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2014-06-21

Cedar Rapids to close boat ramps Sunday

Due to heightened Cedar River water levels, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department will be closing boat ramps at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22nd. By closing the boat ramps, boats and other water craft are discouraged from being on the…

posted 2014-06-21 09:57:59 by KXEL

Sandbags available for Black Hawk County residents

The Black Hawk County Emergency Management Commission has set up locations where residents may pick up sandbags. Areas identified are: Waterloo Residents – Waste Management at 3505 Easton Avenue, Waterloo residents only must show proof of address.  Bags available 24…

posted 2014-06-21 09:49:47 by KXEL

Cherry Hill Aquatic Center closed for clean-up

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department has closed Cherry Hill Aquatic Center for maintenance and safety procedures. The facility is anticipated to reopen Wednesday, June 25 or Thursday, June 26. Glass was broken and entered the pool at a…

posted 2014-06-21 09:47:13 by KXEL

Swimming advisory issued for Beeds Lake

Officials have issued a swimming advisory for Beeds Lake in Hampton. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a recent water sample collected at the state park exceeded standard levels for E. coli. The water is not closed for swimming. …

posted 2014-06-21 09:44:39 by KXEL

Iowa accepts state's 19th safe haven baby

Iowa officials say they have taken custody of a newborn baby under the state's safe haven law. The state Department of Human Services said in a news release Friday that the baby boy was born at a hospital on June…

posted 2014-06-21 09:42:57 by KXEL

Disaster proclamation issued for Iowa counties

Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation of disaster emergency for 13 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Branstad's proclamation Friday allows state resources to be used for response and recovery efforts.  The affected counties are Buena Vista, Cherokee,…

posted 2014-06-21 09:41:06 by KXEL

Egg decorating contest returns to Iowa State Fair

The Iowa Egg Council is again sponsoring its Iowa State Fair egg decorating contest. Entrants must use a standard large-size chicken egg, and the egg's design and decoration must reflect the artist's personal style or something unique about Iowa.  Entrants…

posted 2014-06-21 09:39:03 by KXEL

2014-06-20

Camp lets disabled youth participate in athletics

About 20 people who use wheelchairs are joining for a sports camp in Cedar Falls where they can take part in activities ranging from basketball to rock climbing. The SportAbility of Iowa Adapted Sports Camp lets participants use specialized wheelchairs…

posted 2014-06-20 13:21:03 by KXEL

Sea turtle lands in Dubuque after 3 plane rides

A young sea turtle found injured in Georgia last year has made a long trip to its new home in eastern Iowa. The rescued creature arrived Thursday at Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium after three flights and nearly…

posted 2014-06-20 13:20:07 by KXEL

Officials call off river search for 2 children

Authorities have called off a search in Fort Dodge for two children that witnesses say went under the swiftly flowing water of the Des Moines River. The search began Thursday evening and then resumed Friday morning, but after a couple…

posted 2014-06-20 13:19:05 by KXEL

Iowa Supreme Court dismisses coach sex abuse case

The Iowa Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit against the New London school district filed by a woman alleging she was molested by a female coach years ago. In the 4-3 decision, the court ruled Friday the woman's case must…

posted 2014-06-20 13:17:41 by KXEL

Iowa's unemployment rate rises slightly

The state Workforce Development agency says Iowa's unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 4.4 percent. The rate released Friday was up from the April unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. The number of unemployed Iowa residents rose to 74,100 in…

posted 2014-06-20 13:16:29 by KXEL

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