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2014-04-03

Group raises money to reopen historic Webster City theater

A community group is working toward raising money to reopen a historic theater in central Iowa. The Help Entertain and Restore Organization, also known as HERO, says it's nearing a major fundraising goal to reopen the Webster Theater in Webster…

posted 2014-04-03 12:16:31 by KXEL

Johnson County won't pursue ban on plastic bags

Leaders in Johnson County say they won't pursue a ban on plastic bags, but will instead focus on voluntary measures to decrease their use. The Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County says communities have indicated they aren't ready for such…

posted 2014-04-03 11:30:26 by KXEL

Iowa House panel OKs bill barring secret settlements

A bill intended to codify Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's executive order prohibiting state agencies from signing confidential settlement agreements has won the support of a divided legislative panel. The House Government Oversight Committee voted 5-4 on Wednesday, with Republicans in…

posted 2014-04-03 10:57:27 by KXEL

Iowa Senate supports audits of settlement agreements

The Iowa Senate has passed a Democratic-sponsored amendment to a state spending bill that would require the state auditor to look into confidential settlement agreements with fired state workers during Gov. Terry Branstad's current term. The amendment authorizes $10,000 for…

posted 2014-04-03 10:51:29 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids casino backers to push for approval

Supporters of a proposed $164 million casino development in Cedar Rapids are making one final push to convince regulators to approve the project. Members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission visited the proposed site of the Cedar Crossing Casino…

posted 2014-04-03 06:18:56 by KXEL

Drinking water advisory lifted in Aplington

The Aplington Water Supply in Butler County and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources has lifted the city's water advisories. The city had water samples tested for bacteria on both Monday and Tuesday and the results were all clean. The…

posted 2014-04-03 05:22:27 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids police investigate double homicide

Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating a double homicide on the city's southeast side. At about 10:10 Wednesday night, police received a report of a shooting at 1708 4th Avenue Southeast.  When police arrived on the scene, officers located two…

posted 2014-04-03 04:37:18 by KXEL

2014-04-02

Former state workers outline abrupt 2011 firing

Four former state employees have cast doubt on state officials' claims that hundreds of thousands of dollars were saved through layoffs in 2011 as part of government reorganization. The workers, testifying before the Senate Government Oversight Committee, claim some of…

posted 2014-04-02 21:04:28 by KXEL

Iowa Senate rejects human trafficking bill changes

The Iowa Senate has rejected changes to a bill meant to crack down on certain instances of human trafficking involving minors. The Senate unanimously voted Wednesday to restore a law enforcement training reporting requirement and a victim fund in cases…

posted 2014-04-02 21:03:17 by KXEL

Iowa City OKs changes to 21-only bar ordinance

Iowa City has approved several changes to an ordinance that bans people younger than 21 from being in bars late at night. The changes clarify some rules that bars and other venues must meet if they want an exemption to…

posted 2014-04-02 21:01:49 by KXEL

Iowa House protects DNR budget from settlement use

Lawmakers in the Iowa House say they want to further establish government transparency and openness in the light of secret settlement agreements between state agencies and fired employees. While debating a budget bill for agriculture and natural resources Wednesday, the…

posted 2014-04-02 21:00:29 by KXEL

GOP Senate hopefuls unite in opposition to Braley

Four Iowa Republicans running for U.S. Senate are debating higher education costs, health care and the federal debt at a forum at Iowa State University. Radio host Sam Clovis, state Sen. Joni Ernst, businessman Scott Schaben and former U.S. Attorney…

posted 2014-04-02 20:57:09 by KXEL

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