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UPDATE: Waterloo Schools hire 89 new teachers through grant

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Waterloo Schools announced Wednesday they have hired 89 new teachers for the 2014-15 school year. More>>

Former UNI Panther Ali Farokhmanesh headed to Nebraska

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Former UNI Panther basketball player Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Midwest, but this time in red. More>>

Wartburg receives $2 million for endowment and housing renovation

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Wartburg College has received a $2 million gift that will help renovate a first-year residence hall and build the college’s endowment.The gift from includes farmland, machinery and more than $300,000.  More>>

Waverly Health Center recognized with national designation

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For the past six years Waverly Health Center has been working towards achieving Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).On Tuesday, Waverly Health Center was granted the recognition, making it the first independent Critical Access Hospital in the country to obtain the designation.A Magnet recognition identifies an institution that attracts and retains nurses and recognizes healthcare organizations for patient care, nursing excellence and a positive work environ... More>>

Police Chief resigns, accused of unethical spending Video included

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In the wake of allegations that he was misusing city money, Dunkerton Chief of Police Tim Schultz has resigned. More>>

Waterloo teens claim top spots in Iowa State Fair yo-yo competition

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Two Waterloo teens took first and second place in the Advanced Freestyle class of the 2014 Iowa State Fair Yo-Yo competition. More>>

School zones: Police stress safety this week Video included

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Schools in northeast Iowa are back in session, and law enforcement officers are reminding people to be careful. More>>

Hundreds support family of late toddler who died after falling from window

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A weekend fundraiser drew in about 400 people, according to friends of the McOmber family.Carter McOmber, 3, died after accidentally falling from a window in his Cedar Falls home in July.Friends of the family held a fundraiser to help with medical and funeral expenses."We raised enough to pay for a good portion of their expenses," said Lisa Ortner, a colleague and friend who helped organize the fundraiser.The fundraiser was held on Saturday at the UAW Hall in Waterloo.Last week, the McOmber f... More>>

UPDATE: Boa constrictor found on Waterloo bridge has pneumonia Video included

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A UNI biology professor says the snake may not survive. More>>

Cedar Falls issues a moratorium on rental home conversions Video included

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The Cedar Falls City Council issued a moratorium on converting single-family homes into rental properties Monday night. More>>

Iowa's Child is 13-year Brandon Video included

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“I think a family would like me, because I am a good child and I don't have a home and I need a family.,” says 13-year old Brandon, our latest KWWL Iowa's Child. Brandon loves sports and pretty much any outdoor activity. When speaking of Brandon, Julie Allen of Lutheran Services in Iowa says, "Any family who chooses to work with Brandon is going to have to have patience and try to understand where he's coming from and too work with him in that capacity. But, it's very doable and I think th... More>>

Looking to spice up a dinner? Kabobs could do the trick

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Whether the goal is to achieve a fancier presentation when cooking a rather ordinary weeknight meal, or searching for a healthier fair favorite, woven kabobs might be the answer. More>>

Waterloo residents demand justice in Ferguson Video included

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People in Waterloo will hold a non-violent demonstration Saturday at 2 p.m.

It will be held at Sullivan Park in Waterloo in an effort to show support for and be in solidarity with the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, and to speak out against police brutality nationwide.

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Fill the Boot campaign celebrates 60 years in Waterloo

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More than 90 Waterloo fire fighters are taking to the streets to “fill their boots” for the 60th time.The annual Fill the Boot campaign started Friday in Waterloo, kicking off the first of three days. The campaign between the Waterloo Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #66 and Muscular Dystrophy Association is celebrating 60 years this year.Waterloo fire fighters will be at four intersections asking for donations on August 15, August 22, and August 29 from 3 until 6 p.m. Those inter... More>>

Family issues statement after late toddler falls from window Video included

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More than a month after his death, a Cedar Falls family is speaking out about saying goodbye to their 3 year-old son, Carter McOmber.Police believe Carter died after accidentally falling 20 feet from his bedroom window in Cedar Falls on July 5th.Friends have organized a fundraiser to help offset funeral expenses for the McOmber family.In a statement, the family said the following:"It is difficult to describe our son, a little boy that brightened our world. Though Carter was only on this Earth... More>>

Waterloo Police: Still can't say Dennis Washburn was killed

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Waterloo Police still don't know how Dennis Washburn, 69, died early in the morning on Memorial Day. More>>

Cedar Falls' CBE Companies to open 7th location in Texas

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CBE Companies, headquartered in Cedar Falls, has finalized plans to open its seventh location in New Braunfels, Texas. More>>

John Deere announces 600 layoffs at 4 locations Video included

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Deere & Company is cutting hundreds of manufacturing jobs. More>>

Fundraiser set for late Cedar Falls boy after window fall

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A fundraiser will be held on Saturday for a three-year-old who died after falling from a window at his home. More>>

Health Plus: Kids and Sports Video included

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Parents - picture this: there are ten seconds left in your son's football game. The quarterback passes to your son, he catches the ball, but then fumbles in a tackle. Your son's team ends up losing the game. In a hypothetical situation as such, how would you respond? More>>

Northeast Iowa Food Bank celebrates a successful garden Video included

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The Northeast Iowa Food Bank says its garden was a success.The food bank celebrated its first harvest Thursday at the pantry's community garden in Waterloo.Fresh produce is often more expensive than boxed items so this garden gives low-income families access to healthy food they may not otherwise buy."If you only have ten dollars to buy food, you want to get the most out of your ten dollars, and a lot of times that money doesn't go very far if you buy produce," Northeast Iowa Food Bank Execut... More>>

Waterloo Police: Ferguson events concerning Video included

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Area police departments say they are watching the developments in Ferguson, Missouri closely.The incident has brought concerns of the militarization of local police departments. More>>

