KXEL News

Poet Ethanol Owners Blame Trump Administration for Loss of Business

The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant, with eight other facilities in Iowa and Minnesota, is blaming its shut down and cutbacks on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. South Dakota-based ethanol producer Poet, which also owns and operates plants in Jewell, Hanlontown,…

State Auditor Discovers Holes in IDPS Security Licensing Procedures

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – An audit has found that the Iowa Department of Public Safety issued more than 5,800 licenses to private security workers over a two-year period without conducting required background checks. The failure means the agency may have given credentials to some individuals with disqualifying criminal or personal histories to work as…

Black Hawk Co. Property Tax Bills Coming Soon

The Black Hawk County Treasurer’s Office plans to mail out property tax bills this coming Monday. Under Iowa law, the first installment of real estate and mobile home taxes must be paid by September 30, and interest will accrue on the unpaid balance at 1.5% per month starting October 1. The treasurer’s office in the…

An Eventful Week in Cedar Rapids Federal Court

It’s been a busy week in Northern Iowa federal court….25-year old Gage Rupp of Cedar Rapids was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting to taking part in an armed carjacking of a young woman near Kirkwood College in October, 2017, then using the stolen car to participate in the robbery of a phone…

Uni Panthers

Wrestling: UNI Grappler Claims a Title

Drew Foster became UNI’s first Division I wrestling national champion since 2000, defeating Max Dean of Cornell, 6-4, during the 184 pound title match on Saturday evening in Pittsburgh. UNI hadn’t had a finalist since 2005, and the Panthers’ last champion was Tony Davis, who won at 149 pounds nearly two decades ago. Foster’s route…

WBB: Panthers Bow in WNIT

After opening the 2018/19 schedule in the Preseason WNIT, the UNI Panther women’s basketball squad closed their year during the first round of the Postseason WNIT Friday. The Minnesota Gophers made nine of their first 10 shots and built a 26-6 lead on the way to a 91-75 decision over UNI at Williams Arena in…

WBB: Panthers WNIT Preview

The UNI Panther women’s basketball team is bound for the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). Northern Iowa will meet Minnesota in Minneapolis during the first round of the tournament Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Williams Arena. Coverage on News/Talk 1540 KXEL will begin at 6:15. The Panthers go into the game with a 20-12 record…

WBB: MVC Tournament Recap

The UNI Panther women’s basketball team earned their 20th victory of the season during the Missouri Valley Conference tournament in Moline, and perhaps enough prestige to claim a bid to the Postseason WNIT. Friday night, Taylor Hagen drove to the basket and hit a contested layup with 17 seconds left to give UNI a 64-63…

Blogs

KXEL Morning News for Friday, August 23, 2019

KXEL Morning News for Friday, August 23, 2019

Tune in for the KXEL Morning News Friday between 5 and 8 a.m.: 5:50–Grow Cedar Valley will host its 2019 Economic Inclusion Conference in October. Will Frost, Director of Talent Development, provides a preview. 6:35–Trump Administration efforts to limit or stop legal immigration among those who would need government assistance once they arrive have led…

KXEL Morning News for Thursday, August 22, 2019

KXEL Morning News for Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tune in for the KXEL Morning News Thursday between 5 and 8 a.m.: 5:50–Ford Galaxie owners from across the country will be bringing their vintage vehicles to Cedar Rapids this weekend. Mark Reynolds is the Director of the Galaxie Club of America and talks about the organization’s national meet coming to eastern Iowa. 6:35–African Swine…

KXEL Morning News for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

KXEL Morning News for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tune in for the KXEL Morning News Wednesday between 5 and 8 a.m.: 5:50–Severe weather coverage interrupted Jeff Stein and Ken Root Tuesday morning when they were discussing the Iowa State Fair during an RFD1540 feature. During Wednesday’s program, that have an opportunity to wrap up their look at this year’s record-setting event. 6:35–A man…

KXEL Morning News for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

KXEL Morning News for Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Tune in for the KXEL Morning News Tuesday between 5 and 8 a.m.: 5:50–Residents of Vinton are in the middle of celebrating their city’s 150th birthday. Melissa Schwan of Vinton Unlimited talks about the festivities. 6:35–The latest topics in agriculture receive the spotlight at this time on Tuesdays and Thursday during RFD1540 features. 7:35–TV9 Meteorologist…