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2014-07-31

Iowa picnic in California may draw bigger crowd

Organizers of the annual Iowa by the Sea Picnic in California say they have stepped up their organizing efforts and expect a bigger crowd this year. The picnic began in 1900 in Pasadena and at one time drew more than…

posted 2014-07-31 13:53:53 by KXEL

Linn Co. sexual abuse suspect arrested in Arkansas

A Springville man suspected of having sex with an underage girl was captured Thursday morning in Arkansas. U.S. Marshals from the Little Rock office captured 24-year-old Christopher Stephens in Kensett, Arkansas.  The U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force worked…

posted 2014-07-31 12:43:31 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids Schools accepting used musical instruments

In an effort to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in a music program, the Cedar Rapids Community School District is accepting instruments throughout the month of August. This tax-deductible donation will go directly to one of the…

posted 2014-07-31 12:36:22 by KXEL

Jury begins deliberating Wisconsin kidnapping case

The jury is deliberating the case of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and leaving him at an Iowa gas station in frigid temperatures. The attorney for thirty-one-year-old Kristen Smith said Thursday the government is…

posted 2014-07-31 12:05:54 by KXEL

Cool summer not good news for Dubuque pools

Many Iowans are enjoying the state's relatively cool summer, but not those who operate swimming pools. In Dubuque, attendance at two city pools is down more than 30 percent.  The temperature hasn't reached 90 degrees in Dubuque this summer. As…

posted 2014-07-31 12:04:19 by KXEL

Iowa's largest solar farm is operational

Officials will gather to mark the opening of Iowa's largest solar farm. Local, state and federal leaders were celebrating the operation Thursday in a ceremony near Kalona. The farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 120 homes. …

posted 2014-07-31 10:45:11 by KXEL

Gaming commission: no new licenses for 3 years

The commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa says it will not consider new projects for the next few years it but stopped short of imposing a formal moratorium. Commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti says he's not interested in new proposals…

posted 2014-07-31 10:31:31 by KXEL

Waterloo sex offender facing commitment proceedings

Iowa prosecutors want to keep custody of a 53-year-old inmate so he can be committed for treatment of a sex disorder. Bruce Baker, formerly of Waterloo, is being held pending a Sept. 23 trial date on the state's commitment proposal. …

posted 2014-07-31 09:18:27 by KXEL

Iowa gambling regulators ponder casino moratorium

The commission that oversees casino licenses in Iowa may discuss whether to stop considering new casino license applications for a while. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is meeting in Johnston and Chairman Jeff Lamberti has signaled that the state may…

posted 2014-07-31 08:58:23 by KXEL

Group gets 1,000 signatures for vet memorial spot

Volunteers seeking to build a veterans memorial along the Sea Wall bordering Clear Lake say they've gathered more than 1,000 signatures. The group will present the petition for the Sea Wall location to the city council. The city's parks and…

posted 2014-07-31 08:57:09 by KXEL

Mason City murder defendant's lawyer fined

One of the lawyers for a Mason City murder defendant has been fined $400 for contempt of court. Judge DeDra Schroeder found Letitia Turner in contempt on July 8 during the trial of Michael Cisneros, who was charged with killing…

posted 2014-07-31 06:52:41 by KXEL

New attractions planned for Herbert Hoover library

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is getting a temporary $600,000 exhibit that will include a simulation of a World War I trench. The exhibit will open in April 2015.  It will be the largest temporary exhibit the West…

posted 2014-07-31 05:21:36 by KXEL

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