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2014-06-16

Drowning victim recalled as dedicated to family

Relatives say an Iowa City man who drowned over the weekend at Coralville Lake was a fun-loving man dedicated to his family and young son. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that 36-year-old Somphaeng Syvixay drowned Saturday while swimming in…

posted 2014-06-16 19:48:32 by KXEL

Des Moines police find nothing in basement search

Police searching for the remains of a woman missing the past 54 years found nothing in the search of a Des Moines basement. Officers checked the home Monday on relatives' tips about Darlene Fitchett, who has been missing since 1960. …

posted 2014-06-16 19:46:18 by KXEL

'Actor' pleads not guilty to enticing minor

A San Diego man charged with enticing a minor while posing as an actor from the "Twilight" movie series has pleaded not guilty. Officials say 33-year-old David LaVera entered a written plea of not guilty Monday.  A hearing was scheduled…

posted 2014-06-16 19:44:55 by KXEL

Hatch will announce choice for lieutenant governor

State Sen. Jack Hatch, the Democratic nominee for Iowa governor, says he'll announce his choice for lieutenant governor in Cedar Rapids. Hatch announced Monday that he'll introduce his choice to receive the nomination for lieutenant governor at a Tuesday morning…

posted 2014-06-16 14:54:59 by KXEL

Juneteenth celebration planned in Waterloo

Five days of events are planned to celebrate Juneteenth in Waterloo, beginning with prayer services on Wednesday. A noon unity prayer at the county courthouse will begin the events.  Other plans include a basketball tournament, peace march, health fair and…

posted 2014-06-16 14:51:15 by KXEL

Man dies of injuries from crash near Springville

A Cedar Rapids man has died from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle crash Friday afternoon. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Springville Fire Department, Iowa Department of Public Safety and Anamosa Ambulance responded to an injury accident at 4:03 p.m.…

posted 2014-06-16 14:49:27 by KXEL

Boy hospitalized after he's found unresponsive

A 4-year-old boy remains in a hospital after being found unresponsive at a Waterloo business where children can play on inflatable toys. Isaiah Neelans was found unresponsive Saturday at Thorpe's Family Fun Center.  A rope used to secure an inflatable…

posted 2014-06-16 13:08:46 by KXEL

Branstad insists he's leaving GOP control to party

Gov. Terry Branstad says he's focused on helping Republicans win in November and will let party leaders sort out a struggle for control of the state party. Republican Central Committee board members newly elected Saturday say they plan to replace…

posted 2014-06-16 13:07:51 by KXEL

Des Moines seeks ideas for former amusement park

Officials in Des Moines are working with residents to make improvements at a riverfront site that for decades was home to an amusement park. Officials and residents will discuss plans Monday for the former Riverview Amusement Park site, located near…

posted 2014-06-16 13:06:31 by KXEL

'Pink slime' makers say sales are rebounding

Two makers say sales have been rebounding for a ground beef product that critics have dubbed "pink slime." Spokesmen for Cargill and Beef Products Inc. say sales have risen, but Cargill says they fall short of the volume before the…

posted 2014-06-16 10:46:58 by KXEL

Museum exhibit on Iowa's role in movies to debut

An exhibit focusing on Iowa's place in movie history has been announced by Gov. Terry Branstad. "Hollywood In The Heartland" opens at the State Historical Museum of Iowa on June 27. It features a 6,400-square-foot exhibit of Hollywood memorabilia including…

posted 2014-06-16 10:28:10 by KXEL

University of Iowa preparing marketing blitz

The University of Iowa is preparing a marketing blitz in hopes of enticing more Iowans to enroll at the Iowa City campus. The effort is driven by a new state funding plan that will reward Iowa's universities for increasing in-state…

posted 2014-06-16 09:37:23 by KXEL

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