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Marion police investigate pair of robberies

Police in Marion are investigating robberies at a pair of convenience stores. The first robbery was at the Road Ranger in the 900 block of Eighth Avenue at 2:25 Sunday morning.  An employee told officers a slender, black man wearing…

posted 2014-08-18 05:21:11 by KXEL

Police: Teen shot near Des Moines middle school

Police say an 18-year-old man has been shot near a Des Moines middle school. Police Sgt. Jason Halifax says police were called to the area near Callanan Middle School early Sunday.  He says Ariante Williams was shot once in his…

posted 2014-08-18 05:01:47 by KXEL


Iowa basketball player arrested for public intoxication

Hawkeye basketball player and Cedar Rapids native Josh Oglesby was arrested early Saturday morning on a public intoxication charge in Iowa City. A University of Iowa press release did not go into detail about Oglesby’s arrest.  Hawkeye head coach Fran…

posted 2014-08-17 08:36:20 by KXEL

Monticello restaurant destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed a popular restaurant in Monticello Saturday afternoon. The fire started around 3:00 pm Saturday at The Wagon Wheel restaurant, just off of Highway 151 on Richland Road. Heavy smoke was pouring from the building as firefighters fought…

posted 2014-08-17 08:34:57 by KXEL

Dubuque workers respond to natural gas leak

No one was injured after a homeowner using a small excavator tore open a residential natural gas line in Dubuque. The accident and resulting gas leak occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday. Police and firefighters responded to the leak to evacuate…

posted 2014-08-17 08:32:47 by KXEL

Common Core faces opposition in Iowa

Iowa conservatives are continuing to fight the Common Core education standards, but it isn't clear that the program will go away at the state level any time soon. The Common Core is a set of english and math standards that…

posted 2014-08-17 08:31:06 by KXEL

Vehicle hits Des Moines officer near fairgrounds

A Des Moines police officer was treated for minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle outside the Iowa State Fair. Police say senior police officer Ben Ihde was directing traffic outside the fairgrounds about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he…

posted 2014-08-17 08:30:11 by KXEL


Iowa City online penny auction site closes down

A fledgling Iowa City company has shut down its auction website, upsetting customers and prompting the state to take steps to recoup a $250,000 award. Dibzees, an online penny auction business that grew from a University of Iowa class project,…

posted 2014-08-16 16:33:33 by KXEL

Waterloo teen charged in Pizza Hut robbery

Waterloo police have arrested a man in connection with the armed holdup of a Pizza Hut late Friday. At about 11:25 p.m., a man entered the restaurant at 1130 Ansborough Avenue and robbed employees.  No one was injured. Police have…

posted 2014-08-16 07:41:55 by KXEL

Waterloo residents plan non-violent demonstration

Some Waterloo residents are planning to protest the shooting of an unarmed Missouri teenager. Eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer a week ago, in Ferguson, Missouri.  Since then, that community has erupted with protests, many saying the…

posted 2014-08-16 07:38:03 by KXEL

Iowa lawmaker charged with felony sexual abuse

A Republican state lawmaker has been arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse. The Department of Public Safety says Rep. Henry Rayhons, of Garner, was arrested Friday on the sexual abuse charge. According to the police affidavit, Rayhons had sexual…

posted 2014-08-16 07:32:46 by KXEL

Solon man pleads guilty in harassment case

An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to threatening letters involving a major high school football program. Officials say 44-year-old Daniel Stone, of Solon, pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree harassment and interference with official acts as…

posted 2014-08-16 07:31:28 by KXEL

Have you ever thought Washington, D.C. could use some common-sense input from Iowa? This Wednesday, I’ll be in our nation’s…
posted by Dennis Lowe 5 days ago
Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement on the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001: “The anniversary of September 11,…
posted by Dennis Lowe 7 days ago
Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today released the following statement in honor of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001…
posted by Dennis Lowe 7 days ago