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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

Illinois man escapes injury in semi rollover

A truck driver escaped injury early today when his semi tractor-trailer left Interstate 380 and ended up on its side. Black Hawk County Sheriff's deputies were sent to mile marker 61 near Evansdale at approximately 12:15 a.m.. Deputies say Thomas…

posted 2014-03-31 07:26:26 by KXEL

Fire kills thousands of chickens at Galt egg farm

Thousands of chickens have been killed in a fire at an egg farm in Wright County. The fire was reported Sunday at the Centrum Valley Farms' operation in Galt.  Company officials say no farm employees were injured. Centrum Valley Farms…

posted 2014-03-31 06:49:48 by KXEL

10 Warren County workers told jobs soon will end

Ten Warren County employees have been told they will soon lose their jobs. Warren County Administrator Jean Furler says that "the budget has always been a number one reason for things like this." Furler says the county should save about…

posted 2014-03-31 05:43:57 by KXEL


Iowa Supreme Court to hear Narcisse's appeal

The Iowa Supreme Court has granted Jonathan Narcisse an expedited appeal in his fight to gain a spot on the Democratic primary ballot for governor. On Thursday, a judge denied the former Des Moines school board member's request to overturn…

posted 2014-03-30 20:35:12 by KXEL

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