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Council Bluffs seeks payment of late garbage bills

A city official says about 20 percent of Council Bluffs households are late paying their garbage bills. Because so many residents are behind on their garbage bills, the city on Friday started putting liens on their property.  The move will…

posted 2014-10-18 07:04:24 by KXEL


Rolfe student suspected of creating explosives

An Iowa student and his mother face felony charges after authorities say they searched the boy's home in Rolfe and found enough explosive materials to level a two-story building. Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe said Friday that the 14-year-old boy,…

posted 2014-10-17 06:54:43 by KXEL


Orange City woman avoids life sentence in toddler's death

Prosecutors have dropped murder charges against an Iowa woman who admitted to causing the head injuries that killed a three-year-girl at her in-home day care. Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges…

posted 2014-10-16 21:05:15 by KXEL

Texas company plans Sioux City rail car facility

A state agency says a Texas company plans to build a rail car maintenance and repair facility in Sioux City that would create 250 jobs. Dallas-based TrinityRail Maintenance Services has requested $1.9 million in tax incentives for the proposed $29.5…

posted 2014-10-16 14:06:56 by KXEL

Man in phony AIDS research case seeks trail delay

A former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying data to make a developmental AIDS vaccine appear promising is seeking the third trial delay is as many months. The attorney for Dong-Pyou Han says in court documents filed Thursday he's…

posted 2014-10-16 14:06:09 by KXEL

Mason City opts for voluntary no smoking effort

Mason City officials are asking people not to smoke at public playgrounds in the city but have decided to make compliance voluntary. The Mason City Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution urging people not to smoke…

posted 2014-10-16 12:02:54 by KXEL

Davenport high school team wins MIT grant

A $10,000 grant will help a team of Davenport West High School students develop a bracelet designed to alert a parent when a child is overheating in a car. On Wednesday, the Lemelson-Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced the 13-member student…

posted 2014-10-16 12:01:37 by KXEL

Woodbury County jail lawsuit settlement OK'd

The Woodbury County Board has agreed to settle a woman's lawsuit over what she said was mistreatment at the county jail. The board approved the settlement on Tuesday.  The county will pay Nicole Clay $15,000, and Sioux City will pay…

posted 2014-10-16 08:35:22 by KXEL


Neighbors near Lake Manawa concerned about camping

Neighbors in an area near Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs are concerned about camping and other issues near the lake. About 80 people gathered at Bass Pro Shops to learn about two renovation projects by the Iowa Department of Natural…

posted 2014-10-15 11:17:41 by KXEL

2 people injured in Le Mars fire

Authorities say two people were sent to a hospital after a fire damaged a house containing two apartments in the northwest Iowa city of Le Mars. The fire was reported a little after 11:45 p.m. Monday.  Fire officials say 10…

posted 2014-10-15 08:45:12 by KXEL


Spencer residents celebrating historic status

Residents of the northwest Iowa city of Spencer are celebrating the designation of Grand Avenue to the National Register of Historic Places. The Grand Avenue Improvement Corporation on Monday unveiled one of three plaques that will mark North Grand Avenue…

posted 2014-10-14 14:21:18 by KXEL

Iowa minimum-security inmates move to lockup unit

Inmates in a minimum-security prison at the Iowa State Penitentiary complex are moving down the road to a unit originally designed for the state's most dangerous offenders. More than 170 inmates from the John Bennett Unit in Fort Madison boarded…

posted 2014-10-14 11:57:50 by KXEL