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2014-04-12

Putnam Museum opens its new science center

The Putnam Museum in Davenport has officially opened its new science center. The 10,000-square-foot space opens Saturday to the public.  Officials held a ribbon-cutting event Friday. The center features more than 45 hands-on stations focused on key aspects of science,…

posted 2014-04-12 09:43:23 by KXEL

Early literacy bill defines dyslexia for first time

For the first time, dyslexia has been officially defined in state law in an attempt to improve literacy among young students across Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Wednesday that effectively establishes a definition for the reading…

posted 2014-04-12 09:23:51 by KXEL

2014-04-11

UI expels student for sexual misconduct

The University of Iowa has taken the unusual step of expelling a student for sexual misconduct, weeks after the school president announced a zero-tolerance stance toward assault. The university said Friday the student was expelled for a "pattern of predatory…

posted 2014-04-11 15:45:27 by KXEL

UNI fraternity brothers wear heels for a cause

Fraternity brothers at the University of Northern Iowa have put on red high heel shoes to raise awareness about sexual assault. The group gathered Thursday at the Cedar Falls campus as part of the annual Walk a Mile in Her…

posted 2014-04-11 15:40:25 by KXEL

Union chief says Iowa 'do-not-hire' list is flawed

The president of Iowa's largest public employees union says the state's list of banned former workers is filled with mistakes and shouldn't have been released. Danny Homan of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Friday the…

posted 2014-04-11 13:59:39 by KXEL

Authorities rule suicide in developer's death

Authorities have ruled the death of a prominent Des Moines developer found in a burned vehicle as a suicide. The Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner released the results of Bobby Joe Knapp's autopsy Friday.  It determined that Knapp…

posted 2014-04-11 13:17:48 by KXEL

Iowa City students plan effort to save German classes

Some students say they're unhappy about the Iowa City school district's plan to cut its German language program and reduce offerings in other languages as part of budget cuts. The German language will be phased out gradually by removing first…

posted 2014-04-11 13:15:35 by KXEL

Iowa DHS: 3 juveniles remain at large after escape

Health officials say eight juveniles escaped a north-central Iowa facility that treats delinquent youth, and three remain at large. The Iowa Department of Human Services says the juveniles ran away Thursday night from the Eldora State Training School.  The juveniles…

posted 2014-04-11 12:27:37 by KXEL

Iowa Army National Guard unveils new helicopters

The Iowa Army National Guard has acquired two new helicopters in Waterloo. The Army Aviation Support Facility in Waterloo unveiled the UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the public Thursday.  They replace a 1968 Huey OH-58 used in Vietnam. Both aircraft are…

posted 2014-04-11 12:25:57 by KXEL

Court overturns coach's sexual exploitation case

A divided Iowa Supreme Court has thrown out the sexual exploitation conviction of a former Bloomfield basketball coach who had sex with a 16-year-old girl claiming he doesn't fit the definition of a school employee under Iowa law. In a…

posted 2014-04-11 10:45:58 by KXEL

Iowa finds 9 more wrongly rejected votes in 2012

A review has found that nine more Iowans wrongly had their votes thrown out in the 2012 election because of inaccuracies in the state's list of ineligible felons. Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced Friday the additional cases were uncovered…

posted 2014-04-11 10:10:08 by KXEL

Des Moines police investigating man's shooting

Authorities say a man has been shot in the neck in front of a Des Moines apartment building. The shooting was reported about 5:50 a.m. Friday. The man has been taken to a hospital.  No arrests have been reported. The…

posted 2014-04-11 09:29:42 by KXEL

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