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2014-03-18

Iowa House OKs bill to encourage radon testing

The Iowa House has approved a bill that would require state educators to provide schools with information on radon safety and encourage them to test for the gas. Lawmakers voted Tuesday 99-1 in favor of the measure. It now returns…

posted 2014-03-18 20:47:22 by KXEL

Iowa House clears amended kidnapping legislation

The Iowa House has overwhelmingly passed legislation that aims to increase penalties for offenders in kidnapping cases involving minors. Lawmakers approved the measure Tuesday on a 96-3 vote. It now returns to the Senate for final consideration. The bill as…

posted 2014-03-18 20:46:01 by KXEL

Blaze damages buildings in Marquette

Authorities are investigating the cause of a massive fire that damaged or destroyed several businesses and homes in the northeast Iowa community of Marquette. Firefighters from eight area departments battled the blaze for hours after it was first reported Monday…

posted 2014-03-18 20:42:01 by KXEL

Senator seeks secret state settlement records

A state senator from Des Moines has asked Gov. Terry Branstad to turn over public documents related to settlements reached with employees who were laid off then paid to sign agreements to keep it quiet. Sen. Janet Petersen, a Des…

posted 2014-03-18 14:08:19 by KXEL

Fire at Hills vet clinic kills 2 animals

An early morning fire at a veterinary clinic near Iowa City has killed two animals. Fire crews say they responded to a call early Tuesday about a fire at Animal Haven Veterinary Hospital in Hills.  A dog and a cat,…

posted 2014-03-18 12:59:21 by KXEL

Iowa Senate approves anti-bullying bill

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have approved a measure aimed at establishing more anti-bullying efforts in schools across the state. The Democratic-majority Senate narrowly cleared the bill Tuesday in a straight party-line vote, 26-19.  The legislation now goes to the…

posted 2014-03-18 12:06:01 by KXEL

$400 million Mega Millions jackpot for Tuesday

An estimated $400 million is up for grabs in the latest Mega Millions jackpot. Tuesday night's potential jackpot would be the sixth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. If a single player matches all six numbers, the winner would have the…

posted 2014-03-18 11:36:33 by KXEL

Years after commutation, inmate closer to freedom

An inmate who has spent most of his life in prison for a 1984 slaying may be nearing freedom, seven years after Gov. Tom Vilsack concluded that his life sentence was too harsh for his minor role in the crime.…

posted 2014-03-18 10:13:20 by KXEL

Iowan shot during drug sting gets 10 years

A 24-year-old man who was shot twice during a 2012 undercover drug sting in Johnson County has been given 10 years in prison. Demarco Dudley was sentenced on Monday. He'd pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in January. One man…

posted 2014-03-18 08:18:25 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids road reopens following flooding

A western Cedar Rapids road has been reopened as the city monitors flooding from the Cedar River. Public Works Maintenance Manager Craig Hanson says Ellis Road NW is open west of Edgewood road. No ice was on the road and…

posted 2014-03-18 06:57:40 by KXEL

Police investigate death of teen in Tipton

State and local officials continue to investigate the death of a teenager in the eastern Iowa community of Tipton. The Tipton Police Department says authorities were asked to check on the welfare of 15-year-old Keifla Thomas Robinson on Sunday morning…

posted 2014-03-18 06:56:56 by KXEL

Sen. Ted Cruz logging serious time in Iowa

Tea party darling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is logging some serious face-time in Iowa. And he's doing it before most other potential 2016 White House hopefuls. Texas' freshman senator will be in Iowa on Tuesday, marking his fourth trip in…

posted 2014-03-18 06:55:54 by KXEL

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