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2014-02-24

Another U of I student reports sexual assault

Another University of Iowa student has reported a sexual assault. The student told university staffers on Thursday that she was assaulted at an off-campus fraternity house on Feb. 15. On Friday the university police issued a "timely warning" about the…

posted 2014-02-24 07:19:18 by KXEL

Powerball, Mega Millions give state budgets a lift

The scores of losing players in last week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich.  Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets. Changes…

posted 2014-02-24 06:20:02 by KXEL

Volunteers learn to tap maple trees

About 20 volunteers learned how to tap maple trees for syrup at a Cedar Falls nature reserve. Most of the volunteers at the Hartman Reserve Nature Center were children and their parents. All the participants put on snowshoes to trek…

posted 2014-02-24 06:18:05 by KXEL

Officials lift Iowa City boil advisory

Officials have lifted the water boil advisory issued for parts of Iowa City. The advisory for University Heights and the west side of Iowa City was lifted Saturday. A water main burst late Wednesday in the area, causing a loss…

posted 2014-02-24 05:57:19 by KXEL

2014-02-23

Snowplow driver hailed for saving elderly man

A city snowplow driver in northern Iowa is being hailed as a hero for calling police after spotting an elderly man without a coat or shoes outside in Friday's blizzard. Clear Lake snowplow driver Dennis Rinnels says that he was…

posted 2014-02-23 16:47:43 by KXEL

Marshalltown funeral home dog helps ease grief

A Marshalltown funeral home has added a four-legged staff member to help people deal with the grief of losing loved ones. Mitchell Family Funeral Home's Gabriel, a 1-year-old Goldendoodle, is one of two grief dogs in the state. Mitchell Funeral…

posted 2014-02-23 16:45:35 by KXEL

Luther College finds ancient documents in library

A student at Luther College in Decorah has discovered nine ancient Egyptian documents written on papyrus in a cardboard box in the college library's archives. The college says sophomore Brittany Anderson was conducting a routine inventory of the papers of…

posted 2014-02-23 16:43:54 by KXEL

Techau sworn in as new US attorney for Iowa

A Des Moines attorney who once led Iowa's Department of Public Safety has been sworn in as the top federal prosecutor in northern Iowa. Kevin W. Techau took the oath of office Friday, saying he looks forward to "working with…

posted 2014-02-23 16:42:12 by KXEL

Gov. Branstad keeps focus on legislative session

Gov. Terry Branstad is seeking re-election, but his current focus is on the legislative session, not campaign rhetoric. Since lawmakers returned to the Capitol in January, the Republican Branstad has largely kept his attention on his legislative agenda and budget,…

posted 2014-02-23 16:40:03 by KXEL

Iowa couple honored for 79 years of marriage

A western Iowa couple married for 79 years is being honored for having the longest marriage in the state. Alvin and Eula Blankenship's marriage was celebrated at a reception Sunday. One-hundred-year-old Eula Blankenship says she and her 99-year-old husband have…

posted 2014-02-23 16:36:32 by KXEL

2014-02-22

Lawmaker seeks money for former gov's mausoleum

The 115-year-old mausoleum of former Iowa Gov. Samuel Merrill is in danger of collapsing, prompting a state senator to propose funding its restoration. Grinnell Sen. Dennis Black says he's appalled by the condition of the mausoleum in Des Moines' Woodland…

posted 2014-02-22 08:10:57 by KXEL

DNR issues boil advisory for Stanhope

The Department of Natural Resources has issued a boil advisory for the small central Iowa city of Stanhope. The DNR issued the advisory Friday after a water main break in the Hamilton County city of 400 people.  Such breaks can…

posted 2014-02-22 08:09:45 by KXEL

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