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Irish flag atop Black's Building draws complaints

A Waterloo business' decision to briefly replace the American flag with an Irish flag atop a downtown building has drawn criticism from residents. The owner of the Black's Building replaced a U.S. flag with the Republic of Ireland's flag to…

posted 2014-08-02 07:03:35 by KXEL

Missouri motorcyclist dies in Chickasaw Co. crash

A motorcyclist from Missouri has died in a northeast Iowa crash involving two sport utility vehicles, including one that drove away from the scene. The Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Friday morning as two motorcyclists were northbound…

posted 2014-08-02 07:02:31 by KXEL

Commission considers water quality proposal

The commission that oversees water quality in Iowa will consider adoption later this month of a new rule critics say is too friendly to livestock farmers. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission plans to vote Aug. 19 on the rule that…

posted 2014-08-02 07:00:53 by KXEL

Waterloo woman charged in Linn Co. crash

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says a 37-year-old Waterloo woman that ran from a Thursday night crash that injured four teens is now facing numerous charges. Sgt. Richard Yoder says Lori Anne Wolf was headed west in the 2400 block…

posted 2014-08-02 06:57:40 by KXEL

Johnson Co. authorities investigate Hills bank robbery

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery at Hills Bank and Trust Friday afternoon. Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek says the suspect entered the bank at 131 Main Street in Hills at 11:49 a.m. Friday.  The suspect is described as…

posted 2014-08-02 06:51:08 by KXEL

New Jersey woman injured in Hwy 218 crash

One person was hospitalized following a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 218 at Cedar Wapsi Road on Friday. Upon arrival, Black Hawk County Sheriff deputies found a car with heavy front end damage sitting in the intersection.  The vehicle driven by…

posted 2014-08-02 06:42:09 by KXEL


Iowa cropland value hits new record $8,750 an acre

The value of farmland in Iowa is up again this year, reaching a new high at a time when many observers expect values to drop due to falling commodity prices. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a new report…

posted 2014-08-01 17:33:29 by KXEL

1 injured when car hits train near Homestead

Authorities say a woman was injured when the car she was riding in struck a freight train in eastern Iowa. The Iowa County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened Thursday evening when a car driven by 70-year-old Gerald Schaapveld struck…

posted 2014-08-01 13:49:40 by KXEL

Meth cook who started Dubuque apartment fire sentenced

A 47-year-old man who was involved in an attempt to manufacture methamphetamine in his apartment, but instead set the apartment building on fire, was sentenced Wednesday to more than seven years in federal prison. Donald Sheldon of Dubuque received the…

posted 2014-08-01 12:03:21 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids man pleads guilty in heroin death

The U.S. Attorney's Office says a Cedar Rapids man has pleaded guilty to supplying heroin to someone who was found dead the next day. The office announced Friday that 24-year-old Austin Allen Martens pleaded guilty Monday to distribution of heroin…

posted 2014-08-01 11:56:20 by KXEL

Some Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts not so grand

A state auditor's report shows that when it comes to revenue, all performances at the Iowa State Fair's Grandstand aren't equal. Nine of the fair's 53 acts since 2008 have cost more to bring in than they've earned in ticket…

posted 2014-08-01 10:36:43 by KXEL

Waterloo airport July departures highest in 5 years

Business is looking up at the Waterloo Regional Airport. Aviation director Mike Wilson says the passenger numbers are in for the month of July and it was an extremely busy month at the airport. The airport saw the highest number…

posted 2014-08-01 10:31:51 by KXEL