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2014-08-01

1 injured when car hits train near Homestead

Authorities say a woman was injured when the car she was riding in struck a freight train in eastern Iowa. The Iowa County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Thursday evening when a car driven by 70-year-old Gerald Schaapveld struck…

posted 2014-08-01 13:49:40 by KXEL

Meth cook who started Dubuque apartment fire sentenced

A 47-year-old man who was involved in an attempt to manufacture methamphetamine in his apartment, but instead set the apartment building on fire, was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison. Donald Sheldon of Dubuque received the…

posted 2014-08-01 12:03:21 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids man pleads guilty in heroin death

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty to supplying heroin to someone who was found dead the next day. The office announced Friday that 24-year-old Austin Allen Martens pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of heroin…

posted 2014-08-01 11:56:20 by KXEL

Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts not so grand

A state auditor's report shows that when it comes to revenue, all performances at the Iowa State Fair's Grandstand aren't equal. Nine of the fair's 53 acts since 2008 have cost more to bring in than they've earned in ticket…

posted 2014-08-01 10:36:43 by KXEL

Waterloo airport July departures highest in 5 years

Business is looking up at the Waterloo Regional Airport. Aviation director Mike Wilson says the passenger numbers are in for the month of July and it was an extremely busy month at the airport. The airport saw the highest number…

posted 2014-08-01 10:31:51 by KXEL

Iowa Democrats pitch ways to expand caucus access

Iowa Democrats are offering proposals for how to expand access to the state's presidential caucuses. Party adviser Norm Sterzenbach says Iowa Democrat Party Chairman Scott Brennan will unveil the recommendations Friday before the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee…

posted 2014-08-01 09:23:46 by KXEL

Report: Midwest economic index slumped in July

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has slumped after hitting a three-year high a month earlier. A report issued Friday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped more than 3½ percentage points in July,…

posted 2014-08-01 08:54:49 by KXEL

Mason City considers urban deer hunting

Mason City could join other Iowa cities in allowing urban hunting zones to control its deer population. City Administrator Brent Trout discussed the option with the City Council earlier this week when members mentioned the abundance of deer and the…

posted 2014-08-01 08:52:21 by KXEL

Four teens hurt in Linn County crash

The Linn County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a head-on crash in the 2400 block of Paris Road that injured four teenagers. First responders were called to the scene at 11:39 p.m. Thursday. Deputies say a westbound vehicle driven by…

posted 2014-08-01 07:20:03 by KXEL

Report: Human error caused Iowa towboat to sink

A federal agency says crew members were likely at fault in the sinking of a towboat in the Mississippi River near LeClaire in November. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Thursday. The board found probable cause that the…

posted 2014-08-01 06:23:03 by KXEL

Lawsuit over Slipknot bassist's death dismissed

A judge says the widow of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray waited too long to file a lawsuit against Gray's former doctor. Polk County District Judge Dennis Stovall ruled earlier this week to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Brenna Gray against…

posted 2014-08-01 06:21:43 by KXEL

Shots fired in northeast Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids police are investigating a report of shots fired on the city's northeast side. A 911 call came in at 12:48 Thursday afternoon for several gunshots heard in the area of the 1400 block of Golfview Drive NE. Witnesses…

posted 2014-08-01 04:28:22 by KXEL

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