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Iowa lawmaker charged with felony sexual abuse

A Republican state lawmaker has been arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse. The Department of Public Safety says Rep. Henry Rayhons, of Garner, was arrested Friday on the sexual abuse charge. According to the police affidavit, Rayhons had sexual…

posted 2014-08-16 07:32:46 by KXEL

Solon man pleads guilty in harassment case

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to threatening letters involving a major high school football program. Officials say 44-year-old Daniel Stone, of Solon, pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree harassment and interference with official acts as…

posted 2014-08-16 07:31:28 by KXEL

Grand opening set for first large cellulosic plant

A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to…

posted 2014-08-16 07:29:51 by KXEL


Iowa City commission gives building historic status

An Iowa City preservation commission has given historic status to a building that once served as a boarding house for black college students. The designation by the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission should prevent any future demolition or significant exterior…

posted 2014-08-15 12:42:15 by KXEL

Dotzler, Danielson support ‘Tuition Freeze Three-peat’

State Senators Bill Dotzler and Jeff Danielson today announced that they will help lead an effort next year in the Iowa Senate to extend the current tuition freeze at Iowa’s public universities for an unprecedented third year.  Iowa Senate Democrats…

posted 2014-08-15 12:39:30 by KXEL

Atkins farm creates corn maze of Al Roker's face

An eastern Iowa farm has found a creative way to celebrate "Today" show weatherman Al Roker's 60th birthday. Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins has put together a 10-acre corn maze that shows Roker's face and reads, "Happy 60th Al." Farm owners…

posted 2014-08-15 12:13:01 by KXEL

Deere to lay off 600 employees

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois,…

posted 2014-08-15 10:03:34 by KXEL

Dubuque police say girl grazed by pole on truck

Dubuque authorities say a utility pole on the back of a truck grazed a 12-year-old when the pole penetrated the vehicle carrying her and a 16-year-old driver. Police say the accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. Thursday.  The truck had halted…

posted 2014-08-15 09:58:40 by KXEL

Digital replica of Iowa Constitution is online

A digital replica of the Iowa Constitution is now available online for public viewing. Secretary of State Matt Schultz said Friday that the document from 1857 had been scanned so that a replica could be provided online.  Previously, people could…

posted 2014-08-15 09:52:05 by KXEL

Dubuque teachers to monitor students' heart rates

Dubuque teachers will be able to monitor students' heart rates through a web-based program while they exercise at school. The program gives Dubuque Community School District teachers an idea of physical activity levels by middle school and high school students…

posted 2014-08-15 09:21:40 by KXEL

Assault case against Mason City assessor dropped

An assault case against the city assessor for Mason City has been dropped. Online court records say the charge against 38-year-old Danielle "Dana" Naumann was dismissed on Wednesday after a request by Floyd County Attorney Normand Klemesrud.  He'd been appointed…

posted 2014-08-15 08:35:22 by KXEL

Epworth mayor cites health reasons for resignation

The mayor of Epworth has cited personal health concerns for his resignation. City clerk Janet Berger says Tom Gassman submitted his resignation on Tuesday.  Gassman has been mayor since 2012 and a council member before that. Jacob Reuter will serve…

posted 2014-08-15 08:22:48 by KXEL