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A Waterloo Kwik Star robbed at gunpoint

Waterloo Police continue to investigate an armed robbery of the Kwik Star at Washington and 9th Streets in Waterloo. Police say at least one person went into the convenience store at around 4 a.m. and showed a handgun.  Authorities would…

posted 2014-08-22 08:56:44 by KXEL

Deere laying off 460 workers in Waterloo

Approximately 460 John Deere employees in Waterloo were told Friday morning they are on indefinite layoff effective October 20th. Last week, Deere & Company announced that over 600 manufacturing jobs would be cut at four locations: John Deere Harvester Works,…

posted 2014-08-22 08:50:39 by KXEL

Inmate sought after Webster County jail escape

Authorities are searching for a Webster County inmate who escaped with another while doing laundry at the jail in Fort Dodge. Officials say 43-year-old Jason Sullivan and 32-year-old George Johnson escaped Thursday night. The sheriff's office says the men apparently…

posted 2014-08-22 08:27:45 by KXEL

Fire damages Casey's community center

An early morning fire heavily damaged the community center in a west-central Iowa town just hours before state auditors were to arrive. The Casey Community Center burned early Wednesday.  No injuries have been reported.  The town of about 425 residents…

posted 2014-08-22 07:26:49 by KXEL

Vilsack in Iowa to announce new product grants

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is returning to Iowa to announce federal grants designed to encourage development of new value-added farm products and to discuss other rural development funding programs. Vilsack, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, will travel to…

posted 2014-08-22 05:50:11 by KXEL

More people opted to ride bus to Iowa State Fair

Attendance at the Iowa State Fair was down but more people rode buses to reach the fairgrounds. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority says ridership between park-and-rides and the fairground was 221,188 during the 11-day fair.  That an 8…

posted 2014-08-22 05:49:23 by KXEL

Iowa City board to discuss student sex offender

The Iowa City Community School Board is scheduled next week to discuss where to place a student who's required to register as a sex offender. Superintendent Stephen Murley says Iowa law requires the district to offer education to all school-age…

posted 2014-08-22 05:48:18 by KXEL


Economy slowing down in rural parts of 10 states

A new monthly survey of bankers suggests the economy is slowing down in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says falling crop prices have farmers spending less, and crop prices…

posted 2014-08-21 21:15:55 by KXEL

Man convicted of killing wife seeks new trial

The lawyer for a southeast Iowa man convicted of killing his pregnant wife is seeking a new trial. Seth Techel's attorney filed a motion Tuesday asking that his first-degree murder conviction be set aside and a judge order a new…

posted 2014-08-21 21:14:48 by KXEL

Dubuque man accused of selling cocaine in candy store

A 35-year-old Dubuque man faces federal charges for allegedly selling crack cocaine out of his candy store earlier this year. Dwayne M. Howard is charged with four counts of distributing crack cocaine near a school or playground. Howard is accused…

posted 2014-08-21 21:12:49 by KXEL

Oelwein mayor released from jail

A northeast Iowa mayor accused of sexually abusing two girls has been released from jail. Jason Manus left the Fayette County Jail on Wednesday after a bail bonding company posted a reduced $65,000 bond. Manus, the mayor of Oelwein, is…

posted 2014-08-21 21:11:09 by KXEL

Family-run golf course to close in Clear Lake

After more than 30 years, this will be the last summer of golf at Arrowhead Golf Course in Clear Lake. The Sherman family has been leasing the property, but they say that the land's owners won't renew the contract in…

posted 2014-08-21 13:53:13 by KXEL