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Paul not first ensnared in Mideast policy in Iowa

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says he's never proposed ending U.S. aid payments to Israel, and is immediately confronted by his own budget proposal from 2011 to end such payments to all nations, including Israel. The Kentucky Republican is not the…

posted 2014-08-05 18:20:12 by KXEL

Obama OKs disaster aid for 22 Iowa counties

A federal disaster declaration has been issued for 22 Iowa counties damaged by severe weather in June and July. The White House and Gov. Terry Branstad announced the presidential disaster declaration Tuesday.  The declaration was issued for Audubon, Black Hawk,…

posted 2014-08-05 18:18:35 by KXEL

Chickasaw Co. crash victim identified as Missouri man

Authorities in northeast Iowa have released the name of a Missouri man killed when his motorcycle hit a sport utility vehicle that veered into his path after another collision. The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office says Tuesday that 54-year-old Mark Hill,…

posted 2014-08-05 18:17:03 by KXEL

Marshalltown student seeks injunction in white power dispute

A Marshalltown high school student is seeking a court injunction to block a three-game football suspension he received after making a "W'' hand signal that school administrators say illustrated support for white power. Blair Van Staalduine sought the injunction Monday…

posted 2014-08-05 12:11:20 by KXEL

Waverly council approves plans for new downtown hotel

The Waverly City Council has approved a development agreement for a proposed four-story, 45-room hotel in the city's downtown. The agreement will give the investment group a nearly $700,000 tax rebate on the $4.5 million project. Cobblestone Inns and Suites…

posted 2014-08-05 08:40:38 by KXEL

Trial set for Mason City man accused of killing father

A nonjury trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday for a 43-year-old Mason City man accused of killing his father. Thomas Barlas Jr. is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of 73-year-old Thomas Barlas Sr.  He was killed at…

posted 2014-08-05 08:11:31 by KXEL

Clear Lake council rejects vets memorial location

The City Council has voted against placing a proposed veterans memorial along Clear Lake's downtown Sea Wall. The council also voted Monday night to form a task force that would explore options and recommend a location for the memorial. The…

posted 2014-08-05 07:25:26 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids bans man's garden from city parcel

Cedar Rapids officials say a man can't grow a garden on an empty parcel the city acquired after the flooding in 2008. Ed Thornton planted a small garden in 2011 on the parcel that sits adjacent to his apartment building. …

posted 2014-08-05 06:54:55 by KXEL

Waterloo police arrest man on gun charges

A Waterloo man has been arrested on gun charges. At approximately 9:20 Monday night, officers with the Waterloo Police Department's Violent Crime Apprehension Team arrested 19-year-old Otavious Donte Brown of Waterloo.  Brown was charged with interference with official acts while…

posted 2014-08-05 06:51:37 by KXEL

Conservation project matching funds available

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners prevent erosion and control field runoff through a state cost share program. Farmers may qualify for up to half of the cost…

posted 2014-08-05 05:58:39 by KXEL

Merle Hay Mall says it will remove wild animal exhibit

A Des Moines shopping mall has announced it will close its caged animal exhibits following public outcry. The Merle Hay Mall's chief operating officer says that the bears, wolves and other animals will be moved out of the mall by…

posted 2014-08-05 05:57:28 by KXEL


9-year-old twin boys die in ATV crash

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says the two boys fatally injured in an all-terrain vehicle accident were 9-year-old twins. Sheriff Brian Gardner identified the boys as Colton Wayne and Clayton Alan Novak. The accident was reported a little before 12:15…

posted 2014-08-04 16:09:13 by KXEL