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2014-04-08

Huckabee headlining conservative event in Iowa

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is headlining a conservative event in suburban Des Moines, after meeting privately with past campaign aides in the leadoff caucus state. The 2008 Republican presidential caucus winner is among several GOP and social conservative speakers…

posted 2014-04-08 20:46:43 by KXEL

Iowa House prevents DOT budget from settlement use

Lawmakers in the Iowa House have again adopted an amendment to a budget bill to prevent appropriated money from being used for payments on confidential settlement agreements. When debating the transportation appropriation bill Tuesday, the House passed the amendment, 96-0. …

posted 2014-04-08 15:13:38 by KXEL

Iowa City officials seek ideas to redesign park

Officials in Iowa City are seeking ideas to redesign a popular park after flooding last summer left it strewn with sand and debris. Iowa City Parks and Recreation Director Mike Moran says officials will request proposals this month for a…

posted 2014-04-08 15:12:28 by KXEL

Survey shows drop in Iowa farmland value

A survey shows the value of Iowa cropland has dropped for the first time since 2009. The survey from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute shows the value of tillable cropland fell by 5.4 percent in the past six months.  The…

posted 2014-04-08 15:11:27 by KXEL

Iowa Senate rejects House's drunken driving proposal

The Iowa Senate has rejected amendments to a bill attempting to change Iowa's law dealing with drunken drivers. The Senate on Monday voted against a House provision to mandate the installation of ignition interlock devices for all drunken driving offenders. …

posted 2014-04-08 15:10:29 by KXEL

Iowa Senate passes school radon bill to governor

The Iowa Senate is sending to Gov. Terry Branstad a bill that will survey schools in Iowa to determine whether they're testing for the presence of radon gas. The bill requires districts to report by the end of this year…

posted 2014-04-08 11:32:04 by KXEL

Capitol power outage slows start to Tuesday action

A power outage at the Iowa Capitol Tuesday morning shut down chamber voting machines, microphones and cameras and disabled the Legislature's website until about 9 a.m. Power went out around 7:30 a.m. plunging the Capitol into darkness.  Power was on…

posted 2014-04-08 10:23:54 by KXEL

7 charged in Crossroads Center assault

Waterloo police have arrested seven teenagers in connection with an assault at the Crossroads Center on March 12th. Waterloo police and firefighters found 20-year-old Keith Hayes of Waterloo unconscious on the floor near the carousel in the middle of the…

posted 2014-04-08 07:24:39 by KXEL

Man denies charge that he killed friend in Ames

A 32-year-old man accused of murder in Ames says he is not a cold-blooded killer. Leigh LePon told Des Moines television station KCCI that his best friend, Devlin Lockman, accidentally shot himself on Dec. 20.  LePon says Lockman had been…

posted 2014-04-08 06:56:43 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids records 7th homicide of 2014

Cedar Rapids police are now investigating a suspicious death at 228 Jacolyn Drive Southwest last week as a homicide. On Monday, officials said an autopsy performed by the state medical examiner over the weekend classified the death as a homicide.…

posted 2014-04-08 05:25:33 by KXEL

Waterloo police respond to neighborhood brawl

Waterloo police say a fight Monday evening between two families involved about 30 people. Authorities say it happened at the corner of Hammond Avenue and South Street.  Police say it involved multiple members of both families, including "mothers, grandmothers and…

posted 2014-04-08 05:24:41 by KXEL

RV to take UI 'mobile museum' on the road

A 38-foot-long recreational vehicle sponsored by the University of Iowa will soon travel Iowa promoting the state's rich history. The Mobile Museum is expected to make its inaugural appearance in Fort Dodge this weekend, and stops in Decorah, Osage and…

posted 2014-04-08 05:22:48 by KXEL

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