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2014-08-12

Iowa exits Common Core assessment group

Gov. Terry Branstad is removing Iowa from an organization created to develop an assessment system for the Common Core education standards. A Branstad spokesman said Tuesday that Branstad last week sent a letter to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, seeking…

posted 2014-08-12 20:52:42 by KXEL

Dunkerton places police chief on leave for inquiry

The Dunkerton City Council has placed the northeast Iowa city's police chief on leave until an investigation is completed. The council voted unanimously to take the action Monday night after a private meeting. Police Chief Tim Schultz will remain on…

posted 2014-08-12 20:51:37 by KXEL

Waterloo police arrest woman driving cart along road

A woman was charged with theft after police found her driving a motorized shopping cart along a road, miles from the supermarket where she had started. Police stopped 49-year-old Julie Cae Briggs on Monday while she was driving a cart…

posted 2014-08-12 20:49:58 by KXEL

Holy Cross man wins auctioneer contest at fair

An eastern Iowa man has been crowned the top auctioneer of an annual bid calling contest at the Iowa State Fair, and he says he will donate the prize money to the families of four teenage boys killed earlier this…

posted 2014-08-12 13:27:15 by KXEL

Governor candidate Hatch's father dies at age 95

Democratic candidate for governor Jack Hatch says his father has died at age 95 in Massachusetts. Hatch says in a statement his father, Frank Hatch, died Sunday at a care center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Hatch, a state senator from Des…

posted 2014-08-12 12:28:26 by KXEL

Man accused of arson in Johnson County

A 23-year-old Shueyville man has been charged with arson, accused of setting fire to an abandoned house in Solon. Ryan Jansa is charged with arson and trespassing.  Johnson County Jail records say Jansa remained in custody on Tuesday. The Johnson…

posted 2014-08-12 10:16:24 by KXEL

Group's petition seeks bigger Floyd County board

A group pushing for a bigger Floyd County Board of Supervisors intends to fill a new petition to place the issue on the November ballot. Gordon Boge of the Coalition for Better County Government told supervisors on Monday that the…

posted 2014-08-12 09:55:30 by KXEL

Ouster of Floyd County veterans board leader urged

Some veterans want the Floyd County Board of Supervisors to remove the chairman of the county's Veterans Affairs Commission. One of the veterans, Denny Hull, on Monday gave the board a petition requesting the ouster of Dennis Sanvig.  It contained…

posted 2014-08-12 07:18:29 by KXEL

Parents want to pay Des Moines district for free meals

The Des Moines school district says some parents want to pay for their children's free meals at school. District food director Sandy Huisman says that the parents made the offer after the district announced last month that all students at…

posted 2014-08-12 07:17:15 by KXEL

Iowa's corn, soybean crops looking good

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report indicates Iowa's corn and soybean crops are looking good. The USDA says Monday that 76 percent of the corn crop was in good to excellent condition, and 75 percent of the soybean crop was…

posted 2014-08-12 06:01:47 by KXEL

Marion man gets 13 years for drugs, guns charge

A Marion man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to using drugs while in possession of guns and ammunition. Officials say 33-year-old Clint Hughes was sentenced Monday.  He pleaded guilty in March to…

posted 2014-08-12 05:59:57 by KXEL

Judge threatens to sanction Iowa photographer

An Iowa newspaper photographer says that because a judge threatened sanctions, he won't publish a picture of a mayor charged with sexual abuse. Judge Joel Dalrymple warned Jerry Blue and his newspaper, the Fayette County Union, they could be held…

posted 2014-08-12 05:59:06 by KXEL

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