll in plans say Monday that they have been busy getting people help in recent days. The deadline to sign up on the federal exchange for coverage that starts

Iowa-based group sending food to Philippines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers in Des Moines are packing 1.5 million meals for survivors of a devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines last month. The Iowa-based group Outreach, Inc., pledged to send the meals to victims of the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed more than 6,000 people. On Monday, the organization says volunteers