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2014-04-17

Iowa board boss cites pressure from administration

The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board says aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration. The pressure was part of the administration's effort to stack the deck against public employee…

posted 2014-04-17 07:19:34 by KXEL

Atkins teen suspected of leaving threatening note

A 17-year-old Atkins boy is accused of writing a threatening note on a bathroom wall at a high school in east-central Iowa. The Benton Community School District on Tuesday sent an email to parents, telling them about the note at…

posted 2014-04-17 06:20:41 by KXEL

Iowa insurance agency probed for overbilling

The Iowa Insurance Division is investigating an insurance agency that's accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage. The division is focused on Two Rivers Insurance Co.  The agency had been acting as an independent agent selling…

posted 2014-04-17 06:19:36 by KXEL

2014-04-16

Despite ruling, Iowa to bar all felons from voting

Elections officials will continue to bar felons from voting despite an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that suggests not all of them have lost their voting rights. Three justices ruled Tuesday that only some felonies are considered "infamous crimes" under the…

posted 2014-04-16 20:21:27 by KXEL

Federal money could have paid settlements

An official of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services says federal money could have been used to pay money to former state employees to keep quiet about settlement agreements. Lon Anderson, Chief Deputy Director of the DAS, appeared before the…

posted 2014-04-16 20:19:30 by KXEL

Iowa House approves shift in university funds

Lawmakers from the Iowa Senate and House have agreed to meet to hammer out details on an education budget, as the chambers have not agreed on public university spending increases, among other provisions. The Senate rejected a plan from the…

posted 2014-04-16 20:17:29 by KXEL

4 women charged in child sex abuse case

Authorities say they have arrested four women in connection to possible child sex abuse and pornography at a Davenport trailer park. The Scott County Sheriff's Office says the women were taken into custody Wednesday.  They are all charged with felony…

posted 2014-04-16 20:15:10 by KXEL

Branstad backs extension of health care policies

Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa has agreed to a federal recommendation that will allow thousands of residents to hang onto health insurance policies that don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Branstad and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart…

posted 2014-04-16 20:13:15 by KXEL

Iowa House approves shift in university funds

The state House has approved a plan to raise spending for Iowa's public universities, but the measure would give the University of Iowa less of an increase than that given to Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.…

posted 2014-04-16 13:34:45 by KXEL

Iowa workforce chief gave judge positive reviews

Documents show Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert approved positive performance evaluations for the agency's former top unemployment appeals judge, whom she publicly disparaged earlier this month. Wahlert criticized Joe Walsh after he filed a wrongful termination lawsuit contending that…

posted 2014-04-16 12:49:03 by KXEL

Authorities: Cambridge woman died of gunshot wounds

Authorities have identified a woman whose body was found in a central Iowa home and determined she died of gunshot wounds. The Iowa Department of Public Safety announced Wednesday that the body found Monday in the upstairs bedroom of a…

posted 2014-04-16 12:46:57 by KXEL

Board paroles Waterloo inmate imprisoned for decades

Officials have granted parole to a 68-year-old Iowa inmate who has been imprisoned since 1974 for the killing of a man over a gambling debt. The Iowa Board of Parole on Wednesday approved the release of Rasberry Williams, who was…

posted 2014-04-16 12:45:24 by KXEL

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