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2014-03-26

Iowa senators seek detail of secret settlements

Senate Democratic lawmakers, and at least one Republican, are pushing Gov. Terry Branstad's administration to explain why more than 320 state workers have been fired since he took office in 2011. The lawmakers who spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday…

posted 2014-03-26 13:32:06 by KXEL

Municipal golf courses set opening dates

Another sure sign that Spring has arrived is the opening of area golf courses. The cities of Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids have announced the dates they'll open municipal courses. Cedar Rapids will open the Twin Pines and Gardner…

posted 2014-03-26 13:09:17 by KXEL

Lawmakers move forward to end greyhound racing

An Iowa House panel has moved forward on a bill to end greyhound racing in Iowa and pay breeders and employees in the industry up to $70 million. The bill moved Wednesday to the House Ways and Means Committee for…

posted 2014-03-26 11:33:29 by KXEL

Dubuque man pleads guilty in pills case

A Dubuque man accused of trying to get his daughter to obtain harmful pills he could slip into his wife's drink has pleaded guilty.   Officials say 55-year-old Michael Schoonover had made a deal with prosecutors before making his plea…

posted 2014-03-26 07:42:42 by KXEL

Iowa House OKs amended protective order bill

A bill that previously added pets to domestic abuse protective orders was amended by the Iowa House to also include property of emotional value. The House voted 73-22 Tuesday to approve the measure, which now returns to the Senate for…

posted 2014-03-26 05:59:57 by KXEL

Iowa House clears military sexual assault bill

An effort to toughen laws against sexual assaults in state military forces and to hold the Iowa National Guard accountable for such abuses has won the Iowa House's support. The House unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of the measure, which…

posted 2014-03-26 05:59:00 by KXEL

Iowa House OKs changes to drunken driving rules

Lawmakers in the Iowa House have advanced a bill attempting to change the state's law dealing with drunken drivers. The House voted 89-5 Tuesday to approve the measure, which now returns to the Senate for further consideration. Under current law,…

posted 2014-03-26 05:58:23 by KXEL

Fugitive's arrest ends Iowa City standoff

An Iowa City standoff has ended with the arrest of a fugitive wanted on warrants alleging escape and weapons and drug offenses. Iowa City police say officers had learned that 43-year-old Brandon Thompson was in a room at a motel…

posted 2014-03-26 05:55:55 by KXEL

Saylorville Lake to be closed for repairs

The bridge over Saylorville Lake is scheduled to close Monday for several weeks of repair work. The Iowa Department of Transportation says work is expected to be completed before Memorial Day weekend. Traffic will be detoured Iowa Highway 415, Northwest…

posted 2014-03-26 05:54:42 by KXEL

2014-03-25

Iowa group to offer loans to help food businesses

A group of investors in eastern Iowa say they're planning to offer small loans to local businesses that focus on food, agriculture and sustainability. Iowa Pollinators LLC say they're part of a national group called Slow Money Alliance, which works…

posted 2014-03-25 13:20:50 by KXEL

Norman Borlaug statue unveiled at US Capitol

The scientist credited with agriculture's so-called "Green Revolution" has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. Borlaug died in 2009.…

posted 2014-03-25 13:19:27 by KXEL

Lawmaker: Branstad must provide juvenile home info

An Iowa Senate Democrat says this year's session will continue until Gov. Terry Branstad provides information about the Iowa Juvenile Home, which he closed in January. Sen. Steve Sodders of State Center says Tuesday lawmakers sought information from Branstad more…

posted 2014-03-25 13:18:28 by KXEL

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