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2014-02-19

Officials: Synthetic marijuana linked to 3 deaths

Authorities say three young Iowans died last year after using a new kind of synthetic marijuana. The Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy disclosed the deaths Tuesday. Office Director Steve Lukan called the news a demonstration that the "quick-changing products…

posted 2014-02-19 06:44:32 by KXEL

Iowa deer harvest in 2013 falls below 100,000

The number of deer taken by hunters in Iowa last year fell below 100,000 for the first time since the mid-1990s. It's the eighth straight year the deer harvest has declined in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says…

posted 2014-02-19 06:42:56 by KXEL

Netherlands-based company plans Cedar Falls facility

A Netherlands-based manufacturer has chosen Cedar Falls in northeast Iowa as its first U.S. outpost. Zuidberg Frontline Systems BV is based in Ens in the Netherlands.  It makes tractor hitches, transmissions and other parts for heavy equipment.  It will be…

posted 2014-02-19 06:37:40 by KXEL

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

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