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2014-08-06

Iowa DNR offers to help rural fire departments

Iowa officials are offering grant money to help rural fire departments with their equipment costs. The forestry bureau of the state Department of Natural Resources is coordinating with the U.S. Forest Service to offer grants for hoses, nozzles and adapters,…

posted 2014-08-06 06:24:39 by KXEL

Independence declines to purchase high school for $1

Independence city officials say a proposal to purchase a former high school for $1 is too expensive because of costs to restore or repair the property. City and Independence Community School District officials say a deal between them is dead.…

posted 2014-08-06 06:23:27 by KXEL

Judge: Iowa State Fair can limit preacher location

A judge has ruled that state troopers didn't violate a preacher's First Amendment rights by asking him to stop preaching near state fairgrounds. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt delivered the ruling Tuesday.  Pratt says it was wrong for troopers…

posted 2014-08-06 05:58:41 by KXEL

4 injured in head-on collision near Clear Lake

The Iowa State Patrol says four people including a 4-month-old baby have been injured in a two-vehicle accident. The patrol says a car crossed the center line of U.S. Highway 18 and struck a jeep head-on Tuesday near Clear Lake. …

posted 2014-08-06 05:57:31 by KXEL

2014-08-05

Waterloo man charged with aggravated assault

A Waterloo man has been accused of shoving a woman's head into a toilet bowl. Waterloo police arrested 66-year-old Dennis Earl Leahy on Friday on suspicion of aggravated assault. Leahy is accused of pushing a 72-year-old woman's head into a…

posted 2014-08-05 18:22:07 by KXEL

Paul not first ensnared in Mideast policy in Iowa

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he's never proposed ending U.S. aid payments to Israel, and is immediately confronted by his own budget proposal from 2011 to end such payments to all nations, including Israel. The Kentucky Republican is not the…

posted 2014-08-05 18:20:12 by KXEL

Obama OKs disaster aid for 22 Iowa counties

A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 22 Iowa counties damaged by severe weather in June and July. The White House and Gov. Terry Branstad announced the presidential disaster declaration Tuesday.  The declaration was issued for Audubon, Black Hawk,…

posted 2014-08-05 18:18:35 by KXEL

Chickasaw Co. crash victim identified as Missouri man

Authorities in northeast Iowa have released the name of a Missouri man killed when his motorcycle hit a sport utility vehicle that veered into his path after another collision. The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office says Tuesday that 54-year-old Mark Hill,…

posted 2014-08-05 18:17:03 by KXEL

Marshalltown student seeks injunction in white power dispute

A Marshalltown high school student is seeking a court injunction to block a three-game football suspension he received after making a "W'' hand signal that school administrators say illustrated support for white power. Blair Van Staalduine sought the injunction Monday…

posted 2014-08-05 12:11:20 by KXEL

Waverly council approves plans for new downtown hotel

The Waverly City Council has approved a development agreement for a proposed four-story, 45-room hotel in the city's downtown. The agreement will give the investment group a nearly $700,000 tax rebate on the $4.5 million project. Cobblestone Inns and Suites…

posted 2014-08-05 08:40:38 by KXEL

Trial set for Mason City man accused of killing father

A nonjury trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for a 43-year-old Mason City man accused of killing his father. Thomas Barlas Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 73-year-old Thomas Barlas Sr.  He was killed at…

posted 2014-08-05 08:11:31 by KXEL

Clear Lake council rejects vets memorial location

The City Council has voted against placing a proposed veterans memorial along Clear Lake's downtown Sea Wall. The council also voted Monday night to form a task force that would explore options and recommend a location for the memorial. The…

posted 2014-08-05 07:25:26 by KXEL

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