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Vehicle hits Des Moines officer near fairgrounds

A Des Moines police officer was treated for minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle outside the Iowa State Fair. Police say senior police officer Ben Ihde was directing traffic outside the fairgrounds about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he…

posted 2014-08-17 08:30:11 by KXEL


Iowa City online penny auction site closes down

A fledgling Iowa City company has shut down its auction website, upsetting customers and prompting the state to take steps to recoup a $250,000 award. Dibzees, an online penny auction business that grew from a University of Iowa class project,…

posted 2014-08-16 16:33:33 by KXEL

Waterloo teen charged in Pizza Hut robbery

Waterloo police have arrested a man in connection with the armed holdup of a Pizza Hut late Friday. At about 11:25 p.m., a man entered the restaurant at 1130 Ansborough Avenue and robbed employees.  No one was injured. Police have…

posted 2014-08-16 07:41:55 by KXEL

Waterloo residents plan non-violent demonstration

Some Waterloo residents are planning to protest the shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer a week ago, in Ferguson, Missouri.  Since then, that community has erupted with protests, many saying the…

posted 2014-08-16 07:38:03 by KXEL

Iowa lawmaker charged with felony sexual abuse

A Republican state lawmaker has been arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse. The Department of Public Safety says Rep. Henry Rayhons, of Garner, was arrested Friday on the sexual abuse charge. According to the police affidavit, Rayhons had sexual…

posted 2014-08-16 07:32:46 by KXEL

Solon man pleads guilty in harassment case

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to threatening letters involving a major high school football program. Officials say 44-year-old Daniel Stone, of Solon, pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree harassment and interference with official acts as…

posted 2014-08-16 07:31:28 by KXEL

Grand opening set for first large cellulosic plant

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to…

posted 2014-08-16 07:29:51 by KXEL


Iowa City commission gives building historic status

An Iowa City preservation commission has given historic status to a building that once served as a boarding house for black college students. The designation by the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission should prevent any future demolition or significant exterior…

posted 2014-08-15 12:42:15 by KXEL

Dotzler, Danielson support ‘Tuition Freeze Three-peat’

State Senators Bill Dotzler and Jeff Danielson today announced that they will help lead an effort next year in the Iowa Senate to extend the current tuition freeze at Iowa’s public universities for an unprecedented third year.  Iowa Senate Democrats…

posted 2014-08-15 12:39:30 by KXEL

Atkins farm creates corn maze of Al Roker's face

An eastern Iowa farm has found a creative way to celebrate "Today" show weatherman Al Roker's 60th birthday. Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins has put together a 10-acre corn maze that shows Roker's face and reads, "Happy 60th Al." Farm owners…

posted 2014-08-15 12:13:01 by KXEL

Deere to lay off 600 employees

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois,…

posted 2014-08-15 10:03:34 by KXEL

Dubuque police say girl grazed by pole on truck

Dubuque authorities say a utility pole on the back of a truck grazed a 12-year-old when the pole penetrated the vehicle carrying her and a 16-year-old driver. Police say the accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. Thursday.  The truck had halted…

posted 2014-08-15 09:58:40 by KXEL

Have you ever thought Washington, D.C. could use some common-sense input from Iowa? This Wednesday, I’ll be in our nation’s…
posted by Dennis Lowe 4 days ago
Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001: “The anniversary of September 11,…
posted by Dennis Lowe 6 days ago
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement in honor of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001…
posted by Dennis Lowe 6 days ago