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Cedar Rapids loses homeless shelter for men

The closing of Cedar House Shelter means fewer beds are available for homeless men in Cedar Rapids. The 16-bed shelter opened in 2001. It closed late last month after a merger with another group fell through because of problems with…

posted 2014-10-15 06:16:59 by KXEL

DCI investigates case of nude photos, videos

Authorities in central Iowa say they've uncovered a massive collection of photographs and videos showing nude female juveniles, and they believe they were amassed over several years by high school students. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said Tuesday that…

posted 2014-10-15 05:56:26 by KXEL

Branstad, Hatch debate over Iowa's minimum wage

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch clashed over whether to raise Iowa's minimum wage during their final debate in the race for governor. Branstad and Hatch appeared in Sioux City on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre. …

posted 2014-10-15 05:55:43 by KXEL


Libertarian official discusses candidate's death

The Libertarian Party candidate for governor says the party's candidate for U.S. Senate put his heart and soul into running with a firm belief in individual liberty. Dr. Douglas Butzier died when the plane he was piloting crashed around 11…

posted 2014-10-14 15:48:17 by KXEL

Candidate for US Senate dies in Dubuque crash

A Dubuque doctor who was running as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate has died in a plane crash. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says Dr. Douglas Butzier was the pilot of the plane that crashed around 11 p.m. Monday…

posted 2014-10-14 12:38:34 by KXEL

First flu cases of the season identified in Iowa

The flu season appears to be off to an early start in Iowa, as the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) has identified three cases of influenza in the state. While…

posted 2014-10-14 11:22:16 by KXEL

Branstad, Hatch face off in final debate

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch will face off in their final debate. Branstad and Hatch will appear in Sioux City on Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre.  This is last of three debates in the race.…

posted 2014-10-14 08:34:08 by KXEL

DCI investigators probe Johnson County shooting

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says it will investigate an officer-involved shooting in Johnson County. The division said in a news release Tuesday that Johnson County deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers on Monday night found a man near…

posted 2014-10-14 05:21:40 by KXEL


Handgun found inside Iowa City student's bag

Authorities are investigating the discovery of an unloaded handgun and a box of ammunition inside the backpack of a high school student in Iowa City. Iowa City police say officers arrived Friday at West High School following a report that…

posted 2014-10-13 20:00:35 by KXEL

Warren to campaign for Braley in Iowa

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign in Iowa for Democrat Bruce Braley, who is locked in one of the nation's closest Senate races. In an email to supporters obtained by The Associated Press, Warren announced Monday that she would campaign in…

posted 2014-10-13 14:33:25 by KXEL

Iowa agents chase tips about lottery mystery man

Iowa agents have received hundreds of tips since releasing video of a man buying a winning lottery ticket at the center of a fraud investigation. Iowa Department of Public Safety spokesman Alex Murphy said Monday that investigators are focusing on…

posted 2014-10-13 14:32:23 by KXEL

Waterloo shelter director makes plea in theft case

The director of a Waterloo homeless shelter has entered a plea to charges she stole money from the nonprofit organization. Joni Kay Hansen, 60, entered Alford pleas Monday to first- and second-degree theft charges. In an Alford plea, a person…

posted 2014-10-13 13:08:17 by KXEL