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Ex-nurse at VA hospital surrenders license

An ex-nurse at a Des Moines veteran's hospital has agreed to surrender his license after admitting to turning off equipment that would have alerted staff to a patient's low blood-oxygen level. Reports say 65-year-old Michael Deal died last March at…

posted 2014-11-07 12:34:10 by KXEL

Branstad says road funding a top priority

Gov. Terry Branstad says providing more funding to fix Iowa's crumbling roads is a top priority and that he is keeping an open mind to all options, including raising the state's fuel tax. Branstad said in an interview Thursday that…

posted 2014-11-07 10:51:24 by KXEL

Waterloo woman injured in overnight house fire

A Waterloo woman is hospitalized after a fire broke out at her home early Friday morning. Fire officials say the woman, whose name hasn't been released, suffered smoke inhalation and burns.  Paramedics initially took her to Allen Hospital for treatment. …

posted 2014-11-07 09:20:19 by KXEL

Branstad and wife heading to Italy

Gov. Terry Branstad is heading off to Italy for a post-election vacation with his wife. Branstad said Thursday that he'll take an 11-day trip starting Friday that will include Rome and Florence.  He'll be back to work in the state…

posted 2014-11-07 07:25:17 by KXEL


Cedar Rapids man injured in rollover crash

A Cedar Rapids man was injured in a rollover accident Thursday afternoon. The single-vehicle crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. on Blairs Ferry Road at Horseshoe Lake Road. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 52-year-old Charles Brown was driving an…

posted 2014-11-06 21:09:17 by KXEL

Man facing charges after Cedar Rapids traffic accident

A man faces multiple charges following a traffic accident in Cedar Rapids. Shortly before 7:00 p.m., officers on patrol observed an accident in the area of Wilson Avenue and Kenrich Drive Southwest. The driver of one of vehicles ran from…

posted 2014-11-06 20:56:08 by KXEL

Plainfield man dies in single-vehicle crash

The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office says a Plainfield man has died in a single-vehicle crash. Deputies say Dale Aikey was driving on 120th Street near Waverly when he crashed his car. What caused the crash is still under investigation.

posted 2014-11-06 20:45:08 by KXEL

Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to charges

A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of illegally selling tens of thousands of addictive painkillers has pleaded guilty to charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Mark Graziano said Thursday in court that his popular pharmacy was a major…

posted 2014-11-06 20:32:13 by KXEL

Iowa's new senator-elect gets call from Obama

Iowa's new Senator-elect Joni Ernst got a congratulatory phone call from President Barack Obama this week. A White House official said Thursday that Ernst was among the election winners Obama called Wednesday.  The Republican from Red Oak beat Democrat Bruce…

posted 2014-11-06 15:30:25 by KXEL

Waterloo cancels Thursday garbage collection

The City of Waterloo Waste Management Services Department says garbage collection for Thursday, November 6th has been cancelled due to high winds. Thursday garbage routes will be rescheduled for Saturday, November 8th. Yardwaste collection is not cancelled and is being…

posted 2014-11-06 08:17:59 by KXEL

Former Black Hawk County youth shelter may be sold

Black Hawk County supervisors have decided to have an appraisal done before the likely sale of the county's former youth shelter building. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to hire Valuation Services to appraise the property, which sits just…

posted 2014-11-06 07:25:30 by KXEL

What do big Republican wins in Iowa mean?

While Iowa Republicans scored big wins on election night and the GOP is poised to dominate the state's congressional delegation, leaders from both parties say the traditionally purple state is unlikely to turn permanently red. Republican Joni Ernst easily won…

posted 2014-11-06 06:39:09 by KXEL