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Regents want more oversight on payments to cities

Agreements by Iowa's three public universities to make voluntary payments to cities instead of property taxes would receive closer scrutiny under a policy recommended Wednesday. The policy backed by an Iowa Board of Regents committee comes after the University of…

posted 2014-10-22 14:40:12 by KXEL

Iowa launches new emergency alert system

The state has launched a new emergency alert system to warn residents of tornadoes, chemical spills or other dangers. It's called the Alert Iowa System, a program the Legislature approved earlier this year.  According to Iowa officials, the annual cost…

posted 2014-10-22 12:40:49 by KXEL

Small fire contained at Bunger Middle School

A small fire at Bunger Middle School in Evansdale has led to an early dismissal for students and staff. The Waterloo Community School District says the fire was reported Wednesday morning.  No injuries were reported. The fire began in a…

posted 2014-10-22 11:00:06 by KXEL

Farmer reports soybean bushels stolen in Illinois

An Iowa farmer says someone has stolen about $18,000 worth of soybeans from 18 acres on his farm in Illinois. Matt Schuster of La Motte says he is missing more than 1,600 bushels after someone took the crops in East…

posted 2014-10-22 07:20:19 by KXEL

Aplington man sentenced in child porn case

A 21-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to 16 years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. A judge handed down the punishment to Jeremiah Romo of Aplington this week.  He pleaded guilty to one count of…

posted 2014-10-22 05:51:38 by KXEL


Dunkerton woman injured in rollover accident

A Dunkerton woman was hospitalized following a rollover accident Tuesday morning. The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says the accident happened shortly after 10:30 at Raymond and Young Roads.  Sergeant Tom Nichols says 21-year-old Maggie Pollifrone was driving north on…

posted 2014-10-21 13:26:20 by KXEL

USDA: Iowa corn harvest 18 days behind schedule

The harvest remains behind schedule in Iowa but weather conditions are favorable for allowing farmers to try to catch up. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa is about 18 days behind the normal corn harvest pace with 19 percent…

posted 2014-10-21 13:09:40 by KXEL

Des Moines pharmacy owner to plead guilty in deal

A Des Moines pharmacy owner accused of selling nearly 700,000 pills of addictive painkillers will plead guilty to some charges as part of a deal with prosecutors. Mark Graziano's lawyer Guy Cook tells The Des Moines Register that his client…

posted 2014-10-21 13:05:53 by KXEL

Iowa’s unemployment rate up to 4.6 percent

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.6 percent in September from 4.5 percent in August.  The state’s jobless rate was 4.5 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in September compared to 6.1…

posted 2014-10-21 09:53:32 by KXEL

Branstad winning cash race against Hatch

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad continues to hold a massive cash advantage over Democratic challenger Jack Hatch going into the final days of the race. Campaign finance reports filed with the state Monday show that Branstad raised $1.3 million between July…

posted 2014-10-21 05:57:59 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids woman pleads guilty to wire fraud

A Cedar Rapids woman has admitted defrauding clients of her law firm. Prosecutors say 54-year-old Susan Hense pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud.  She faces up to 20 years in prison. In a…

posted 2014-10-21 05:53:37 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids hit-and-run suspect arrested

A man wanted on outstanding warrants and suspected in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend was arrested by U.S. Marshals Monday night. Cedar Rapids police say 39-year-old William Yancey was arrested in the 100 block of 17th Street Northeast. On…

posted 2014-10-21 05:50:41 by KXEL