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2014-03-31

Floyd County reviews plans for jail operations

Floyd County is reviewing its plans to move some jail services to another county. Starting in July, the county will send inmates to the newer Mitchell County Jail.  Officials say it will mitigate liability issues stemming from a jail inspector's…

posted 2014-03-31 20:21:30 by KXEL

Company officials discuss Des Moines building fire

Representatives for a company overseeing redevelopment of a historic downtown Des Moines building destroyed in a fire have made their first public statements. Officials from the Hansen Company held a press conference Monday.  They insisted the work site at the…

posted 2014-03-31 20:19:41 by KXEL

Senate committee approves education appropriation bill

A bill increasing funding for educational programming and infrastructure in Iowa has won the support of a divided legislative panel. Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 13-7 on Monday in favor of the appropriation, with all Republicans voting against…

posted 2014-03-31 16:01:29 by KXEL

Des Moines police seek footage from ex-Younkers fire

Authorities are asking the public to turn in any photos or video of a massive fire that destroyed a century-old building in downtown Des Moines. The Des Moines Police Department says it's looking for footage recorded just around the time…

posted 2014-03-31 15:03:45 by KXEL

Waterloo Schools drop Good Friday class option

The Waterloo Community School District says it will not be using April 18 (Good Friday) as a snow make-up day. The district will continue, as scheduled, to make up all five snow days at the end of the school year. …

posted 2014-03-31 14:10:16 by KXEL

Volunteers cut down sweaters off Iowa City trees

Volunteers have cut down 135 colorful sweaters that had been wrapped around trees on Iowa City's pedestrian mall through the winter. People who made the sweaters were asked to cut them down during an official event Sunday.  Organizers say any…

posted 2014-03-31 13:41:34 by KXEL

Agencies assisting health care signup inundated

Workers at hospitals and other organizations paid to help people sign up for insurance in Iowa are inundated with requests on the last day of registration under the national health care reform law. At Genesis Health System in Davenport, two…

posted 2014-03-31 13:40:27 by KXEL

Branstad: No mastermind of secret settlements

Gov. Terry Branstad says no single person in his administration coordinated the payment of over $400,000 to former state workers who agreed to keep quiet about their dismissals. Branstad at his weekly news conference Monday insisted "there's no mastermind" behind…

posted 2014-03-31 13:39:07 by KXEL

Lt. Gov. Reynolds plans trade mission to Thailand

Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will lead a trade mission to Thailand to promote the purchase of Iowa-grown soybeans and other products from the state. Reynolds announced Monday she would leave April 5 for the weeklong trip, which…

posted 2014-03-31 13:38:02 by KXEL

Downtown Des Moines streets closed due to fire

Several normally busy streets in downtown Des Moines remain closed following a massive weekend fire at a former department store. Police were blocking traffic Monday on two-block sections of Locust and Walnut streets around the former Younkers building, causing some…

posted 2014-03-31 10:51:46 by KXEL

Former Aplington fire chief dies after crash

Fire department members have found their former chief dead after a car accident in Butler County. The crash occurred early Saturday on a rural highway west of Austinville. Officials say a car driven by 59-year-old Keith Oelmann ran off a…

posted 2014-03-31 09:20:39 by KXEL

Black Hawk County Landfill closing at 9:30 a.m.

Due to the projected forecast of 40-plus mph winds today, the Black Hawk County Landfill will be closing today at 9:30 a.m. The uncontrollable weather conditions cause unsafe dumping conditions. The landfill will be closed for all loads today.

posted 2014-03-31 07:54:01 by KXEL

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