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2014-06-06

ISU president given raise, 5-year contract

Iowa State University President Steven Leath is getting a $33,000 raise and a new five-year contract. The Board of Regents voted Thursday to boost Leath's pay by 7.1 percent to $500,000 after conducting a performance evaluation in closed session. The…

posted 2014-06-06 09:46:03 by KXEL

Police: Man dies after being found unconscious

Waterloo police say a man who was found unconscious outside last week has died at an Iowa City hospital. Officials say 69-year-old Dennis Dwaine Washburn, of Waterloo, died Wednesday night at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A passerby found…

posted 2014-06-06 09:43:56 by KXEL

Coralville officer sustains minor injuries in crash

A Coralville police officer has sustained minor injuries after a semi-trailer hit his parked squad car along Interstate 80. Police Chief Barry Bedford says Officer Jeffery Barkhoff was assisting other officers Thursday morning as they investigated a vehicle crash.  At…

posted 2014-06-06 09:42:40 by KXEL

Marshalltown renews efforts to hire fire chief

Marshalltown is having a difficult time hiring a fire chief. The central Iowa city has been seeking to fill the position since last fall, when the Fire Chief Steve Edwards retired. Scott Johnson has been serving as acting fire chief…

posted 2014-06-06 09:41:34 by KXEL

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

2014-06-05

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

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