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2014-06-26

Girl found in ditch, pronounced dead at hospital

A 2-year-old girl was found face-down in a ditch filled with water in rural Dallas County and pronounced dead after being rushed to a Des Moines hospital. Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Scott Bright says Deja Ramynke was playing with two…

posted 2014-06-26 05:52:13 by KXEL

2014-06-25

Iowa City starts work on elementary school

Crews have begun work on the first new school in Iowa City in more than 20 years. Officials and students gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday at the 16-acre site of the new school. The roughly 65,000-square-foot school is scheduled…

posted 2014-06-25 20:53:03 by KXEL

Boy who escaped from training school apprehended

The Iowa Department of Human Services says the last of eight students who ran from the Eldora State Training School in April has been apprehended. The agency announced Wednesday that the student was taken into custody overnight in Scott County.…

posted 2014-06-25 20:51:49 by KXEL

Man pulled from Shell Rock River dies at hospital

A 79-year-old Mason City man who was rescued from the Shell Rock River last weekend has died. A spokeswoman at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa on Wednesday said that Donald Bakken had died. Bakken was pulled from the Shell Rock River…

posted 2014-06-25 20:50:21 by KXEL

Charles City considers generating power at dam

A company is expressing interest in generating electricity from the Main Street Dam in Charles City. A representative of A-One Geothermal Inc. spoke Monday at a City Council meeting and outlined plans for the dam. Dale McNair says the Earlham-based…

posted 2014-06-25 13:43:13 by KXEL

Panel questions attorney about settlement deals

A former attorney for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services says he and Gov. Terry Branstad's top lawyer discussed settlement agreements with state employees that included confidentiality clauses. Ryan Lamb, who left the agency earlier this year, testified Wednesday before…

posted 2014-06-25 13:42:08 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids bank robbed at gunpoint

Cedar Rapids police responded to an armed robbery of the Guaranty Bank at 191 Jacolyn Drive NW at 10:10 Wednesday morning. A white male wearing a white shirt, dark pants, and tennis shoes entered the bank, displayed a handgun and…

posted 2014-06-25 13:36:53 by KXEL

Cedar River boat ramps to open at noon Friday

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department will continue to keep the boat ramps closed until noon on Friday, June 27th due to heightened Cedar River water levels. By closing the boat ramps, boats and other water craft are discouraged from being…

posted 2014-06-25 13:27:23 by KXEL

Ellis Pool reopens this evening

Ellis Pool, at 2000 Ellis Boulevard NW in Cedar Rapids, will be closed due to high water from 11:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today (June 25). The lap swim from 11:15 a.m.to 12:15 p.m. and the open swim from 1:00…

posted 2014-06-25 11:18:03 by KXEL

Court: Districts must bargain over severance cuts

An appeals court says Iowa school districts cannot unilaterally cut employees' severance pay and must instead bargain any changes with unions. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday against the Fort Dodge school district, which proposed a plan in 2012…

posted 2014-06-25 10:11:33 by KXEL

One injured in I-380 rollover crash

One person was sent to the hospital following a rollover accident on Interstate 380 in Black Hawk County last night. At approximately 11:35 p.m., sheriff's deputies responded to the area of Interstate 380 near mile marker 56. Authorities say a…

posted 2014-06-25 06:55:05 by KXEL

Iowa City school board president resigns

The president of the Iowa City Community School Board has resigned from the board. Sally Hoelscher announced her resignation in an email to fellow board members late Tuesday. Hoelscher was elected to the board in 2011 and elected board president…

posted 2014-06-25 06:54:25 by KXEL

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