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Mason City man accused of killing dad ruled not guilty

A judge says a Mason City man is not guilty by reason of insanity for the fatal stabbing of his father. Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled Wednesday that the psychotic episode experienced by 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. rendered him incapable of…

posted 2014-08-07 08:13:50 by KXEL

New version of 'The Music Man' to premiere in Iowa

A new version of the classic Broadway musical "The Music Man" will premiere in the Iowa hometown of the show's creator. Meredith Willson was born in Mason City and he wrote the book, music and lyrics for the original show.…

posted 2014-08-07 07:00:32 by KXEL

Cedar Falls Utilities warns customers about scam

Utility customers in several Iowa communities report receiving scam calls this week. The caller demands immediate payment and threatens to disconnect gas and/or electric services.  The calls are not from utilities, but from thieves attempting fraud. Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU)…

posted 2014-08-07 06:22:52 by KXEL

Regents want receipts from cost-cutting consultant

The Iowa Board of Regents has a suggestion for its own cost-cutting consultant: start providing receipts to justify employee expenses. Regents said Wednesday they would start requiring Deloitte Consulting to submit receipts, like university employees do, to document claims for…

posted 2014-08-07 05:53:13 by KXEL

Iowa State president to announce Veishea decision

Officials say the president of Iowa State University will announce his decision Thursday on the violence-marred Veishea festival. President Steven Leath will make his announcement during a news conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. A task force formed by Leath submitted…

posted 2014-08-07 05:52:12 by KXEL


Fake 'Twilight' actor faces charges in Newton

A California man who police say claimed to be an actor from the "Twilight" movie series to entice girls faces several charges in Iowa including sexual abuse. The Newton Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff's Office say 33-year-old David A.…

posted 2014-08-06 15:29:24 by KXEL

Nashua council replaces demoted police chief

A city council in northern Iowa has promoted an officer to take over for the demoted police chief. On Monday night, the Nashua City Council gave the job to Paul Becthold, whose been with the force for more than a…

posted 2014-08-06 14:42:55 by KXEL

Iowa regents direct 3 schools to save on supplies

Iowa's three public universities are being directed to renegotiate new, master contracts for goods and services as part of a consultant-led effort to cut costs. The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday to implement a plan requiring the schools to…

posted 2014-08-06 14:41:59 by KXEL

Things to know ahead of the Iowa State Fair

Headed to the Iowa State Fair this year? Roughly 1 million visitors are expected during the popular fair's 11-day run.  Here are some things to know to help you save money and enjoy the event. FIND DISCOUNTED TICKETS If you…

posted 2014-08-06 14:39:00 by KXEL

Iowa State Fair offers both old, new features

When the Iowa State Fair opens its doors for its 11-day run, the ingredients that make it a must-see attraction will be there. There's the food, the music and the competition.  There's also the livestock, the rides, and the beloved…

posted 2014-08-06 14:38:14 by KXEL

State GOP raises over $300,000 in over a month

The new chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says the organization has raised more than $315,000 since he took the helm just over a month ago. The party announced the fundraising numbers in a Wednesday news release. Chairman Jeff Kauffman,…

posted 2014-08-06 14:37:09 by KXEL

Photos of Iowa veterans to be displayed in museum

Photos of Iowa veterans killed in the Vietnam War will be on display in a Waterloo museum. The pictures will be on display in a permanent Vietnam exhibit in the Grout Museum District.  They'll also be shown in a 50th…

posted 2014-08-06 08:31:23 by KXEL