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Gov. Branstad has primary challenger

Five-term Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will face a challenger in the June 3 Republican primary, and one Democrat has been disqualified from his party's race. Tom Hoefling of Lohrville collected enough signatures to appear on the Republican primary ballot.  The…

posted 2014-03-16 19:37:27 by KXEL

Authorities step up patrols for St. Pat's Day

Iowa law enforcement is stepping up its patrols through Monday for St. Patrick's Day festivities. Local and state officers will be out in greater numbers to keep watch for drunken drivers.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says at least…

posted 2014-03-16 19:35:28 by KXEL

Man in group home faces willful injury charge

A resident at a Des Moines group home is accused of strangling and punching one of his caretakers. Joseph Vanzant Bonner is charged with willful injury and a probation violation. Des Moines police say the 27-year-old Bonner was arrested after…

posted 2014-03-16 19:33:12 by KXEL

Young cancer patient helps implode building

A former Des Moines nursing school building was demolished in seconds, with help from a 6-year-old cancer patient. Joey Mausser of Urbandale pushed the button Sunday that triggered the implosion at the former Iowa Methodist School of Nursing.  The building…

posted 2014-03-16 19:31:27 by KXEL


Iowa advances curbs on military sexual assault

Iowa lawmakers aren't waiting for Congress to toughen laws against sexual assaults in the military.  They have begun their own effort to hold the state National Guard accountable for such abuses. The U.S. Senate recently approved legislation to better protect…

posted 2014-03-15 10:41:55 by KXEL


Hatch files papers officially running for governor

Iowa Sen. Jack Hatch has made his campaign for governor official. The Des Moines Democrat filed his nomination papers Friday before the 5 p.m. deadline. Hatch's campaign says he obtained 10,655 signature on nomination petitions to put him on the…

posted 2014-03-14 20:59:43 by KXEL

Iowa slightly below normal for moisture this year

Even though it seems it's been a snowy winter, a new report says Iowa is below normal for precipitation this year. An Iowa Department of Natural Resources update on the state's water resources says the state received an average of…

posted 2014-03-14 20:58:56 by KXEL

Police investigate armed robbery at KFC in Marion

 Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in suburban Cedar Rapids. Police in Marion said that two men wearing masks walked into the KFC through a back door late Thursday after it had closed for…

posted 2014-03-14 20:57:30 by KXEL

Police seek vehicle in Des Moines hit-and-run

Police in Des Moines say they have obtained a surveillance photo of a vehicle of interest in the investigation of a fatal hit-and-run accident. Des Moines police on Friday released a grainy photograph of the mid-size car that may be…

posted 2014-03-14 20:56:22 by KXEL

2 juveniles accused of arson at school playground

Authorities say two juveniles have been charged with starting the fire that damaged playground equipment at a Des Moines elementary school. Police Sgt. Dan Blom says the juveniles were charged Friday with second-degree arson and turned over to their parents.…

posted 2014-03-14 20:54:50 by KXEL

Finn announces run in House District 60

Hudson School Board member Karyn Finn announced today that she will run for state representative in District 60, which includes parts of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Hudson and Black Hawk County. “As a mother of three and school board member, I…

posted 2014-03-14 14:05:55 by KXEL

1 arrested, 3 more sought in shooting

Authorities say they have arrested one man and are looking for three others in connection with a shooting at an Iowa City apartment complex that left one woman seriously injured. Cedar Rapids police arrested 20-year-old Devasier Dungtion of Cedar Rapids…

posted 2014-03-14 13:35:23 by KXEL

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