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2014-07-08

Medicaid director resigns to take UI job

The state's Medicaid director has resigned to take a job with the University of Iowa. The Iowa Department of Human Services says Jennifer Vermeer's resignation will be effective Aug. 21.  She is leaving to become the new assistant vice president…

posted 2014-07-08 20:06:22 by KXEL

Disaster proclamation issued for Iowa counties

A disaster proclamation has been issued for three Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Gov. Terry Branstad says a proclamation was issued Tuesday for Polk County, following a proclamation Monday for Scott and Shelby counties. The governor's office says…

posted 2014-07-08 20:05:07 by KXEL

Officials: Remains belong to WWII airman from Iowa

Officials say remains found in Germany in 2012 have been positively identified as belonging to a WWII airman from Iowa who went missing more than 69 years ago. The Iowa National Guard says Staff Sgt. Robert "Bobby" E. Howard of…

posted 2014-07-08 19:57:39 by KXEL

Jury begins deliberations in marijuana case

A jury has begun deliberations in the case of an eastern Iowa man who tried to use his rare cancer condition as a defense to marijuana-growing charges. Attorneys for both sides in the Benton Mackenzie case gave closing arguments Tuesday.…

posted 2014-07-08 19:56:06 by KXEL

Ames pool closes slides due to design cracks

An Ames pool has temporary closed its slides to the public because of design cracks. Officials at the Furman Aquatic Center said in a news release Tuesday that they recently discovered cracks in the structural supports of the drop slide…

posted 2014-07-08 12:04:22 by KXEL

400,000 Iowans could get refunds from buying clubs

More than 400,000 Iowans who were tricked into signing up for buying club memberships will be eligible for refunds ranging from $6 to hundreds of dollars or more. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday that refund notices are being…

posted 2014-07-08 10:50:52 by KXEL

US asks 2010 salmonella victims to describe impact

Prosecutors are asking the victims of a 2010 salmonella outbreak to share their stories as a judge considers how to punish the corporation and executives responsible. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa asked anyone who was…

posted 2014-07-08 10:00:55 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids police offer crime mapping tools

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is making a new crime mapping tool available through the city’s website. The goal of the crime mapping software is to help prevent, reduce, and solve crime with easy-to-use technological tools that facilitate crime analysis,…

posted 2014-07-08 09:55:15 by KXEL

Cedar Falls OKs tax break for John Deere project

The City Council has approved a tax break for John Deere's $27.8 million expansion project in Cedar Falls. The five-year property tax abatement was approved at Monday night's meeting, following a public hearing. Director of Developmental Services Ron Gaines says…

posted 2014-07-08 07:26:36 by KXEL

Waterloo man dies in Benton County crash

A Waterloo man was killed and another person was injured in a three-vehicle accident in Benton County shortly before noon Monday. The Iowa State Patrol says 58-year-old Mark Donald Skyles was killed on Highway 21 near 71st Street.  Troopers say…

posted 2014-07-08 07:23:29 by KXEL

Video honors some Waterloo West grads killed in Vietnam

A tribute has been prepared for members of Waterloo West High School's Class of 1965 who died in Vietnam. Three of their classmates co-produced a video titled "Fallen Heroes."  It recognizes the sacrifices of five classmates and the spouse of…

posted 2014-07-08 06:47:10 by KXEL

Man accused of punching Chickasaw County deputy

Authorities say a man was drunk when he punched a Chickasaw County deputy in the face Monday morning. The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office was investigating a crash in Fredericksburg around 11:00 a.m. Monday, and gave a breath test to one…

posted 2014-07-08 06:24:45 by KXEL

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