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2014-04-17

Mistrial denied in doctor's overdoses case

A lawyer for a Des Moines doctor accused of prescribing large amounts of narcotic painkillers was denied a mistrial request in the case. Guy Cook made the request Thursday during testimony in the trial of Daniel Baldi.  He faces nine…

posted 2014-04-17 13:13:45 by KXEL

Group to study future of ISU's VEISHEA celebration

A task force has been formed to determine if an annual celebration at Iowa State University should continue in the future following a large crowd disturbance near campus. University President Steven Leath announced the 20-member group Thursday.  Tom Hill, senior…

posted 2014-04-17 12:14:25 by KXEL

Gaming commission rejects Cedar Rapids casino

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has rejected a proposed $164 million Cedar Rapids casino, saying it would hurt existing casinos. Supporters of the Cedar Crossing Casino development have said it would give an economic boost to Cedar Rapids and…

posted 2014-04-17 11:35:22 by KXEL

Overall index up in rural Midwest banker survey

The overall index for an economic survey of bankers in 10 Midwestern and Plains states has risen for a second consecutive month, suggesting more growth in the months ahead. The Rural Mainstreet Index hit 53.2 in April, compared with 50.1…

posted 2014-04-17 11:32:38 by KXEL

Iowa board boss cites pressure from administration

The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board says aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration. The pressure was part of the administration's effort to stack the deck against public employee…

posted 2014-04-17 07:19:34 by KXEL

Atkins teen suspected of leaving threatening note

A 17-year-old Atkins boy is accused of writing a threatening note on a bathroom wall at a high school in east-central Iowa. The Benton Community School District on Tuesday sent an email to parents, telling them about the note at…

posted 2014-04-17 06:20:41 by KXEL

Iowa insurance agency probed for overbilling

The Iowa Insurance Division is investigating an insurance agency that's accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage. The division is focused on Two Rivers Insurance Co.  The agency had been acting as an independent agent selling…

posted 2014-04-17 06:19:36 by KXEL

2014-04-16

Despite ruling, Iowa to bar all felons from voting

Elections officials will continue to bar felons from voting despite an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that suggests not all of them have lost their voting rights. Three justices ruled Tuesday that only some felonies are considered "infamous crimes" under the…

posted 2014-04-16 20:21:27 by KXEL

Federal money could have paid settlements

An official of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services says federal money could have been used to pay money to former state employees to keep quiet about settlement agreements. Lon Anderson, Chief Deputy Director of the DAS, appeared before the…

posted 2014-04-16 20:19:30 by KXEL

Iowa House approves shift in university funds

Lawmakers from the Iowa Senate and House have agreed to meet to hammer out details on an education budget, as the chambers have not agreed on public university spending increases, among other provisions. The Senate rejected a plan from the…

posted 2014-04-16 20:17:29 by KXEL

4 women charged in child sex abuse case

Authorities say they have arrested four women in connection to possible child sex abuse and pornography at a Davenport trailer park. The Scott County Sheriff's Office says the women were taken into custody Wednesday.  They are all charged with felony…

posted 2014-04-16 20:15:10 by KXEL

Branstad backs extension of health care policies

Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa has agreed to a federal recommendation that will allow thousands of residents to hang onto health insurance policies that don't meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Branstad and Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart…

posted 2014-04-16 20:13:15 by KXEL

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