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After 39 years, Waterloo inmate inches toward freedom

One year after Gov. Terry Branstad made him eligible for parole, a man serving life in prison for a 1974 slaying is a step closer to earning freedom after 39 years of incarceration. The Iowa Board of Parole has requested…

posted 2014-03-14 10:39:13 by KXEL

Waterloo closes Fletcher flood gates

The City of Waterloo has closed Fletcher Avenue from University Avenue to Highway 63 due to flooding of Black Hawk Creek. Public Works Director Mark Rice urges the public to obey all road-closed signs as they are posted.

posted 2014-03-14 09:16:36 by KXEL

Administrators honor Denver elementary principal

A schools administrators group has named a northeast Iowa woman its elementary principal of the year for 2014. Kim Tierney at Denver Elementary School was cheered and applauded during an assembly at the school on Thursday. Her district superintendent, Brad…

posted 2014-03-14 09:04:39 by KXEL

House in Dewar gutted by fire

A house in Dewar was gutted by fire Thursday afternoon. Shortly before 4 p.m., a neighbor saw smoke pouring out of the vents at 5821 Second Street and called another neighbor, who checked the house to make sure no one…

posted 2014-03-14 06:46:24 by KXEL

18 pigs killed in Clear Lake barn fire

Eighteen pigs have died in a fire that destroyed a barn on the north side of Clear Lake. The fire was reported just before 3 a.m. Wednesday.  Authorities say the animal losses included two sows and 11 piglets. Clear Lake…

posted 2014-03-14 05:52:01 by KXEL

Anamosa teen injured in 2-car crash

An Anamosa teen was injured late Thursday afternoon when the vehicle she was riding in was rear-ended by another vehicle. The accident happened just after 4 p-m on Highway 151 east of Carlton Lane. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says…

posted 2014-03-14 05:51:12 by KXEL

Grenade found in Des Moines suburb wasn't active

Police have found an inactive grenade in a car after a traffic stop on Interstate 235 in the Des Moines suburb of Windsor Heights. The car was pulled over around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.  The Des Moines police bomb squad was…

posted 2014-03-14 05:21:30 by KXEL


House panel OKs Iowa military crime report bill

Legislation intended to ensure victims can report sexual assaults and other crimes involving state military personnel remains alive following a legislative panel's unanimous vote. The House Veterans Affairs Committee approved the measure Thursday. Under the bill, state military forces would…

posted 2014-03-13 21:24:15 by KXEL

Panel changes, OKs bill targeting minors drinking

A bill originally drafted to make it illegal for landowners to allow drinking on their property by anyone under 21 has been changed. The House Public Safety Committee approved an amended version of the bill Thursday that now limits offenses…

posted 2014-03-13 21:22:37 by KXEL

Boil advisory issued for Stanhope, Hamilton County

The city of Stanhope issued a boil advisory Thursday following a loss of pressure while the city repaired a water main. The water distribution system lost pressure from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday.  Loss of pressure has the potential…

posted 2014-03-13 15:10:53 by KXEL

Iowa inmate dies of natural causes in hospice unit

An Iowa inmate has died of natural causes due to complications from colon cancer. The Department of Corrections says 69-year-old Allen Lee Hall died Sunday in the hospice care unit of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. Hall…

posted 2014-03-13 13:55:37 by KXEL

Solar tax credit expansion passes Senate committee

A bill that increases available state money to encourage installation of solar power systems in Iowa has passed a Senate committee and moves forward to the full Senate. The bill, supported by environmental groups, received bipartisan support in the Senate…

posted 2014-03-13 13:31:19 by KXEL

Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill.  Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules. …
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Research has shown that all kids can benefit from a good preschool education. Since 2007, Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program…
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Year of Action or Overreaction?  A Guest Commentary by U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley. During his State of the Union…
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