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2014-04-14

Iowa Senate approves preschool expansion plan

A plan to enroll more 4-year-olds in preschool and incentivize the creation or expansion of programs has won the Iowa Senate's approval. The Senate voted 28-22 Monday in favor of the measure, which now goes to the House for further…

posted 2014-04-14 19:01:11 by KXEL

Panel asks managers to return for more questioning

Two top managers at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services have been asked to return for a second day of questioning before a joint legislative oversight committee. Doug Woodley and Paul Carlson didn't help lawmakers clarify the big question: who…

posted 2014-04-14 19:00:02 by KXEL

Branstad: Action needed to protect Iowa students

Gov. Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee under current law. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 5-2…

posted 2014-04-14 18:58:16 by KXEL

County attorney says Maquoketa officer justified in shooting

The Jackson County Attorney's Office has found a Maquoketa police officer was justified in using deadly force after a motorists fired repeatedly at him. The Iowa Department of Public Safety on Monday released details of the April 1 shooting, including…

posted 2014-04-14 14:49:20 by KXEL

Senator wants review of Iowa Veterans Home firings

A lawmaker is demanding an investigation to determine why so many workers at the Iowa Veterans Home have been A lawmaker is demanding an investigation to determine why so many workers at the Iowa Veterans Home have been fired and…

posted 2014-04-14 14:47:31 by KXEL

Branstad awards funds to 2 renewable fuel sites

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has awarded grants to two fueling sites in an effort to expand access higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. The Oak Street Station in Inwood and Farmers Cooperative in Mount Ayr will each receive $125,000 as…

posted 2014-04-14 12:50:06 by KXEL

Rain washes out 2 Marion trails

The Marion Parks and Recreation Department has closed the Boyson and Krumholtz Trails. Parts of the crushed limestone surface were washed out as a result of Sunday’s heavy rainfall. Officials hope to have them repaired and reopened by the end…

posted 2014-04-14 12:48:16 by KXEL

Officials: Iowa law may void some absentee ballots

Lawmakers have been unable to change a state law on postmarked absentee ballots that may accidentally void some valid ballots. Election officials say some valid ballots over the years could have been invalidated because the Postal Service doesn't always postmark…

posted 2014-04-14 11:37:01 by KXEL

Popular Branstad suddenly put on defense

Longtime Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad finds himself in the unfamiliar position of juggling mini-scandals as he prepares to seek a sixth term. In recent weeks, he's had to face questions about why his administration pushed about 1,200 state workers…

posted 2014-04-14 11:31:06 by KXEL

Waterloo Schools athletic events cancelled

The following athletic events scheduled for Monday, April 14 have been cancelled: East High School boys’ track meet with Western Dubuque High School; West High School boys’ and girls’ soccer with Iowa City West; West High School JV boys’ and…

posted 2014-04-14 10:55:44 by KXEL

Iowa identifies 9 wrongly disenfranchised voters

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office has identified nine voters from eight counties whose ballots were wrongly rejected in 2012 because of mistakes on its database of ineligible felons. The office said Monday that single voters from the counties of…

posted 2014-04-14 10:54:40 by KXEL

Police release name of Des Moines homicide victim

Authorities have released the name of a 57-year-old Des Moines homicide victim. The Des Moines Police Department identified her as Juanita Lagrone of Des Moines. Police say officers were sent to a home around 2:15 p.m. Sunday after a relative…

posted 2014-04-14 10:21:23 by KXEL

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