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Rand Paul to visit Cedar Falls next month

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will visit Iowa next month to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Rod Blum. Blum's campaign said Paul will appear at a public event at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls on Oct. 22. Blum…

posted 2014-09-24 12:14:53 by KXEL

Early voting starts in Iowa on Thursday

Early voting by absentee ballot will begin in Iowa on Thursday, and the secretary of state is encouraging all eligible voters to participate. Iowa allows absentee voting by mail and offers early in-person voting at the offices of county auditors…

posted 2014-09-24 11:07:12 by KXEL

Dubuque to renovate, sell homes near downtown

The city of Dubuque plans to spend $4 million to buy, renovate and sell more than 50 houses near its downtown area over the next five years. The Project 563 program is aimed at reducing rental housing downtown, upgrading dilapidated…

posted 2014-09-24 10:19:30 by KXEL

Democrats hope to regain majority in Iowa House

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Iowa House, but Democrats said Tuesday they are hoping they can flip some seats in November and take control. Iowa House Democratic Leader Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, said he is optimistic about the…

posted 2014-09-24 05:58:30 by KXEL

Gov. Branstad heavily outspending Hatch on TV ads

A new study confirms what anyone watching Iowa television probably knows already — Gov. Terry Branstad is massively outspending his Democratic opponent Jack Hatch in the Republican incumbent's drive for re-election. The data compiled by the non-partisan Center for Public…

posted 2014-09-24 05:55:48 by KXEL

Suspect released in error is back in custody

The Marion man released before seeing a judge due to a computer error over the weekend turned himself in to authorities Tuesday night. A release from the Linn County Jail said 18-year-old Brandon Gordon surrendered himself at 7:45 p.m. Gordon…

posted 2014-09-24 05:52:37 by KXEL


Jackson County assessor shot at by gunman resigns

An Iowa county assessor who was shot at by a gunman earlier this month has resigned. Jackson County Assessor Deb Lane submitted her resignation letter Friday.  Her letter stated she will step down from her position effective Jan. 2 but…

posted 2014-09-23 13:23:46 by KXEL

Iowa DOT to hire more snow plow workers for winter

Transportation officials say they plan to hire hundreds of more temporary workers to operate snow plows around Iowa this winter. The Iowa Department of Transportation say they're hiring nearly 600 snow plow operators for a period that runs between the…

posted 2014-09-23 12:00:00 by KXEL

UI pairs US, international students

In an effort to bridge the gap between U.S. and international students on campus, the University of Iowa's business school has started a program that pairs the students for one semester. International students at the university's Tippie College of Business…

posted 2014-09-23 10:12:15 by KXEL

Christie returning to Iowa for Branstad fundraiser

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to visit Iowa next month to appear at a fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad. The campaign for Branstad, who is running for his sixth non-consecutive term, announced Tuesday that Christie will attend Branstad's…

posted 2014-09-23 09:37:37 by KXEL

Sheriff: Release of shooting suspect was an error

A computer error is to blame for allowing a man arrested in a drive-by shooting in Cedar Rapids to be released from custody hours later. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said 18-year-old Brandon Gordon should not have been allowed to…

posted 2014-09-23 09:00:55 by KXEL

Northeast Iowa man dies 3 days after bike accident

A man has died three days after crashing his bicycle on a recreational trail in Decorah. Decorah Police Chief Bill Nixon says 66-year-old Dan Werner died Sunday.  Werner was injured Thursday afternoon when he flipped over his bike handlebars. Nixon…

posted 2014-09-23 08:07:27 by KXEL