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2014-03-24

Iowa Speedway tax break bill moves to House

A bill that extends a sales tax rebate for the Iowa Speedway in Newton by 10 years has passed the Iowa Senate and moves to the House. The racetrack, bought by NASCAR in November, has about $9 million left on…

posted 2014-03-24 20:55:00 by KXEL

No foul play in Waterloo woman's death

Preliminary autopsy results indicate no foul play in the death of a woman whose body was found in the 900 block of Ricker Street on Sunday. Police say 53-year-old Sharon Creighton had been reported missing earlier in the day.  Her…

posted 2014-03-24 14:29:20 by KXEL

Magee Construction builds sculptures to honor workers

A Cedar Falls construction company has built three steel sculptures so it can pay tribute to its past and current workers. Magee Construction's new sculptures show a hammer, hook and wrenches.  The 8-by-12-feet pieces are on display in the company's…

posted 2014-03-24 12:27:58 by KXEL

Iowa lawmakers continue push for medical marijuana

Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Iowa has been declared dead this session, but lawmakers are continuing with efforts to raise awareness about benefits associated with the drug. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, invited current and former…

posted 2014-03-24 12:21:04 by KXEL

Vision Loss Resource Fair set for Iowa City April 1

The Iowa Department for the Blind will join forces with accessible technology vendors and local service providers to reach out to Iowans who are experiencing blindness or vision loss. The Vision Loss Resource Fair will be held on April 1…

posted 2014-03-24 11:01:35 by KXEL

Eastern Iowa Airport to improve parking lot

Starting this summer, The Eastern Iowa Airport will begin a much needed pavement and parking lot repair project. Last fall, the airport hired Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC to conduct a study of the landside vehicular pavement.  The findings outlines…

posted 2014-03-24 10:38:53 by KXEL

Branstad supports Workforce Development director

Gov. Terry Branstad is standing behind the director of Iowa Workforce Development who has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers for allegedly improperly pressuring judges who hear unemployment cases to rule against workers and in favor of employers. Branstad says he…

posted 2014-03-24 10:36:56 by KXEL

Branstad orders end to confidential agreements

Gov. Terry Branstad says he has signed an executive order prohibiting state agencies from signing confidential settlement agreements. Branstad, back in Iowa from vacation, is responding to criticism of agreements reached between state agencies and several state employees who were…

posted 2014-03-24 10:07:53 by KXEL

Thousands of Iowa families behind on utility bills

Thousands of Iowa households are behind on their utility bills in the wake of this winter's sub-zero weather. The Iowa Utilities Board says that as of February, more than 243,000 households were in arrears — 4 percent more than a…

posted 2014-03-24 08:39:01 by KXEL

Federal flood insurance costs to jump in Iowa

A new law will roll back the eye-popping federal flood insurance premium increases that have hit the wallets of some Iowa homeowners and business owners, but the relief may not be long-lived. Congress passed a federal flood insurance reform act…

posted 2014-03-24 05:26:34 by KXEL

Waterloo police ID body found behind business

A woman whose body was found behind a Waterloo business had been reported as missing. The body of 53-year-old Sharon Creighton was found just before 2 p.m. Sunday behind Advanced Environmental Testing and Abatement Inc.  Creighton's body ws found by…

posted 2014-03-24 05:23:44 by KXEL

2014-03-23

Borlaug statue will be installed in US Capitol

A new statue of Iowa's Norman Borlaug will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. The statue will become one of two representing Iowa in the Capitol's National Statuary Hall.  It will be officially installed on the 100th anniversary…

posted 2014-03-23 20:41:15 by KXEL

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