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Cedar Rapids man gets prison time in heroin death

A Cedar Rapids man who supplied heroin to someone who was found dead the next day has been sent to prison. Prosecutors said Thursday that 24-year-old Austin Martens was given 11 years and three months behind bars.  Martens also must…

posted 2014-10-17 05:22:07 by KXEL

Motorcyclist injured after crashing into house

A motorcyclist crashed into a house after a police chase in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Police say an officer spotted a motorcyclist driving recklessly in the 700 block of 15th Street SE shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday.  Police say the…

posted 2014-10-17 04:31:48 by KXEL


Dubuque building renovations to add apartments

More projects are underway that will add apartments in Dubuque's Millwork District. Officials say that the renovations on the Novelty Iron Works and Linseed Oil Paintworks buildings will add about 120 apartments to the neighborhood by the end of 2015.…

posted 2014-10-16 21:03:59 by KXEL

Mason City truck driver dies in Plainfield crash

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says the driver of a tanker truck has died after the truck collided with a car and rolled onto its top in a ditch. Authorities say 37-year-old James Ruehlow of Mason City died Thursday in…

posted 2014-10-16 20:59:42 by KXEL

Survey: slow growth in rural parts of Iowa, 9 states

A new survey suggests slower economic growth ahead in rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said Thursday falling grain prices and weak global growth are weighing down the economy in…

posted 2014-10-16 20:58:01 by KXEL

Clive man injured in truck-semi accident

A Clive man was injured after a semi rear-ended his work truck on U.S. Highway 218 Thursday morning. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Eric Michael Nichols was transported to Sartori Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  He…

posted 2014-10-16 14:43:45 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids names new community development director

City Manager Jeff Pomeranz and Assistant City Manager Sandi Fowler are pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Pratt as the new Community Development Director. Pratt brings to the position 16 years of experience with the City of Cedar Rapids,…

posted 2014-10-16 13:06:52 by KXEL

Sierra Leone president speaks to World Food Prize

The president of Sierra Leone says the Ebola virus is killing more youth than any other age group which he says is reversing economic gains the West African nation has made. Ernest Bai Koroma, speaking via a satellite link to…

posted 2014-10-16 12:33:45 by KXEL

Lawsuit details fired Iowa Senate aide's claims

A former staffer for Iowa Senate Republicans has filed a lawsuit detailing her claims of sexual harassment and boorish behavior by male aides and lawmakers. Kirsten Anderson, ex-communications director for the Iowa Senate Republican Caucus, alleges she was fired after…

posted 2014-10-16 12:09:19 by KXEL

Paul, Christie, Huckabee to campaign for GOP candidates

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will campaign for Iowa Republicans next week. A spokesman for congressional candidate Rod Blum says Paul will appear Wednesday at a Cedar Falls rally for…

posted 2014-10-16 10:49:29 by KXEL

Foundation receives $4 million gift from Christensen family

The family of a longtime Waterloo orthodontist who died in 2011 has given a $4 million gift to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa. It's the largest gift the organization has ever received.  The contribution will establish the Ross D.…

posted 2014-10-16 10:39:37 by KXEL

Tripoli man injured in motorcycle-truck collision

A Tripoli man was hospitalized after his motorcycle collided with a truck pulling a cargo trailer on Highway 63 near Denver Wednesday afternoon. The Iowa State Patrol says 47-year-old Scott Murray was northbound on Highway 63 on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle…

posted 2014-10-16 10:32:42 by KXEL