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    Channel 13’s Apple A Day Giveaway

    Watch Today in Iowa to win a brand new Apple iPad Air 2 in the Apple A Day Giveaway!

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    Republican VP Nominee Pence Campaigning in Iowa

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — With Election Day fast approaching, the candidates are circling back to where it all began — here in Iowa. Over the next two days, you’ll get the chance to see almost every face vying for the White House. It all starts Thursday on the Republican side. Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a rally in Fort Dodge. It’s being held at Iowa Central Community College. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the rally […]

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    USDA Helping Businesses Adopt Renewable Energy

    Four Iowa businesses are getting a little help to become energy efficient or adopt renewable energy sources. The USDA is trying to get more businesses to transition. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced $300 million to help out small businesses save money on energy costs. He says cutting energy waste is one of the best ways to help companies save money and cut carbon pollution. The $300 million will go to grants or loans to business across […]

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    Donald Trump to Visit Cedar Rapids Friday

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be campaigning in Cedar Rapids Friday. Trump is set to host an evening rally, which will be his sixth rally in Iowa since accepting the Republican nomination. The rally will be held at McGrath Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. For tickets to the event, click here.

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    Hillary Clinton Campaigning in Des Moines Friday, Details Announced

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be campaigning in Des Moines on Friday. In addition to holding an event in Cedar Rapids on the same day, Clinton will lay out what’s at stake in November and urge Iowans to early vote to support her and Tim Kaine at an Iowa Democratic Party “Women Win” early vote rally. The event will be held at Theodore Roosevelt High School and begins at 4:45 p.m. Friday. Doors open at […]

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    Affordable Care Act Under Fire, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Acknowledges Criticism

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — is under fire after the White House announced massive increases in the premiums people pay. It’s now up 25 percent on average, and in many cases even higher for individuals and for people who are self-employed. In Iowa, it’s a range between 19 percent and 43 percent, depending on the provider. The state insurance commissioner acknowledges that people are being forced to choose between paying premiums and paying […]

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    Master Gardeners Donate Food With S.N.A.P. Education

    More than 7,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables have been donated to Iowa food pantries across the state by Iowa State University. With a new collaboration, about eight times that has been donated from smaller gardens. Two years ago, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach combined its agricultural side and it’s human service side for a project that pairs Iowa Master Gardeners and the S.N.A.P. Education program. Iowa Master Gardeners are volunteers with special training in gardening and education […]

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    Unfinished Des Moines Hotel Already Booking Guests

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Though construction on a new downtown Des Moines hotel has just begun, the hotel is already accepting bookings. Designers showed off finished plans for the Convention Center Hotel Tuesday.  They include an outdoor patio, ballroom, and pool with views of the State Capitol, the Des Moines River, and the East Village. The convention and visitors bureau says it’s already trying to bring conventions to the area, in anticipation of the opening date. “Our team is out […]

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    Voting Booth Selfies Remain Prohibited, State Officials Addressing Issue

    DES MOINES, Iowa — On Election Day, you may want to play it safe and leave the phone at home. Music superstar Justin Timberlake created a stir when he posted a selfie while voting in Tennessee. The state prohibits cameras and video inside of the voting booth. Iowa also has a similar law which can even be considered a misdemeanor crime. “The law is a little bit vague in Iowa in terms of ballot selfies,” said Kevin Hall, Communications Director, […]

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    Workout of the Week: Basics Needed for Home Gym

    Personal trainer Angie Gallagher has a gorgeous studio and tons of equipment at her fingertips, but she says you don’t need all of this to get fit at home. “It doesn’t take that much equipment to make an effective gym in your own home,” she explains. “In fact, very few pieces of equipment are needed.” Here are some of the basics: First, you need a mat. You can spend more than $50 on this piece, but then you’ll have less […]

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    Pella Community Shows it is ‘Stella Strong’

    PELLA, Iowa — A Pella family is finally back together after one of its youngest members had a long hospital stay. “Oh man this is unbelievable, I never thought we’d be in the hospital that long,” said mom Sarah Turnbull. At just one-month-old Stella was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. The disease weakens all of the body`s muscles and muscle systems. Stella’s family was warned at the hospital that she would only live a few weeks — she is now […]

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    City Plans to Demolish Footbridges Near Schools

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The safety and accessibility of some Des Moines footbridges is being questioned. The footbridges were the topic of conversation at Monday night’s city council meeting. They route pedestrians over roads near Howe, Park Avenue, and Windsor elementary schools. Traffic engineers say they’re in need of repair and they don’t accommodate wheelchairs. The plan is to demolish them and make improvements to the pedestrian crossings at those locations. One of the bridges is scheduled to be torn down […]