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2014-07-22

Man convicted of growing pot heads to Oregon

An Iowa man who was convicted of growing marijuana is heading to Oregon to purchase the drug legally. Benton Mackenzie is a 48-year-old terminal cancer patient who was convicted earlier this month of growing 71 marijuana plants in his rural…

posted 2014-07-22 08:48:20 by KXEL

Dad, daughter charged in Davenport bank robbery

A 45-year-old Davenport man and his daughter have been charged with robbing a Davenport bank branch. Police say Albert Griebe was arrested Monday on charges of robbery, theft and compounding a felony.  His 22-year-old daughter, Mercedes Griebe, also is in…

posted 2014-07-22 08:32:16 by KXEL

Demoted Nashua police chief wants to be reinstated

The former police chief of Nashua is fighting to get his job back after being demoted. Former Police Chief Ernie Willsher and his attorney argued Monday night at a city council meeting that he be reinstated. Willsher's lawyer Sarah Reindl…

posted 2014-07-22 07:17:05 by KXEL

Mount Vernon man injured in 2-car crash

A Mount Vernon man was injured in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 30 just east of Knapp Road Monday afternoon. The accident was reported at 4:10 p.m.  Linn County emergency personnel found that a passenger vehicle had rear-ended another passenger…

posted 2014-07-22 06:46:08 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids police arrest 2 men in shooting

Cedar Rapids police have arrested two men found in a vehicle near where one of the three shootings happened Sunday. Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said charges have been filed against 24-year-old Alvionta Turner and 26-year-old Fabion Taylor. …

posted 2014-07-22 06:25:12 by KXEL

Police investigate why officer shot vehicle

Authorities are trying to determine why an officer fired a bullet into a car involved in a high-speed chase. Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Jana Abens said Monday the shot was accidental.  She says a reserve officer fired into the…

posted 2014-07-22 06:19:24 by KXEL

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

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