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    WASTE WATER: Sewage Spills Into Saylorville Lake

    The Iowa DNR says part of Saylorville Lake is off limits after a waste water spill late Wednesday night. The break occurred on NW 110th St. It was reported at about 7 p.m. when someone noticed liquid bubbling up through the 110th St. roadbed. The DNR says a pressurized sewer main broke and pushed up through the ground, ran into the backwaters at Saylorville, and eventually flowed into the lake. City officials shut off the main at around 9 p.m. and […]

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    TREASURE HUNT: State Fair Goers Reclaim Lost Assets

    Some Iowans visiting the State Fair went home with more money than they spent. The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt had a booth in the Varied Industries building. Fairgoers used computers to search the Iowa Treasurer’s data base for any unclaimed property. According to Iowa State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, unclaimed assets can come in many forms. “It comes from a lot of different sources, a lot of it’s banking accounts, checking accounts, savings accounts that they forget,” says  Fitzgerald. “People forget about […]

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    NEW PLANT: Ground Broken On Eddyville Facility

    State and local leaders met Thursday for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a new plant in rural Iowa. The Harris and Ford Company and Cargill have partnered to build the new chlor-alkali plant. It will take up 29 acres of land and is expected to create 25 new jobs in Eddyville and close to 750 indirect jobs across the state. The facility will serve as a salt conversion plant for industrial applications. The owners say they chose Iowa because doing business in […]

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    HUNGER FIGHT: Volunteers To Pack 5m Meals

    A central Iowa effort to feed the world’s hungry will begin next week. The annual Meals From the Heartland Hunger Fight, the nation’s largest volunteer food packaging effort, begins Wednesday. Volunteers will pack in 2 hour shifts at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines until Saturday, August 31. The goal for this year’s Hunger Fight is to pack at least 5 million meals during the four day event. All meals packaged  will be provided to children and families in need internationally as […]

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    GRAFFITI WORRIES: Vandals Target Ames

    Ames Police say there’s been a recent rash of graffiti on Main Street and around Campustown. According to authorities, graffiti has recently been found on rental, commercial, private, and city property. Authorities also say the city has seen nearly 100 new cases of such vandalism in the past year. All rental property owners are reminded that they are required to clean up any graffiti on their property or face a fine.

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    FAIR’S BIGGEST: Two Winners Announced

    The Iowa State Fair announced winners in two of its “biggest” contests. The judges only had to pick between two pumpkins in this year’s biggest pumpkin contest. The winner was Marty Schnicker of Mount Pleasant. His pumpkin tipped the scale at 980 pounds. Don Young of Des Moines came in second place with a pumpkin which weighed in at 759 pounds. Another contest named the fair’s biggest bull. This year’s winner is Squirt and comes from Postville. He weighs in […]

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    SPECIAL ELECTION: Vote Set For McCarthy’s Replacement

    Governor Branstad has set a special election to replace Iowa State Representative Kevin McCarthy. The minority leader’s resignation goes into effect next Thursday when McCarthy will be starting a position with the Iowa Attorney General’s Office. The House District 33 special election, which encompasses portions of Polk County, will be held on October 22nd. House Democrats will meet Saturday to select a new minority leader.

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    MURDER TRIAL: Seth Techel’s Trial Moved Back

    The second trial for a Wapello county man accused of killing his pregnant wife has been postponed. Seth Techel’s trial was scheduled to begin on Monday, but the Ottumwa press is reporting that the trial is being postponed because of a medical condition affecting Techel’s attorney. Techel is charged with 1st degree murder for allegedly shooting his wife Lisa in May of 2012. His first trial in March ended in a mistrial. A hearing for the case is scheduled for […]

  • Jamal Dean

    OFFICER SHOOTING: Jamal Dean Sentenced

    A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 25-years in prison for shooting a police officer. A judge handed the sentence down Friday morning to 22-year-old Jamal Dean. Dean must serve 17 and a half years before he has a chance of parole. In April, Dean shot several rounds into the patrol car of Officer Kevin McCormick during a traffic stop in April. One of the shots hit McCormick in the head. Following the shooting, McCormick has made a full […]

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    SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Three Counties Head To Polls

    It is decision day for voters in two Iowa counties on Tuesday. In Greene County, residents will decide on a gambling referendum in a special election. The referendum needs a simple majority to pass. If approved, a proposed casino will be built in Jefferson.  Supporters say it would create 250 new jobs. It would also need the approval of the state racing and gaming commission. Voters in Dallas County will also decide on a $16.8-million bond referendum Tuesday. If the […]

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    2016 ELECTION: GOP Consider Straw Poll’s Future

    A Texas senator’s repeated visits to Iowa are drawing speculations about a 2016 presidential run. Republican Senator Ted Cruz visited Iowa last month and will return this weekend to attend the FAMiLY LEADER summit in Ames and will be back in October to deliver the keynote address at the Ronald Reagan Dinner, one of the Iowa republican party’s biggest fundraisers. The Republican Party of Iowa’s straw poll is another major fundraiser but critics say last year’s results proved to be […]

  • STATE BASEBALL: 1A Semi Final Results

    The Iowa high school baseball post-season is quickly drawing closer to its completion. On Thursday the Van Buren Warriors defeated the Van Meter Bulldogs 14-4 in six innings. The loss was tough on the Bulldogs as this year marked the first time in the state tournament in ten years. In 2003, Van Meter won it all and hoped to repeat the performance this year. “The kids continue to fight all game, even after the tough first two innings, but it […]


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