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Cedar Rapids leaf collection starting to catch up

The City of Cedar Rapids Leaf Vacuum Collection Program has started to catch up. The crews completed collection of the orange group yesterday and collected leaves from the green Monday and Tuesday routes today.  Leaf vacuum trucks will continue to…

posted 2014-11-14 19:33:00 by KXEL

Record passenger numbers at Eastern Iowa Airport

Officials at the Eastern Iowa Airport say they're continuing to see record passenger traffic. Since December 2013, the airport has seen between 90,000-100,000 passengers each month. The busiest month was March 2013, when they saw 109,653 passengers. “This is the…

posted 2014-11-14 19:29:19 by KXEL

Facebook launches data center in Altoona

Facebook has officially launched a data center in central Iowa. The social media giant opened its doors Friday to showcase its 476,000-square-foot facility in Altoona, just outside of Des Moines.  A second data center is under construction next door. The…

posted 2014-11-14 18:43:21 by KXEL

Disturbance prompts English Valley school lockdown

The English Valley Elementary school in North English has implemented a lockdown and security measures after a man who appeared intoxicated and claimed to have a knife caused a disturbance in the school's office. The Iowa County sheriff's office says…

posted 2014-11-14 16:38:12 by KXEL

UNI conducts annual emergency exercise

The University of Northern Iowa conducted its annual emergency exercise on Saturday, Nov. 8. The exercise simulated a chemical spill in an academic building and evaluated emergency response to the incident. Participants included UNI Public Safety, UNI Environmental Health and…

posted 2014-11-14 15:18:32 by KXEL

Board of Regents moves forward with TIER study

The Iowa Board of Regents today voted to implement the eight remaining administrative business cases presented by Deloitte, the consulting firm hired to improve efficiency on the three university campuses. The business cases outline potential savings in Human Resources, Finance,…

posted 2014-11-14 14:32:12 by KXEL

3-month health care sign-up period starts Saturday

The sign up period to get benefits under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul kicks off Saturday. The second enrollment period to get benefits starts Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15.  A poorly functioning website and public confusion caused…

posted 2014-11-14 10:40:46 by KXEL

Dubuque city panel to consider easing dog ban

A Dubuque city committee is considering easing the city's ban on dogs in parks. Most city parks are currently pet-free zones.  Leashed dogs would be allowed in most recreational areas if a proposed ordinance amendment from the city's Parks and…

posted 2014-11-14 10:33:15 by KXEL

Iowa State prof to appeal firing recommendation

An Iowa State University math professor says he'll appeal a judge's recommendation that he be fired for poor performance. Moulay Tidriri says he'll submit the appeal to ISU President Steven Leath soon.  Legal briefs filed in September detail his claims…

posted 2014-11-14 08:48:45 by KXEL

Teen charged in Cedar Falls arson case

Cedar Falls police have made an arrest in an arson case from October 30th. Officers arrested 17-year-old Muhammad F. Bhatti of Cedar Falls on a charge of third-degree arson. Police allege that Bhatti intentionally started a pile of leaves on…

posted 2014-11-14 06:28:00 by KXEL

Denver teen injured in rollover accident

A Denver teenager suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle rollover accident Thursday morning. At 7:24 a.m., Bremer County Sheriff's deputies responded to an accident in the 25-hundred block of Highway 218 south of Waverly. The driver, 16-year-old Natalie Fober, was…

posted 2014-11-14 05:57:13 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids man hit, killed on I-380 off-ramp

The Linn County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a car on an interstate off-ramp in Cedar Rapids Thursday night. Officials say 34-year-old Jesse Philip Eaton of Cedar Rapids was killed…

posted 2014-11-14 05:51:49 by KXEL