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Marshalltown school district fighting obesity

The Marshalltown school district is focusing on getting students and their families moving more because statistics show roughly half the young people are obese or overweight. School officials are trying to find ways to encourage families to get more active.…

posted 2014-06-15 20:04:49 by KXEL

Most Iowa water utilities dump nitrates in rivers

Most of the Iowa water treatment departments that work to remove nitrates from drinking water dump the chemical back into the water supply where other cities will have to remove it. The law sets a safe level for nitrates in…

posted 2014-06-15 20:03:43 by KXEL

Newton man dies in motorcycle accident

Des Moines police say a Newton man killed in a weekend motorcycle crash wasn't wearing a helmet. Police say 29-year-old Shawn Sabin was killed Saturday when he ran into a sport utility vehicle that turned in front of him to…

posted 2014-06-15 20:02:08 by KXEL


Free meals to be offered to Cedar Rapids kids

The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids is again participating in the Summer Food Service Program, offering free meals to children. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Friday at The Salvation Army in Cedar Rapids from Monday through Aug.…

posted 2014-06-14 21:24:28 by KXEL

2 Chinese nationals arrested by federal agents

Federal authorities have arrested two Chinese nationals — one of them a former Iowa State student — accused of smuggling and other federal crimes. The Des Moines Register reports it obtained federal documents Friday showing that the former student, 29-year-old…

posted 2014-06-14 21:23:05 by KXEL

Groups buy fire escape ladders for Floyd

Fifty fire escape ladders have been bought for two-story homes in the northeast Iowa town of Floyd. Several churches, organizations and businesses donated to the project, named Operation Josh's Ladder in honor of 27-year-old Josh Nelson, who died in a…

posted 2014-06-14 21:21:35 by KXEL

Des Moines teen sentenced to 50 years for carjacking

A Des Moines teenager involved in a violent carjacking has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Officials say that 17-year-old Terrance Cheeks, who was tried as an adult and found guilty of two counts of first-degree robbery, was sentenced…

posted 2014-06-14 21:19:57 by KXEL

Waterloo man pleads guilty to selling bath salts

A 26-year-old Waterloo convenience store manager has pleaded guilty to selling synthetic drugs commonly known as bath salts. The U.S. Attorney's Office for northern Iowa says Earl James Ramos, of Waterloo, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.…

posted 2014-06-14 07:43:19 by KXEL

Group files lawsuit against Manchester zoo

An animal welfare group has filed a lawsuit against an eastern Iowa zoo, alleging mistreatment of animals and violations of federal laws. The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the owners of Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester.…

posted 2014-06-14 07:41:00 by KXEL


Waterloo man pleads guilty in voter fraud case

The Iowa Secretary of State has announced that Philip Michael Thomas of Waterloo pled guilty in a voter fraud case last week. “I want to thank the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney Tom Ferguson for taking election…

posted 2014-06-13 11:59:30 by KXEL

Emerald ash borer found in Johnson County

Officials say an emerald ash borer has been positively identified in Johnson County, but an examination of nearby ash trees didn't turn up any more of the insects. A team comprised of state and federal agencies announced Friday an Iowa…

posted 2014-06-13 11:57:15 by KXEL

3 injured in 2-pickup crash near Plainfield

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Bremer County Thursday morning. At 10:23 a.m., Bremer County deputies responded to the accident at County Road V-14 (Easton Avenue) and 120th Street, which is five miles northeast of Plainfield. Plainfield…

posted 2014-06-13 11:08:11 by KXEL

By U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar It’s vacation season across America.  That means family road trips are underway…
posted by Dennis Lowe 1 day ago
I’m blessed to be spending part of my holiday weekend with my family and I hope many Iowans are able…
posted by Dennis Lowe 1 month ago
May 26 is Memorial Day — the day our nation remembers the men and women who died while serving in…
posted by Dennis Lowe 2 month(s) ago