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2014-08-27

Fired workforce judge seeks independent inquiry

A former chief judge for the state agency that hears unemployment cases says he was fired because he stood up to his boss, who asserted her bias toward employers and against unemployed workers. Joe Walsh oversaw 15 unemployment appeals judges…

posted 2014-08-27 06:00:29 by KXEL

Speakers: Iowa's medical marijuana law needs work

Speakers at an administrative hearing say they're frustrated at the difficulty in obtaining a marijuana extract despite Iowa's new law. Sally Gaer, of West Des Moines, and Kim Novy, of Altoona, made the comments Tuesday after a state Department of…

posted 2014-08-27 05:59:22 by KXEL

Des Moines official says employee falsified water report

A West Des Moines official says a utility employee is off the job after falsifying a water sample report. Water Works manager Diana Wilson says a longtime treatment plant employee left the utility on Monday.  She said the man lied…

posted 2014-08-27 05:57:47 by KXEL

2014-08-26

Dubuque police arrest man after hours atop roof

Dubuque police arrested a man after spending hours coaxing him down from a roof. Police arrested 49-year-old Donald A. Puccio on Monday afternoon after a standoff that lasted four hours. The incident began Monday morning when police investigated a report…

posted 2014-08-26 16:13:12 by KXEL

Authorities release details from West Union hospital shooting

The Department of Public Safety is releasing details about a weekend shooting at a northeast Iowa hospital that left an inmate dead. The department Tuesday identified the Fayette County Jail inmate as 32-year-old Steven Harreld and the deputy as Jeremy…

posted 2014-08-26 12:47:49 by KXEL

Legislative oversight panel questions DAS savings

A report says the Iowa Department of Administrative Services has spent more money instead of saving money as the agency has claimed in Government Oversight Committee hearings. Legislative Services Agency Director Holly Lyons presented a report Tuesday that says DAS…

posted 2014-08-26 12:46:59 by KXEL

Motorcycle thefts spike in Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has received reports of nine motorcycle thefts, primarily on the west side of Cedar Rapids, since May 7th. Officials say the majority of the motorcycles that have been reported stolen are sport bikes such as…

posted 2014-08-26 12:18:53 by KXEL

Mason stands by firing of UI hockey coach

University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she stands by the controversial firing of women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum. Mason told reporters Tuesday that she understands that Griesbaum was a successful coach with many supporters, but that she "also…

posted 2014-08-26 11:35:22 by KXEL

Des Moines police chief says she'll retire

Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw says she'll retire from her job in October after 34 years with the department. Bradshaw announced Tuesday she would retire in early October.  She says will "seek other opportunities and find different ways to…

posted 2014-08-26 10:54:32 by KXEL

Des Moines woman dies after she's hit by van

Police say a Des Moines woman has died after being hit by a van in north Des Moines. Sgt. Jason Halifax says the accident happened just before 9 p.m. Monday when a van driven by 26-year-old Logan Volz of Clive…

posted 2014-08-26 10:22:09 by KXEL

Court broadens scope of Iowa death penalty retrial

An appeals court says the death penalty retrial for an Iowa woman convicted of helping kill five people in 1993 will be broader than the trial judge wanted. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that jurors must…

posted 2014-08-26 09:44:37 by KXEL

I-380 traffic being diverted for accident

A motor vehicle accident on Interstate 380 has southbound traffic being diverted at mile marker 8. Lt. Raquel Wray of the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says traffic is currently being diverted to SB 965 at the Swisher Exit.

posted 2014-08-26 08:17:41 by KXEL

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