Fruit and vegetables stolen from Cedar Falls garden Video included

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Someone's been busy stealing hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, peppers and squash from the community garden in Cedar Falls. More>>

Run the Bases at the Cedar Valley SportsPlex

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The first-ever Run the Bases 5K/10K will be hosted by the Cedar Valley SportsPlex on Saturday, August 16. More>>

Bruce Braley agrees to Senate debate on KWWL

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One of the two major candidates in the race for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's seat has agreed to a debate in the next several weeks to be broadcast on KWWL. More>>

Three Iowa communities on list of 'Best College Towns'

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A national publication says Iowa has some of the best college towns in the country. More>>

Yard sale to benefit Cedar Bend Humane Society

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The Cedar Bend Humane Society will hold a Summer Yard Sale Saturday, August 16 in an effort to raise money for the homeless animals at the shelter. More>>

Sample food, beer and wine at third-annual Stem & Stein

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Get ready to try a wide variety of food, beer, and wine at the third annual Stem Stein: Food, Beer Wine Fest on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the RiverLoop Expo Plaza in downtown Waterloo. More>>

Cedar Falls picks site for possible high school, announces bond Video included

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The Cedar Falls School District announced Friday it's picked a site to build a proposed new high school. More>>

Dog bite injures woman outside strip club Video included

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A dog bite sent a woman to the hospital Tuesday evening in Waterloo.


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Priest shares raw experiences with depression Video included

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The death of well-known entertainer Robin Williams has many people trying to understand more about what led up to his apparent suicide.Fr. Mike Tauke, a priest at St. Patrick's Church in Hampton, knows the reality of depression firsthand.He's had it for nearly 30 years."As a priest it's part of my role to talk about suffering," he said.Fr. Mike said it's more important for him to be honest than to appear perfect in front of his congregation.When asked what it felt like having depression, he s... More>>

Poker run on Cedar River benefits Magical Mix Kids

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Magical Mix Kids is holding its second annual “River of Dreams” Poker Run on the Cedar River Saturday. More>>

Inmate escapes from Waterloo work release facility

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Authorities say an inmate has escaped from a work release facility in Waterloo. More>>

Fire Chief to Teens: Don't Light Yourself on Fire Video included

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The "Fire Challenge" is making its way around Facebook, and worrying Eastern Iowa Fire Officials. More>>

Counting calories? Tips to stay healthy at the Iowa State Fair Video included

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With the Iowa State Fair coming around just once a year, we all like to indulge. However, the more fried Snickers and riblets-on-a-sick the average fair goer munches on, the more calories he or she intakes. Dietitians recommend keeping a few things in mind to keep fair food from sabotaging health and wellness goals. More>>

Iowa Sweet Corn Festival draws people to downtown Waterloo Video included

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Eastern Iowans spent Saturday celebrating one of the many things the Hawkeye state is known for -- sweet corn. More>>

Memorial ride honors girl killed by drunk driver

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People gathered at Riverview Recreation Area Saturday in Waterloo to remember 20-year-old Kate Leekley. Leekley was killed by a drunk driver last year. More>>

Cedar Falls announces location for proposed new high school

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The Cedar Falls Community School District has released the location where the proposed new high school would be built if voters approve the bond referendum in September. More>>

Waterloo man arrested for Cedar Falls robbery

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A Waterloo man was arrested Friday morning in connection with a robbery outside a Cedar Falls credit union. More>>

Northeast Iowa Food Bank celebrates harvest of community garden

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The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is celebrating a successful growing season with a garden party on Aug. 14. More>>

Helicopter carrying heavy load seen above Black Hawk County Video included

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A helicopter carrying a heavy load got some second looks in Black Hawk County Wednesday. More>>

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  • Former UNI Panther Ali Farokhmanesh headed to Nebraska

    Former UNI Panther Ali Farokhmanesh headed to Nebraska

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:21:44 GMT
    Former UNI Panther basketball player Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Midwest, but this time in red.More >>
    Former UNI Panther basketball player Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Midwest, but this time in red.More >>
  • UNI ranked number 9 in preseason Sports Network Top 25 Football Poll

    UNI ranked number 9 in preseason Sports Network Top 25 Football Poll

    UNI ranked number 9 in preseason Sports Network Top 25 Football Poll

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-08-09 02:51:52 GMT
    The Northern Iowa football teamis rankedNo. 9in The Sports Network Preseason FCS Top 25.UNI has been voted to the preseason top-10 in the last three seasons. Joining the Panthers in the top 25 from the Missouri Valley Conferenceare North Dakota State (No. 2), South Dakota State (No. 10) and Youngstown State (No. 24). Eastern Washington is ranked number 1. The Panthers were ranked No. 15 ranking in the Preseason FCS Coaches Poll.More >>
    The Northern Iowa football teamis rankedNo. 9in The Sports Network Preseason FCS Top 25.UNI has been voted to the preseason top-10 in the last three seasons. Joining the Panthers in the top 25 from the Missouri Valley Conferenceare North Dakota State (No. 2), South Dakota State (No. 10) and Youngstown State (No. 24). Eastern Washington is ranked number 1. The Panthers were ranked No. 15 ranking in the Preseason FCS Coaches Poll.More >>
  • UNI Media Day--Quarterback spot up for grabs

    UNI Media Day: Quarterback spot up for grabs

    UNI Media Day: Quarterback spot up for grabs

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-08-07 02:52:49 GMT
    The Panthers return 18 starters and have a combination of talent and experience on both sides of the football, including at quarterback.More >>
    The Panthers return 18 starters and have a combination of talent and experience on both sides of the football, including at quarterback.More >>

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