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It's personality versus policy in Iowa Senate race

The race for Iowa's open Senate seat could be dubbed the Resume vs. the Personality. Democrat Bruce Braley is focusing on policy in his bid to win the contest and his recent television ads have featured others talking about the…

posted 2014-09-18 08:36:59 by KXEL

Former Oelwein mayor pleads not guilty to charges

The former mayor of Oelwein pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges alleging he sexually abused two girls. Court records show Jason Manus, 36, entered the plea to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse.  His trial is scheduled to begin…

posted 2014-09-18 08:34:08 by KXEL

7 juveniles charged for vandalism at Oelwein cemetery

Police have charged seven juveniles with damaging more than 70 gravestones at a cemetery in northeast Iowa. Police in Oelwein said the children ranged from 12 to 16 years of age.  Each of the minors is charged with criminal mischief…

posted 2014-09-18 08:29:43 by KXEL

Iowa court upholds prison sentence in fatal crash

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a 21-year-old involved in the 2011 traffic death of a 14-year-old girl. The court's ruling affirms the Johnson County District Court's sentence for Zachary Lee Swenka. "The…

posted 2014-09-18 06:00:12 by KXEL

One injured in crash at 218-Cedar Wapsi Road

One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Highway 218 and Cedar Wapsi Road on Wednesday. Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene to find two vehicles with heavy front end damage. Deputies say Zachary Leinen was…

posted 2014-09-18 05:58:42 by KXEL

Des Moines officers shoot man with knife

Officers have shot a man who menaced them with a knife and wouldn't put it down, Des Moines police said. Two officers who were sent to investigate a report of a domestic dispute around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday met a woman…

posted 2014-09-18 05:57:30 by KXEL


Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa — an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He's telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an…

posted 2014-09-17 13:47:31 by KXEL

Iowa City school board member's abuse case dropped

A domestic abuse charge against an Iowa City Community School Board member has been dismissed. Coralville police had arrested and charged 36-year-old Tuyet Dorau after officers were sent to her home early on Sept. 6. Another person at the scene…

posted 2014-09-17 09:46:02 by KXEL

Woman injured when semi hits wheelchair

Waterloo police continue to investigate a crash between a semi and a motorized wheelchair at a downtown intersection Tuesday. The crash occurred at the intersection of Franklin and East Fifth Streets First responders used a hydraulic rescue tool to free…

posted 2014-09-17 07:28:33 by KXEL


Iowa court halts ban on abortion pill system

The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday halted a ban on the use of a video-conferencing system that allows doctors to distribute abortion-inducing pills to women in rural areas of the state. The stay means Planned Parenthood of the Heartland can…

posted 2014-09-16 18:53:13 by KXEL

Attorneys argue over evidence in Frederiksen's trial

An attorney for a man accused of killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl argued on Tuesday that his client's history of collecting child pornography should not be presented in his upcoming trial because it will taint his image to jurors.…

posted 2014-09-16 16:28:23 by KXEL

Branstad offers plan for workforce development

Gov. Terry Branstad wants the state to partner with private industry to establish better professional training and job placement programs in Iowa, according to a plan released by his campaign Tuesday. According to the proposal, Branstad — a Republican who…

posted 2014-09-16 16:24:26 by KXEL