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2014-08-05

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

Cedar Rapids bans man's garden from city parcel

Cedar Rapids officials say a man can't grow a garden on an empty parcel the city acquired after the flooding in 2008. Ed Thornton planted a small garden in 2011 on the parcel that sits adjacent to his apartment building. …

posted 2014-08-05 06:54:55 by KXEL

Waterloo police arrest man on gun charges

A Waterloo man has been arrested on gun charges. At approximately 9:20 Monday night, officers with the Waterloo Police Department's Violent Crime Apprehension Team arrested 19-year-old Otavious Donte Brown of Waterloo.  Brown was charged with interference with official acts while…

posted 2014-08-05 06:51:37 by KXEL

Conservation project matching funds available

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners prevent erosion and control field runoff through a state cost share program. Farmers may qualify for up to half of the cost…

posted 2014-08-05 05:58:39 by KXEL

Merle Hay Mall says it will remove wild animal exhibit

A Des Moines shopping mall has announced it will close its caged animal exhibits following public outcry. The Merle Hay Mall's chief operating officer says that the bears, wolves and other animals will be moved out of the mall by…

posted 2014-08-05 05:57:28 by KXEL

2014-08-04

9-year-old twin boys die in ATV crash

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the two boys fatally injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident were 9-year-old twins. Sheriff Brian Gardner identified the boys as Colton Wayne and Clayton Alan Novak. The accident was reported a little before 12:15…

posted 2014-08-04 16:09:13 by KXEL

Iowa workers' comp official to resign

Iowa's workers' compensation commissioner is resigning to take a top federal job, but his lawsuit against Gov. Terry Branstad and aides will continue. Commissioner Christopher J. Godfrey told The Associated Press on Monday that he's been appointed chief judge of…

posted 2014-08-04 15:43:53 by KXEL

Iowa City police say man drove officer's vehicle

Iowa City police say they've arrested a Minnesota man after he allegedly admitted he broke an apartment's window to distract authorities from underage drinking at a party. Police also say 20-year-old Aaron Tyler, of Lakeville, Minnesota, took an officer's vehicle…

posted 2014-08-04 15:42:08 by KXEL

Man arrested on gun charge in Waterloo homicide

A Waterloo man has been arrested on gun charges in connection with a Saturday morning homicide. Waterloo police have charged 26-year-old Roderick Earl Ward Jr. with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  He was arrested hours after 27-year-old…

posted 2014-08-04 12:37:12 by KXEL

Records show concern over Iowa Capitol tunnels

A 2008 study calls for improvements to tunnels connecting the state Capitol to nearby buildings and notes potential hazards from compressed steam that travels near areas with pedestrian access. Newly released records show some have called for closing the tunnels…

posted 2014-08-04 12:15:54 by KXEL

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