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Branstad praises veteran support program

Gov. Terry Branstad says military veterans are finding jobs in Iowa. Branstad said Monday that 23 veterans have gotten jobs through the Home Base Iowa program, which he signed into law this year.  The program is designed to make it…

posted 2014-07-21 12:22:47 by KXEL

Iowa Republicans hire new communications team

The Republican Party of Iowa has hired a new team of communications staffers to get out the word on GOP candidates for the November election and promote the party. Jeff Patch is the new communications director.  He was press secretary…

posted 2014-07-21 12:19:50 by KXEL

Charles City man recovering from 40-foot fall from tree

An Iowa tree service owner is recovering after falling about 40 feet from a tree. Kevin Hardy was harnessed and wearing a helmet when he fell out of a tree in Charles City on Friday.  He was air-lifted to the…

posted 2014-07-21 07:19:50 by KXEL

Car chase ends with no major injuries

A police chase through oncoming traffic in central Iowa has ended with no major injuries. A Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the driver was apprehended in the northwest part of the county Sunday evening. She says a motorist called…

posted 2014-07-21 05:59:08 by KXEL

4 in custody, 2 injured in shootings

Police say one person is hospitalized and four are in custody following three separate shootings in Cedar Rapids on Sunday. The first shooting was reported just before 5 p.m. in the 300 block of 16th Street Southeast.  Police took four…

posted 2014-07-21 05:24:18 by KXEL


Waterloo recruiting volunteer police officers

Waterloo area residents are being encouraged to apply to be volunteer police officers. The volunteers will have the opportunity to become reserve officers with the Waterloo Police Department if they are accepted. Applicants who are accepted into the program will…

posted 2014-07-20 15:19:49 by KXEL

Ames neighborhood voices concerns about coyote

Some in the central Iowa city of Ames say coyote sightings in a residential neighborhood have them worried about the safety of their children and pets. An animal control officer has put out traps to try to catch what he…

posted 2014-07-20 13:51:37 by KXEL

Iowa high court: Pastor's convictions will stand

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the sexual exploitation convictions of a former Pella pastor will stand. The ruling Friday reverses a previous decision by the Iowa Court of Appeals that found Patrick Edouard deserved a new trial. Edouard…

posted 2014-07-20 13:47:33 by KXEL

Woman drowns while tubing in Wapsipinicon River

Authorities have identified the 29-year-old woman who drowned while tubing down an eastern Iowa river over the weekend. The Linn County Sheriff's Office says Andrea Zimmermann of Cedar Rapids died Saturday on the Wapsipinicon River. Rescuers were called to the…

posted 2014-07-20 13:43:35 by KXEL

Iowa Juvenile Home's closing cut options for girls

Some officials are concerned the Iowa Juvenile Home's closing has created an unequal system where girls don't have the same options. Iowa lacks a proper facility for delinquent girls who committed crimes. The juvenile home closed in January after questions…

posted 2014-07-20 13:41:03 by KXEL


Spontaneous combustion blamed for house fire

Firefighters blame spontaneous combustion for a fire that damaged a home in the 500 block of 10th Street Southwest Friday afternoon. The fire started just before 2:00 p.m. in the second story of the home.  Firefighters say rags covered in…

posted 2014-07-18 19:58:21 by KXEL

Justices reject Iowa class-action bias case

The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a class-action lawsuit that alleged the Iowa executive branch systematically discriminated against black job applicants. Current and former black applicants had argued that state agencies for decades have favored whites in interview and hiring…

posted 2014-07-18 19:56:04 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 month 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 2 month(s) ago
May 26 is Memorial Day — the day our nation remembers the men and women who died while serving in…
posted by Dennis Lowe 3 month(s) ago