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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

Power outage at Lou Henry, Hoover

Students at two Waterloo schools are getting the rest of the day off. Classes will dismiss at 9 a.m. today at Lou Henry Elementary and Hoover Middle School due to a power outage. Busses will run normal routes beginning at…

posted 2014-08-28 08:52:37 by KXEL

Mom clobbers Des Moines man to defend her toddler

A woman has assaulted a Des Moines man who tossed a toaster pastry and wrapper onto the woman's 2-year-old child in her car. The incident occurred around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday at a Des Moines convenience store.  The woman told officers…

posted 2014-08-28 07:17:05 by KXEL

Manure spill traced to Jasper County hog facility

Iowa regulators are investigating a hog manure spill in Jasper County, south of Laurel. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a farmer had called on Wednesday after spotting dead fish and crawdads in a tributary of Alloway Creek. Environmental…

posted 2014-08-28 05:55:19 by KXEL

3-day traffic crackdown yields 800 stops

A coalition of law enforcement agencies says more than 800 drivers were cited or warned during a three-day enforcement crackdown near the eastern Iowa border. The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau says it partnered with 12 state and local agencies to…

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

Bellevue convicted felon sentenced for gun possession

A Jackson County convicted felon has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for owning an assortment of guns. A U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Terrance Kilburg of Bellevue has been sentenced to serve 19 years and…

posted 2014-08-28 05:27:24 by KXEL

Coggon railroad bridge goes up in flames

Authorities are investigating what caused a railroad bridge to go up in flames in eastern Iowa's Linn County. The blaze was reported a little after 8 p.m. Wednesday on the north side of Coggon, where the tracks cross Buffalo Creek. …

posted 2014-08-28 05:26:32 by KXEL