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School bond issue defeated in Cedar Falls

Voters in Cedar Falls have soundly rejected a $118 million school bond issue. The money would have been used to pay for a new high school and new elementary school, as well as renovations at Orchard Hill and North Cedar…

posted 2014-09-10 05:57:07 by KXEL


Regents to consider proposed UNI land sale

An Iowa Board of Regents committee recommended Tuesday the sale of 50 acres of land on the western edge of the University of Northern Iowa campus to the Cedar Falls school district. The Property and Facilities Committee of the Board…

posted 2014-09-09 21:38:06 by KXEL

Branstad calls for reducing college costs

Gov. Terry Branstad called Tuesday for the state's public universities to reduce tuition costs by implementing a number of changes. Branstad said he wants to challenge the universities to offer some bachelor degree programs to Iowa residents for $10,000 in…

posted 2014-09-09 21:36:27 by KXEL

Iowa DNR: Untreated wastewater entered tributary

State officials on Tuesday said about 200 gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged recently into a tributary in eastern Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the discharge near the city of Asbury occurred Monday after a pipe ruptured.…

posted 2014-09-09 21:32:37 by KXEL

Man shot to death at Jackson County courthouse

A man angry about his property taxes was fatally shot during a public meeting Tuesday after he pulled a gun from a briefcase and pointed it at the Jackson County assessor. Authorities say 71-year-old Francis Glaser had become agitated and…

posted 2014-09-09 14:02:43 by KXEL

Old Cedar Falls post office could become wine bar

A historic Cedar Falls post office that was saved from the wrecking ball by a local preservation group could soon become a wine bar. Thanks to efforts by Cedar Falls Development Group, the old post office is ready for a…

posted 2014-09-09 10:52:14 by KXEL

UI seeks OK for driverless car institute

The University of Iowa will seek approval from the Board of Regents for an institute dedicated to driverless cars and other automated vehicles. The institute would be based on a partnership with a private company.  The university's proposal cites its…

posted 2014-09-09 09:59:25 by KXEL

Eastern Iowa Airport names interim director

The Cedar Rapids Airport Commission has officially named Don Swanson as Interim Airport Director. Tim Bradshaw, the previous airport director for The Eastern Iowa Airport, accepted a new position as the executive director of the Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional Airport in Roanoke…

posted 2014-09-09 08:40:32 by KXEL

Ames officials working on school bus service woes

Some parents who have been complaining about late school buses or other bad service heard Ames district officials say they're not happy either. At Monday's school meeting, parents shared their concerns about buses that never arrive or bus drivers who…

posted 2014-09-09 06:50:13 by KXEL

Des Moines man charged with hate crime in dog attack

Police say a Des Moines resident was arrested and charged with a hate crime after his dog attacked another man. Witnesses told police Sunday night that man later identified as Joshua Stoll and another man had stopped their car on…

posted 2014-09-09 06:26:14 by KXEL


Interim workers' compensation commissioner named

Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday named an interim workers' compensation commissioner after the previous commissioner resigned amid a discrimination lawsuit against the governor. Michelle "Miki" McGovern is the acting workers' compensation commissioner effective immediately, Branstad said in a news release.…

posted 2014-09-08 19:00:25 by KXEL

Principal placed on leave after arrest at UI game

A high school principal was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication at the University of Iowa game. Lee David Griebel, 44, of Adel, was arrested Saturday at Kinnick Stadium at the University of…

posted 2014-09-08 17:08:28 by KXEL