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2014-08-13

Lawyers ask Iowa court to reconsider bias decision

Lawyers representing black workers are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reconsider the decision throwing out a class-action lawsuit challenging executive branch hiring practices. In a petition Monday, the attorneys say the decision last month found evidence showing blacks were…

posted 2014-08-13 08:43:54 by KXEL

Loaded gun found in bag at Des Moines airport

A loaded gun and an extra magazine have been found by security officials at the Des Moines airport. The Transportation Security Administration says the weapon and magazine were found Monday morning in an Ankeny man's carry-on bag at a security…

posted 2014-08-13 08:40:30 by KXEL

Deere 3Q profit falls as equipment sales decline

Deere's third-quarter profit fell 15 percent and the farming equipment maker thinks the same weak sales in the U.S., Canada and abroad will cut into earnings for the year. The farming equipment maker earned $850.7 million, or $2.33 per share,…

posted 2014-08-13 07:16:24 by KXEL

Des Moines airport must fill in runway chasm

Des Moines airport officials say they expect repairs to be finished next week on a chasm that's been opened up across a runway. Airport executive director Kevin Foley says that airport workers noticed a hole in late July. A broken…

posted 2014-08-13 06:21:40 by KXEL

2014-08-12

Report: State workers get generous health benefits

A new report says Iowa state employees receive generous health benefits and pay little out of pocket for coverage. The Pew Charitable Trusts and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation released the report Tuesday.  It shows what states are…

posted 2014-08-12 20:53:53 by KXEL

Iowa exits Common Core assessment group

Gov. Terry Branstad is removing Iowa from an organization created to develop an assessment system for the Common Core education standards. A Branstad spokesman said Tuesday that Branstad last week sent a letter to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, seeking…

posted 2014-08-12 20:52:42 by KXEL

Dunkerton places police chief on leave for inquiry

The Dunkerton City Council has placed the northeast Iowa city's police chief on leave until an investigation is completed. The council voted unanimously to take the action Monday night after a private meeting. Police Chief Tim Schultz will remain on…

posted 2014-08-12 20:51:37 by KXEL

Waterloo police arrest woman driving cart along road

A woman was charged with theft after police found her driving a motorized shopping cart along a road, miles from the supermarket where she had started. Police stopped 49-year-old Julie Cae Briggs on Monday while she was driving a cart…

posted 2014-08-12 20:49:58 by KXEL

Holy Cross man wins auctioneer contest at fair

An eastern Iowa man has been crowned the top auctioneer of an annual bid calling contest at the Iowa State Fair, and he says he will donate the prize money to the families of four teenage boys killed earlier this…

posted 2014-08-12 13:27:15 by KXEL

Governor candidate Hatch's father dies at age 95

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch says his father has died at age 95 in Massachusetts. Hatch says in a statement his father, Frank Hatch, died Sunday at a care center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Hatch, a state senator from Des…

posted 2014-08-12 12:28:26 by KXEL

Man accused of arson in Johnson County

A 23-year-old Shueyville man has been charged with arson, accused of setting fire to an abandoned house in Solon. Ryan Jansa is charged with arson and trespassing.  Johnson County Jail records say Jansa remained in custody on Tuesday. The Johnson…

posted 2014-08-12 10:16:24 by KXEL

Group's petition seeks bigger Floyd County board

A group pushing for a bigger Floyd County Board of Supervisors intends to fill a new petition to place the issue on the November ballot. Gordon Boge of the Coalition for Better County Government told supervisors on Monday that the…

posted 2014-08-12 09:55:30 by KXEL

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