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2014-07-21

Democrat Jack Hatch has $183,000 in campaign fund

Democrat Jack Hatch has just $183,000 in the bank for his campaign for governor, putting him at an extreme disadvantage against Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, who has amassed $4 million. According to a report filed with the state Monday, Hatch…

posted 2014-07-21 20:00:13 by KXEL

Ash borer confirmed in Muscatine County

A beetle that destroys ash trees has been confirmed in Muscatine County, making it the 11th county in Iowa to have an infestation of the emerald ash borer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a larva collected in Muscatine…

posted 2014-07-21 19:58:24 by KXEL

Manchester zoo owners seek lawsuit dismissal

The owners of a Manchester zoo, sued for allegedly mistreating animals, have asked a judge to dismiss the case. Tom and Pam Sellner, owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo were sued by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a California-based advocacy group,…

posted 2014-07-21 19:54:19 by KXEL

Hatch blasts Branstad for nixing solar grant

Iowa Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch says Gov. Terry Branstad's decision to return a $1 million solar energy grant shows that utility companies are calling the shots in his administration. Hatch said Monday that he was disturbed by Branstad's decision…

posted 2014-07-21 14:15:13 by KXEL

UNI to resume homecoming parade after 7-year break

The University of Northern Iowa is bringing back its annual homecoming parade this year after a seven-year break. The parade will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of the previous week's homecoming celebration. Assistant Alumni Director for Programming…

posted 2014-07-21 13:42:22 by KXEL

RAGBRAI riders to endure summer's hottest days

The thousands of bicycle riders participating in this year's RAGBRAI ride are facing the hottest temperatures of the summer so far. High temperatures on Monday and Tuesday are expected to reach into the 90s.  The combination of heat and humidity…

posted 2014-07-21 13:17:07 by KXEL

School bus worker fired, denied unemployment

A Des Moines public schools employee responsible for supervising children on a school bus has been denied unemployment benefits and was fired for swatting a child on the top of the head. Ahmed Karshe was fired April 2. He's denied…

posted 2014-07-21 13:15:36 by KXEL

Wartburg receives $1.5 million gift

Wartburg College has received a $1.5 million gift to enhance the living and learning community – the residential campus learning environment – for students. The Franklin I. and Irene List Saemann Foundation made the gift commitment as part of the…

posted 2014-07-21 12:41:48 by KXEL

Branstad praises veteran support program

Gov. Terry Branstad says military veterans are finding jobs in Iowa. Branstad said Monday that 23 veterans have gotten jobs through the Home Base Iowa program, which he signed into law this year.  The program is designed to make it…

posted 2014-07-21 12:22:47 by KXEL

Iowa Republicans hire new communications team

The Republican Party of Iowa has hired a new team of communications staffers to get out the word on GOP candidates for the November election and promote the party. Jeff Patch is the new communications director.  He was press secretary…

posted 2014-07-21 12:19:50 by KXEL

Charles City man recovering from 40-foot fall from tree

An Iowa tree service owner is recovering after falling about 40 feet from a tree. Kevin Hardy was harnessed and wearing a helmet when he fell out of a tree in Charles City on Friday.  He was air-lifted to the…

posted 2014-07-21 07:19:50 by KXEL

Car chase ends with no major injuries

A police chase through oncoming traffic in central Iowa has ended with no major injuries. A Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the driver was apprehended in the northwest part of the county Sunday evening. She says a motorist called…

posted 2014-07-21 05:59:08 by KXEL

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