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Jindal, Cruz to headline September Iowa GOP event

Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September. Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition announced Thursday that Cruz, a Texas senator, and Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, are scheduled…

posted 2014-08-28 09:48:28 by KXEL

Retiring chief joins Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

Retiring Des Moines Police Chief Judy Bradshaw isn't done working yet. The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy announced Thursday that Bradshaw will become the assistant director Oct. 6 after she ends a 34-year tenure with the Des Moines Police Department. Bradshaw…

posted 2014-08-28 09:41:05 by KXEL

Wapsie Valley honored for energy-saving efforts

When the lights go on for Wapsie Valley’s opening football game Friday, Aug. 29, the spotlight will be on solar power and energy efficiency. A new 2kW solar power array at the high school is the community's prize for winning…

posted 2014-08-28 09:24:47 by KXEL

Power outage at Lou Henry, Hoover

Students at two Waterloo schools are getting the rest of the day off. Classes will dismiss at 9 a.m. today at Lou Henry Elementary and Hoover Middle School due to a power outage. Busses will run normal routes beginning at…

posted 2014-08-28 08:52:37 by KXEL

Mom clobbers Des Moines man to defend her toddler

A woman has assaulted a Des Moines man who tossed a toaster pastry and wrapper onto the woman's 2-year-old child in her car. The incident occurred around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday at a Des Moines convenience store.  The woman told officers…

posted 2014-08-28 07:17:05 by KXEL

Manure spill traced to Jasper County hog facility

Iowa regulators are investigating a hog manure spill in Jasper County, south of Laurel. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a farmer had called on Wednesday after spotting dead fish and crawdads in a tributary of Alloway Creek. Environmental…

posted 2014-08-28 05:55:19 by KXEL

3-day traffic crackdown yields 800 stops

A coalition of law enforcement agencies says more than 800 drivers were cited or warned during a three-day enforcement crackdown near the eastern Iowa border. The Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau says it partnered with 12 state and local agencies to…

posted 2014-08-28 05:28:08 by KXEL

Bellevue convicted felon sentenced for gun possession

A Jackson County convicted felon has been sentenced to more than 19 years in prison for owning an assortment of guns. A U.S. attorney announced Wednesday that 48-year-old Terrance Kilburg of Bellevue has been sentenced to serve 19 years and…

posted 2014-08-28 05:27:24 by KXEL

Coggon railroad bridge goes up in flames

Authorities are investigating what caused a railroad bridge to go up in flames in eastern Iowa's Linn County. The blaze was reported a little after 8 p.m. Wednesday on the north side of Coggon, where the tracks cross Buffalo Creek. …

posted 2014-08-28 05:26:32 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids office damaged by fire

A Cedar Rapids police officer on patrol spotted smoke and flames coming from a building in the 1500 block of Second Avenue Southeast. Firefighters arrived on the scene shortly before 7:30 p.m. and found smoke coming from a window of…

posted 2014-08-28 05:25:03 by KXEL


Appeals court upholds conviction of Waterloo man

Iowa's appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterloo man linked to a 2011 gang-related shooting. The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in a decision issued Wednesday that gang evidence and a police interview were properly used in…

posted 2014-08-27 15:02:49 by KXEL

Supreme Court gets input on eliminating bar exam

The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing attorneys, judges, and law professors give their opinions on what would happen if the state eliminated the requirement that all attorneys must pass the bar exam before beginning practice. Currently only Wisconsin allows attorneys…

posted 2014-08-27 13:49:36 by KXEL