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Court talks about Iowa Constitution in video

The Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday will offer a short video to high school students about the state constitution. The nine-minute orientation video will be available to social studies classrooms across the state.  The high court is encouraging schools to…

posted 2014-09-17 06:56:43 by KXEL

Biden visit to shut down roads in Des Moines

Several roads around the Iowa Capitol will be closed Wednesday due to a visit from Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Biden will join with a Catholic social justice group called Nuns on the…

posted 2014-09-17 06:28:47 by KXEL

2 fired Iowa DOT workers back on job

Two Iowa Department of Transportation workers who a judge said were unfairly fired are back on the job. The administrative law judge ruled in April that Steven Scott and Ken Morrow should be reinstated to their jobs. The judge also…

posted 2014-09-17 06:27:48 by KXEL

Iowa officials probe drug find at prison

Iowa authorities are trying to find out how illegal drugs got into the state prison in Rockwell City. Prison spokesman Fred Scaletta says that "a large amount of what is believed to be illegal drugs were discovered" during a routine…

posted 2014-09-17 06:26:58 by KXEL

Routes may change to reach Iowa bridge festival

Rainstorm damage to U.S. Highway 169 has required its closure north of Winterset, the site of Madison County's annual Covered Bridge Festival. Iowa Department of Transportation officials have said they hope to have the highway reopened before the end of…

posted 2014-09-17 06:26:05 by KXEL


'American Gothic' house may need tenant

The rural Iowa house that helped inspire the famous "American Gothic" painting is empty and could be up for rent. The home in the southeast Iowa town of Eldon has had the same tenant for the past four years.  But…

posted 2014-09-16 16:32:52 by KXEL

Man pleads guilty in Ottumwa girl's 1974 slaying

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the 1974 death of a teenage girl found shot to death at a rural Iowa farmhouse, ending a 40-year effort to hold her killer responsible. Robert "Gene" Pilcher, who was long…

posted 2014-09-16 16:26:00 by KXEL

Officials search for Columbus Junction man suspected of attack

Authorities in southeast Iowa said Tuesday they're looking for a man suspected of attacking another man. The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office said Joshua Michael Bergen, 21, of Columbus Junction, is wanted on an arrest warrant of one felony count…

posted 2014-09-16 12:23:10 by KXEL

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to address Iowa Democrats

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar will give the keynote address at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, the state party organization announced Tuesday. The two-term senator will speak at the dinner on Oct. 25 at Hy Vee Hall in…

posted 2014-09-16 10:38:57 by KXEL

Humboldt County rejects proposed hog facility

A northern Iowa county rejected a proposed hog confinement facility, citing concerns about possible water contamination. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday against the application by Hawker Farms II LLC.  The application was for two new 2,500-head…

posted 2014-09-16 10:37:14 by KXEL

Children's Museum of Siouxland closer to reality

The Children's Museum of Siouxland in Sioux City is closer to becoming a reality. After a decade of planning, museum administrators announced Tuesday that Sioux City-based W.A. Klinger was awarded the contract to build the $7 million project.  A ground-breaking…

posted 2014-09-16 10:19:05 by KXEL

Study finds big wealth gap in rural Iowa counties

A new study by a sociologist at Iowa State University found three rural Iowa counties were among the top 10 in the nation in growth of income equality over more than a decade. The gap is less obvious because showy…

posted 2014-09-16 09:30:52 by KXEL