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Sheriff: Fire extinguished at Independence business

Firefighters from four northeast Iowa departments have extinguished a fire at a transportation business after two days of battling flames. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says the fire was reported after 5 p.m. on Saturday at Merfeld Transport Inc. near…

posted 2014-10-12 12:54:40 by KXEL

Fire destroys family's home near Allison

A Butler County family is homeless after fire destroyed their house Saturday. Firefighters say it happened on 255th Street about 4 miles south of Allison around 3:45 p.m.  The home was engulfed in flames and collapsing when crews arrived. The…

posted 2014-10-12 12:52:09 by KXEL

Sunday riverbank cleanup at Iowa City canceled

The riverbank cleanup that had been scheduled for Sunday in Iowa City has been canceled after too few volunteers offered to help. Cleanup dates at the Iowa River scheduled for Oct. 19 and Oct. 26 are still on, weather permitting.…

posted 2014-10-12 12:46:35 by KXEL

Charles City squad cars to get tech updates

Charles City officials have approved the purchase of technology updates for three city police cars that will allow officers to enter paperwork and reports from their cruisers. The City Council on Monday approved the purchase of mobile data terminals for…

posted 2014-10-12 12:41:16 by KXEL

Iowa State Fair officials defend fair dates

Iowa State Fair officials are defending the timing of the annual event against critics who say it may be time to set an earlier fair schedule to avoid conflicting with increasing numbers of school districts moving up the start of…

posted 2014-10-12 12:36:43 by KXEL


Arlington couple faces animal neglect charges

An eastern Iowa couple faces animal neglect charges after malnourished horses were found on their property. Fayette County sheriff's deputies executed a warrant Thursday at the Arlington home of Duane J. Landis and Margaret A. Landis.  Authorities found five horses…

posted 2014-10-10 23:46:11 by KXEL

Judge steps away from lawsuit against Branstad

The judge overseeing a gay former state official's discrimination lawsuit against Gov. Terry Branstad and several aides is recusing himself. Chief Judge Arthur Gamble says in a court order that he feels a conflict of interest has arisen and he…

posted 2014-10-10 16:53:34 by KXEL

Cemetery sign marks long-forgotten gravesites

A group has erected a sign at a long-forgotten cemetery near the county jail in Marshalltown so more people are aware of the gravesites. More than 160 people are buried at the site along Highway 30.  Many of them lived…

posted 2014-10-10 14:22:41 by KXEL

REAP grant awarded for Waterloo's Sherwood Park

The City of Waterloo Leisure Services Commission has been awarded a grant of $200,000 from Resource Enhancement and Protection commonly referred to as REAP. REAP invests in projects that enhance and protect the Iowa’s natural and cultural resources.  Fifteen of…

posted 2014-10-10 13:00:41 by KXEL

Braley campaign asks TV stations to pull attack ad

Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley is asking Iowa television stations to stop airing an ad that accuses him of paying women on his staff less than men. Braley Campaign Manager Sarah Benzing called the ad false Friday.  The campaign sent…

posted 2014-10-10 12:58:17 by KXEL

Iowa health insurance rate hikes not widespread

A state regulator says less than 2 percent of Iowans will be hit by state-approved health insurance rate increases. The Iowa Insurance Division said Wednesday that it had approved 2015 increases averaging 8.7 percent to 19 percent for Iowans who…

posted 2014-10-10 11:56:46 by KXEL

MidAmerican Energy announces wind power plans

MidAmerican Energy Company says it plans to develop a wind farm in southwest Iowa and expand another operation in northwest Iowa. The Des Moines-based company announced Friday it plans to build the wind farm in Adams County and expand an…

posted 2014-10-10 11:55:46 by KXEL