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Waterloo man charged with murder in shooting death

Waterloo police have charged a 26-year-old man with murder in connection to a fatal shooting in front of his home. Roderick Ward Jr. was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in connection the Aug. 2 murder of 27-year-old Gary Wilson.  Police…

posted 2014-09-05 05:55:52 by KXEL

Officials say heroin deaths in Iowa spike in 2013

Iowa officials say the number of fatal heroin overdoses more than doubled in the state last year. The Iowa Department of Public Health says 20 people died in 2013.  That's up from eight in 2012.  There were about one to…

posted 2014-09-05 05:54:37 by KXEL


Dubuque shifts sidewalk liability to homeowners

Dubuque officials are making homeowners liable for most cases in which people are injured on sidewalks. The Dubuque City Council has approved an amendment to a city ordinance, allowing officials to delegate financial responsibility for sidewalk repairs to property owners.…

posted 2014-09-04 13:42:52 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids man arrested in February homicide

Cedar Rapids police have arrested a suspect in connection with a February homicide. Officers arrested 23-year-old Robert Louis Nash IV of Cedar Rapids on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.  Investigators say Nash robbed and murdered 31-year-old Clifton Sparks…

posted 2014-09-04 13:40:48 by KXEL

UI expels 2nd student for sexual misconduct

The University of Iowa has expelled a second student for sexual misconduct as part of a campus crackdown on perpetrators. UI President Sally Mason said Thursday the student was expelled during the summer term.  No other details were immediately released.…

posted 2014-09-04 13:29:54 by KXEL

Lawsuit: Woman spent 280 days in isolation cell

An Iowa woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she was kept in an isolation cell at a state juvenile home for a total of 280 days. Court records show 20-year-old Jessica Turner, of Okoboji, filed the lawsuit in August.  It…

posted 2014-09-04 13:25:57 by KXEL

Iowa City plan for low-income condos faces review

A federal agency is reviewing whether it would be appropriate for Iowa City to use $1 million in affordable housing funds to buy five condominiums at a luxury high-rise development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development confirmed the review…

posted 2014-09-04 12:42:56 by KXEL

Martin Brothers settles lawsuit over food bidding

A Cedar Falls-based food distribution company has agreed to pay $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit that claims it conspired with others over several years to restrain the bidding process for selling food at schools across Iowa. The lawsuit says…

posted 2014-09-04 12:20:02 by KXEL

Report: Iowa had 12th highest obesity rate in US

A new report says Iowa had the nation's 12th highest adult obesity rate in 2013. The report released Thursday by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 31.3 percent of adults in Iowa were obese…

posted 2014-09-04 12:18:54 by KXEL

1 injured in car-train collision in Waterloo

One person was injured when a car collided with a train in Waterloo Thursday morning. The crash occurred at around 11 a.m. at the East Fourth Street crossing near Dane Street. Waterloo police are still investigating what led to the…

posted 2014-09-04 12:04:16 by KXEL

Report questions billings to state public defender

The state auditor says 13 private attorneys working as public defenders overbilled the state by roughly $310,000 during a four-year period. Auditor Mary Mosiman released the report Thursday.  Her office reviewed data from July 1, 2009, through Aug. 31, 2013,…

posted 2014-09-04 11:29:28 by KXEL

Fire truck, station damaged in Floyd

A former fire department member is suspected of being drunk when he drove a fire truck into some concrete between two doors of the fire station in Floyd. The accident occurred a little before 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 at…

posted 2014-09-04 09:14:42 by KXEL