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2014-08-01

Report: Human error caused Iowa towboat to sink

A federal agency says crew members were likely at fault in the sinking of a towboat in the Mississippi River near LeClaire in November. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Thursday. The board found probable cause that the…

posted 2014-08-01 06:23:03 by KXEL

Lawsuit over Slipknot bassist's death dismissed

A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor. Polk County District Judge Dennis Stovall ruled earlier this week to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Brenna Gray against…

posted 2014-08-01 06:21:43 by KXEL

Shots fired in northeast Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids police are investigating a report of shots fired on the city's northeast side. A 911 call came in at 12:48 Thursday afternoon for several gunshots heard in the area of the 1400 block of Golfview Drive NE. Witnesses…

posted 2014-08-01 04:28:22 by KXEL

2014-07-31

GOP's Rubio special guest at Republican's picnic

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will be the special guest at a summer picnic held by a prominent GOP donor this weekend in Hardin County. Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter says Rubio, who is weighing a 2016 bid…

posted 2014-07-31 19:44:09 by KXEL

Iowa picnic in California may draw bigger crowd

Organizers of the annual Iowa by the Sea Picnic in California say they have stepped up their organizing efforts and expect a bigger crowd this year. The picnic began in 1900 in Pasadena and at one time drew more than…

posted 2014-07-31 13:53:53 by KXEL

Linn Co. sexual abuse suspect arrested in Arkansas

A Springville man suspected of having sex with an underage girl was captured Thursday morning in Arkansas. U.S. Marshals from the Little Rock office captured 24-year-old Christopher Stephens in Kensett, Arkansas.  The U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force worked…

posted 2014-07-31 12:43:31 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids Schools accepting used musical instruments

In an effort to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in a music program, the Cedar Rapids Community School District is accepting instruments throughout the month of August. This tax-deductible donation will go directly to one of the…

posted 2014-07-31 12:36:22 by KXEL

Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case

The jury is deliberating the case of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and leaving him at an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures. The attorney for thirty-one-year-old Kristen Smith said Thursday the government is…

posted 2014-07-31 12:05:54 by KXEL

Cool summer not good news for Dubuque pools

Many Iowans are enjoying the state's relatively cool summer, but not those who operate swimming pools. In Dubuque, attendance at two city pools is down more than 30 percent.  The temperature hasn't reached 90 degrees in Dubuque this summer. As…

posted 2014-07-31 12:04:19 by KXEL

Iowa's largest solar farm is operational

Officials will gather to mark the opening of Iowa's largest solar farm. Local, state and federal leaders were celebrating the operation Thursday in a ceremony near Kalona. The farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 120 homes. …

posted 2014-07-31 10:45:11 by KXEL

Gaming commission: no new licenses for 3 years

The commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa says it will not consider new projects for the next few years it but stopped short of imposing a formal moratorium. Commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti says he's not interested in new proposals…

posted 2014-07-31 10:31:31 by KXEL

Waterloo sex offender facing commitment proceedings

Iowa prosecutors want to keep custody of a 53-year-old inmate so he can be committed for treatment of a sex disorder. Bruce Baker, formerly of Waterloo, is being held pending a Sept. 23 trial date on the state's commitment proposal. …

posted 2014-07-31 09:18:27 by KXEL

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