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Cedar Rapids man arrested in February homicide

Cedar Rapids police have arrested a suspect in connection with a February homicide. Officers arrested 23-year-old Robert Louis Nash IV of Cedar Rapids on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.  Investigators say Nash robbed and murdered 31-year-old Clifton Sparks…

posted 2014-09-04 13:40:48 by KXEL

UI expels 2nd student for sexual misconduct

The University of Iowa has expelled a second student for sexual misconduct as part of a campus crackdown on perpetrators. UI President Sally Mason said Thursday the student was expelled during the summer term.  No other details were immediately released.…

posted 2014-09-04 13:29:54 by KXEL

Lawsuit: Woman spent 280 days in isolation cell

An Iowa woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was kept in an isolation cell at a state juvenile home for a total of 280 days. Court records show 20-year-old Jessica Turner, of Okoboji, filed the lawsuit in August.  It…

posted 2014-09-04 13:25:57 by KXEL

Iowa City plan for low-income condos faces review

A federal agency is reviewing whether it would be appropriate for Iowa City to use $1 million in affordable housing funds to buy five condominiums at a luxury high-rise development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development confirmed the review…

posted 2014-09-04 12:42:56 by KXEL

Martin Brothers settles lawsuit over food bidding

A Cedar Falls-based food distribution company has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit that claims it conspired with others over several years to restrain the bidding process for selling food at schools across Iowa. The lawsuit says…

posted 2014-09-04 12:20:02 by KXEL

Report: Iowa had 12th highest obesity rate in US

A new report says Iowa had the nation's 12th highest adult obesity rate in 2013. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 31.3 percent of adults in Iowa were obese…

posted 2014-09-04 12:18:54 by KXEL

1 injured in car-train collision in Waterloo

One person was injured when a car collided with a train in Waterloo Thursday morning. The crash occurred at around 11 a.m. at the East Fourth Street crossing near Dane Street. Waterloo police are still investigating what led to the…

posted 2014-09-04 12:04:16 by KXEL

Report questions billings to state public defender

The state auditor says 13 private attorneys working as public defenders overbilled the state by roughly $310,000 during a four-year period. Auditor Mary Mosiman released the report Thursday.  Her office reviewed data from July 1, 2009, through Aug. 31, 2013,…

posted 2014-09-04 11:29:28 by KXEL

Fire truck, station damaged in Floyd

A former fire department member is suspected of being drunk when he drove a fire truck into some concrete between two doors of the fire station in Floyd. The accident occurred a little before 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at…

posted 2014-09-04 09:14:42 by KXEL

Charles City man sentenced in federal weapons case

A man who police say led them through Floyd and two other counties on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to federal prison on a firearms conviction. Twenty-two-year-old Franklin Foster, of Charles City, on Monday was given 71 months and…

posted 2014-09-04 08:17:08 by KXEL

New trial date set for former Forest City officer

A judge has set a new trial date of Oct. 29 for a former Forest City police officer charged with burglary and arson. In May the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for 37-year-old Thaddeus Ellenbecker.  The Appeals…

posted 2014-09-04 06:23:25 by KXEL

Resident wants election to pick Oelwein mayor

An Oelwein resident says he's gathering signatures to force a special election to choose the northeast Iowa city's mayor. John Walker vowed to collect enough signatures to hold a special election. His effort followed the City Council's decision last week…

posted 2014-09-04 05:58:09 by KXEL