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Southeast Polk students linked to school threats

Officials say two students are suspected of being involved in the threatening messages posted against their high school in a Des Moines suburb. Southeast Polk Community School District Superintendent Craig Menozzi released the information in a statement Wednesday night. Pleasant…

posted 2014-11-20 12:13:53 by KXEL

Group calls on Hy-Vee stores to end tobacco sales

Anti-smoking activists are launching a campaign calling on Iowa's largest grocery store chain to end tobacco sales at locations with pharmacies and clinics. The Iowa Tobacco Prevention Alliance said Thursday that Hy-Vee, Inc. should stop selling cigarettes, chewing tobacco and…

posted 2014-11-20 09:59:12 by KXEL

Waterloo woman reports break-in, attempted arson

Police are investigating a reported break-in and attempted arson at a woman's house in Waterloo. Christi Sanders left her home at 908 Linn Street for a few days to stay with relatives.  When an uncle visited the home on Tuesday,…

posted 2014-11-20 08:43:16 by KXEL

Wartburg Chamber Orchestra gives concert Friday

The Wartburg Chamber Orchestra’s fall concert is Friday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., in Wartburg Chapel. The free, eight-piece program features three works by George Gershwin and solos for oboe, violin, percussion, trumpet, flugelhorn and piano. Formed in 2011, the chamber…

posted 2014-11-20 06:46:49 by KXEL

Injured victims identified in Pleasant Hill shootings

Authorities have identified two men who were injured and another who narrowly escaped harm in a shooting in Pleasant Hill. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Zachary Whitehill and Mark Mitchell both suffered injuries in the incident Monday.  Another…

posted 2014-11-20 05:58:09 by KXEL

DNR: About 2,000 trout to be stocked at Ames lake

Officials say about 2,000 rainbow trout will be stocked at a lake in Ames. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will stock Ada Hayden Lake with the trout Thursday.  The trout will be added near a boat ramp on the…

posted 2014-11-20 05:29:00 by KXEL


Preservationists hope to save Iowa City cottages

Preservationists are hoping to save three cottages in Iowa City that date to the 1850s, making them some of the oldest buildings in the community. The structures aren't protected through a historic designation.  An Iowa City-based construction firm submitted a…

posted 2014-11-19 19:40:10 by KXEL

Davenport man arrested near White House with gun

An Iowa man is being held on a weapons charge after Secret Service officers say they found a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House. The Secret Service says…

posted 2014-11-19 19:32:45 by KXEL

Grassley bids farewell to retiring Harkin

Sen. Chuck Grassley has offered an emotional farewell to longtime colleague Tom Harkin, who is retiring after three decades in the Senate. Grassley spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday.  The Republican Grassley and Democratic Harkin have served from Iowa together…

posted 2014-11-19 19:29:36 by KXEL

Judge orders trial over US Bank's role in fraud

A judge is ordering a trial to determine whether U.S. Bank broke the law in its handling of customer funds of a brokerage that collapsed after a 20-year fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade ruled Wednesday that jurors will…

posted 2014-11-19 12:26:20 by KXEL

Iowa pharmacy board tables vote on marijuana laws

The Iowa Board of Pharmacy will wait until a January meeting to consider recommending changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it could be used to treat medical conditions. The board met Wednesday and decided to table a proposal that…

posted 2014-11-19 11:49:51 by KXEL

Family of Waterloo man shot by police sues city

The family of a Waterloo man who was shot and killed by police in 2012 is taking the city and officers to court. The lawsuit was brought by the estate of Derrick Ambrose Jr. on the two-year anniversary of his…

posted 2014-11-19 06:26:40 by KXEL