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2014-04-18

Man in Iowa Falls standoff had many weapons

Authorities say a man killed in a standoff in Iowa Falls was armed with several weapons. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 25-year-old Leighton C. Fitz walked outside of a private house Thursday with weapons and a bullet-proof vest. …

posted 2014-04-18 14:29:07 by KXEL

State OKs tax credits for Tama meatpacking plant

State officials have approved tax credits for developers to reopen a long-closed meatpacking plant in Tama that would eventually employ about 600 workers. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved $4 million in tax credits to Iowa Premium Beef on…

posted 2014-04-18 14:27:43 by KXEL

Officials announces plan for Microsoft data center

State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, increasing the company's investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion and becoming the largest investment in the state to date. Gov.…

posted 2014-04-18 12:53:46 by KXEL

2 injured in Waterloo rollover accident

Waterloo police continue to investigate a two-vehicle rollover accident that sent two people to the hospital Friday morning. Captain Tim Pillack says the accident happened at approximately 8:23 a.m. at Falls Avenue and University Avenue. Pillack says both vehicles were…

posted 2014-04-18 12:46:19 by KXEL

Black Hawk County seeks primary election workers

The Black Hawk County Election Office has begun hiring precinct election officials for the June 3rd primary election. Opportunities include serving at one of 62 precinct locations, a satellite voting center, delivering ballots to health care facilities and counting absentee…

posted 2014-04-18 10:55:59 by KXEL

Iowa's unemployment rate climbs to 4.5 percent

Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in February.  It compared to a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in March…

posted 2014-04-18 10:13:23 by KXEL

2 Minnesotans want Iowa City police to return cash

Two Minnesota residents want the Iowa City Police Department to return their money. Tiffani Barber and Kearnice Overton, of St. Paul, Minn., last week filed an application in Johnson County District Court. They said officers wrongfully seized $48,000 during a…

posted 2014-04-18 09:25:54 by KXEL

Iowa officials suspect escaped prisoner left area

Authorities say a prisoner who escaped in suburban Des Moines may no longer be in the area. The Urbandale Police Department said Friday it has suspended an active search of the immediate area for 37-year-old Kenny Bevard.  They believe he…

posted 2014-04-18 07:20:56 by KXEL

Man dies in standoff in Iowa Falls

Authorities say a man has been shot and killed following a standoff in Iowa Falls. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright says the shooting happened Thursday outside a private home.  The man was shot by law enforcement. Bright says…

posted 2014-04-18 06:25:19 by KXEL

Branstad signs school radon bill into law

The Iowa Department of Education must gather information from schools about whether they are testing for radon gas under a bill Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law. Branstad signed the bill Thursday to require school districts to tell the…

posted 2014-04-18 06:24:26 by KXEL

State HR director discusses do-not-hire list

The state's top human resources officer says the most common reason state workers are excluded from being considered for rehire is for bad behavior or poor performance. Michelle Minnehan, human resources chief operating officer for the state, told the Senate…

posted 2014-04-18 06:23:43 by KXEL

Iowa Democrats consider expanding caucus access

Democrats are looking to expand access to Iowa's presidential caucuses to people who are typically unable to attend them.  It's a tricky task with these local political meetings that thrive on in-person discussion. Party leaders said Thursday it's not in…

posted 2014-04-18 06:22:33 by KXEL

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