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2014-08-07

Iowa rescinds patrol sergeant's firing

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has rescinded the firing of a veteran state patrol supervisor, giving him a new one-year assignment after paying him not to work for 17 months. A settlement obtained by The Associated Press details the…

posted 2014-08-07 13:42:40 by KXEL

Data shows consumer spending up in Iowa

New federal data shows that consumer spending in Iowa has grown slightly faster than the national average since the end of the recession. The report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released Thursday provides a state-by-state breakdown of spending.…

posted 2014-08-07 13:25:41 by KXEL

Glass shatters at Des Moines sculpture park

One of the glass panels that make up a popular installation at the downtown Des Moines sculpture park has shattered, and officials are trying to figure out what happened. The 1,200 pound panel in the "panoramic awareness pavilion" was damaged…

posted 2014-08-07 12:00:44 by KXEL

Iowa State University president ends Veishea

Iowa State University's president is ending the annual Veishea festival saying it has become a week-long alcohol fueled party that places students at risk. President Steven Leath says the violence-marred festival over the years it has resulted in dozens of…

posted 2014-08-07 10:51:22 by KXEL

Wellmark says money saved in keeping Iowans healthy

Iowa's leading health insurer says it has saved about $12 million in keeping patients well instead of being treated when they're sick. The savings are less than 2 percent of the overall care provided to about 358,000 patients over the…

posted 2014-08-07 10:05:17 by KXEL

Mason City man accused of killing dad ruled not guilty

A judge says a Mason City man is not guilty by reason of insanity for the fatal stabbing of his father. Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled Wednesday that the psychotic episode experienced by 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. rendered him incapable of…

posted 2014-08-07 08:13:50 by KXEL

New version of 'The Music Man' to premiere in Iowa

A new version of the classic Broadway musical "The Music Man" will premiere in the Iowa hometown of the show's creator. Meredith Willson was born in Mason City and he wrote the book, music and lyrics for the original show.…

posted 2014-08-07 07:00:32 by KXEL

Cedar Falls Utilities warns customers about scam

Utility customers in several Iowa communities report receiving scam calls this week. The caller demands immediate payment and threatens to disconnect gas and/or electric services.  The calls are not from utilities, but from thieves attempting fraud. Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU)…

posted 2014-08-07 06:22:52 by KXEL

Regents want receipts from cost-cutting consultant

The Iowa Board of Regents has a suggestion for its own cost-cutting consultant: start providing receipts to justify employee expenses. Regents said Wednesday they would start requiring Deloitte Consulting to submit receipts, like university employees do, to document claims for…

posted 2014-08-07 05:53:13 by KXEL

Iowa State president to announce Veishea decision

Officials say the president of Iowa State University will announce his decision Thursday on the violence-marred Veishea festival. President Steven Leath will make his announcement during a news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. A task force formed by Leath submitted…

posted 2014-08-07 05:52:12 by KXEL

2014-08-06

Fake 'Twilight' actor faces charges in Newton

A California man who police say claimed to be an actor from the "Twilight" movie series to entice girls faces several charges in Iowa including sexual abuse. The Newton Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff's Office say 33-year-old David A.…

posted 2014-08-06 15:29:24 by KXEL

Nashua council replaces demoted police chief

A city council in northern Iowa has promoted an officer to take over for the demoted police chief. On Monday night, the Nashua City Council gave the job to Paul Becthold, whose been with the force for more than a…

posted 2014-08-06 14:42:55 by KXEL

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