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Body found after fire in Washington

A body has been found in the fire-blackened rubble of a cabin home in southeastern Iowa. Washington County authorities say the blaze was reported around 5:30 a.m. Thursday in Washington.  Firefighters found the body after extinguishing the flames.  The body…

posted 2014-09-05 08:12:27 by KXEL

Jury expected to get case in officer's slaying

The case against a man accused of killing a Rockwell City police officer last year is expected to go to the jury on Friday. Prosecutors and defense attorneys rested their cases Thursday in the trial of 33-year-old Corey Trott. Trott…

posted 2014-09-05 07:17:56 by KXEL

DNR investigates fish kills in Clayton, Dubuque counties

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill at the Buck Creek County Park northeast of Garnavillo, and a second fish kill that occurred over the holiday weekend in Catfish Creek in Dubuque County. DNR fisheries technicians discovered…

posted 2014-09-05 06:46:35 by KXEL

Trooper: 5 Iowa teenagers injured in rollover

The Iowa State Patrol says five Iowa teenagers have been hospitalized after a single-vehicle rollover in Clayton County. A trooper says the accident occurred Thursday near Monona.  He says the 17-year-old driver lost control of his truck, which went into…

posted 2014-09-05 05:57:09 by KXEL

Waterloo man charged with murder in shooting death

Waterloo police have charged a 26-year-old man with murder in connection to a fatal shooting in front of his home. Roderick Ward Jr. was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection the Aug. 2 murder of 27-year-old Gary Wilson.  Police…

posted 2014-09-05 05:55:52 by KXEL

Officials say heroin deaths in Iowa spike in 2013

Iowa officials say the number of fatal heroin overdoses more than doubled in the state last year. The Iowa Department of Public Health says 20 people died in 2013.  That's up from eight in 2012.  There were about one to…

posted 2014-09-05 05:54:37 by KXEL


Dubuque shifts sidewalk liability to homeowners

Dubuque officials are making homeowners liable for most cases in which people are injured on sidewalks. The Dubuque City Council has approved an amendment to a city ordinance, allowing officials to delegate financial responsibility for sidewalk repairs to property owners.…

posted 2014-09-04 13:42:52 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids man arrested in February homicide

Cedar Rapids police have arrested a suspect in connection with a February homicide. Officers arrested 23-year-old Robert Louis Nash IV of Cedar Rapids on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.  Investigators say Nash robbed and murdered 31-year-old Clifton Sparks…

posted 2014-09-04 13:40:48 by KXEL

UI expels 2nd student for sexual misconduct

The University of Iowa has expelled a second student for sexual misconduct as part of a campus crackdown on perpetrators. UI President Sally Mason said Thursday the student was expelled during the summer term.  No other details were immediately released.…

posted 2014-09-04 13:29:54 by KXEL

Lawsuit: Woman spent 280 days in isolation cell

An Iowa woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was kept in an isolation cell at a state juvenile home for a total of 280 days. Court records show 20-year-old Jessica Turner, of Okoboji, filed the lawsuit in August.  It…

posted 2014-09-04 13:25:57 by KXEL

Iowa City plan for low-income condos faces review

A federal agency is reviewing whether it would be appropriate for Iowa City to use $1 million in affordable housing funds to buy five condominiums at a luxury high-rise development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development confirmed the review…

posted 2014-09-04 12:42:56 by KXEL

Martin Brothers settles lawsuit over food bidding

A Cedar Falls-based food distribution company has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit that claims it conspired with others over several years to restrain the bidding process for selling food at schools across Iowa. The lawsuit says…

posted 2014-09-04 12:20:02 by KXEL