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Town leaders hope Tama beef plant reopens soon

 Officials in the central Iowa town of Tama are optimistic that an idle beef processing plant will reopen soon and add hundreds of jobs. The former Tama Pack facility is expected to reopen as Iowa Premium Beef sometime this year…

posted 2014-03-23 20:37:38 by KXEL

Woman's body found behind Waterloo business

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found behind a Waterloo business in the 900 block of Ricker Street on Sunday. The woman's body was found behind Advanced Environmental Testing and Abatement Inc.  The business' owner…

posted 2014-03-23 20:35:13 by KXEL


Iowa lawmakers wrangle with human trafficking bill

While the Obama Administration establishes national efforts to expand research and increase awareness on child sexual exploitation, lawmakers in Iowa are taking action to crack down on sex trafficking involving minors across the state. Legislation on the topic has won…

posted 2014-03-22 10:41:24 by KXEL

Waterloo homeless shelter gets treatment for bedbugs

A homeless shelter in Waterloo says it's recovering from a recent bedbug infestation, though its financial reserves have been drained in the process. The St. Francis Catholic Worker House says an exterminator was called in Tuesday following a resident's complaint…

posted 2014-03-22 07:30:31 by KXEL

Foreman: Ex-felon made an honest mistake in voting

The foreman of a jury that acquitted a former Iowa drug offender of voter fraud says she made an honest mistake when she cast a ballot because she believed her voting rights were restored. Mike Hickey of Keokuk said Friday…

posted 2014-03-22 07:29:07 by KXEL

McCaffery says son's tumor was malignant

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says the tumor that doctors removed from his son's thyroid earlier this week was malignant. McCaffery's 14-year-old son Patrick had surgery in Iowa City on Wednesday, just hours before the Hawkeyes lost to Tennessee in the…

posted 2014-03-22 07:23:19 by KXEL

Des Moines police say officers shot SUV driver

Des Moines police say an SUV driver who tried to run down some officers has been shot. Officers were dispatched around 11:45 p.m. Thursday to check several reports of gunshots in a central Des Moines neighborhood.  The officers were checking…

posted 2014-03-22 07:21:27 by KXEL

Officials report fish kill in Iowa City

Officials say hundreds of dead fish will need to be removed from two ponds in an Iowa City neighborhood. The fish were recently discovered in two ponds in the Idyllwild neighborhood. Kurt Kimmerling, president of the neighborhood's homeowners association, says…

posted 2014-03-22 07:19:49 by KXEL


State official denies Dotzler's allegations

A state official accused of improperly pressuring Iowa judges who hear unemployment cases to rule in favor of employers has issued a rebuttal. Teresa Wahlert, Iowa Workforce Development director, wrote a letter Thursday to the U.S. Department of Labor that…

posted 2014-03-21 14:18:45 by KXEL

Authorities rescue 2 boys from shifting ice

Authorities say two young brothers rescued from ice on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge were not injured during the ordeal. The Fort Dodge Fire Department says the incident occurred Thursday afternoon near Hydro Electric Park.  The boys, ages…

posted 2014-03-21 12:55:37 by KXEL

Judge: Iowa City rental lease clauses are illegal

A judge says that numerous provisions commonly included in Iowa City apartment leases are illegal because they unfairly shift costs to tenants. Tuesday's ruling by Judge Douglas Russell is a major victory for the Iowa City Tenants' Project, which is…

posted 2014-03-21 10:08:42 by KXEL

Panel: Bisignano should stay on ballot

A panel of state officials has concluded that former state lawmaker Tony Bisignano should be allowed to run for the Iowa Senate. Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and State Auditor Mary Mosiman considered a challenge…

posted 2014-03-21 10:07:22 by KXEL

Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill.  Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules. …
posted by Dennis Lowe 11 days ago
Research has shown that all kids can benefit from a good preschool education. Since 2007, Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program…
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Year of Action or Overreaction?  A Guest Commentary by U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley. During his State of the Union…
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