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    One Man Injured Following Officer-Involved Shooting in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa- One man was injured following an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Des Moines. Shortly before 10:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at an apartment located at 6710 SE 5th Street. When police arrived, they found Brian Lee Beeler, 41, of Des Moines, inside his aunt’s 2nd floor unit. According to police, Beeler did not cooperate with officers and was acting erratically. He pulled one knife from his waistband and approached the officers. An officer […]

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    Des Moines City Council Appoints New City Manager

    DES MOINES, Iowa – It may have taken some time, but the Des Moines City Council has finally named a new city manager. On Thursday morning, the council confirmed Scott Sanders as the new city manager. Sanders formerly served as an assistant city manager while the council searched for the position. Sanders said he doesn’t feel there are “issues” that need resolving as he takes on this new role. Instead, he says he hopes to build off opportunities the city […]

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    Vice President Biden Speaks in Des Moines During ‘Nuns on the Bus Tour’ Stop

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Des Moines Wednesday during the “Nuns on the Bus: We the People, We The Voters”” tour. Biden spoke to a crowd of several hundred people at the West Capitol Terrace. During his speech, Biden credited the “Nuns on the Bus” tour for their work on health care reform. “Nuns on the Bus fought like the devil for health care,” the Vice President said. PHOTO GALLERY: Joe Biden Visits Des Moines […]

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    New Poll Shows Ernst with Lead Over Braley in US Senate Race

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A new poll released Wednesday morning shows Republican Joni Ernst with a lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in the race for the U.S. Senate to replace Sen. Tom Harkin. The poll, released by Quinnipiac University, shows Ernst with a 50-44 percent lead over Braley among likely voters. Ernst leads among men, 56-39 percent, while Braley leads among woman by a 50-44 percent margin. Among independent voters, Ernst leads Braley 50-43 percent. “The tale of independent voters tells you all […]

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    Des Moines Police Investigate Stabbing

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police are investigating a stabbing that happened Tuesday afternoon in Des Moines. At about 4 p.m., police responded to 5000 SW 9th Street on a report of a fight with a weapon. Upon arriving, police found Michael Huston, 18, with a stabbing wound to his neck. Huston told police he was standing outside the Des Moines Food and Liquor Store when two cars carrying several men pulled up and engaged him in a fight. Hustons said […]

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    Road Closures Announced for Vice President Biden’s Des Moines Visit

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Several streets near the Capitol Complex will be closed Wednesday morning as Vice President Joe Biden visits Des Moines. Starting at 7 a.m. Grand Avenue from East 12th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and Walnut Street from 7th Street to East 12th Street will be closed to traffic. Officials expect the roads to reopen at noon Wednesday. Parking is available for those attending the event at the parking garage at Pennsylvania Street and Grand Avenue. Biden will […]

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    Woman Accused of Driving Drunk to Pick Up Son from School

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines woman has been charged with operating while intoxicated and child endangerment after police said she picked up her son from school while intoxicated. Police responded to the 5-year-old boy’s school Monday afternoon after the boy’s parents failed to pick him up from school. The boy’s mother, Martha Juarez, 29, arrived at the school shortly after 6 p.m. to pick him up after his father had failed to do so. The police report states  that when […]

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    Supporters Ready for Hillary in 2016, Offer Advice for Success in Iowa

    INDIANOLA, Iowa – “Hello Iowa, I’m back!” It was the first sentence out of Hillary Clinton’s mouth as she greeted thousands of supporters at the annual Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola on Sunday. And for those who want to see the former Secretary of State back in the White House, it was music to their ears. RELATED: Hillary Clinton Flirts With Iowans About What’s Ahead PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 Harkin Steak Fry While Clinton considers a bid for the presidency in 2016, […]

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    Man Charged Following Fiery Crash on I-235

    GRIMES, Iowa – A Grimes man is now facing charges after a fiery crash on Interstate 235 over the weekend. Police responded to the crash Saturday evening at 5:45. According to police, Steven Luebke, 57, was behind the wheel but was able to get out. A passerby took him home but called police. Police went to Luebke’s home in Grimes and found him passed out. They took him into for questioning and during that time he admitted to drinking before […]

  • Hillary Clinton Flirts With Iowans About What’s Ahead

    INDIANOLA, Iowa -“I’m baaaaaackkkk”, Hillary Clinton yelled on stage at the 37th and final Harkin Steak Fry Sunday at the Indianola Balloon Fields. It marked the first time Clinton has stepped foot on Iowa soil since her disappointing third place finish in the 2008 Iowa Caucuses. Clinton spoke mostly about the legacy of retiring Senator Tom Harkin, second chances and the Democrats running for office in the state. But she mixed in several lines, offering coy comments about a possible […]

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    Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide Following Crash That Killed Four Teenagers

    EPWORTH, Iowa – The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed four boys riding on a utility vehicle in August is facing vehicular homicide charges. According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Joseph Connolly, 24, of Holy Cross, faces four counts of vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated. He’s also been charged with one count of serious injury by OWI, four counts of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, one count of serious injury by reckless driving and failure to stop […]

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    Man Facing Murder Charge After Assault Victim Dies of Injuries

    OTTUMWA, Iowa – A man has been charged with second-degree murder following an assault in Ottumwa. According to Ottumwa Police, Maekele Hagos was assaulted outside of “The Elbow Room” during the early morning hours of Sunday, September 7. Hagos died of his injuries Friday morning. Kendrick Lee Jackson, age 30, has been charged with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class “B” Felony.  Jackson is being held in the Wapello County Jail with a bond set at $100,000.

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