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2014-03-27

Oversight committee: state officials stalling

Democratic lawmakers, determined to question state administrators about confidential settlements reached with fired state workers, are accusing top administrators at the Department of Administrative Services of stalling. The Senate Government Oversight Committee asked the agency's director, Mike Carroll to appear…

posted 2014-03-27 20:32:09 by KXEL

Branstad denies 18 applications for commutation

Gov. Terry Branstad has denied the applications of 18 inmates seeking commutation. The governor made the announcement Thursday in a news release. The individuals seeking commutation are serving different sentences, including life in prison.  Some have been convicted of crimes…

posted 2014-03-27 20:30:28 by KXEL

Iowa Senate backs clean energy tax credits

The Iowa Senate has advanced a pair of proposals intended to move the state forward with solar power and other forms of clean energy. The Democratic-led Senate unanimously voted Thursday in favor of two bills meant to expand the production…

posted 2014-03-27 14:08:25 by KXEL

Drug intoxication blamed for inmate's death

Authorities say an inmate had ingested drugs before becoming unresponsive in the Black Hawk County Jail and later dying in a Waterloo hospital. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation announced Thursday that an inquiry into the death of 34-year-old James…

posted 2014-03-27 13:16:52 by KXEL

No injuries reported in Plainfield fire

Firefighters and equipment from seven agencies have battled a blaze at a welding company in Plainfield. The fire was reported at Plainfield Welding, 113 First Street, at around 8 p.m. Wednesday.  No injuries have been reported. Firefighters were seen tearing…

posted 2014-03-27 08:41:48 by KXEL

Branstad: Comments about Grassley will hurt Braley

Gov. Terry Branstad says comments made by Congressman Bruce Braley about Sen. Charles Grassley's ability to lead the judiciary committee have damaged Braley's U.S. Senate campaign. Braley apologized Tuesday to Grassley after video from a January fundraiser was released. The…

posted 2014-03-27 06:53:02 by KXEL

UI faculty criticize consulting firm's deadline

Some faculty at the University of Iowa has criticized how quickly a consulting firm is reviewing school records. Deloitte Consulting recently asked faculty to produce information ahead of a school review scheduled to begin Monday.  The firm will host a…

posted 2014-03-27 06:50:47 by KXEL

Ice in Mississippi River delays traffic

Barge operators say persistent ice in the Mississippi River is delaying traffic along the water by about a month. Some operators begin sending their barges up and down the river in early March.  But the bitter cold this winter and…

posted 2014-03-27 06:49:29 by KXEL

Dallas County sees swift population growth

New data shows Dallas County in central Iowa grew by 3.5 percent from a year earlier, the largest such gain in the state. U.S. Census Bureau says in estimates being released Thursday that the suburban Des Moines county grew to…

posted 2014-03-27 06:45:06 by KXEL

Owners of leaky West Des Moines apartments win lawsuit

An insurance company has been told to pay $12.4 million to the owners of a West Des Moines apartment complex that was plagued with water leaks and mold. Construction of the Westlake apartments began in 2002. Westlake Investments LLC of…

posted 2014-03-27 06:43:52 by KXEL

Man charged in string of burglaries

Cedar Falls police have arrested a man in connection with a string of car burglaries in the city. Lieutenant Dan Brown says 40-year-old Matthew John Tarkett was taken into custody early Wednesday and arrested on four counts of second-degree theft,…

posted 2014-03-27 05:23:11 by KXEL

2014-03-26

Iowa Senate gives civil containment bill last OK

The Iowa Senate granted final approval of a bill meant to stop the release of sexually violent predators. Lawmakers unanimously approved the measure Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Terry Branstad. The bill allows those convicted of a violent sexual offense…

posted 2014-03-26 14:44:36 by KXEL

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