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Iowa regents plans would affect admissions, hiring

It might get easier for students to apply to Iowa's three public universities, and for those schools to hire employees. The Iowa Board of Regents released details of plans Tuesday that may be implemented during an ongoing efficiency review. They…

posted 2014-09-02 13:15:59 by KXEL

New logo, banners aim to boost Cedar Rapids' image

Business leaders are hoping that a new logo and street banners will improve the image of downtown Cedar Rapids as a place to live and enjoy. Members of the city's Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District unveiled the logo Tuesday featuring…

posted 2014-09-02 12:46:51 by KXEL

Wartburg receives $1 million gift to enhance music education

Wartburg College has received a $1 million gift to create a distinguished professorship in music education. Wartburg President Darrel D. Colson announced the establishment of the Eugene and Ruth Weidler Drape Distinguished Professorship in Music Education during the college’s Opening…

posted 2014-09-02 11:15:55 by KXEL

Marion City Council adopts new meeting time

At its regularly scheduled meeting on August 21, the Marion City Council adopted a resolution to change the Thursday meeting start time to 5:30 p.m. year round. The city council meets in work session the first and third Tuesday of…

posted 2014-09-02 09:01:33 by KXEL

Inspector to visit Toledo after building collapse

A state inspector will survey several buildings in the east-central Iowa city of Toledo after the partial collapse of a two-story building. Toledo Fire Chief Joe Boll says an inspector from the State Fire Marshal's office will arrive Tuesday afternoon. …

posted 2014-09-02 08:22:18 by KXEL

Shots fired in Glenwood Street neighborhood

Waterloo police are investigating reports of shots fired in a northside neighborhood on Monday afternoon. Several neighbors reported hearing gunfire in the area of Glenwood and Mobile streets at about 3:30 p.m. Police say no injuries were reported. Officers found…

posted 2014-09-02 06:20:07 by KXEL

Work release escapee charged with sexual assault

A man sentenced to five years in prison for pulling a gun on a woman in Iowa City last year and who escaped from work release has been charged with attempting to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl. Authorities say 25-year-old…

posted 2014-09-02 05:22:39 by KXEL

Sheriff: Man uninjured in Marshalltown plane crash

Iowa authorities say a pilot is uninjured after his plane flipped over during an emergency landing in a soybean field. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says that 31-year-old Jason Stone was traveling from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to the Marshalltown…

posted 2014-09-02 05:20:56 by KXEL

Police: Iowa City man threatened murder over music

An Iowa City man has been charged with assault after police say he threatened to kill his neighbor over music. Iowa City police arrested 63-year-old Terrill Wiges on Monday and charged him with assault while using a weapon and going…

posted 2014-09-02 05:19:15 by KXEL

Report: Midwest economic index inched up in August

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose slightly in August, suggesting growth is ahead. A survey report issued Tuesday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index inched up to 57.2 last month from 57.0 in…

posted 2014-09-02 05:17:56 by KXEL


Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned. Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County…

posted 2014-09-01 12:24:22 by KXEL

Waterloo KFC robbed at gunpoint

Waterloo police continue to investigate the robbery of a restaurant at 12:15 Monday morning. Police say a white male wearing a mask and holding a handgun walked into the Kentucky Fried Chicken at 3115 Kimball Avenue shortly after closing. The…

posted 2014-09-01 10:12:04 by KXEL