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2014-03-07

More arrests in Lindale Mall fight

Cedar Rapids Police have made additional arrests in a February 15th fight in the Food Court at Lindale Mall. Charged with disorderly conduct were 19-year-old Brandon Johnson and 21-year-old Roberto Alicea, both of Cedar Rapids.  Both men were transported to…

posted 2014-03-07 06:41:22 by KXEL

Stolen sports wheelchairs pieces found in Fairfax

Pieces of the sports wheelchairs stolen from a Cedar Rapids YMCA parking lot have been found a few miles away in Fairfax. SportAbility of Iowa officials say more than a dozen wheelchairs were in a trailer that was taken from…

posted 2014-03-07 06:21:59 by KXEL

Authorities: Dubuque man wanted to drug wife

A Dubuque man has been accused of trying to conspire with his teenage daughter to get his wife to take harmful pills. A criminal complaint says 55-year-old Michael C. Schoonover asked his 17-year-old daughter to get "unknown pills" for him…

posted 2014-03-07 05:56:08 by KXEL

Iowa advised not to license any new casinos

A consultant says Iowa should focus on reinvesting in existing casinos rather than license any new operations. Rich Baldwin is managing director of Union Gaming Analytics, and he told the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission on Thursday that, "We do…

posted 2014-03-07 05:53:59 by KXEL

2014-03-06

Police: Iowa City taxi driver sexually assaulted women

Police have linked a former Iowa City taxi driver to reports of sexual assault involving female cab passengers. Iowa City police say 58-year-old Rufino Ruiz has been charged with two counts of simple misdemeanor assault.  He remains at the Johnson…

posted 2014-03-06 16:41:44 by KXEL

Lawmakers want agreement soon on Iowa dog racing

Legislative leaders are telling the greyhound racing industry and casinos that want to end dog racing to work out their differences soon. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, says he'd like to see a deal that provides…

posted 2014-03-06 16:40:36 by KXEL

Legislative leaders: budget shows government works

Legislative leaders say they agreed before the current session started to arrive at broad budget figures on which Republicans and Democrats could agree to prove that divided state government can work. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council…

posted 2014-03-06 14:14:31 by KXEL

Branstad joins lawsuit opposed to chicken rules

Gov. Terry Branstad says he has joined a lawsuit seeking to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens. Branstad announced Thursday he'd joined the lawsuit filed in February by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Attorneys general…

posted 2014-03-06 13:28:50 by KXEL

New principals named for two Cedar Rapids schools

The Cedar Rapids Community School District has announced two building administrator assignments for the 2014-2015 school year. Carla Davidson will become principal at Pierce Elementary School.  She will replace Dr. Becky DeWald who is retiring. Ms. Davidson has served as…

posted 2014-03-06 13:24:17 by KXEL

Teaching grant helps drop UNI's student debt

Students at the University of Northern Iowa have managed to significantly reduce average student debt by taking advantage of a federal program that requires them to teach a high-need subject in a high-poverty school for four years. The average UNI…

posted 2014-03-06 12:29:13 by KXEL

Iowa House bill would pay for child burials

A Cedar Falls lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would help low-income families pay for child burials. Democratic Rep. Bob Kressig's bill would give qualifying individuals up to $2,000 for funeral expenses after the death of a child.  The measure…

posted 2014-03-06 11:32:50 by KXEL

Waterloo Schools consider classes on Good Friday

Due to extreme weather conditions that have caused five school cancellations this year, the Waterloo Community School District is considering using Good Friday as a snow make-up day. If there are no more snow days this month, making up a…

posted 2014-03-06 10:58:17 by KXEL

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