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2014-07-23

Fired Newton editor claims religious discrimination

The former editor of the Newton Daily News has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs. In the complaint filed Wednesday, Bob Eschliman claimed religious discrimination and retaliation.…

posted 2014-07-23 14:17:22 by KXEL

Former Fort Dodge landfill director charged

The former director of the Fort Dodge landfill has been arrested on a felony theft charge. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Michael Dean Grell, former co-director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency, was arrested on…

posted 2014-07-23 13:27:33 by KXEL

Spontaneous combustion caused Chrome Horse Saloon fire

Cedar Rapids fire officials say a fire at a local bar was caused by spontaneous combustion of rags and towels containing animal fat. An early morning fire Wednesday at the Chrome Horse Saloon and Slop House damaged the first and…

posted 2014-07-23 12:50:37 by KXEL

Agent claiming wrongful dismissal goes to court

The veteran Iowa criminal investigator fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV appeared in court over his wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Larry Hedlund was in Polk County District Court on Wednesday as a judge considered an effort from the state…

posted 2014-07-23 12:27:11 by KXEL

Propane suppliers: buy ahead to avoid price spikes

State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter. Prices will largely depend on how cold it is this winter and how long the cold lasts.…

posted 2014-07-23 12:25:54 by KXEL

2 hospitalized after 7-vehicle crash on I-380

Cedar Rapids police say two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after a seven-vehicle accident on Interstate 380. Police received a report of a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lane of I-380 at 6:53 a.m.  While en…

posted 2014-07-23 10:50:03 by KXEL

Mason City mayor says no punishment for city assessor

The mayor of Mason City says the city assessor will not face disciplinary action after being accused of domestic assault last week. Police arrested Danielle "Dana" Naumann last Friday after they received a call from a man about a disturbance…

posted 2014-07-23 09:53:15 by KXEL

Former Otho mayor returned to post

A former mayor has been appointed to the post in the central Iowa town of Otho. On Tuesday night, the City Council appointed Mark Groat to replace Joe Hayes, who resigned without public explanation on July 1.  The council also…

posted 2014-07-23 08:31:02 by KXEL

Conesville church closure like 'losing a person'

After 113 years, the Conesville Methodist Church is closing and some expect the historic structure in eastern Iowa will eventually be demolished. On Saturday, church members hosted a sale of some church items.  The church is for sale, too, but…

posted 2014-07-23 08:29:50 by KXEL

Free meals available to more Des Moines students

Des Moines Public Schools plans to offer free meals to all students at more schools beginning this fall. District officials say 35 Des Moines schools and three early learning centers will offer free breakfasts and lunches for all their students. …

posted 2014-07-23 06:53:18 by KXEL

Woman convicted of murder in Des Moines stabbing

A woman has been convicted of stabbing to death a 28-year-old man in Des Moines last year. Court records say 22-year-old Miranda Rose Petithory Metcalf was found guilty of second-degree murder on Monday.  Prosecutors say she stabbed Juan Carlos Chavarria. …

posted 2014-07-23 06:51:55 by KXEL

Power switched off in 300 Iowa homes amid heat

An energy company says it switched off power in hundreds of Iowa homes to work on power lines this week as temperatures reached almost 90 degrees. Alliant Energy shut off power in homes of about 300 people Tuesday morning.  The…

posted 2014-07-23 06:50:57 by KXEL

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