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Marshalltown woman enters plea in child endangerment case

A Marshalltown day care provider accused of causing a toddler's head injury has entered a plea deal. Court records show 54-year-old Rhonda Van Gorp recently entered an Alford plea to child endangerment. An Alford plea means a defendant doesn't admit…

posted 2014-03-21 04:29:20 by KXEL

Police: Iowa City man posed as FBI agent to rob victim

An Iowa City man has been accused of posing as an FBI agent to rob a victim he allegedly met online. The Coralville Police Department says 51-year-old Dwaine A. Toran was arrested early Thursday.  He faces a charge of second-degree…

posted 2014-03-21 04:27:57 by KXEL


Panel continues push for Iowa Speedway tax break

Lawmakers in the Iowa House have furthered a plan to extend a tax break for the Iowa Speedway at Newton. The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the measure Thursday.  It is now eligible for floor debate. The racetrack…

posted 2014-03-20 14:40:26 by KXEL

Wasendorf's ex-wife may pay up in settlement deal

The ex-wife of a former Cedar Falls investment broker convicted of fraud could pay back more than $2 million under a proposed settlement deal. Connie Wasendorf, ex-wife of Russell Wasendorf, would pay $2.85 million under a settlement motion that still…

posted 2014-03-20 14:38:22 by KXEL

Prosecutor: Ex-felon voted to hide troubled past

A prosecutor in a rare trial over voter fraud says an ex-felon illegally cast a ballot in an Iowa municipal election to try to hide her past. Lee County Attorney Michael Short said during a closing argument Thursday that Kelli…

posted 2014-03-20 10:57:16 by KXEL

Locomotive strikes propane truck in Manson

A driver has been hospitalized after his propane truck was struck by a locomotive at a crossing in the northern Iowa town of Manson. The accident occurred around 5:55 p.m. Wednesday.  State trooper Mark Anderson says witnesses saw the southbound…

posted 2014-03-20 09:55:06 by KXEL

Official doubts laptop was source of ID theft

University of Northern Iowa officials doubt one of the unencrypted laptops noted in a state audit was the source of the mass identity theft at the university. A state audit report released last July said auditors found that encryption software…

posted 2014-03-20 08:29:55 by KXEL

Vehicular homicide trial date set for Osage man

A trial has been scheduled for a 22-year-old Osage man charged with vehicular homicide in northern Iowa. Tylor Patrick's trial is set for May 14 in Mitchell County District Court.  Patrick has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Patrick was driving…

posted 2014-03-20 05:52:37 by KXEL


House subcommittee OKs tax breaks for Iowa Speedway

A plan to extend a tax break provided last year to the Iowa Speedway at Newton has moved forward in the Iowa House. The proposal received preliminary approval Wednesday from a House Ways and Means subcommittee.  It will now be…

posted 2014-03-19 13:11:50 by KXEL

Dotzler seeks review of unemployment process

A leading Democrat in the Iowa Senate says the director of Iowa Workforce Development is improperly pressuring judges who hear unemployment cases to rule against workers in favor of employers. Sen. Bill Dotzler, of Waterloo, says Teresa Wahlert, last year…

posted 2014-03-19 13:10:10 by KXEL

Rockford dam has been removed

The old Rockford dam on the Shell Rock River has been removed. The project had started at the end of January.  Officials had discussed removing the dam for more than a decade. In 2010 the Iowa Natural Resources Department said…

posted 2014-03-19 10:29:12 by KXEL

Inmate who'd killed 2 Waterloo officers has died

Authorities say an Iowa inmate who'd killed two Waterloo police officers nearly 33 years ago has died. A news release from the Iowa Corrections Department says James Michael Taylor died Tuesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa…

posted 2014-03-19 09:32:02 by KXEL

Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill.  Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules. …
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Research has shown that all kids can benefit from a good preschool education. Since 2007, Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program…
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Year of Action or Overreaction?  A Guest Commentary by U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley. During his State of the Union…
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