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Iowa's unemployment rate drops slightly

 Iowa's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.5 percent in October, down from 4.6 percent in September. Iowa Workforce Development announced the rate Friday, noting that Iowa's labor force is at an all-time high of 1.7 million. The rate in October…

posted 2014-11-21 17:27:28 by KXEL

Former Ankeny teacher sentenced for sex with teen

A former Ankeny High School teacher has been sentenced after pleading guilty to having sex with a 17-year-old student. Mandy Davenport was sentenced Friday to two years of probation.  She also will be listed on the state's sex offender registry.…

posted 2014-11-21 17:25:05 by KXEL

Waterloo wants more say on county radio system

Waterloo city leaders are worried about their representation on a board planning to spend millions of dollars on a new Black Hawk County emergency radio system. Waterloo City Attorney Jim Walsh and Safety Services Director Dan Trelka voiced their concerns…

posted 2014-11-21 13:36:51 by KXEL

Iowa Supreme Court dismisses teen harassment case

The Iowa Supreme Court says charges against a northeast Iowa girl found guilty in juvenile court of harassing another girl must be dismissed because prosecutors failed to prove harassment. The case centers on a February 2013 confrontation in New Albin…

posted 2014-11-21 13:34:14 by KXEL

Shellsburg woman injured in 2-vehicle crash near Palo

A Shellsburg woman is hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident Friday morning near Palo. At about 7:35 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident on Blairsferry Road just east of Hollenbeck Road.  Rescue crews found a 2004 Chevy K2500…

posted 2014-11-21 10:40:35 by KXEL

Police: Janitor destroys Coralville library computer

A public library janitor has been arrested after Coralville police say he stole a computer from work and destroyed it. Authorities say 43-year-old Billy Matiyabo was arrested Thursday and charged with third-degree theft.  He tells police he stole the computer…

posted 2014-11-21 07:18:44 by KXEL

Waterloo law firm says it was unaware of alleged thefts

A spokesman for a Waterloo law firm says its attorneys didn't know about alleged thefts involving its former president. Attorney Greg Lederer says the firm Gallagher, Langlas and Gallagher had no involvement in any alleged wrongdoing by the firm president,…

posted 2014-11-21 06:38:14 by KXEL

Man injured in crash near Mount Vernon

The Linn County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a crash near Mount Vernon that sent a man to the hospital early this morning. Shortly after 12:30 a.m., the sheriff's office was notified of a personal injury accident on Big Creek…

posted 2014-11-21 05:48:47 by KXEL

Clear Lake cyclist dies after truck accident

Authorities say a 62-year-old cyclist in northern Iowa has died after colliding with a flatbed truck. A Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa spokesman says 62-year-old Sally Bell of Clear Lake died from injuries in the Thursday crash. The Iowa State Patrol…

posted 2014-11-21 05:27:45 by KXEL


Branstad to kick off budget hearings

Gov. Terry Branstad will hold a series of budget hearings as he readies the next state financial plan. Department heads and elected officials are set to present information to Branstad and staff starting Friday.  More than 40 hearings will be…

posted 2014-11-20 22:24:19 by KXEL

Nicole Carroll resigns from Iowa Board of Regents

Iowa Board of Regents member Nicole Carroll says she has resigned from the group that governs the state's three public universities. Carroll says in a news release that the resignation is due to her family's move out of Iowa.  She…

posted 2014-11-20 22:20:58 by KXEL

Iowa DHS worker accused of hitting 2 children

A child protective services worker in eastern Iowa has been accused of assaulting two children at her Cedar Rapids home. Court records show 38-year-old Virginia Jones faces charges of assault and assault causing bodily injury. A criminal complaint says Jones…

posted 2014-11-20 13:38:08 by KXEL