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Ex-rivals to endorse Iowa's Murphy for US House

Former rivals for the Democratic Party nomination are set to endorse a veteran lawmaker's campaign to represent northeastern Iowa in Congress. State Rep. Pat Murphy of Dubuque won a five-way primary on Tuesday in the 1st Congressional District, a seat…

posted 2014-06-06 09:39:52 by KXEL

New pact strengthens Iowa economic ties with China

Iowa officials have signed an agreement to strengthen the state's economic ties with China. The memorandum of understanding was signed Thursday in Des Moines with officials from China's Ministry of Commerce and four provinces in northeast China.  The agreement includes…

posted 2014-06-06 09:38:10 by KXEL

Cameras found in portable potty at Cascade ball field

Authorities have identified someone suspected of placing two video cameras in a portable toilet at an eastern Iowa baseball field. The cameras were discovered by a student during a game Tuesday at a practice field by the high school in…

posted 2014-06-06 09:36:16 by KXEL

Court reinstates claims in suit against Branstad

The Iowa Supreme Court is reinstating parts of a lawsuit that claims Gov. Terry Branstad and five top aides mistreated the state workers' compensation commissioner. The court ruled Friday that a judge should decide whether Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds…

posted 2014-06-06 09:35:01 by KXEL


Regents back $1 million more for cost-cutting study

The Iowa Board of Regents has voted to spend $1 million more on an outside consultant that is trying to identify ways to save money at the state's three public universities. The regents voted Wednesday to approve the $1 million…

posted 2014-06-05 09:12:11 by KXEL

Ernst wins primary by emphasizing her life

Joni Ernst, a mother from farm country and Iraq war veteran who was little known only months ago, surprisingly won Iowa's Republican Senate primary going away. She now appears well positioned to compete for a seat that could help determine…

posted 2014-06-05 09:10:44 by KXEL

UI to take possession of huge research magnet

The University of Iowa is getting a massive research instrument to improve their study of how the brain works. The university is expected to take possession Thursday of a sophisticated magnetic resonance imaging instrument that weighs 42 tons.  The instrument…

posted 2014-06-05 09:06:51 by KXEL

Girl accused of attacking Four Oaks facility staffer

Prosecutors are considering their options against a 14-year-old girl accused of using a cord to choke a staff member at Four Oaks, a facility on the state's Mental Health Institute campus in Independence. The girl was arrested May 29 and…

posted 2014-06-05 09:05:01 by KXEL

Iowa ethics board fines Waterloo mayor

An Iowa oversight board has fined Waterloo's mayor for using his city email for political purposes. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board ruled Wednesday that Mayor Buck Clark violated campaign ethics rules. Former Waterloo school board member Bill Kammeyer…

posted 2014-06-05 09:03:10 by KXEL

High times for Dyersville greenhouse maker

A greenhouse maker in northeast Iowa is reporting a boost in sales as more states legalize the medical use of marijuana. A corporate official says that demand from marijuana growers has caused an estimated 25 percent increase in greenhouse production…

posted 2014-06-05 09:01:32 by KXEL

Judge OKs Des Moines bedbug lawsuit settlement

A Polk County judge has approved a $2.45 million settlement of a lawsuit over bedbugs at two downtown Des Moines apartment towers. Judge Robert Blink on Wednesday approved the settlement between the class-action group and First Baptist Elderly Housing Foundation,…

posted 2014-06-05 09:00:19 by KXEL


Republicans nominate Blum for US House seat

Dubuque business owner Rod Blum has won the Republican nomination for Iowa's 1st Congressional District. He emerged from a crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for U.S. Senate. The 59-year-old Blum won…

posted 2014-06-04 10:43:48 by KXEL

By U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar It’s vacation season across America.  That means family road trips are underway…
posted by Dennis Lowe 10 days ago
I’m blessed to be spending part of my holiday weekend with my family and I hope many Iowans are able…
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May 26 is Memorial Day — the day our nation remembers the men and women who died while serving in…
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