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2014-07-20

Iowa Juvenile Home's closing cut options for girls

Some officials are concerned the Iowa Juvenile Home's closing has created an unequal system where girls don't have the same options. Iowa lacks a proper facility for delinquent girls who committed crimes. The juvenile home closed in January after questions…

posted 2014-07-20 13:41:03 by KXEL

2014-07-18

Spontaneous combustion blamed for house fire

Firefighters blame spontaneous combustion for a fire that damaged a home in the 500 block of 10th Street Southwest Friday afternoon. The fire started just before 2:00 p.m. in the second story of the home.  Firefighters say rags covered in…

posted 2014-07-18 19:58:21 by KXEL

Justices reject Iowa class-action bias case

The Iowa Supreme Court has rejected a class-action lawsuit that alleged the Iowa executive branch systematically discriminated against black job applicants. Current and former black applicants had argued that state agencies for decades have favored whites in interview and hiring…

posted 2014-07-18 19:56:04 by KXEL

ISU ordered to pay $650,000 to ex-employee

The Iowa Supreme Court is ordering Iowa State University to pay $650,000 to a former employee who was the subject of vicious mistreatment by superiors. The court Friday upheld a jury's $500,000 award to former College of Engineering marketing employee…

posted 2014-07-18 19:52:48 by KXEL

City assessor for Mason City accused of assault

The city assessor for Mason City has been accused of assault following a disturbance at a home. Police say 38-year-old Danielle "Dana" Naumann was arrested early Friday.  She faces a charge of serious domestic assault. Police received a call from…

posted 2014-07-18 19:49:43 by KXEL

Waterloo felon headed back to prison

A 21-year-old Waterloo man who was convicted of possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun was sentenced Thursday to more than 6 years in federal prison. Patrelle Jose Green-Bowman received the prison term after a May 13, 2014 jury verdict finding him…

posted 2014-07-18 13:10:01 by KXEL

Divided court rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences

A divided Iowa Supreme Court says juvenile offenders must be resentenced if they were convicted in the state as adults and awarded mandatory minimum sentences. State officials say the ruling means more than 100 people face resentencing for crimes including…

posted 2014-07-18 13:07:38 by KXEL

Judge halts company's claims about spray product

A judge has barred a Las Vegas company from calling Iowa residents and claiming to sell a human growth hormone product that kills cancer cells. Polk County District Court Judge Michael D. Huppert issued an injunction Thursday against Americare Inc.,…

posted 2014-07-18 13:00:02 by KXEL

State releases audit of Hawkeye Express

A state audit has recommended procedural changes for the Hawkeye Express, a train that takes Iowa football fans to Kinnick Stadium. The audit, which was released on Friday, came on the heels of the university's firing of an athletics department…

posted 2014-07-18 10:06:48 by KXEL

Iowa’s unemployment rate holds steady at 4.4%

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.4 percent in June. The state’s jobless rate stood at 4.8 percent one year ago.  The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in June from 6.3 percent in May. “Iowa’s economic expansion…

posted 2014-07-18 09:24:55 by KXEL

Officials to close bridge linking Iowa, Illinois

Authorities are preparing to temporarily close down a bridge that connects Iowa with Illinois. The Julien Dubuque Bridge is scheduled to close for repairs beginning Monday. It is set to be completed on July 31. The bridge connects Dubuque and…

posted 2014-07-18 07:27:10 by KXEL

Black bear presence confirmed in northeast Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has confirmed that tracks and fecal matter left near some northeast Iowa beehives came from a black bear. A beekeeper south of Wadena, near the Clayton-Fayette county line, reported that his beehives had been…

posted 2014-07-18 07:25:23 by KXEL

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