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2014-07-24

Iowa counties receive federal disaster declaration

Gov. Terry Branstad says 26 Iowa counties will receive federal disaster support to deal with damage from severe weather in June. The presidential disaster declaration includes counties in the northern part of the state that experienced severe damage from winds,…

posted 2014-07-24 12:20:57 by KXEL

Hubbard woman pleads guilty to bank fraud

A 50-year-old Hubbard woman pleaded guilty to bank fraud in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. Stephanie Drake, formerly known as Stephanie Drake-Zierke, was convicted of one count of bank fraud and one count of unlawful manufacture and possession…

posted 2014-07-24 10:51:27 by KXEL

Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds

The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that nearly 14,600 Iowa residents will be getting refunds,…

posted 2014-07-24 09:21:39 by KXEL

Upper Iowa University redesigns offerings

Upper Iowa University officials say it has redesigned its academic offerings to better meet student demands and the needs of the job market. UIU President William Duffy says the redesign is not only about adding or deleting majors.  He says…

posted 2014-07-24 08:16:51 by KXEL

5 charged after 2-county high speed chase

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office has arrested five people after chasing a vehicle into Johnson County Wednesday night. Deputies say the driver of a pickup truck matching a truck involved in a shots fired incident in Cedar Rapids refused to…

posted 2014-07-24 06:24:40 by KXEL

2014-07-23

Tripoli says no to backyard chickens

Officials in the northeast Iowa city of Tripoli have rejected a request to allow backyard chickens in the community. The Tripoli City Council on Monday voted against a proposal to allow residents to keep chickens. Resident Paul DeGroote had gone…

posted 2014-07-23 20:55:15 by KXEL

Fired Newton editor claims religious discrimination

The former editor of the Newton Daily News has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs. In the complaint filed Wednesday, Bob Eschliman claimed religious discrimination and retaliation.…

posted 2014-07-23 14:17:22 by KXEL

Former Fort Dodge landfill director charged

The former director of the Fort Dodge landfill has been arrested on a felony theft charge. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says Michael Dean Grell, former co-director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency, was arrested on…

posted 2014-07-23 13:27:33 by KXEL

Spontaneous combustion caused Chrome Horse Saloon fire

Cedar Rapids fire officials say a fire at a local bar was caused by spontaneous combustion of rags and towels containing animal fat. An early morning fire Wednesday at the Chrome Horse Saloon and Slop House damaged the first and…

posted 2014-07-23 12:50:37 by KXEL

Agent claiming wrongful dismissal goes to court

The veteran Iowa criminal investigator fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV appeared in court over his wrongful dismissal lawsuit. Larry Hedlund was in Polk County District Court on Wednesday as a judge considered an effort from the state…

posted 2014-07-23 12:27:11 by KXEL

Propane suppliers: buy ahead to avoid price spikes

State officials and propane suppliers are advising consumers to fill their tanks before cold weather arrives because prices could climb again this winter. Prices will largely depend on how cold it is this winter and how long the cold lasts.…

posted 2014-07-23 12:25:54 by KXEL

2 hospitalized after 7-vehicle crash on I-380

Cedar Rapids police say two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after a seven-vehicle accident on Interstate 380. Police received a report of a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lane of I-380 at 6:53 a.m.  While en…

posted 2014-07-23 10:50:03 by KXEL

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