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Iowa Launches Campaign to Reduce Fatal Crashes

Authorities are launching an effort to reduce fatal crashes on Iowa’s secondary rural roads. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau announced the effort, which began Tuesday and continues through Sept. 30, 2015. The program will focus on rural secondary roads in …

Volunteers Help Fill Potholes in Waterloo, Iowa

The streets of Waterloo, Iowa, are a bit smoother now thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers who spent part of their weekend filling potholes. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the volunteers filled about 400 potholes Saturday in …

Man Fired for Using Forklift on Candy Machine at Iowa Business

A 27-year-old man has lost his job and Iowa unemployment benefits for using a forklift on a malfunctioning vending machine. The Des Moines Register says Robert McKevitt had deposited money in a vending machine last fall, but the candy bar …

Stricter Texting While Driving Bill Considered in Iowa

Iowa lawmakers granted initial approval Tuesday of a bill that would further crack down on texting while driving by allowing officers to pull over motorists suspected of that sole offense. A three-member Senate transportation subcommittee unanimously approved the measure. It …

Nebraska School District, Insurer Settle ‘Huffing’ Lawsuit

School board documents say the Scottsbluff Public Schools district has settled a lawsuit filed over a 2011 “huffing” incident at Westmoor Elementary School. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that a memo in the board meeting packet says the lawsuit was settled …

Iowa Woman Suspected of Insurance Fraud

Cedar Falls, Iowa, police say they have arrested a local woman on suspicion of insurance fraud and filing a false police report. Police say 44-year-old Michaela Marie Kotz was charged this week in an arrest warrant. Investigators say that in …

Insurance Symposium Set in Des Moines Next Year

Iowa officials say a new insurance symposium set for next year is aimed at bringing top industry experts to Des Moines. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart tells The Des Moines Register that the two-day Global Insurance Symposium will attract industry …

Iowa Board Awards Millions for Flood Protection

The state Flood Mitigation Board has awarded millions of dollars for flood protection projects in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and other Iowa cities. The awards were announced on Wednesday. The Iowa Legislature created the board to let cities use a portion …

Iowa Seeks to Rein in Use of Speed Cameras

Unmanned “speed cameras” that enforce local speed limits have become a common roadside feature across the United States, but few places have embraced the devices with the zeal of Iowa. Across the state, cities big and small have installed the …

Parents File Civil Suit Against Iowa Boat Operators

The parents of an Iowa man killed in a Mississippi River boating crash filed the first of what could be several civil lawsuits against the boat operators. The Burlington Hawk Eye reported Friday that Des Moines attorney Alfredo Parrish filed …