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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


5 firefighters hurt in downtown Des Moines fire

Five firefighters have been treated for injuries they received fighting a fire in a downtown Des Moines building. Officials say the firefighters' injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The fire was reported shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday in the…

posted 2014-08-30 11:40:36 by KXEL

Officials: Polk County inmate has died

Officials say a Polk County inmate found hanging and unconscious in a cell last week has died. The inmate, whose identity has not been released, died Monday at a hospital. Officials say the inmate was found hanging in the cell…

posted 2014-08-30 11:39:38 by KXEL

3 hurt in crash near Janesville

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 218 and Cedar-Wapsi Road Friday night. The crash was reported at about 7:30 p.m. The Iowa State Patrol identified the three injured people as 65-year-old Dealda Mary…

posted 2014-08-30 08:47:17 by KXEL

Montezuma school employee accused of sexual abuse

A man employed by the school district in Montezuma has been accused of sexually abusing two minors in 2012. The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Derek John Bates was arrested Friday on two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and…

posted 2014-08-30 08:35:39 by KXEL

Chinese woman seeks December trade secrets trial

A Chinese woman charged in what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is seeking to separate her case from her brother's and she wants a trial held as quickly as possible.…

posted 2014-08-30 08:33:51 by KXEL


Davenport man accused of sexually abusing athletes

A Davenport man serving as a caretaker during the state's Special Olympics in Ames earlier this year has been accused of sexually abusing two athletes. Authorities say 24-year-old Tyshon VanBlue was charged Thursday in Story County District Court with five…

posted 2014-08-29 17:14:03 by KXEL

Iowa State loans went to regent's LLC

The agribusiness owned by Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter was awarded $480,000 in no-interest loans from an Iowa State University-run program months after he joined the school's governing board. Records obtained by The Associated Press show the loans from…

posted 2014-08-29 13:17:41 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 4 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 6 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 6 days ago