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2014-03-17

Court: Breastfeeding employee cannot sue insurer

An appeals court says Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. didn't discriminate against a breastfeeding mother who resigned under pressure on her first day back from maternity leave. Angela Ames, an employee in its Des Moines office, claims that she resigned in…

posted 2014-03-17 11:59:18 by KXEL

Republicans want vote on telemedicine abortion ban

Republicans in the Iowa Senate want legislative leaders to revive a measure that would ban the remote distribution of abortion-inducing drugs. The bill cleared the Republican-majority House, 55-42, but has since been declared dead in the Democratic-controlled Senate.  In a…

posted 2014-03-17 11:58:16 by KXEL

Review of secret settlements ordered by governor

Gov. Terry Branstad is ordering a comprehensive review of his administration's policies to pay settlements to former workers who agree to sign confidentiality agreements. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she and Branstad did not know about agreements with six former…

posted 2014-03-17 10:05:16 by KXEL

5 charged in Gates Park robbery, shooting

Waterloo police have arrested five people in connection with a shooting at Gates Park Sunday night. Shortly after 10 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 200-block of Lester Street.  Officers found that a 17-year-old male…

posted 2014-03-17 09:03:28 by KXEL

Man escapes mobile home fire in Nashua

A fire has badly damaged a mobile home in northern Iowa. Firefighters were sent to the home outside Nashua a little after 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.  A man escaped without injuries out a bedroom window. The fire cause is being…

posted 2014-03-17 08:06:57 by KXEL

River ice causing flooding in Cedar Rapids

A western Cedar Rapids road has been closed by flooding. Public Works Maintenance Manager Craig Hanson says Ellis Road NW was closed this morning between Covington and Edgewood roads. Hanson blames ice on the Cedar River. Officials say the Cedar…

posted 2014-03-17 06:19:20 by KXEL

Investigators checking into Tipton death

State and local investigators have been checking into the death of someone in the eastern Iowa community of Tipton.   Officers were sent at 10:50 Sunday morning to check on the welfare of someone at a Tipton home.  Police say…

posted 2014-03-17 05:25:39 by KXEL

2014-03-16

Fire destroys Tripoli home

A fire destroyed a home in Tripoli Saturday night. The fire started around 9:30 pm Saturday at 402 Second Ave SW in Tripoli.  Firefighters arrived to find the house engulfed in flames.  Crews were on the scene until 1:15 pm…

posted 2014-03-16 19:41:25 by KXEL

State of Iowa made secret payouts to ex-workers

The state of Iowa has paid more than $282,000 in secret settlements to six former employees over the last three years. All were asked to sign confidentiality agreements that would have kept the settlements out of public view. The settlements…

posted 2014-03-16 19:39:25 by KXEL

Gov. Branstad has primary challenger

Five-term Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will face a challenger in the June 3 Republican primary, and one Democrat has been disqualified from his party's race. Tom Hoefling of Lohrville collected enough signatures to appear on the Republican primary ballot.  The…

posted 2014-03-16 19:37:27 by KXEL

Authorities step up patrols for St. Pat's Day

Iowa law enforcement is stepping up its patrols through Monday for St. Patrick's Day festivities. Local and state officers will be out in greater numbers to keep watch for drunken drivers.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says at least…

posted 2014-03-16 19:35:28 by KXEL

Man in group home faces willful injury charge

A resident at a Des Moines group home is accused of strangling and punching one of his caretakers. Joseph Vanzant Bonner is charged with willful injury and a probation violation. Des Moines police say the 27-year-old Bonner was arrested after…

posted 2014-03-16 19:33:12 by KXEL

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