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Senate Oversight panel approves 18 recommendations

The Senate Government Oversight Committee has voted to pass 18 recommendations to the Iowa Legislature for consideration next year including a ban on secret settlement agreements and expanded whistleblower protection. The committee of three Democrats and two Republicans voted 3-2…

posted 2014-09-30 13:27:45 by KXEL

AG's office says Templeton Rye lawsuit can proceed

The Iowa attorney general's office says a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. A state law requires the Iowa attorney general's office to evaluate the lawsuit and determine if the claims have validity to move forward…

posted 2014-09-30 11:33:44 by KXEL

Hatch campaign not running television ads

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch isn't running any television ads in Iowa, but an aide insists that isn't a sign the campaign is out of money. After Gov. Terry Branstad's campaign issued a news release Tuesday about ads, Hatch campaign…

posted 2014-09-30 11:31:10 by KXEL

Man charged in break-in at Cedar Falls fire station

A man faces multiple charges following a weekend break-in at the Cedar Falls Fire Department headquarters. Court records say 24-year-old Zachary Brian Carstensen, of 1939 College Street, Apartment 209, was found asleep on an office floor at 1718 Main Street…

posted 2014-09-30 10:54:32 by KXEL

Iowa corn, soybean harvest lagging behind average

Corn and soybean crops are in good condition but the challenge for farmers is getting the crops harvested before the weather turns cold. Late planting caused the crops to mature later than normal.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in…

posted 2014-09-30 10:38:54 by KXEL

Osage woman found unconscious in burning home

An Osage woman is recovering after being injured in a house fire. The fire occurred Sunday in Osage. Osage Police Officer Mike Niemeyer says he arrived to find the home filled with smoke.  He found the unconscious woman in an…

posted 2014-09-30 10:03:42 by KXEL

UNI names acting president as Ruud has surgery

University of Northern Iowa interim provost Mike Licari has been named acting president while President Bill Ruud recovers from surgery. Ruud underwent successful, elective, non-emergency surgery on Monday to correct a condition that was discovered during a routine physical. Following…

posted 2014-09-30 08:39:37 by KXEL

Pretrial conference delayed for former Oelwein mayor

A pretrial conference has been delayed for a former Iowa mayor accused of sexual abuse. The date for Jason Manus' pretrial conference was pushed back from Monday to Oct. 13 because his defense attorney died earlier this month.  His trial…

posted 2014-09-30 05:57:12 by KXEL

Authorities identify body found in car

A body found in a car trunk has been identified as that of an Iowa State University student from China who has been missing for more than three weeks. The Iowa City Police Department says the death of 20-year-old Ton…

posted 2014-09-30 05:55:29 by KXEL

Police: Iowa City man takes electric company truck

Police have arrested an Iowa City man who they say stole an electric company truck that was found burned. Officials say 19-year-old Justin Johnston was charged last week with felony first-degree theft and aggravated misdemeanor driving while barred. Police say…

posted 2014-09-30 05:50:28 by KXEL

Police: Dubuque driver knocks over utility pole

Dubuque police have arrested a 19-year-old man who they say knocked over a utility pole with his vehicle while he was intoxicated. Officials say 19-year-old Blake Oyen was arrested Sunday and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of…

posted 2014-09-30 05:49:22 by KXEL

Police: Dubuque teen injured after flipping vehicle

A Dubuque teenager has been injured after flipping his vehicle while doing ``doughnuts'' in a high school parking lot.   Dubuque police say 16-year-old Treyvor Craven was cited with reckless driving after the Sunday crash at Hempstead High School.  He…

posted 2014-09-30 05:29:09 by KXEL