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Report: Midwest economic index inched up in August

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead. A survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in…

posted 2014-09-02 05:17:56 by KXEL


Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned. Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County…

posted 2014-09-01 12:24:22 by KXEL

Waterloo KFC robbed at gunpoint

Waterloo police continue to investigate the robbery of a restaurant at 12:15 Monday morning. Police say a white male wearing a mask and holding a handgun walked into the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3115 Kimball Avenue shortly after closing. The…

posted 2014-09-01 10:12:04 by KXEL

Mason City man sent to mental health facility

A Mason City man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father is being sent to the state's Cherokee Mental Health Institute. On Friday, Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled that 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. should…

posted 2014-09-01 09:18:52 by KXEL

Cedar Falls juvenile faces robbery, weapons charges

A Cedar Falls teen faces multiple charges in connection with a series of crimes Saturday morning. Cedar Falls police arrested 17-year-old Daniel Ray Penticoff of Cedar Falls.  Penticoff is charged with first-degree robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, two counts of…

posted 2014-09-01 09:13:27 by KXEL

SUV rolls over infant in Des Moines

Des Moines authorities say an infant has died at a hospital after being run over by a sport utility vehicle. The accident happened a little after 6 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of East Walnut Street. Police say it's…

posted 2014-09-01 08:53:16 by KXEL

Lake Mills district criticized over bullying complaints

Some parents are dissatisfied with how the Lake Mills school district is handling complaints about bullying and harassment. Louise Martinson says that her middle school-age daughter has been bullied the past three years.  Martinson says she's gotten no calls back…

posted 2014-09-01 08:51:44 by KXEL


Minivan collides with Cedar Rapids police car

A crash on Blairs Ferry Road sent a driver and a Cedar Rapids police officer to the hospital on Sunday. Dispatchers first received a call about the crash at 2:42 p.m. that involved a police car and minivan. A crash…

posted 2014-08-31 20:31:34 by KXEL

Tactical team responds to New Hampton standoff

Authorities in Chickasaw County responded to a report of shots fired at 4:45 Sunday morning. The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office says deputies and New Hampton police arrived at an unspecified address and were able to get everyone out safely.  However,…

posted 2014-08-31 20:28:37 by KXEL

After Sorenson case, lawmakers back ethics rules

Iowa legislative leaders don't plan to change ethics rules for political work after a former state senator admitted to lying about receiving payments to switch his support from one Republican presidential candidate to another. The U.S. Department of Justice announced…

posted 2014-08-31 20:27:10 by KXEL

Some Iowa driving instructors have criminal record

At least 10 driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past, but they've been allowed to keep working with teens because of a forgiving state law. The Des Moines Register reports at least three…

posted 2014-08-31 20:19:57 by KXEL

Iowa firm selling new pure vodka in the state

An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago. A pure vodka is…

posted 2014-08-31 20:18:29 by KXEL

Have you ever thought Washington, D.C. could use some common-sense input from Iowa? This Wednesday, I’ll be in our nation’s…
posted by Dennis Lowe 3 days ago
Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001: “The anniversary of September 11,…
posted by Dennis Lowe 5 days ago
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement in honor of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001…
posted by Dennis Lowe 5 days ago