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2014-03-06

Police: Iowa City taxi driver sexually assaulted women

Police have linked a former Iowa City taxi driver to reports of sexual assault involving female cab passengers. Iowa City police say 58-year-old Rufino Ruiz has been charged with two counts of simple misdemeanor assault.  He remains at the Johnson…

posted 2014-03-06 16:41:44 by KXEL

Lawmakers want agreement soon on Iowa dog racing

Legislative leaders are telling the greyhound racing industry and casinos that want to end dog racing to work out their differences soon. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, says he'd like to see a deal that provides…

posted 2014-03-06 16:40:36 by KXEL

Legislative leaders: budget shows government works

Legislative leaders say they agreed before the current session started to arrive at broad budget figures on which Republicans and Democrats could agree to prove that divided state government can work. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council…

posted 2014-03-06 14:14:31 by KXEL

Branstad joins lawsuit opposed to chicken rules

Gov. Terry Branstad says he has joined a lawsuit seeking to strike down a California law regulating the living conditions of chickens. Branstad announced Thursday he'd joined the lawsuit filed in February by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Attorneys general…

posted 2014-03-06 13:28:50 by KXEL

New principals named for two Cedar Rapids schools

The Cedar Rapids Community School District has announced two building administrator assignments for the 2014-2015 school year. Carla Davidson will become principal at Pierce Elementary School.  She will replace Dr. Becky DeWald who is retiring. Ms. Davidson has served as…

posted 2014-03-06 13:24:17 by KXEL

Teaching grant helps drop UNI's student debt

Students at the University of Northern Iowa have managed to significantly reduce average student debt by taking advantage of a federal program that requires them to teach a high-need subject in a high-poverty school for four years. The average UNI…

posted 2014-03-06 12:29:13 by KXEL

Iowa House bill would pay for child burials

A Cedar Falls lawmaker is pushing for legislation that would help low-income families pay for child burials. Democratic Rep. Bob Kressig's bill would give qualifying individuals up to $2,000 for funeral expenses after the death of a child.  The measure…

posted 2014-03-06 11:32:50 by KXEL

Waterloo Schools consider classes on Good Friday

Due to extreme weather conditions that have caused five school cancellations this year, the Waterloo Community School District is considering using Good Friday as a snow make-up day. If there are no more snow days this month, making up a…

posted 2014-03-06 10:58:17 by KXEL

Trial for ex-Iowa felon who voted is delayed again

The trial of a former Iowa felon charged with illegally voting is delayed a second time. Jury selection had been scheduled Thursday for the perjury trial of 40-year-old Kelli Jo Griffin. But Judge Mary Ann Brown says she's delaying the…

posted 2014-03-06 09:49:37 by KXEL

Waverly man arrested in bar stabbing

A 43-year-old Waverly man is charged with willful injury following a fight at a hotel bar. Waverly Police were called to the Happy Hour Pub at the Red Fox Inn early Wednesday morning.  One victim was cut and stabbed multiple…

posted 2014-03-06 06:46:44 by KXEL

Spillville man arrested on drug, traffic charges

A Spillville man faces multiple charges following a traffic stop on Highway 3 east of Readlyn. A Bremer County Sheriff's deputy stopped 46-year-old Steven Lundtwedt for speeding at about 7:17 Tuesday night.  Lundtvedt told the deputy he had drugs in…

posted 2014-03-06 06:36:15 by KXEL

Rhode Island senator plans Iowa statehouse visit

A United States senator is coming to Iowa to advocate for action on climate change. Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, of Rhode Island, has been a leader in efforts to combat climate change at the national level.  He will visit the…

posted 2014-03-06 04:35:00 by KXEL

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