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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

Bird's nest causes Cedar Rapids house fire

Officials say a bird's nest above the outside porch light caused a residential fire in northwest Cedar Rapids early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were dispatched to a fire on the roof of 157 Broadmore Road NW at 1:34 a.m.  When fire…

posted 2014-09-16 09:03:59 by KXEL

2 face questions in Waterloo man's disappearance

Two people sought in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man have been taken into custody. Waterloo police say 43-year-old Anthony Albert Tronca walked into the Black Hawk County Jail on Monday and was being held on drug and…

posted 2014-09-16 08:37:56 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids school levy increase barely passes

Linn County officials say a recount shows the Cedar Rapids school tax levy increase was approved by only a 31-vote margin. County records say the final vote was 3,264 in favor of the increase and 3,233 against.   The recount…

posted 2014-09-16 07:25:51 by KXEL

Iowa State seeks dismissal of lawsuit over logo

Iowa State University wants a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that says university 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 says the school…

posted 2014-09-16 06:22:58 by KXEL


Police seek couple in man's disappearance

Police on Monday said they were looking for a man and woman in connection with the disappearance of a Waterloo man whose body may have been found in a wooded area. Lt. Michael McNamee says authorities believe a body found…

posted 2014-09-15 13:06:13 by KXEL

Pedestrian killed in Des Moines car crash

Authorities say a 49-year-old woman was killed Monday morning after a vehicle struck her while she crossed a Des Moines street, according to authorities. Des Moines police said the crash happened on the city's south side.  Margit Browman of Des…

posted 2014-09-15 11:02:31 by KXEL

Gas buildup forces Nashua school to cancel classes

Officials canceled classes Monday at an elementary school in Nashua because of a buildup of natural gas. District officials said kitchen workers smelled the gas they walked in, so they soon walked back out.  The Nashua Fire Department found that…

posted 2014-09-15 09:30:29 by KXEL

Driver in fatal racing crash identified

Authorities have identified the driver who died after an RV rolled over during a race in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police say 68-year-old John Pickart of Norway was killed Saturday night during a "Race 'Em or Wreck 'Em" event at…

posted 2014-09-15 08:50:00 by KXEL