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  • Iowa Catholic Leaders gather at DMACC Ankeny to discuss Climate Change (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Catholic Leaders Highlight Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

    ANKENY, Iowa- Catholic leaders from the state of Iowa, along with interfaith, and energy advocates held a news conference to highlight the importance of the papal statement on climate change.  The document issued by Pope Francis was the motivation to urge Catholics to take this message to presidential candidates who are roaming the state. Bishop Richard Pates in  a news release, encouraged Iowans to raise the issues with the candidates. “We have a unique opportunity to keep the issue of […]

  • Brad Baker works to set up his camper at Ledges State Park near Boone (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    After Wet Weather State Parks Mostly Ready for July 4th Weekend

    BOONE, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources now reports most Iowa State Parks are ready for the 4th of July weekend, after heavy rain and flooding struck many parks. The only park in Iowa, which remains closed is Walnut Woods State Park, near Des Moines. It is being cleaned up and should open next week. The Lower Canyon at Ledges State Park has reopened after high water last week, though officials caution it could close if there is another […]

  • Trucker checks load before driving north on I-35 (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Concrete Block Falls Off Truck Near Ames

    AMES, Iowa- Late this morning a concrete block fell from a truck, blocking an on-ramp to I-35 near Ames. According to Dina McKenna, of the Story County Sheriff’s Office, an excavation company truck was leaving Highway 30 eastbound on the ramp to I-35 Northbound, when the mishap occurred. The incident halted northbound traffic for a short time on I-35. The DOT helped to move the block off to the side of the ramp so that could be opened again. There […]

  • Kathy Davison, left and Kathy Sorensen, right, both were nurses at Clarinda MHI (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Last Day at Clarinda Mental Health Institute

    CLARINDA, Iowa — It was a somber last day for workers at Clarinda Mental Health Institute. Around 40 employees and retirees gathered for a last pot luck lunch at the facility. The last patient was moved to another location last Friday. The closing means 53 employees will be laid off. The Mt. Pleasant facility will also close laying off 28 employees. “Today is a very sad day,” said former MHI Registered Nurse Ann Davison. “It’s a sad day for all […]

  • Ames Police Identify One of Two Robbery Suspects

    AMES, Iowa — Ames Police have identified one of two suspects in an armed robbery that occurred on the city’s southwest side Monday morning. Authorities have identified one suspect as 25-year-old Jeremy McCorley of Ames. Arrests warrants have been issued for first-degree robbery and assault while participating in a felony, according to the Ames Police Department. The second suspect in this case has not been identified at this time. Police Commander Jason Tuttle said around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, two black […]

  • 91 Year old Willard Hostettler on the green Oliver center screen, pulls into line at the WHO Tractor Ride 2015 (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    WHO Radio Tractor Ride 2015 Begins Near Boone

    BOONE, Iowa — WHO Radio’s Tractor Ride 2015 got underway Monday near Boone with 530 tractors and drivers waiting in line.  The ride is based at the Central Iowa Expo Grounds, with riders making a loop somewhere on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday the riders are scheduled to visit Eby Trailers in Story City for lunch. They will then visit the Jeff and Deb Hansen Ag Center at Iowa State. The ride attracts all kinds of tractors of all colors, […]

  • Riders take the Motorcycle Course at DMACC in Ankeny

    Training to Ride Safe at DMACC

    ANKENY, Iowa — A course at Ankeny’s DMACC involves not only books but a driving course as well. The 15 hour course is enables people who have never ridden to learn basic riding safety. The school provides motorcycles and helmet. Class members must go through an online course before being admitted to the riding class. Students do not need to have a motorcycle license, but do need a valid Iowa driver’s license. The class is held outdoors on a parking […]

  • Tor Erickson, of Northern California displays his hand crafted rocking chairs the the Des Moines Art Festival (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Arts Festival: California Artist Brings his Own Art Box

    DES MOINES, Iowa-  The Des Moines Arts Festival came to a conclusion on Sunday. There were many people under sunny and humid conditions. Tor Erickson of Nevada City, California brings a huge pine box to display his hand-crafted rocking chairs. Erickson attended Grinnell College back in the 1990’s. “It’s been awesome, its been incredible,” said Erickson of his weekend in Des Moines. “I lived in Iowa in the late 1990’s and we didn’t get over to Des Moines that much, […]

  • Site of the former Eastgate Shopping Center (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    City of Des Moines Hopes to Spur Growth in Eastgate Area

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The City of Des Moines is planning to use tax increment financing to help spur growth in the Eastgate area of the city. The hub of the area is the former Eastgate Shopping Center, which has been slow to redevelop after new development in the area in 2005. The City has identified one source, which may help that area grow, that is the ever-expanding buildings and students of Grand View University. The school is home to […]

  • Sandy Raitt, of Dallas Center pulls out brand new lawn furniture flooded in their garage (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Dallas Center Residents Deal with Flooded Basements

    DALLAS CENTER, Iowa-Dallas County was on the flash flood warning list several times over night, with many residents getting over 4 inches of rain. This morning some residents in Dallas Center found their basements flooded. Daniel and Sandy Raitt woke up with flooding in their street and intersection, and water inside their basement, and garage. “Got up this morning and had four to four and a half foot of water in the basement,” said Daniel Raitt. ” Everything that was […]

  • Real Estate Broker Kathy Stanbrough walks through jail cells inside a house for sale. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Former Franklin County Jail Up For Sale

    HAMPTON, Iowa — The former Franklin County Jail is for sale. The facility was last used in 1988. The asking price is $49,900. Abbott Realty Broker, Kathy Stanbrough said that she has been able to show the property to various people. “There are numerous things this property could be used for, it’s within walking distance of downtown Hampton,” said Stanbrough. “There’s been all kinds of ideas, from a youth center, a family dwelling, people have thought about using it for retail, even had […]

  • Des Moines website, almost half digital interaction with the City is from a mobile device.

    City of Des Moines Needs Upgrade in Web and Digital Services

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The City of Des Moines Information Technology Department continues to deal with growing cyber-security issues with increasing numbers of attacks on the city by hackers. There has been an 1,100 percent increase in intrusion denials. John Newman, who is the city’s Information Technology Director, made a report to the City Council at their Monday workshop. He said cyber hackers are becoming more clever. “Get in, and wander around for a while, just take little dabs, so […]

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