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2014-03-01

Deere CEO looks ahead at 2014 prospects

The CEO of Deere & Co. says this year will be pivotal for the company as lower demand for farm equipment cuts sales but he is optimistic demand for construction equipment and other advanced machinery will strengthen. Samuel Allen says…

posted 2014-03-01 07:45:25 by KXEL

Branstad opposes national guard cuts

Gov. Terry Branstad is joining with the rest of the nation's governors to oppose any cuts to the National Guard. Branstad said Friday that all 50 governors had signed a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concerns about proposed cuts…

posted 2014-03-01 07:42:39 by KXEL

Iowa bill would prohibit teen tanning at salons

Minors who head into tanning salons to bronze their skin could no longer use the facilities under a plan being considered by Iowa lawmakers. A bill would order tanning salons to ban anyone under age 18 from using commercial tanning…

posted 2014-03-01 07:41:09 by KXEL

Pipeline safety program set for farmers

Alliant Energy is encouraging farmers, land owners, tiling companies and contractors to attend a series of pipeline safety programs scheduled in March in four locations around the state. The program is designed to inform those who work in agriculture about…

posted 2014-03-01 07:38:42 by KXEL

2014-02-28

Waterloo sees surge in frozen service lines

Waterloo officials say this winter's frigid temperatures have caused more than 500 water lines that connect to buildings to freeze. The situation prompted Mayor Buck Clark to ask congressional and legislative representatives whether emergency assistance could be made available.  He's…

posted 2014-02-28 12:13:43 by KXEL

BNSF wins new trial in injured worker lawsuit

The Iowa Supreme Court has sent an injured railroad worker's lawsuit back to district court, giving BNSF Railway Co. a chance to reduce the $1.25 million verdict a jury awarded. The court in a ruling posted Friday says the railroad…

posted 2014-02-28 09:44:56 by KXEL

Luther College names Paula J. Carlson as 10th president

Paula J. Carlson, vice president for mission at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., has been elected the 10th president of Luther College, the college’s Board of Regents announced today. A scholar of medieval literature and modern American literature, Carlson…

posted 2014-02-28 09:32:39 by KXEL

Court: Bias case against Rent-A-Center can proceed

The Iowa Supreme Court says the state's civil rights commission can enforce discrimination laws against employers who require workers to handle labor disputes through arbitration. The court ruled Friday that the Iowa Civil Rights Commission can pursue a sex discrimination…

posted 2014-02-28 09:12:26 by KXEL

Regents to hear from UI president on assault

University of Iowa President Sally Mason says she looks forward to explaining her plans to combat sexual assault to the Iowa Board of Regents. The regents have scheduled a special meeting Friday to hear an explanation from Mason about her…

posted 2014-02-28 08:51:49 by KXEL

Colorado murder suspect fights extradition from Iowa

An Iowa City woman has refused extradition to Colorado to face a murder charge. Officials say 21-year-old Bionca Rogers on Thursday refused to waive extradition proceedings.  Linn County prosecutor Nick Maybanks says Rogers will remain in Iowa custody until Colorado…

posted 2014-02-28 08:46:23 by KXEL

Former Dubuque casino worker charged with theft

A former Mystique Casino employee is accused of stealing more than $20,000 worth of customer rewards points. Court records show 36-year-old Joy Smith, of Cuba City, Wis., was in Dubuque District Court on Thursday to face a theft charge. Smith…

posted 2014-02-28 06:56:08 by KXEL

Rep. Walt Rogers quits US House race

State Rep. Walt Rogers is quitting his campaign for Congress to run for re-election to the Iowa House. In a statement released Thursday, the Cedar Falls Republican bemoaned missing a vote this week because he was campaigning for Iowa's 1st…

posted 2014-02-28 06:19:07 by KXEL

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