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2014-03-04

Des Moines voters OK fee increase to pay off loan

Voters in Des Moines have overwhelmingly approved an increase in a fee charged on their utility bills to repay $40 million the city borrowed to pay a court-ordered refund of previously over-collected franchise fees. More than 85 percent of the…

posted 2014-03-04 21:03:35 by KXEL

Iowa Senate passes wage theft bill

Employers must explain in writing how a worker will be paid and deductions to be taken from a paycheck in a bill the Iowa Senate has passed. The Democrat-led bill, aimed at stopping the practice known as wage theft, passed…

posted 2014-03-04 14:58:17 by KXEL

Senate bill requires school radon gas tests

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill requiring school districts to test for the presence of radon gas. The Democratic-led bill passed 35-14 after Sen. Matt McCoy, a Democrat from Des Moines, criticized it as watered down "like a warm…

posted 2014-03-04 14:49:43 by KXEL

State declines to release records in stun-gun case

The state is refusing to release records involving the case of a man who died after being shocked by deputies. The Des Moines Register sought the records from the Sept. 22 incident in Northwood after Worth County Attorney Jeffrey Greve…

posted 2014-03-04 14:37:14 by KXEL

Senators' tempers flare in otherwise calm debate

Two southeast Iowa lawmakers shouted at each other on the Senate floor during debate on a bill about home health care. The unusual episode started Tuesday when Sen. Mark Chelgren, an Ottumwa Republican, suggested Democratic Sen. Tom Courtney, of Burlington,…

posted 2014-03-04 13:42:25 by KXEL

Data: Sex offenses up at some Iowa universities

The Iowa Board of Regents has released crime data that shows an increase in reported sex offenses at two of the state's three public universities. The annual data released Tuesday shows Iowa State University had 13 reported sex offenses in…

posted 2014-03-04 12:32:11 by KXEL

Iowa legislative panel OKs kidnapping legislation

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate and House have agreed kidnapping penalties need to be tougher, but they're having a hard time reaching a compromise for how long offenders should remain in jail. In a 2-1 vote Tuesday, a three-member House…

posted 2014-03-04 12:31:14 by KXEL

Mother of slain Evansdale girl back in custody

The mother of one of two slain Iowa cousins has been returned to custody to await trial on drug charges. Misty Cook-Morrissey was arrested Monday on allegations that she had violated terms of her pretrial release.  Authorities say the violations…

posted 2014-03-04 12:29:05 by KXEL

Waterloo launches Operation Thaw

Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark, Operation Threshold executive director Barbara Grant, Waterloo Water Works general manager Dennis Clark and Black Hawk County Gaming Association (BHCGA) board chairman Tim Hurley announced today an emergency grant program aimed at assisting income-eligible homeowners with…

posted 2014-03-04 10:36:08 by KXEL

Perjury trial delayed for ex-Iowa felon who voted

The trial for an Iowa woman charged with improperly voting as a felon has been delayed by two days. Court officials told a jury pool of more than 50 Lee County residents Tuesday that an illness of a key participant…

posted 2014-03-04 10:32:51 by KXEL

Kensett man gets 10 years for vehicular homicide

A Kensett man has been given 10 years in prison for a crash that killed a Minnesota man. Authorities say 47-year-old Michael Chodur was sentenced on Monday in Worth County District Court.  He'd pleaded guilty in late November to vehicular…

posted 2014-03-04 07:52:40 by KXEL

Man dies after train slams into car in Earlville

A 36-year-old driver was fatally injured when a railroad locomotive hit his car in northeast Iowa. Authorities say the accident occurred around 4:45 a.m. Monday in Earlville.  The Iowa State Patrol says the eastbound locomotive hit the passenger side of…

posted 2014-03-04 07:17:52 by KXEL

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