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Iowa residents struggling to pay heating bills

Even as costs decline, many Iowa residents are having trouble paying their heating bills. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Midwest consumers could see their bills decrease up to 38 percent depending on the fuel used to heat their homes.…

posted 2014-11-24 14:26:29 by KXEL

Tractor & Engine Museum to open Dec. 2

The John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum in Waterloo will open its doors to the public December 2nd with a focus on engaging visitors in the history of tractor and engine design and manufacturing at John Deere, especially in Iowa’s…

posted 2014-11-24 14:18:20 by KXEL

Man arrested after fatal hit-and-run in Mason City

Authorities say they have arrested a man in connection to a fatal hit-and-run in Mason City. The Mason City Police Department says 47-year-old Victor Rivera was taken into custody Saturday on several arrest warrants. Police say Rivera was driving a…

posted 2014-11-24 11:37:06 by KXEL

Waterloo man accused of beating puppy

A Waterloo man has been arrested for allegedly beating a 6-month old puppy owned by an acquaintance. Court records show that Waterloo police officers found blood spattered on the floors and walls of the basement of a home on Cutler…

posted 2014-11-24 06:39:46 by KXEL


Iowa farmers question proposed transmission line

A proposed 500-mile transmission line to carry electricity from wind turbines in northwest Iowa to customers in Illinois is encountering significant resistance from farmers and other landowners across the state. The proposed Rock Island Clean Line would cross 16 Iowa…

posted 2014-11-23 19:00:08 by KXEL

Police seize nearly 9 pounds of pot near Dubuque

Iowa authorities seized nearly nine pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Dubuque this weekend. The Dubuque County Sherriff's office says the drugs were found after a vehicle with North Dakota plates was stopped on Highway 151 Saturday afternoon.…

posted 2014-11-23 18:58:58 by KXEL

Fayette police chief on leave following bus flap

A northeast Iowa police chief remains on leave after he was ticketed for passing a stopped school bus. Fayette Mayor Andrew Wenthe says that Police Chief Brad Alan Gardner is on administrative leave. Gardner was ticketed earlier this month after…

posted 2014-11-23 18:57:06 by KXEL


Hy-Vee donates $500,000 for children's hospital

Grocery store chain Hy-Vee has donated $500,000 for the construction of the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. The university's foundation says that the donation pushed fundraising efforts over the $29 million mark. The university and foundation are working to raise…

posted 2014-11-22 15:29:39 by KXEL

Des Moines man sentenced to prison for stabbing

A 28-year-old Des Moines man has been sentenced to up to five years in prison for a stabbing in Clear Lake in September. Jose Ramos was sentenced this week after pleading guilty in Cerro Gordo County District Court to a…

posted 2014-11-22 12:44:47 by KXEL

Young black Iowans more often arrested, suspended

A study says black youth in Iowa are nearly five times more likely to be suspended from school and to be arrested by police than whites. An advisory committee for Iowa's court system says in the report that "disproportionate minority…

posted 2014-11-22 12:44:04 by KXEL

Mason City man indicted in child sex case

A Mason City man has been charged with sexually exploiting children and having child pornography. Court records show that 40-year-old Michael Jones was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday for three counts of sexual exploitation of a child…

posted 2014-11-22 12:42:48 by KXEL

Mount Vernon man hospitalized after single-vehicle crash

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a Mount Vernon was injured Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident. At about 8:30, the Mount Vernon Fire Department, Lisbon/Mount Vernon Ambulance Service, Mount Vernon Police Department and Linn County deputies were dispatched to…

posted 2014-11-22 11:53:12 by KXEL