Category Archives: KXEL News

Iowa Official Unemployment Rate Still at 2.7%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s government-issued, official unemployment rate in June remained at 2.7 percent, leaving the state tied for the nation’s third-lowest rate. Iowa Workforce Development released the rate today(Fri) and noted the number of unemployed residents dropped from an estimated 46,000 in May to 44,900 in June. The number of residents with…Read more »

National Weather Service Says at least Five Tornadoes Hit the Ground Yesterday Afternoon in Iowa

Forecasters say at least five tornadoes touched down, as an unexpected swarm of destructive storms hit central Iowa Thursday afternoon. National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Johnson said today(Fri) that it will take days to determine the strength and total number of the twisters that hit Bondurant, Pella and Marshalltown. The storms injured at least 17…Read more »

Meskwaki Complex at Tama Opens Shelter for M-Town Tornado Victims

Mark Tauscheck is with the American Red Cross, which moved many of its resources from Bondurant, after the tornado there, to Tama early last(Thur) night, after the twister hit Marshalltown. Tauscheck thanked the Meskawki Casino, Hotel and Convention Center staff profusely for the use of its facilities and the help in getting them ready for…Read more »

Elementary Teacher Credited with Ending Ackley Boy’s Nightmare

An Ackley man and his girlfriend have been arrested, after police say the couple tortured the man’s 8-year-old son for months by locking him in a basement enclosure for hours every day, withholding food and having a dog bite him. The Hardin County Attorney’s Office announced yesterday(Wed) that 39-year-old Traci Tyler and 30-year-old Alex Shadlow…Read more »

More Than 2,100 Iowans Claim $11.2-Million in Western Union Case

Iowans have applied for $11.23 million in refunds as part of a national settlement with Western Union after wiring money to scammers. A total of 2,139 claims came from Iowa mailing addresses. Fraud victims could qualify for the refund if they wired money through Western Union between January 1, 2004, and January 19, 2017.  On…Read more »

Blum Agrees to KXEL Debate and Three Others; Finkenauer Yet to Commit

DUBUQUE — Iowa’s 1st District congressional candidates are debating whether they’ll debate and, if so, how often. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum has proposed 12 debates across the 20-county eastern and northeast Iowa district and suggested he and his Democratic challenger, state Rep. Abby Finkenauer, start with two later this month.   He has also accepted invitations…Read more »