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2014-04-07

Iowa House OKs bill forbidding secret settlements

A bill that would open state employee records to the public and put into law Gov. Terry Branstad's executive order prohibiting confidential settlement agreements has won the support of a divided Iowa House. The Republican-controlled House voted 63-35 Monday in…

posted 2014-04-07 20:21:09 by KXEL

30 years after slaying, inmate gets work-release

An Iowa inmate who has spent most of his life in prison for playing a minor role in a 1984 slaying has been granted work-release privileges. Todd Hoffer has left the minimum-security prison in Rockwell City and transferred to a…

posted 2014-04-07 14:38:32 by KXEL

UNI students help bring saplings to Cedar Falls

A group of University of Northern Iowa students is helping bring thousands of free saplings to Cedar Falls to help the city replace trees lost to disease or flooding. UNI Hardwoods recently transported 6,500 oak tree saplings from a nursery…

posted 2014-04-07 12:03:26 by KXEL

Branstad says state made no payments for silence

Gov. Terry Branstad is standing firm in support of the director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, who says no money was offered to former workers for silence about their dismissals. Branstad, at his weekly news conference Monday, says…

posted 2014-04-07 10:22:53 by KXEL

PepperJax Grill to open Cedar Falls restaurant

PepperJax Grill has announced that it will open a new Cedar Falls area fast casual restaurant. The new restaurant will be located at 6719 University Ave. (University Ave. & Hwy 58) in Cedar Falls.  PepperJax Grill is expected to open…

posted 2014-04-07 09:52:35 by KXEL

Mason City woman accused of neglecting adult

A 54-year-old woman has been arrested, accused of neglecting or abandoning a dependent adult. Debra Ihrig was jailed Sunday on six felony counts and nine misdemeanor counts. Cerro County Jail records say Ihrig remained in custody on Monday, pending $10,000…

posted 2014-04-07 08:21:41 by KXEL

Des Moines man finds rat poison on floor after break-in

A Des Moines man has reported finding rat poison on his floor after a break-in at his home. The man reported his discovery after he returned home on Saturday evening. He told police nothing seemed to be missing.  Police say…

posted 2014-04-07 06:24:40 by KXEL

Stolen car pulled from Benton County lake

A stolen car has been pulled from Hannen Lake in east-central Iowa's Benton County. Authorities say an angler spotted the car Sunday afternoon. Police think the car was stolen in Blairstown either Saturday night or Sunday morning. No arrests have…

posted 2014-04-07 06:23:39 by KXEL

Cedar Falls man dies in motorcycle crash

The Iowa State Patrol says an attempt by a motorcyclist to elude a trooper ended in a deadly crash Sunday morning near the Crossroads Center. Officials say after allegedly running a stop sign, 30-year-old Jon Winburn of Cedar Falls tried…

posted 2014-04-07 04:35:41 by KXEL

2014-04-06

Capitol focus on settlement agreements continues

Settlement agreements are likely to continue to dominate the agenda at the Iowa Capitol this week as some lawmakers remain unsatisfied with discrepancies in testimony and answers they received during hearings last week. Former employees testified at a Government Oversight…

posted 2014-04-06 17:57:39 by KXEL

ATF: Younkers fire doesn't appear intentional

Federal experts have wrapped up their investigation of a downtown Des Moines fire without determining the cause. Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Sunday there is no sign the March 29 fire in the former…

posted 2014-04-06 17:55:47 by KXEL

1 man arrested after Farley pedestrian killed

Authorities say an eastern Iowa man struck and killed a pedestrian early Sunday. The accident happened before 3 a.m. Sunday along Highway 20 near the town of Farley. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Alex Hannan was merging onto…

posted 2014-04-06 17:53:56 by KXEL

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