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2014-02-21

Northwood returns to normal after fire, evacuation

Residents of a small northern Iowa city are returning to normal life following a fire at a local airport that sent a plume of smoke over the area. The evacuation Thursday for the city of Northwood, located about 130 miles…

posted 2014-02-21 11:37:51 by KXEL

Accused kidnapper to appear in federal court

A woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew and leaving him outside an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures is set to appear in federal court in Wisconsin. A grand jury indicted 31-year-old Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colo., on a…

posted 2014-02-21 10:28:54 by KXEL

Waterloo's Friday garbage collection cancelled

The City of Waterloo Waste Management Services Department says garbage collection for Friday, February 21st has been cancelled. Friday garbage routes will be picked up on Monday, February 24th. Please have your garbage carts at the curb no later than…

posted 2014-02-21 09:31:37 by KXEL

Blaze damages fire station in Bellevue

No injuries have been reported from a fire that forced an Iowa firefighter to drive a firetruck out of a station so he could turn around and fight a fire inside the station. The fire erupted Thursday morning at the…

posted 2014-02-21 09:26:48 by KXEL

Residents allowed back into Northwood after fire

Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for residents of Northwood following a fertilizer fire at the local airport. The Worth County Sheriff's Office says the evacuation was called off around 3 p.m. Thursday.  The order was originally issued after a…

posted 2014-02-21 06:26:13 by KXEL

USDA releases key Census of Agriculture report

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of farms in Iowa has fallen but the total land farmed in the state has remained stable. The Census of Agriculture, a report released every five years, says…

posted 2014-02-21 06:24:56 by KXEL

Norovirus made Ames library staffers sick

Tests have confirmed that norovirus is to blame for the illnesses of more than 30 employees at the Ames Public Library. Officials said Thursday that results from a state hygienic lab confirmed officials' suspicion that norovirus was responsible. The illnesses…

posted 2014-02-21 06:22:34 by KXEL

Iowa to receive $3 million for education grant

Iowa is getting $3 million from the U.S. Department of Education to help turn around low-achieving schools. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that provides funding for the School Improvement Grants program, says improvement in the quality…

posted 2014-02-21 06:20:40 by KXEL

2 bodies found inside charred mobile home

Two bodies have been found inside the charred remains of a mobile home in southeast Iowa's Henry County. The fire and possible explosion were reported about 5 p.m. Wednesday.  The home sits four miles east of Salem. Authorities were working…

posted 2014-02-21 06:19:32 by KXEL

2014-02-20

Officials applaud help during Northwood evacuation

Officials are applauding the work of volunteers helping with the evacuation of a small northern Iowa city following a chemical fire. Authorities in Northwood used buses Thursday morning to transport residents to a community center in nearby Kensett. Others used…

posted 2014-02-20 14:47:31 by KXEL

Governor's priorities survive legislative deadline

Gov. Terry Branstad's legislative priorities survived a procedural deadline in the Iowa General Assembly this week, while some more controversial bills appeared dead. Bills dealing with veterans support, bullying prevention and expanding broadband Internet were set to survive a Friday…

posted 2014-02-20 14:40:21 by KXEL

Iowa Senate panel OKs texting-while-driving legislation

Iowa lawmakers advanced a bill that would further crack down on texting while driving. The Senate Transportation Committee approved the measure Thursday on an 11-1 vote, with Republican Sen. Jerry Behn, of Boone, voting against it.  The bill is now…

posted 2014-02-20 13:35:00 by KXEL

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