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2014-07-30

Hot air balloon brushes power line at Indianola event

A hot air balloon brushed a power line and caused an outage at the National Balloon Classic near Indianola. An event official, Bill Clemons, says the balloon was on the ground Tuesday night when it touched the wire and then…

posted 2014-07-30 06:01:57 by KXEL

2014-07-29

Davenport man arrested after cheeseburger theft

Police say a Davenport man was found passed out in front of a convenience store with a stolen cheeseburger from the business in his pocket. Iowa City police say 34-year-old Eric A. Manning was arrested early Sunday near a Kum…

posted 2014-07-29 20:42:56 by KXEL

Food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit

Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed as part of a company's $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network's coverage of a meat product derided as "pink slime." Court records show that…

posted 2014-07-29 20:40:33 by KXEL

Branstad seeks federal aid to help Iowa counties

Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking federal aid to help 22 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad said in a news release Tuesday that he signed a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a presidential disaster declaration. Funding from…

posted 2014-07-29 14:57:31 by KXEL

Deb Krebill named Marion's fire chief

Deb Krebill, who has served with the Marion Fire Department since 1991, has been named the city's next fire chief. “Chief Krebill has been with Marion Fire Department for more than 20 years and has served in numerous leadership capacities,”…

posted 2014-07-29 14:04:32 by KXEL

Young's foes: Grassley work proves insider claim

Democrats trying to pick up a Republican-held congressional seat in Iowa are seizing on disclosure records about the GOP candidate that they say gives heft to their charge that he's a Washington insider. The records show that Republican nominee David…

posted 2014-07-29 13:56:10 by KXEL

Iowa lottery sales fall 7 percent

Iowa Lottery sales have fallen 7.4 percent over the past year, a drop lottery officials attribute to a rough winter that altered customers' buying habits and fewer extremely high jackpots that drive up sales. Overall lottery sales dipped to $314…

posted 2014-07-29 10:21:08 by KXEL

Two injured in 2-car crash in Bremer County

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says two people were hospitalized after a two-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning. Deputies were sent to the intersection of Highway 3 and County Road V-43 at 4:39 a.m. Detective Dave MacDonald says an SUV driven…

posted 2014-07-29 10:16:34 by KXEL

Homeless shelter in Des Moines installs greenhouse

A homeless shelter in downtown Des Moines has installed a greenhouse that will enable the organization to grow vegetables year-round. Residents at Central Iowa Shelter & Services will be able to learn about harvesting and selling the produce grown at…

posted 2014-07-29 10:01:09 by KXEL

Renovation of former Rath building begins

Crews are finally restoring the long vacant administration building of a shuttered company in Waterloo. The historic building that once belonged to former giant Rath Packing Company has become an eyesore after sitting empty for decades. Crews are working on…

posted 2014-07-29 09:51:31 by KXEL

Daniels Park splash pad closed for repairs

The splash pad in Daniels Park in Cedar Rapids is currently closed for repairs. Patrons are urged to use one of the splash pads at Cedar Valley Park, Cleveland Park, Hayes Park, Hidder Park, Jacolyn Park, Noelridge Park, Redmond Park,…

posted 2014-07-29 08:54:57 by KXEL

Palo teen arrested after carjacking, chase

A man is in custody after he led authorities on a high-speed chase on Interstate 380 early Tuesday. The investigation actually began at around 1:00 a.m. when Cedar Rapids police talked with a woman who said she was assaulted and…

posted 2014-07-29 06:45:59 by KXEL

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