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7 juveniles charged for vandalism at Oelwein cemetery

Police have charged seven juveniles with damaging more than 70 gravestones at a cemetery in northeast Iowa. Police in Oelwein said the children ranged from 12 to 16 years of age.  Each of the minors is charged with criminal mischief…

posted 2014-09-18 08:29:43 by KXEL

Iowa court upholds prison sentence in fatal crash

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a 21-year-old involved in the 2011 traffic death of a 14-year-old girl. The court's ruling affirms the Johnson County District Court's sentence for Zachary Lee Swenka. "The…

posted 2014-09-18 06:00:12 by KXEL

One injured in crash at 218-Cedar Wapsi Road

One person was injured in a two-vehicle accident at Highway 218 and Cedar Wapsi Road on Wednesday. Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene to find two vehicles with heavy front end damage. Deputies say Zachary Leinen was…

posted 2014-09-18 05:58:42 by KXEL

Des Moines officers shoot man with knife

Officers have shot a man who menaced them with a knife and wouldn't put it down, Des Moines police said. Two officers who were sent to investigate a report of a domestic dispute around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday met a woman…

posted 2014-09-18 05:57:30 by KXEL


Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa — an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar. He's telling voters to elect Democrats who support raising taxes on companies. Biden is hitting an…

posted 2014-09-17 13:47:31 by KXEL

Iowa City school board member's abuse case dropped

A domestic abuse charge against an Iowa City Community School Board member has been dismissed. Coralville police had arrested and charged 36-year-old Tuyet Dorau after officers were sent to her home early on Sept. 6. Another person at the scene…

posted 2014-09-17 09:46:02 by KXEL

Woman injured when semi hits wheelchair

Waterloo police continue to investigate a crash between a semi and a motorized wheelchair at a downtown intersection Tuesday. The crash occurred at the intersection of Franklin and East Fifth Streets First responders used a hydraulic rescue tool to free…

posted 2014-09-17 07:28:33 by KXEL


Iowa court halts ban on abortion pill system

The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday halted a ban on the use of a video-conferencing system that allows doctors to distribute abortion-inducing pills to women in rural areas of the state. The stay means Planned Parenthood of the Heartland can…

posted 2014-09-16 18:53:13 by KXEL

Attorneys argue over evidence in Frederiksen's trial

An attorney for a man accused of killing a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl argued on Tuesday that his client's history of collecting child pornography should not be presented in his upcoming trial because it will taint his image to jurors.…

posted 2014-09-16 16:28:23 by KXEL

Branstad offers plan for workforce development

Gov. Terry Branstad wants the state to partner with private industry to establish better professional training and job placement programs in Iowa, according to a plan released by his campaign Tuesday. According to the proposal, Branstad — a Republican who…

posted 2014-09-16 16:24:26 by KXEL

Study: Nearly 1.8 million Iowans gambled last year

Nearly 1.8 million Iowa adults gambled last year, according to a study released Tuesday by state health officials. The Iowa Department of Public Health says the data means the percentage of adults who gamble is up nine percent since 2011.…

posted 2014-09-16 12:25:08 by KXEL

Report: Many Iowa schools not meeting standards

About two-thirds of Iowa's public schools did not meet educational targets set by the No Child Left Behind Law during the latest academic year, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual report from the Iowa Department of Education said…

posted 2014-09-16 10:20:14 by KXEL