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Man accused of posing as actor faces federal charges

A California man accused of posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movie series now faces federal child pornography charges. Thirty-three-year-old David LaVera is expected in federal court in Des Moines on Tuesday on charges of sexual exploitation of a…

posted 2014-10-07 05:50:00 by KXEL

Regents' consultant cites lack of jobs data

Consultants advising Iowa's three public universities on how to save money say they can't be more specific about possible job cuts because of a lack of data. Representatives of Deloitte Consulting LLC told University of Northern Iowa employees during a…

posted 2014-10-07 05:26:50 by KXEL


UI to increase funding to combat sexual assault

The University of Iowa plans to increase its funding for positions aimed at combating sexual assault. President Sally Mason announced Monday that a new, full-time prevention specialist will be added at the Women's Resource and Action Center.  Another position within…

posted 2014-10-06 20:49:16 by KXEL

Man pleads guilty to robbing banks

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to robbing four banks in Cedar Rapids. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Iowa says 29-year-old Javon Dockery, of Cedar Rapids, entered the plea Thursday to four counts of bank…

posted 2014-10-06 15:02:15 by KXEL

Iowa State Bar: All 72 judges should be retained

The Iowa State Bar Association says all 72 judges on the November ballot should be retained. The association Monday released the results of a member survey that found all 72 were well qualified, receiving high marks for their professionalism and…

posted 2014-10-06 12:49:01 by KXEL

Branstad: I wasn't aware commissioner is gay

Gov. Terry Branstad and top aides say they weren't aware that a former state official was gay when the governor asked him to resign and cut his pay. In affidavits filed last week, Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and four…

posted 2014-10-06 09:11:25 by KXEL

University of Iowa plans Council Bluffs presence

The University of Iowa plans to open an engagement center in Council Bluffs at Iowa Western Community College. The center would focus on information technology. The university also plans to take its Venture School to Council Bluffs.  The six-week program…

posted 2014-10-06 06:25:32 by KXEL


Black Hawk County sues over $1 million in unpaid taxes

Black Hawk County is suing a landowner to collect more than $1 million in unpaid taxes. The county filed the lawsuit against J.L. Watts Co. in August over $1.048 million in unpaid property taxes. The land involved in the dispute…

posted 2014-10-05 20:08:43 by KXEL

Des Moines district refuses to enroll Rwandan student

An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district's refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status. The district's lawyer, Andrew Bracken, says it appears that Habibu "Habi" Moise Habienza's…

posted 2014-10-05 20:06:37 by KXEL

Waverly man accused of assaulting process server

A Waverly man is facing an assault charge. On Saturday, the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of an assault at a rural Waverly address.  The investigation revealed that a civil process server was attempting to serve civil papers…

posted 2014-10-05 20:00:18 by KXEL

Branstad buys Illinois TV to net elusive Lee Co.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is spending some of his overflowing campaign money on Illinois television, with the hope of carrying remote Lee County, one of two counties that have eluded the governor in his long career. The Republican seeking a…

posted 2014-10-05 07:05:51 by KXEL


Dubuque County officials investigate infant's death

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Dyersville infant. Sheriff's deputies, Dyersville police and Dyersville rescue workers were called to a home on the city's northwest side Friday. The infant was pronounced dead at the scene.…

posted 2014-10-04 17:25:22 by KXEL