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2014-04-16

West Branch day care worker pleads guilty to child porn

A 22-year-old day care worker in West Branch has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say Brady Verlo made his plea Monday in federal court in Cedar Rapids.  Verlo admitted that he distributed the porn between June and December…

posted 2014-04-16 06:26:48 by KXEL

Iowa City fire damages several businesses

Several businesses have been damaged by a fire that ripped through a commercial building in Iowa City. Firefighters were dispatched at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday to the 16,000-square-foot metal warehouse on the southeast side of the city.  No injuries have been…

posted 2014-04-16 05:45:27 by KXEL

2014-04-15

Iowa DNR says it erred in prescribed burn

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it failed to follow protocol during a prescribed burn that spread and damaged some properties in Benton County. The department says officials failed to contact the National Weather Service about conditions for Benton…

posted 2014-04-15 20:13:46 by KXEL

Court: Bisignano can seek office despite conviction

The Iowa Supreme Court says a Des Moines man can run for state Senate despite efforts by his primary opponent to have him disqualified. Tony Bisignano was convicted of second-offense drunken driving, and his Democratic primary opponent Ned Chiodo claimed…

posted 2014-04-15 20:12:04 by KXEL

Alliant says its ready to build Marshalltown plant

An Alliant Energy official says the utility has received the necessary permits for a power plant in Marshalltown and expects to begin construction this summer. Alliant representative Kenn Vinson told the Marshalltown City Council on Monday night the utility received…

posted 2014-04-15 20:10:29 by KXEL

Police: Hypnotist accused of public intoxication

Police say a hypnotist hired to provide alcohol-free entertainment at a post high school prom event in Marshalltown was arrested for public intoxication. The Marshalltown Police Department says 43-year-old Terry Woodward was taken into custody early Sunday morning. Woodward is…

posted 2014-04-15 20:08:00 by KXEL

Iowa City couple accused of tying up young child

An Iowa City couple facing drug charges has been accused of tying up a young child and using a stun gun on him. Court documents show 27-year-old Luis F. Chavez-Preciado and 25-year-old Nasra L. Fernandez-Kury were charged with child endangerment…

posted 2014-04-15 13:28:47 by KXEL

Branstad scandal ensnares key Iowa link to China

Chinese Association of Iowa executive director Swallow Yan has helped connect Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with two Chinese presidents, boosting relations between the farming state and the growing superpower. But Yan is upset with Branstad these days, saying the Republican's…

posted 2014-04-15 13:04:54 by KXEL

Legislative oversight probe continued to Wednesday

A second day of questioning by lawmakers about confidential settlement agreements and government hiring practices has been called off. The Government Oversight Committee says Paul Carlson, a top official at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services had a scheduling conflict…

posted 2014-04-15 11:07:27 by KXEL

DHS: 1 juvenile remains at large after escape

Authorities say two juveniles that escaped from a north-central Iowa treatment facility have been captured, and a third remains at large. The Iowa Department of Human Services says the juveniles were apprehended separately in Cedar Rapids between Sunday night and…

posted 2014-04-15 10:38:22 by KXEL

State patrol IDs victim in fatal Coralville crash

The Iowa State Patrol has identified the teenager killed in Sunday’s fatal crash on Interstate 80 in Coralville. Officials say 19-year-old Sambatu A. Ibit of Des Moines was a passenger in the 2003 Toyota Corolla that lost control, hit the…

posted 2014-04-15 10:33:54 by KXEL

Cedar Rapids park services available April 19

The full service park season begins in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 19. Restrooms, drinking fountains, rental of open-air pavilions, and general day-to-day operating conveniences will be available through October 12, 2014. The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department leases…

posted 2014-04-15 10:21:56 by KXEL

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