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2014-02-26

Judge delays sentencing of Sweet until March

A judge has recessed a sentencing hearing until March in the case of a Manchester teenager convicted last year of killing his grandparents. The judge heard testimony Wednesday from Isaiah Sweet, his relatives, attorneys and a psychologist called by the…

posted 2014-02-26 19:07:07 by KXEL

Braley introduces bill to seek anti-beetle funding

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley has introduced legislation to restore funding for efforts to fight the emerald ash borer, which has been found in Iowa and is expected to ultimately devastate ash trees throughout the state. Braley says in a news…

posted 2014-02-26 19:05:25 by KXEL

West Des Moines man indicted for threatening Obama

A West Des Moines man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of making threats against President Barack Obama. The indictment, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Des Moines, says 24-year-old Kerry Dale Downard wrote…

posted 2014-02-26 18:58:51 by KXEL

DNR cancels boil advisory for Stanhope

The Department of Natural Resources has lifted a boil advisory for the small central Iowa city of Stanhope. The DNR cancelled the advisory Wednesday after two sets of water samples were tested and showed they were clear of bacteria. The…

posted 2014-02-26 18:55:38 by KXEL

Hunters worry Iowa has cut deer numbers too much

Hunters in Iowa are concerned about the state's dwindling deer population. The state has actively worked since 2003 to reduce the deer numbers which had been increasing rapidly resulting in damage to crops and contributing to millions in dollars in…

posted 2014-02-26 14:25:12 by KXEL

Iowa lawmakers approve tax credit for veterans

Veterans in Iowa would receive a larger property tax exemption under a bill approved by a legislative panel. A three-member subcommittee unanimously approved the measure Wednesday.  The legislation now goes to the full House Ways and Means Committee. Under current…

posted 2014-02-26 14:24:00 by KXEL

New Borlaug statue will be installed in Capitol soon

Gov. Terry Branstad says a statue of Norman Borlaug will be installed in the U.S. Capitol next month. Branstad will attend the official installation on March 25, which is the 100th anniversary of Borlaug's birth. In 2011, Iowa officials agreed…

posted 2014-02-26 12:52:38 by KXEL

Senate Oks plan to study breast density education

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have approved legislation that will establish a task force to study breast tissue density. The bill passed unanimously Wednesday and will move to the state House for review.  It replaced legislation which would have required…

posted 2014-02-26 12:50:56 by KXEL

Iowa House approves drone regulation bill

The use of drones would be strictly regulated under a bill approved by the Iowa House. The bill received overwhelming support Wednesday, clearing the House on an 87-12 vote, though several lawmakers expressed concern the bill lacks clarity and might…

posted 2014-02-26 12:42:24 by KXEL

Review backs Wellmark's $1.3 billion reserve fund

A review by an independent consultant says the $1.3 billion in reserves held by Iowa's dominant health insurer is "reasonable and prudent" for now. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart hired Risk and Regulatory Consulting, LLC, to review whether Wellmark Blue…

posted 2014-02-26 11:24:30 by KXEL

Mason City woman pleads guilty to theft

A 32-year-old Mason City woman has pleaded guilty to theft for using a bogus credit card to go on a spending spree. Authorities say Jacqueline Hollenbach had obtained the card by misusing the name of her boyfriend's mother.  Police say…

posted 2014-02-26 08:11:31 by KXEL

UI president apologizes for sex assault remark

The University of Iowa president has apologized for a remark she made to the student newspaper about sex assaults on campus. In an interview published Feb. 18 in The Daily Iowan, President Sally Mason said she was dismayed by the…

posted 2014-02-26 06:20:02 by KXEL

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