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Railroad bridge damaged in Linn County fire

A railroad spokesman says a historic Iowa bridge that ignited this week is now in need of repair. Canadian National Railway spokesman Mark Hallman says that the repairs to the Buffalo Creek bridge aren't expected to delay traffic.  He described…

posted 2014-08-29 05:54:00 by KXEL


Iowa attorney general sues beauty school chain

The Iowa attorney general's office has filed a lawsuit against a cosmetology school chain, accusing it of defrauding students. The lawsuit filed Thursday in Polk County District Court accuses the La' James chain of cosmetology schools of fraudulent practices.  It…

posted 2014-08-28 21:46:05 by KXEL

Floyd County officials to appoint county attorney

Floyd County officials plan to appoint someone to serve temporarily as county attorney, following the death of its top prosecutor. The Floyd County Board of Supervisors says it will appoint someone on Sept. 9 to fill the vacancy left by…

posted 2014-08-28 21:43:36 by KXEL

CEO of Veridian Credit Union to step down

A top executive for the largest credit union in Iowa has announced plans to step down. Jean Trainor said Thursday she's leaving Veridian Credit Union to work with her 29-year-old son.  She said it's the right time to start a…

posted 2014-08-28 21:41:55 by KXEL

James Harlan statue unveiled at Iowa Wesleyan

A statue of former U.S. Sen. James Harlan has been unveiled in Mount Pleasant after more than a century in Washington, D.C. Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were among the guests Thursday as the statue was unveiled…

posted 2014-08-28 21:38:09 by KXEL

State has paid out over $2 million in settlements

A review from the state auditor shows that since 2010, Iowa has paid out $2.4 million in settlement payments, mostly to former employees. Auditor Mary Mosiman on Thursday released a report on the grievance process and settlement payments made between…

posted 2014-08-28 14:22:11 by KXEL

Granger named vice chair of Iowa Board of Parole

Gov. Terry Branstad today appointed Norm Granger of Waterloo as the Vice Chair of the Iowa Board of Parole.  Granger’s term on the Iowa Board of Parole begins Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, and ends April 30, 2018. The five-member Board…

posted 2014-08-28 13:01:12 by KXEL

Ex-worker at Dubuque casino claims discrimination

A former employee for Mystique Casino in Dubuque has sued the casino, claiming she was fired because she didn't dress more feminine. The civil lawsuit by Brandy Welter, a former marketing manager, seeks an unspecified amount of damages for lost…

posted 2014-08-28 12:44:01 by KXEL

Branstad says he'll complete 99 county effort

Gov. Terry Branstad says he is concluding his annual visits to all 99 counties in Iowa. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were set to stop in southeast Iowa's Louisa County on Thursday.  In a press release, the governor says…

posted 2014-08-28 11:08:48 by KXEL

Jindal, Cruz to headline September Iowa GOP event

Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September. Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition announced Thursday that Cruz, a Texas senator, and Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, are scheduled…

posted 2014-08-28 09:48:28 by KXEL

Retiring chief joins Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Retiring Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw isn't done working yet. The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy announced Thursday that Bradshaw will become the assistant director Oct. 6 after she ends a 34-year tenure with the Des Moines Police Department. Bradshaw…

posted 2014-08-28 09:41:05 by KXEL

Wapsie Valley honored for energy-saving efforts

When the lights go on for Wapsie Valley’s opening football game Friday, Aug. 29, the spotlight will be on solar power and energy efficiency. A new 2kW solar power array at the high school is the community's prize for winning…

posted 2014-08-28 09:24:47 by KXEL