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Des Moines botanical garden unveils new exhibit

The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has unveiled a new exhibit featuring small hanging trees and flowers. The High Flight exhibit offers a presentation showcasing hanging arrangements inspired by Japanese string gardens. There are more than 250 pieces on display…

posted 2014-04-13 11:16:48 by KXEL

Senate panel likely to continue, broaden inquiry

Senate Democratic leaders say their questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other issues will continue after the Legislature adjourns for the year. While lawmakers appear to be on track to end the session within a few…

posted 2014-04-13 11:15:09 by KXEL


Police: More arrests in VEISHEA disturbance

Ames police say they have arrested more people in connection to a crowd disturbance at Iowa State University that injured one student. Police said Friday that four people have been arrested since the incident that began late Tuesday and ended…

posted 2014-04-12 09:47:05 by KXEL

Putnam Museum opens its new science center

The Putnam Museum in Davenport has officially opened its new science center. The 10,000-square-foot space opens Saturday to the public.  Officials held a ribbon-cutting event Friday. The center features more than 45 hands-on stations focused on key aspects of science,…

posted 2014-04-12 09:43:23 by KXEL

Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for first time

For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in state law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Wednesday that effectively establishes a definition for the reading…

posted 2014-04-12 09:23:51 by KXEL


UI expels student for sexual misconduct

The University of Iowa has taken the unusual step of expelling a student for sexual misconduct, weeks after the school president announced a zero-tolerance stance toward assault. The university said Friday the student was expelled for a "pattern of predatory…

posted 2014-04-11 15:45:27 by KXEL

UNI fraternity brothers wear heels for a cause

Fraternity brothers at the University of Northern Iowa have put on red high heel shoes to raise awareness about sexual assault. The group gathered Thursday at the Cedar Falls campus as part of the annual Walk a Mile in Her…

posted 2014-04-11 15:40:25 by KXEL

Union chief says Iowa 'do-not-hire' list is flawed

The president of Iowa's largest public employees union says the state's list of banned former workers is filled with mistakes and shouldn't have been released. Danny Homan of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Friday the…

posted 2014-04-11 13:59:39 by KXEL

Authorities rule suicide in developer's death

Authorities have ruled the death of a prominent Des Moines developer found in a burned vehicle as a suicide. The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner released the results of Bobby Joe Knapp's autopsy Friday.  It determined that Knapp…

posted 2014-04-11 13:17:48 by KXEL

Iowa City students plan effort to save German classes

Some students say they're unhappy about the Iowa City school district's plan to cut its German language program and reduce offerings in other languages as part of budget cuts. The German language will be phased out gradually by removing first…

posted 2014-04-11 13:15:35 by KXEL

Iowa DHS: 3 juveniles remain at large after escape

Health officials say eight juveniles escaped a north-central Iowa facility that treats delinquent youth, and three remain at large. The Iowa Department of Human Services says the juveniles ran away Thursday night from the Eldora State Training School.  The juveniles…

posted 2014-04-11 12:27:37 by KXEL

Iowa Army National Guard unveils new helicopters

The Iowa Army National Guard has acquired two new helicopters in Waterloo. The Army Aviation Support Facility in Waterloo unveiled the UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the public Thursday.  They replace a 1968 Huey OH-58 used in Vietnam. Both aircraft are…

posted 2014-04-11 12:25:57 by KXEL

Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill.  Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules. …
posted by Dennis Lowe 12 days ago
Research has shown that all kids can benefit from a good preschool education. Since 2007, Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program…
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Year of Action or Overreaction?  A Guest Commentary by U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley. During his State of the Union…
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