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Branstad launches teacher leadership program

Nearly 40 school districts have been selected to initiate teacher leadership programs next school year as part of Iowa's 2013 education reform plan. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Department of Education Director Brad Buck announced Monday their 39 school district…

posted 2014-03-03 12:02:35 by KXEL

UNI administrators put research policy on hold

Administrators at the University of Northern Iowa have agreed to put a policy on hold that requires faculty to teach an extra course if they don't complete enough research each semester. UNI President Bill Ruud recently agreed to put a…

posted 2014-03-03 11:56:55 by KXEL

Chain-reaction crashes delay Highway 218 traffic

Traffic was delayed on Highway 218 northbound following a crash Monday morning. Waterloo Police say six vehicles were involved in several chain-reaction collisions on the highway overpass over downtown.  Officers blocked two lanes of traffic while the accident scene was…

posted 2014-03-03 08:25:13 by KXEL

Co-op plans 3 northern Iowa projects

Five Star Cooperative says it plans to invest about $9.7 million on three projects in northern Iowa. An $8.2 million project has already begun in Joice.  It's a dry fertilizer plant that will include 22,000 tons of dry fertilizer storage…

posted 2014-03-03 07:16:19 by KXEL

Waterloo smashes record low for March 3

Waterloo has set a new record low temperature for March 3. A record low of -19 degree was set at Waterloo this morning. This smashes the previous record of -6 set back in 1978.

posted 2014-03-03 06:50:56 by KXEL

West Des Moines seeks forester for tree removal

West Des Moines wants to hire a full-time urban forester to oversee removal of about 1,200 ash trees from city property, anticipating the spread of an insect pest that is killing ash trees by the millions. The supervisor will be…

posted 2014-03-03 06:19:55 by KXEL

Midwest economic survey index drops slightly

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dropped slightly but still suggests growth over the next three to six months. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January. Looking…

posted 2014-03-03 05:47:20 by KXEL


Will Iowa women make gains in 2014 elections?

With six women running in House and Senate primaries in Iowa this year, some are starting to wonder if 2014 might be the year that the state finally sends a woman to Washington. Women's groups have long bemoaned the fact…

posted 2014-03-02 20:16:55 by KXEL

Jury clears doctors in death after surgery

Two Iowa doctors have been cleared in a lawsuit over the death of a University of Northern Iowa professor shortly after he had hernia surgery. A jury sided with the doctors in a lawsuit filed by the estate of math…

posted 2014-03-02 20:14:07 by KXEL

Man sentenced in Waterloo meth lab fire

A 33-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for his role in a meth lab fire and for stealing ingredients to make meth in a separate incident. Michael Lee Newell will have to spend…

posted 2014-03-02 20:09:55 by KXEL

Iowa has only 2 inspectors for asbestos projects

Iowa has only two inspectors to make sure thousands of asbestos-removal projects each year are being done properly in the state. The lack of inspections at asbestos removal projects was highlighted by problems at a downtown Des Moines renovation project.…

posted 2014-03-02 20:07:40 by KXEL

Nan injured while target shooting Sunday

A 29-year-old Iowa man is recovering after accidentally shooting his own finger during target practice. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident that happened Sunday afternoon at Badger Creek State Recreation Area in Madison County. Authorities say…

posted 2014-03-02 20:06:13 by KXEL

Taxpayers are familiar with the annual drill.  Keeping records, gathering receipts, filling out forms, figuring out changes in tax rules. …
posted by Dennis Lowe 9 days ago
Research has shown that all kids can benefit from a good preschool education. Since 2007, Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program…
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Year of Action or Overreaction?  A Guest Commentary by U. S. Senator Chuck Grassley. During his State of the Union…
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