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2014-06-30

Damage reported following severe weather

Damage including flooded roads and downed power lines has been reported around Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and large hail moved through the state. The National Weather Service says it received dozens of reports Monday about damage caused…

posted 2014-06-30 18:45:37 by KXEL

Des Moines Diocese places priest on leave

The bishop of the Des Moines Diocese has place a priest on indefinite administrative leave after finding a decades-old allegation of sexual abuse of a minor was credible. The diocese says in a news release Monday that Bishop Richard Pate…

posted 2014-06-30 18:44:18 by KXEL

Iowa DNR warns against boating on Mississippi

Officials are warning people to stay away from boating on the Mississippi River along the eastern border of Iowa because of flooding. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release Monday that high water has placed large…

posted 2014-06-30 18:42:34 by KXEL

Trees, power lines down in Cedar Rapids

Damage continues to be reported throughout Cedar Rapids as the most recent round of severe thunderstorms has impacted the community. There are reports of several trees and power lines down.  Police officers and firefighters are responding to dozens of calls…

posted 2014-06-30 16:20:13 by KXEL

Audit questions payments to Iowa worker's business

Auditors say a state-run center for the disabled improperly awarded dozens of no-bid construction contracts to the family business of a high-ranking Iowa purchasing official. State Auditor Mary Mosiman released findings Monday of an investigation into Department of Administrative Services…

posted 2014-06-30 16:17:12 by KXEL

Branstad: staff knew nothing of secret settlements

Gov. Terry Branstad insists his staff knew nothing of settlement agreements with state workers that included clauses requiring secrecy before late March when reports surfaced in the media and they didn't know payments had been made for that secrecy. Branstad…

posted 2014-06-30 16:14:33 by KXEL

Street flooding, hail, tornadoes reported

Officials say several tornadoes were reported in Iowa as severe weather packing heavy rain and hail moved through the state. The National Weather Service says spotters recorded several tornadoes Sunday along the U.S. Highway 20 corridor, along with funnel clouds.…

posted 2014-06-30 16:13:14 by KXEL

Grant will aid Benton County clock restoration

A state grant should help pay for repairs to a Benton County Courthouse clock that has been frozen in time for years. The State Historical Society of Iowa has approved a $32,000 grant for work on the clock atop the…

posted 2014-06-30 16:11:52 by KXEL

USDA: Farmers plant record soybean crop, less corn

American farmers have planted less corn than in any year since 2010 but more soybeans than ever, as expected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its annual Acreage Report released Monday that farmers planted 91.6 million acres of corn.…

posted 2014-06-30 16:10:46 by KXEL

LeClaire boulder planned as 'freedom rock'

A 7½-ton rock has been lowered into place along the Mississippi River in LeClaire as residents work to establish another "freedom rock." When it's completed, it will be the 49th Iowa county with a rock covered by a patriotic mural…

posted 2014-06-30 16:09:14 by KXEL

2014-06-29

Patient accused of assaulting Waterloo nurse

A Waterloo man has been arrested on an assault charge. Waterloo police say the incident happened at around 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen Memorial Hospital.  Officers arrested 48-year-old Michael Flick for assault without intent to cause injury. Police say Flick…

posted 2014-06-29 17:54:27 by KXEL

Linn County man Injured when mini-bike crashes

A crash left a 42-year-old rural Cedar Rapids man injured Saturday afternoon. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says James Steinman crashed his minibike in a yard at 3100 Wright Brothers Boulevard about 2:30 p.m.  Deputies say he wasn't wearing a…

posted 2014-06-29 17:43:10 by KXEL

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