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2014-02-18

Police say teen dies in Marshalltown house fire

Marshalltown police say a 16-year-old boy died in a late-night house fire that took firefighters hours to control. Firefighters were called about 11:15 p.m. Monday to the blaze in the older, two-story house. Crews worked for five hours to extinguish…

posted 2014-02-18 16:32:16 by KXEL

Iowa lawmakers ponder new rules to OK power lines

Lawmakers in the Iowa House are advancing legislation that would change the approval process to construct new power lines. A House subcommittee approved the bill, which will move to the Judiciary Committee.  The legislation is a response to opposition to…

posted 2014-02-18 16:30:42 by KXEL

Iowa panel OKs stricter texting while driving bill

Iowa lawmakers have granted initial approval of a bill that would further crack down on texting while driving. A three-member Senate transportation subcommittee unanimously approved the measure Tuesday.  It goes to the full Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday. Current law…

posted 2014-02-18 16:29:39 by KXEL

Iowa lawmakers consider bill requiring radon tests

Iowa lawmakers have begun discussing a bill requiring radon testing in schools across the state. Members of a Senate education subcommittee approved the measure Tuesday on a two-to-one vote, with the two Democrats voting in favor and the one Republican…

posted 2014-02-18 13:51:00 by KXEL

Lawmakers advance bill to set up state exchange

Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have granted preliminary approval to legislation creating a state-based health insurance marketplace. The bill won subcommittee approval Tuesday.  Under the proposal, the state would establish an online exchange run by a nonprofit agency by the…

posted 2014-02-18 13:49:41 by KXEL

Iowa Regents: Cost savings will be reinvested back

Leaders of the Iowa Board of Regents say they hope a spending review of the state's three public universities will lead to more online classes and other efforts to limit tuition increases. The board recently approved a $2.5 million contract…

posted 2014-02-18 11:09:55 by KXEL

Medical marijuana unlikely to advance in Iowa legislature

A bill to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the Iowa Senate, but supporters say it will not advance this year because of a lack of bipartisan support. Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, says he needs both…

posted 2014-02-18 11:08:33 by KXEL

Democrats push minimum wage hike in Iowa

Legislation to boost Iowa's minimum wage has earned preliminary approval in the state Senate. A bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 an hour won backing in a Senate subcommittee Tuesday.  But supporters in…

posted 2014-02-18 10:07:32 by KXEL

Waterloo man pleads guilty in fatal June crash

A Waterloo man has pleaded guilty in connection with a crash last June that killed a Jesup woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle. Bryan Cornwell pleaded guilty Monday in Black Hawk County District Court to homicide by vehicle,…

posted 2014-02-18 09:27:19 by KXEL

Man shot by Cedar Falls officer pleads not guilty

A northeast Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a police officer before the officer shot him. Officials say 27-year-old Zachary Church of Parkersburg pleaded not guilty to assaulting an officer and to possession of marijuana for sale.  His…

posted 2014-02-18 08:39:14 by KXEL

Crews to remove snow in downtown Waterloo tonight

The City of Waterloo Public Works Department will begin removing snow from the downtown area at 8 p.m. today (Tuesday, February 18). Superintendent Mark Rice says all vehicles must be moved from street-side parking to allow for efficient and effective…

posted 2014-02-18 08:30:06 by KXEL

Waterloo council approves downtown housing development

Members of a Catholic church in Waterloo are unhappy after the City Council narrowly agreed to donate a parking lot to a developer who plans to build townhouses at the site. The council voted 4 to 3 on Monday to…

posted 2014-02-18 06:44:31 by KXEL

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