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2014-06-12

Suspect in Baxter abduction visited 2 Newton schools

Officials say a man accused of abducting a 14-year-old Baxter girl had visited two Newton schools. David A. Lavera of San Diego, Calif., is charged with enticing a minor, carrying weapons and a failure to have a valid driver's license.…

posted 2014-06-12 05:55:41 by KXEL

Ankeny airport gets federal runway safety grant

The Ankeny Regional Airport has been notified it will receive a grant for more than $695,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin announced the grant approval Wednesday.  He is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations…

posted 2014-06-12 05:54:17 by KXEL

Second arrest made in weapons investigation

Officers with the Waterloo Police Department's Violent Crimes Apprehension Team has made a second arrest in a weapons investigation on Logan Avenue. Late Tuesday night, officers arrested 20-year-old Juwon Culpepper.  He is suspected of firing shots into the air on…

posted 2014-06-12 04:13:29 by KXEL

2014-06-11

Repaired Herky statue returned to UI campus

Herky has returned to his spot on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa. The fiberglass Reflections of U Herky is back on its concrete base on campus. Last month, a vandal broke off the statue beneath Hurkey's knees. Cedar…

posted 2014-06-11 16:54:00 by KXEL

Waterloo off-leash dog park closing for repairs

The Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park in Waterloo will be closed for needed repairs next week. Travis Nichols, construction foreman of the City of Waterloo's Leisure Services Commission, says the park will be closed from 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 17…

posted 2014-06-11 13:32:45 by KXEL

Iowa police academy official is fired

The embattled assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy has been fired, weeks before he was set to retire following a 48-year career in law enforcement. Academy director Arlen Ciechanowski says that he has dismissed assistant director Michael Quinn. …

posted 2014-06-11 12:25:44 by KXEL

Consultant says Iowa universities could be leaner

A consultant says Iowa's three public universities can save money by changing purchasing practices, more effectively using buildings and cutting utility costs. The Board of Regents released a summary Wednesday of Deloitte Consulting's initial review of operations at the University…

posted 2014-06-11 12:23:53 by KXEL

Iowa court orders new trial in newborn's death

An appeals court is overturning the second-degree murder conviction of a woman accused of drowning her newborn baby at an Iowa hotel. The Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial Wednesday for Hillary Tyler, a former Mulhall, Oklahoma woman…

posted 2014-06-11 10:02:19 by KXEL

Court: Glass pipes aren't drug paraphernalia

The Iowa Court of Appeals is giving a legal victory to the owners of retail head shops. The court ruled Wednesday that unused glass pipes commonly sold in those stores are not drug paraphernalia under Iowa law and therefore cannot…

posted 2014-06-11 10:01:19 by KXEL

'Field of Dreams' town prepares for anniversary

Local officials are finishing preparations for this weekend's party celebrating the 25th anniversary of the "Field of Dreams" movie. More than 11,000 people are expected to visit the field near Dyersville in northeast Iowa on Friday and Saturday.  There will…

posted 2014-06-11 09:59:47 by KXEL

Cunningham School awarded $1.5 million grant

Waterloo Schools has been awarded a 1.5 million-dollar School Improvement Grant (SIG) for the Dr. Walter Cunningham School for Excellence. The district is receiving nearly half of the just over three-million awarded to Iowa from the United States Department of…

posted 2014-06-11 08:50:23 by KXEL

Iowa regents to release details on possible cuts

The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to release a list of potential ways to cut costs that a consultant has identified at the state's three public universities. The board says it will release a summary Wednesday of the findings…

posted 2014-06-11 06:48:29 by KXEL

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