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2014-08-20

Council interested in new taxi rules for Iowa City

The City Council has expressed interest in formulating new rules to govern the taxi business in Iowa City. A council majority expressed during Tuesday's work session a desire to pursue recommendations from Police Chief Sam Hargadine.  A sexual assault investigation…

posted 2014-08-20 10:18:56 by KXEL

Baby left at medical center under safe haven law

The Iowa Department of Human Services says someone left a baby at an Iowa medical center under Iowa's safe haven law. The agency announced Wednesday that someone brought the boy to a medical center Aug. 13 and asked that he…

posted 2014-08-20 10:17:49 by KXEL

Ex-Mason City rights director's lawsuit trimmed

A lawsuit filed by the former Mason City Human Rights Commission director will move forward on just one allegation: discrimination based on age and race. A Cerro Gordo County district court on Monday dismissed four other counts at the request…

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

Iowa State University battles housing shortage

Iowa State University has turned away more than 200 applications for on-campus living due to a housing shortage. Nearly 12,500 students signed up to live on campus this fall.  University officials are now planning to build another residence hall due…

posted 2014-08-20 08:36:36 by KXEL

Man faces several charges in Clear Lake accident

A 28-year-old man has been charged with boating while being intoxicated in connection with an accident that injured 10 people on Clear Lake in northern Iowa. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office says William Nicholas of Clear Lake also is…

posted 2014-08-20 08:10:41 by KXEL

November murder trial scheduled for Waterloo man

A November trial has been scheduled for a 36-year-old Waterloo man accused of killing his former girlfriend. Online court records say Shaun Hogan on Tuesday filed a written plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder.  He's accused…

posted 2014-08-20 06:19:52 by KXEL

Dunkerton police chief resigns amid investigation

The longtime police chief in the northeast Iowa city of Dunkerton has resigned about a week after being placed on administrative leave. Mayor Edward Jessen announced during Tuesday's City Council meeting that Police Chief Tim Schultz had resigned. The council…

posted 2014-08-20 05:56:34 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids launches sewage pilot study

Cedar Rapids has launched a pilot study aimed at preventing sewage from backing up into residents' basements. The $280,000 study is scheduled to be completed in the fall.  City officials say some residents are struggling with sewage oozing from basement…

posted 2014-08-20 05:49:56 by KXEL

Cedar Falls council approves rental conversion ban

The Cedar Falls City Council has approved a six-month moratorium blocking the conversion of single-family homes into rental properties. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the ban. The moratorium can be extended to a year, but there are exceptions…

posted 2014-08-20 04:40:52 by KXEL

Players come out in support of fired UI coach

Iowa's field hockey players have released a statement supporting former coach Tracey Griesbaum, who was fired earlier this month. The players told the student newspaper, the Daily Iowan, that Griesbaum's firing was "unfair and unjust."  The players went on to…

posted 2014-08-20 04:39:47 by KXEL

Smulekoff's closing after 125 years

The owners of a five-story furniture store in downtown Cedar Rapids plan to close after 125 years in business. Theresa Blair, advertising and commercial manager at Smulekoff's Home Store, says the business would close after an extended sale.  The owners…

posted 2014-08-20 04:37:20 by KXEL

2014-08-19

Park Service settles Effigy Mounds whistleblower appeal

The National Park Service has reached a settlement with an Iowa employee who said she was unfairly fired over an embarrassing case of mishandled ancient Native American remains. Records released to The Associated Press show the agency in April agreed…

posted 2014-08-19 14:36:09 by KXEL

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