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2014-03-30

Carroll elected chairman of the Iowa GOP

Former state Rep. Danny Carroll has been elected the new chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. Carroll, of Grinnell, was elected Saturday by the Iowa GOP's Central Committee. He had been chosen in February as the party's co-chairman to replace…

posted 2014-03-30 20:34:26 by KXEL

Expert team to investigate Des Moines fire

A team of federal experts will investigate the fire that decimated a century-old building in downtown Des Moines this weekend. Structural experts were evaluating the former Younkers store on Sunday to ensure it will be safe for the team from…

posted 2014-03-30 20:32:12 by KXEL

New Iowa prison nearly ready for prisoners

Iowa's new maximum-security prison in Fort Madison is nearly ready to house prisoners. Prison officials expect to move into the new facility sometime in the next few weeks once the State Fire Marshal approves. But Rebecca Bowker with the penitentiary…

posted 2014-03-30 20:30:38 by KXEL

2014-03-29

Bronze owl stolen from Iowa State University

Police are investigating the theft of a foot-tall bronze owl from the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Allison Sheridan, spokeswoman for ISU museums, says that the theft of the 10-pount sculpture, titled "Epilogue," occurred sometime within the last month.…

posted 2014-03-29 20:41:22 by KXEL

UNI marching band headed to London for new year

The University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band will ring in the new year in the Old World. The band has been asked to march in the London New Year's Day Parade on Jan. 1. Danny Galyen, director of the…

posted 2014-03-29 20:39:48 by KXEL

Register files lawsuits to obtain state records

The Des Moines Register has filed two lawsuits in an effort to obtain records in two cases: An investigation into the mistreatment of youths at a former juvenile home and the stun-gun related death of a man in the custody…

posted 2014-03-29 20:37:41 by KXEL

Gutted Younkers building is asbestos contaminated

A state inspector says the fire-gutted Younkers building downtown is an asbestos-contaminated site and will require specialized removal. Tom Wuehr of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says that each of the building's floors are believed to have had asbestos…

posted 2014-03-29 20:35:23 by KXEL

Firefighters rescue boy from partially frozen pond

A boy was taken to a Dubuque hospital after repeatedly falling through ice on a partially frozen pond. Assistant Fire Chief Mark Ludescher says firefighters responded Saturday afternoon to a pond at the Sisters of the Presentation center after receiving…

posted 2014-03-29 20:33:57 by KXEL

Cedar Falls teen injured in rollover crash

A Cedar Falls teen is hospitalized following a single-vehicle rollover crash Friday evening. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's office says it happened around 4:30 p.m. about four miles west of Dunkerton on East Dunkerton Road.  Investigators say 17-year-old Karlee Ann…

posted 2014-03-29 06:43:27 by KXEL

Cedar Falls man faces weapons charges

A Cedar Falls man faces multiple charges after authorities investigated a reports of shots being fired or a fireworks complaint. Cedar Falls police were sent to 2111 College Street at 10:07 Friday night.  Witnesses told officers that a man had…

posted 2014-03-29 06:37:00 by KXEL

Des Moines Water Works reports on water quality

Des Moines Water Works says recent testing has indicated a high level of a disinfectant byproduct in the drinking water, but it remains safe to consume and use. The water utility said in a news release Friday that a snap…

posted 2014-03-29 06:23:29 by KXEL

Iowa lawmakers seek to protect elders from abuse

As Iowa's population ages, lawmakers are determining the best policies to protect the state's elderly population from financial exploitation and other abuses. U.S. Census data ranks Iowa ninth in the nation in the percentage of population age 65 or older,…

posted 2014-03-29 06:20:57 by KXEL

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