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2014-03-21

Survey suggests slight growth for Midwest economy

An economist says a survey of bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy is experiencing slow to no growth. The Rural Mainstreet Index rose slightly above growth neutral in March, to 50.1, compared with 48.4 in…

posted 2014-03-21 04:31:46 by KXEL

Budget panel makes no change to revenue estimate

A panel of Iowa budget experts has predicted Thursday that tax revenue is substantially the same as its estimate in December, which means lawmakers will not need to change the assumptions they're using for the state budget. The Revenue Estimating…

posted 2014-03-21 04:30:52 by KXEL

Marshalltown woman enters plea in child endangerment case

A Marshalltown day care provider accused of causing a toddler's head injury has entered a plea deal. Court records show 54-year-old Rhonda Van Gorp recently entered an Alford plea to child endangerment. An Alford plea means a defendant doesn't admit…

posted 2014-03-21 04:29:20 by KXEL

Police: Iowa City man posed as FBI agent to rob victim

An Iowa City man has been accused of posing as an FBI agent to rob a victim he allegedly met online. The Coralville Police Department says 51-year-old Dwaine A. Toran was arrested early Thursday.  He faces a charge of second-degree…

posted 2014-03-21 04:27:57 by KXEL

2014-03-20

Panel continues push for Iowa Speedway tax break

Lawmakers in the Iowa House have furthered a plan to extend a tax break for the Iowa Speedway at Newton. The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the measure Thursday.  It is now eligible for floor debate. The racetrack…

posted 2014-03-20 14:40:26 by KXEL

Wasendorf's ex-wife may pay up in settlement deal

The ex-wife of a former Cedar Falls investment broker convicted of fraud could pay back more than $2 million under a proposed settlement deal. Connie Wasendorf, ex-wife of Russell Wasendorf, would pay $2.85 million under a settlement motion that still…

posted 2014-03-20 14:38:22 by KXEL

Prosecutor: Ex-felon voted to hide troubled past

A prosecutor in a rare trial over voter fraud says an ex-felon illegally cast a ballot in an Iowa municipal election to try to hide her past. Lee County Attorney Michael Short said during a closing argument Thursday that Kelli…

posted 2014-03-20 10:57:16 by KXEL

Locomotive strikes propane truck in Manson

A driver has been hospitalized after his propane truck was struck by a locomotive at a crossing in the northern Iowa town of Manson. The accident occurred around 5:55 p.m. Wednesday.  State trooper Mark Anderson says witnesses saw the southbound…

posted 2014-03-20 09:55:06 by KXEL

Official doubts laptop was source of ID theft

University of Northern Iowa officials doubt one of the unencrypted laptops noted in a state audit was the source of the mass identity theft at the university. A state audit report released last July said auditors found that encryption software…

posted 2014-03-20 08:29:55 by KXEL

Vehicular homicide trial date set for Osage man

A trial has been scheduled for a 22-year-old Osage man charged with vehicular homicide in northern Iowa. Tylor Patrick's trial is set for May 14 in Mitchell County District Court.  Patrick has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Patrick was driving…

posted 2014-03-20 05:52:37 by KXEL

2014-03-19

House subcommittee OKs tax breaks for Iowa Speedway

A plan to extend a tax break provided last year to the Iowa Speedway at Newton has moved forward in the Iowa House. The proposal received preliminary approval Wednesday from a House Ways and Means subcommittee.  It will now be…

posted 2014-03-19 13:11:50 by KXEL

Dotzler seeks review of unemployment process

A leading Democrat in the Iowa Senate says the director of Iowa Workforce Development is improperly pressuring judges who hear unemployment cases to rule against workers in favor of employers. Sen. Bill Dotzler, of Waterloo, says Teresa Wahlert, last year…

posted 2014-03-19 13:10:10 by KXEL

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