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Iowa employers to pay less in unemployment taxes

Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa employers will pay less in unemployment taxes in 2015. Branstad announced Monday the average unemployment tax rate will drop from 1.6 percent this year to 1.2 percent next year.  That means thousands of employers will…

posted 2014-08-25 10:20:07 by KXEL

Ash tree killer confirmed in Story County

Officials say the destructive emerald ash borer has been confirmed in central Iowa's Story County. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said Monday that the latest infestation means 13 counties have confirmed cases of the insect, which destroys…

posted 2014-08-25 10:19:11 by KXEL

Webster County Jail escapee back in custody

A Webster County inmate is back in custody after escaping with another while doing laundry at the jail in Fort Dodge. Authorities say that 43-year-old Jason Sullivan was arrested in Fort Dodge on Saturday evening.  Sullivan and 32-year-old George Johnson…

posted 2014-08-25 06:46:47 by KXEL

Bondurant man dies while boating on Lake Red Rock

Authorities say a 63-year-old Bondurant man has died while boating at Lake Red Rock in southern Iowa. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says emergency personnel were sent to Whitebreast Bay at the lake around 3 p.m. Sunday.  They met other…

posted 2014-08-25 06:45:16 by KXEL

One injured in Cedar Falls rollover crash

Cedar Falls police say one person suffered minor injuries in a rollover accident Sunday night. Officers were called to 20th and Olive streets shortly after 6 p.m.  When police arrived on the scene they found a vehicle on its side.…

posted 2014-08-25 05:44:43 by KXEL

UI residence hall emptied over unknown chemical

Police say a University of Iowa residence hall was evacuated the night before classes began after an unknown chemical was reported and a student was found unresponsive. The 500-person capacity Slater Hall was evacuated for about four hours Sunday night. …

posted 2014-08-25 05:22:23 by KXEL

Clive man charged with murder in trail death

A Clive man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 21-year-old whose body was found near a recreational trail. Police say 49-year-old Stephen Jonas was arrested Sunday night following a second interview about the death of…

posted 2014-08-25 05:21:18 by KXEL


Cedar Falls man sentenced for sexual assault

A Cedar Falls man will spend up to 50 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her home in September 2013. A judge gave 21-year-old Benjamin Lane two 25-year sentences to be served one after the…

posted 2014-08-24 07:58:19 by KXEL

Minneapolis man killed outside Waterloo nightclub

A 35-year-old Minnesota man is dead after a shooting at a Waterloo nightclub early Saturday morning. Waterloo police say it happened just after midnight at El Senor Tequila Nightclub on East 11th Street. Officers responded to reports of shots fired…

posted 2014-08-24 07:55:25 by KXEL

Creek cleanup volunteers find body in Clive

Police in a Des Moines suburb have identified the body of a man found behind a business and near a popular recreation trail. Clive Police Chief Mike Venema says people cleaning the Greenbelt Trail in Clive on Saturday morning found…

posted 2014-08-24 07:52:55 by KXEL

Branstad will again seek broadband legislation

An effort to improve access to broadband Internet in rural Iowa failed in the Legislature this spring, but Gov. Terry Branstad is optimistic a revised proposal can succeed next year. Branstad, who is running for re-election, has offered a rebooted…

posted 2014-08-24 07:51:48 by KXEL


Man escapes injury after Wal-Mart roof collapses

A man narrowly escaped injury when part of a Wal-Mart store's roof collapsed in Mason City. The collapse happened during a heavy rainstorm around 8 a.m. Saturday.  Firefighters also had to deal with a gas leak when the roof collapsed.…

posted 2014-08-23 16:39:05 by KXEL

By Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler Studies repeatedly find that employers are unable to find workers with the skills to fill…
posted by Dennis Lowe 3 days ago
Injustice 101: Denying Sexual Assault is a Serious Crime by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Heading off to college triggers a…
posted by Dennis Lowe 6 days ago
This Labor Day, as we head to parades and barbecues to celebrate the achievements of America’s workers, economic anxiety will…
posted by Dennis Lowe 6 days ago