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2014-08-20

Cedar Falls council approves rental conversion ban

The Cedar Falls City Council has approved a six-month moratorium blocking the conversion of single-family homes into rental properties. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the ban. The moratorium can be extended to a year, but there are exceptions…

posted 2014-08-20 04:40:52 by KXEL

Players come out in support of fired UI coach

Iowa's field hockey players have released a statement supporting former coach Tracey Griesbaum, who was fired earlier this month. The players told the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, that Griesbaum's firing was "unfair and unjust."  The players went on to…

posted 2014-08-20 04:39:47 by KXEL

Smulekoff's closing after 125 years

The owners of a five-story furniture store in downtown Cedar Rapids plan to close after 125 years in business. Theresa Blair, advertising and commercial manager at Smulekoff's Home Store, says the business would close after an extended sale.  The owners…

posted 2014-08-20 04:37:20 by KXEL

2014-08-19

Park Service settles Effigy Mounds whistleblower appeal

The National Park Service has reached a settlement with an Iowa employee who said she was unfairly fired over an embarrassing case of mishandled ancient Native American remains. Records released to The Associated Press show the agency in April agreed…

posted 2014-08-19 14:36:09 by KXEL

Crews continue demolition for new I-74 bridge

Demolition crews have started tearing down a building in an eastern Iowa city to clear the way for a new Interstate 74 bridge. Workers are destroying the former Big 10 Mart gas station in downtown Bettendorf.  The building's removal will…

posted 2014-08-19 14:34:58 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids police ID Monday's shooting victims

Cedar Rapids police have identified the victims of Monday's shooting in the 4100 block of Wilson Avenue Southwest. Two men showed up at area hospitals at the same time that police officers were investigating the incident and collecting evidence.  The…

posted 2014-08-19 14:28:46 by KXEL

Commission unanimously approves new Iowa water rules

The commission that oversees water quality regulations in Iowa has adopted new rules that align state regulations with those imposed by the federal Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Commission's proposed rules primarily give the Iowa Department of Natural Resources…

posted 2014-08-19 13:13:59 by KXEL

Judge backs ban of Iowa abortion pill system

A Polk County district judge says Iowa regulators had the authority to ban video conferencing to distribute abortion-inducing pills. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had sued the Iowa Board of Medicine, saying the ban reflected board members' opposition to abortion. …

posted 2014-08-19 11:22:12 by KXEL

Fire destroys barn, truck in Fredericka

Fire destroyed a barn and pickup truck in Fredericka Monday night. The fire was reported at 8:36 p.m.  The barn was fully engulfed on arrival of the Frederika Fire Department.  The barn and its contents, including a pickup truck, were…

posted 2014-08-19 09:14:24 by KXEL

Fort Dodge woman gets prison time for defrauding VA

A 33-year-old Fort Dodge woman has been sentenced to an Iowa prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Online court records say Lynette Ladd was sentenced on Monday in Webster County District Court.  She was given five years. …

posted 2014-08-19 09:10:16 by KXEL

Traffic cameras observe, speed up Des Moines traffic

New traffic cameras are helping move Iowa commuters through the Des Moines area. Nearly 50 state-of-the-art cameras along West Des Moines roads have reduced traffic.  The city plans to add more 18 more cameras on a heavily traveled corridor next…

posted 2014-08-19 09:09:03 by KXEL

Officials: Attendance down at Iowa State Fair

More than 1 million people went to the Iowa State Fair this year, but attendance was down. Fair spokeswoman Lori Chappell says that preliminary records show nearly 1,016,000 people attended the fair during its 11-day run.  The fair ended Sunday.…

posted 2014-08-19 06:43:37 by KXEL

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