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2014-07-02

ACLU of Iowa director resigning after 18 years

The leader of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is resigning after 18 years of leading the organization. The ACLU announced Wednesday that Executive Director Ben Stone planned to leave the position and return to practicing law.  In a…

posted 2014-07-02 22:37:15 by KXEL

Masonville officials to replace siren hit by lightning

Officials in northeast Iowa are figuring out how to replace an emergency warning siren that was struck by lightning. Leaders for the small community of Masonville say they're considering their options after recent severe weather broke the siren. Delaware County…

posted 2014-07-02 22:36:11 by KXEL

Woman pleads guilty in Fort Dodge slaying

A woman has pleaded guilty in connection to the hatchet slaying of a Fort Dodge man last year. Holly Ekstrom submitted the plea Wednesday on aggravated misdemeanors of accessory after the fact and operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent.…

posted 2014-07-02 22:34:48 by KXEL

Group raises funds to memorialize Charles City bridge

A Charles City group raising funds to memorialize a suspension bridge destroyed by flooding in 2008 is close to its goal. The fundraising committee for the Building With The Bridge project says it's raised most of a $60,000 goal to…

posted 2014-07-02 22:33:22 by KXEL

Branstad issues disaster proclamations around Iowa

More disaster proclamations have been issued for Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather in the state. Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday issued proclamations for Clinton, Crawford, Des Moines, Hardin, Lee and Shelby counties. The proclamations mean state resources can…

posted 2014-07-02 22:32:10 by KXEL

Storm Update: City of Marion

STREETS All major streets in Marion that had been closed due to flooding have reopened.  This includes 29th Avenue near Indian Creek School and 10th Street at Boyson Road.  Winslow Road near the Indian Creek Bridge has also reopened, but…

posted 2014-07-02 11:36:06 by KXEL

Boating banned below Coralville Dam

Rising flood waters is prompting a boating ban on the Iowa River in Johnson County. In accordance with Chapter 462A.12 (5), Code of Iowa, The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office through the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center has issued a prohibition operation…

posted 2014-07-02 11:25:24 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids sandbag site closed

The forecast for water levels in the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids has recently been updated. Current projections estimate the crest at 16.8 feet, which creates significantly less flooding risk than previous estimates.  The city is no longer in need…

posted 2014-07-02 11:23:26 by KXEL

Park Road closed; Bucks homestand still on

The Waterloo Bucks have announced that Park Road, the only direct access to Riverfront Stadium, has been closed due to the Cedar River flooding. Despite the road closure, Bucks games at Riverfront this week are still scheduled to be played. …

posted 2014-07-02 11:20:48 by KXEL

Iowa's first commercial cellulosic ethanol made

A farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwest Iowa is the first commercial facility in the state to make the fuel additive from something other than corn starch. Ethanol made from plant fiber is called cellulosic ethanol. It's been in research for…

posted 2014-07-02 11:18:56 by KXEL

Iowa State sued for barring logo use by pot group

A federal lawsuit says Iowa State officials wrongfully barred a pro-marijuana group from using the school's Cy logo on T-shirts that also were decorated with cannabis leaves. The lawsuit alleges that the school violated two students' constitutional rights by barring…

posted 2014-07-02 11:16:39 by KXEL

Jury convicts Marshalltown man in killing of woman

A Marshall County jury has convicted a Marshalltown man of second-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found in a minivan. Jurors took about three hours Tuesday before finding 40-year-old Mathew Irving guilty in the killing…

posted 2014-07-02 11:14:56 by KXEL

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