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2014-06-12

Gaming commission approves Greene County casino

Iowa’s 19th state-licensed casino is coming to Jefferson in Greene County on Highway 30 west of Ames and Boone. On Thursday morning, the Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission approved a new state gaming license on a 3-2 vote for the…

posted 2014-06-12 11:24:52 by KXEL

Rain-packed storms cut drought in Iowa, Nebraska

Storms last week brought with them some peril in the form of wind and large hail but they also delivered enough rain to significantly relieve drought conditions in Iowa and Nebraska. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows…

posted 2014-06-12 11:01:27 by KXEL

Thornton losing gathering place at cafe

A small northern Iowa town is losing a favored gathering place, the Chit Chat Cafe. Owner Richard Dorenkamp says he must close the Thornton restaurant after 39 years because business has waned in the town of around 400 and his…

posted 2014-06-12 08:19:15 by KXEL

Officer helps Oskaloosa woman deliver baby

A police officer arrived just in time to help an Oskaloosa woman deliver her baby. Amanda and Daniel Birch called 911 about 2:40 a.m. Friday after deciding that what she was feeling wasn't false labor. Officer Garrett Matson was the…

posted 2014-06-12 07:17:46 by KXEL

Suspect in Baxter abduction visited 2 Newton schools

Officials say a man accused of abducting a 14-year-old Baxter girl had visited two Newton schools. David A. Lavera of San Diego, Calif., is charged with enticing a minor, carrying weapons and a failure to have a valid driver's license.…

posted 2014-06-12 05:55:41 by KXEL

Ankeny airport gets federal runway safety grant

The Ankeny Regional Airport has been notified it will receive a grant for more than $695,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin announced the grant approval Wednesday.  He is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations…

posted 2014-06-12 05:54:17 by KXEL

Second arrest made in weapons investigation

Officers with the Waterloo Police Department's Violent Crimes Apprehension Team has made a second arrest in a weapons investigation on Logan Avenue. Late Tuesday night, officers arrested 20-year-old Juwon Culpepper.  He is suspected of firing shots into the air on…

posted 2014-06-12 04:13:29 by KXEL

2014-06-11

Repaired Herky statue returned to UI campus

Herky has returned to his spot on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa. The fiberglass Reflections of U Herky is back on its concrete base on campus. Last month, a vandal broke off the statue beneath Hurkey's knees. Cedar…

posted 2014-06-11 16:54:00 by KXEL

Waterloo off-leash dog park closing for repairs

The Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park in Waterloo will be closed for needed repairs next week. Travis Nichols, construction foreman of the City of Waterloo's Leisure Services Commission, says the park will be closed from 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 17…

posted 2014-06-11 13:32:45 by KXEL

Iowa police academy official is fired

The embattled assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy has been fired, weeks before he was set to retire following a 48-year career in law enforcement. Academy director Arlen Ciechanowski says that he has dismissed assistant director Michael Quinn. …

posted 2014-06-11 12:25:44 by KXEL

Consultant says Iowa universities could be leaner

A consultant says Iowa's three public universities can save money by changing purchasing practices, more effectively using buildings and cutting utility costs. The Board of Regents released a summary Wednesday of Deloitte Consulting's initial review of operations at the University…

posted 2014-06-11 12:23:53 by KXEL

Iowa court orders new trial in newborn's death

An appeals court is overturning the second-degree murder conviction of a woman accused of drowning her newborn baby at an Iowa hotel. The Iowa Court of Appeals ordered a new trial Wednesday for Hillary Tyler, a former Mulhall, Oklahoma woman…

posted 2014-06-11 10:02:19 by KXEL

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