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Senate panel calls unemployment judges to testify

The Senate Government Oversight Committee is calling judges who decide Iowa unemployment cases to testify in an investigation into alleged abuse of power at Iowa Workforce Development. Former Chief Administrative Law Judge Joe Walsh is the first witness to appear…

posted 2014-08-26 08:13:26 by KXEL

University of Iowa student reports sexual assault

A University of Iowa student says she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall just a few days before the start of the fall semester. The female student told officials she was the victim of nonconsensual sexual contact by an…

posted 2014-08-26 06:02:48 by KXEL

Official: UI student experienced overdose symptoms

Authorities say a University of Iowa student found disoriented at a residence hall appeared to be experiencing overdose symptoms. Dan Stepleton with the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Narcotics Enforcement says that officers found suspicious items in the…

posted 2014-08-26 06:01:37 by KXEL

Iowa DOT to host public auction of small equipment

Office supplies and items for vehicles are up for grabs during a public auction of state-owned equipment. The Iowa Department of Transportation says the auction Sept. 6 will feature everything from laptop computers to storage cabinets.  Oak desks and book…

posted 2014-08-26 06:00:45 by KXEL

Iowa hunting season nears for rabbits, squirrels

Saturday marks the opening day of the annual hunting season for cottontail rabbits as well as fox and gray squirrels. The Department of Natural Resources says hunters should see more rabbits than last year, especially in southern Iowa. The cottontail…

posted 2014-08-26 06:00:07 by KXEL


Officials: Tripoli motorcyclist hit squad car

A motorcyclist faces several charges in connection to a speeding pursuit that ended with a damaged squad car. The Bremer County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 20-year-old Alexander Carl Buss of Tripoli has been charged with several counts including eluding…

posted 2014-08-25 12:56:35 by KXEL

Officials worry over rise in unvaccinated children

Iowa officials are concerned over the increase in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. Parents received vaccination exemptions in the 2012-13 school year for nearly 8,000 children.  That's more than triple the number from 12 years ago. While the…

posted 2014-08-25 12:55:19 by KXEL

Oelwein mayor facing sex abuse charges resigns

A northeast Iowa mayor, charged with sexually abusing two young girls, has resigned. The Oelwein city attorney says Mayor Jason Manus resigned Friday effective immediately. City Attorney Ron Vanveldhuizen says the City Council is expected to accept the resignation Monday…

posted 2014-08-25 10:40:43 by KXEL

Iowa employers to pay less in unemployment taxes

Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa employers will pay less in unemployment taxes in 2015. Branstad announced Monday the average unemployment tax rate will drop from 1.6 percent this year to 1.2 percent next year.  That means thousands of employers will…

posted 2014-08-25 10:20:07 by KXEL

Ash tree killer confirmed in Story County

Officials say the destructive emerald ash borer has been confirmed in central Iowa's Story County. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday that the latest infestation means 13 counties have confirmed cases of the insect, which destroys…

posted 2014-08-25 10:19:11 by KXEL

Webster County Jail escapee back in custody

A Webster County inmate is back in custody after escaping with another while doing laundry at the jail in Fort Dodge. Authorities say that 43-year-old Jason Sullivan was arrested in Fort Dodge on Saturday evening.  Sullivan and 32-year-old George Johnson…

posted 2014-08-25 06:46:47 by KXEL

Bondurant man dies while boating on Lake Red Rock

Authorities say a 63-year-old Bondurant man has died while boating at Lake Red Rock in southern Iowa. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says emergency personnel were sent to Whitebreast Bay at the lake around 3 p.m. Sunday.  They met other…

posted 2014-08-25 06:45:16 by KXEL