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2014-09-15

Iowa officials seek to improve financial teaching

Iowa students should be learning how to make informed financial choices as part of their education, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday, as he accepted a series of recommendations from a group charged with reviewing financial literacy teaching in the state.…

posted 2014-09-15 13:13:00 by KXEL

Iowa birth rate sluggish despite better economy

Iowa's economy is improving but the state's birth rate isn't keeping pace. Iowa Department of Public Health figures show the state's birth rate for 2013 is up less than 1 percent over 2012.  The 2013 numbers are still nearly 5…

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

Iowa farming officials seek punishment for thieves

Iowa farm officials are seeking to enforce a mandatory minimum sentence for the felony theft of livestock and crops. Delegates of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation met last week to discuss proper punishment for people who steal cattle, hogs, corn,…

posted 2014-09-15 09:31:56 by KXEL

Logan church holds community tractor-themed event

A Logan church hosted Drive Your Tractor to Church Day to attract locals who aren't regular parishioners. Immanuel Lutheran Church held the event, which featured a 17-mile tractor ride, lunch, children's games and a shorter hayrack ride, on Sunday in…

posted 2014-09-15 08:36:57 by KXEL

Nugent won't expand his youth outdoors camps

Rock 'n' roll legend Ted Nugent says he doesn't plan to expand his outdoor camps for children because he wants to ensure the camps are of high quality. Nugent is an avid hunter and conducts four youth camps each year,…

posted 2014-09-15 07:00:55 by KXEL

Manure spill fouls stream in northwest Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill caused by manure spilled into a northwest Iowa creek. The DNR says the spill appears to have occurred after a wrong switch was pulled Saturday evening at the Brian…

posted 2014-09-15 05:53:58 by KXEL

Trooper worried about mistakes, job amid drowning

Newly released records show that a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper expressed concerns in a call to a supervisor that he might have made mistakes after an Iowa man drowned in custody. The Kansas City Star reports that it obtained a…

posted 2014-09-15 05:22:22 by KXEL

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Hillary Rodham Clinton has returned to Iowa for the first time since her 2008 presidential campaign, telling Democrats that voters face a choice between "the guardians of gridlock" and those who push for shared opportunity and prosperity. Former President Bill…

posted 2014-09-15 05:21:31 by KXEL

2014-09-14

Donated tool helps crews rescue man from grain bin

A donated rescue tool helped firefighters save the life of an Iowa man who became trapped in a grain bin south of Newton last week. The roughly $3,000 grain bin rescue tube that the Kellogg Township Fire Department owns helped…

posted 2014-09-14 20:55:36 by KXEL

Shooting of Iowa fugitive ruled an accident

A deputy U.S. Marshal who shot an Iowa fugitive in his arm during an arrest earlier this year has been cleared by an investigation. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilbur concluded that the May 29 shooting was an accident. A task…

posted 2014-09-14 20:54:10 by KXEL

3 Lee County supervisors sued over meetings

Several residents have sued three Lee County supervisors, accusing them of violating Iowa's opening meetings law. The lawsuit, filed Friday in state court, accuses Lee County board members Ernest Schiller, Rick Larkin and Ron Fedler, of holding secret meetings to…

posted 2014-09-14 11:14:23 by KXEL

Des Moines e-cig shop faces closure from new law

A Des Moines electronic cigarette store could be put out of business because of a new state law regulating those products. The law requires businesses selling e-cigarettes to have a tobacco license.  It also bans selling the items to anyone…

posted 2014-09-14 11:10:09 by KXEL

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