OTTUMWA — After seeing a man bleeding from walking barefoot last winter and seeing an 84-year old woman sleeping in a tent, Whatsoever You Do Administrator Mary Margaret Butler knew she had to do something to fix the homelessness situation.

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OTTUMWA — Even though the census count is a year away, county supervisors are already getting ready for it.

RICHLAND — When Darcy Hackert was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, she was fortunate to have the means and insurance available to pay for her medical bills. But it soon occurred to her that not everybody shared her good luck.

BLOOMFIELD — A judge has rejected a Davis County man’s attempt to get the court to reconsider whether to suppress evidence against him.

BLOOMFIELD — The man accused by authorities of attempting to kidnap a woman and take her to Wisconsin has been denied permission to travel out of the state “given the seriousness of the charges.”

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OTTUMWA — A rare round of early morning thunderstorms swept Iowa Tuesday, hitting southeast Iowa as the sun rose.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State agricultural officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees has been confirmed in three more Iowa counties, bring the total to 69 counties.

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A change in season is on the horizon, and events this weekend are proof. Join a “spooky” fundraiser or head out for the final evening of a summer tradition. Take the family to a car show or on a scenic bike ride.

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OTTUMWA — The attorney for a former Ottumwa teacher charged with sexual exploitation of a student is again asking the court to throw out the case.

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court’s first two days of hearings at its home court in Des Moines will be closely watched by southeast Iowa.

OTTUMWA — Flooding kept more than 14 million acres of Midwestern cropland from being successfully planted in 2019, accounting for nearly three out of every four acres nationally farmers were unable to plant.

DES MOINES — A Fairfield judge is among three people selected by the Iowa Court of Appeals nominating commission as a potential successor Judge Gayle Vogel.

FAIRFIELD — A Jefferson County man arrested after authorities said he was found in an alley naked with a 13-year-old girl will be sentenced later this month.

OSKALOOSA— Patrick Flaherty, a gentleman who will be turning 86 years old later this year, has been doing radio for over 60 years and is still going.

RATHBUN LAKE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating potentially toxic algae blooms that have been found at numerous locations at Rathbun Lake, and has closed two of their beaches temporarily as a precaution.

BLOOMFIELD — The man who struck two Amish boys while driving, killing one, could spend up to 25 years in prison after being sentenced.

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NEAR CENTERVILLE — Local law enforcement found two bodies on a rail car from Mexico in rural Appanoose County Friday, they said in a press release Monday morning.

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This weekend is full of community festivals and gatherings. Explore what southeast Iowa has to offer at one or more of these events.

OSKALOOSA — On Friday, July 26, Luke VanHemert was sentenced to no more than 50 years incarceration.

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BLOOMFIELD — A judge in the case of a Bloomfield man accused of seeking sex from a minor slammed the defense’s claim no crime had been committed because it was summer break as “absurd.”

CLINTON _ Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, a rare and historic steam locomotive captivated Clinton-area sightseers Tuesday afternoon.

OTTUMWA — It’s going to be a warm weekend in southeast Iowa, though not as hot as it was last week. But another round of thunderstorms could cap things off again.

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FAIRFIELD — If there’s one thing every RAGBRAI host city knows, it’s that you need volunteers to pull off a successful visit. A lot of volunteers.

OTTUMWA — It’s common to see people fishing in Ottumwa. If there aren’t people with lines in the water at Ottumwa Park, anglers can usually be found trying to tempt fish from the Des Moines River.

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OTTUMWA — This year’s RAGBRAI route doesn’t come through Wapello County, but people driving later this week in southeast Iowa should still be careful on back roads.

A pursuit that began in Knoxville ended in the Des Moines metro Sunday morning, and involved a vehicle that was reported stolen in an armed carjacking.

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EDDYVILLE — Have you ever questioned who is responsible for bringing your sweeteners you like so much? For health food lovers, how about Vitamin E or Sterols? Or how about corn?

Officials are studying whether tax-increment financing on the proposed wind turbine project in eastern Appanoose County could fund a new jail and law enforcement center.

PACKWOOD — One of three defendants accused by authorities of participating in a 2018 bank robbery has reached a plea bargain. Charges against the remaining two have been increased.

Bemis Company mistreated employees at its Centerville factory and did not intend to reach a deal with a newly ratified union, an administrative law judge ruled Monday.

It’s a weekend of festivals and family entertainment this weekend, highlighted by hot air balloons. A special museum exhibit is visiting Ottumwa, and a look back at Iowa’s unique take on girls basketball is on the slate as well.