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Iowa judge considers whether to halt state ban on mask mandates

Iowa Republican legislators and the governor prohibited mask mandates in schools for purely political reasons to appease complaining constituents, a lawyer representing a mother and her sons argued Thursday. “The popularity of the governor and…
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Xavior Harrelson update

There could be a new lead in the disappearance of Xavior Harrelson.  He’s the 11-year-old boy from Montezuma who disappeared May 27 near his home.  Mitch Mortvedt is with the Iowa Department of Public Safety.…
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Remembering a family member who died on 9/11

9/11 is a sad day in American history.  Especially to those who lost a family member in the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, as well as Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania. …
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Former Albia coach charged with sexual abuse of a minor

A former Albia High School soccer coach has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 36-year-old Aaron Koester was arrested last Friday in Indianapolis, Indiana and extradited…
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Fatal stabbing in Ottumwa

One man is in custody…accused of stabbing an Ottumwa man to death.  Ottumwa Police were called just before 10 Friday night (9/3) to a reported stabbing at the Stardust Motel.  43-year-old Joshua David Barnhill of…
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Concert on the Square Saturday in Oskaloosa

There’s going to be live music in downtown Oskaloosa Saturday night (9/4).  The sixth annual Concert on the Square is a free event featuring Christian music.  Wyndell Campbell is on the planning committee for Concert…
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Body found in lagoon near Beach Ottumwa

A man’s body was found in a lagoon near Beach Ottumwa.  Ottumwa Police were called around 1pm Wednesday (9/1) when the caller saw the man’s body floating in the water.  Police say the man had…
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Oskaloosa Christian School turns 75

Oskaloosa Christian School is celebrating a birthday this weekend. "We are celebrating our 75th year of operation.  We started in 1946. Technically, our 75th year was last year.  But due to the circumstances that were…
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Bahena Rivera sentenced to life without parole for Mollie Tibbetts murder

Life in prison with no possibility of parole.  That sentence was handed down Monday (8/30) to Cristhian Bahena Rivera for stabbing Mollie Tibbetts to death.  In May, a jury found Bahena Rivera guilty of first…
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Bahena Rivera to be sentenced Monday

Cristhian Bahena Rivera will be sentenced Monday afternoon (8/30) for killing Mollie Tibbetts.  In May, a jury in Scott County found the 27-year-old Bahena Rivers guilty of first degree murder in the July 2018 death…
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