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  • Women’s March Draws Crowd at Iowa Capitol Grounds

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Women’s marches are taking place across the country on Saturday, and crowds packed the State Capitol grounds in Des Moines. Women came not to protest, but to “support women’s rights, human rights, social and environmental justice, and to encourage participation in 2018 elections.” Some state political candidates were in the crowd, including gubernatorial candidates Nate Boulton and Dr. Andy McGuire. McGuire says this kind of response from the women of our state is not a flash in […]

  • One Suspect Arrested, Police Searching for Two Others After Drive-By Shooting in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A suspect in a Des Moines drive-by shooting is in custody while two others remain at-large. Police responded to several reports of the shooting around 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Capital Heights neighborhood. Police say three separate reports came in within blocks of 36th and East Court. The target of the bullets is currently unknown, but police say there is gunfire damage to a home and fence in the area. Neighbors say they witnessed the shooting unfold […]

  • Authorities ID Victim of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

    BREMER COUNTY, Iowa  —  State officials have identified the man shot and killed by police this week. On Wednesday, The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a man inside a vehicle at a Love’s Truck Stop with a gun pointed at his head. The man, who has now been identified as 29-year-old Jihad Merrick of Minneapolis, Minnesota, fled the scene traveling southbound on Highway 218 when officers arrived. Shortly after, a Nashua police officer saw Merrick outside […]

  • Iowa Bicyclists Braving Cold Temperatures to Take a Ride

    IOWA  —  After days of frigid weather, Iowans are enjoying the warm-up. One Iowa group refuses to stay inside, though, even when the temperatures dip below zero. The Flat Iowa Society Bicycle Club meets two nights a week even when there’s snow on the ground. The group says is has, on average, about 10 people show up during the winter for these rides. Members say it’s a great way to stay fit and also creates a great sense of camaraderie. As for […]

  • Two Women Hospitalized After Car Hit by Train

    CAMBRIDGE, Iowa  —  Two women were hospitalized after their car was hit by a train early Saturday morning. The Story County Sheriff’s Office was called to 320th and South Water Street in Cambridge around 3:45 a.m. Investigators are not yet sure what led to the car being on the tracks, but officials say both passengers in the vehicle were taken to the hospital. The victims’ conditions are not currently known and the accident remains under investigation.

  • Former Iowa Communications Network Head Accused of Misspending Money

    IOWA  —  The former head of the Iowa Communications Network is accused of misspending more than $300,000 of taxpayer money. Richard Lumbard was fired two weeks ago, and an audit by the state shows the reason why. Lumbard is accused of misspending $380,000. That includes hiring individuals from a non-profit group that he was associated with called Wind and Fire Ministries. The audit also shows Lumbard took two trips to Belize without taking vacation time from ICN. No criminal charges have been filed, […]

  • Casey’s Getting Tax Break for New Jobs

    IOWA  —  One of Iowa’s biggest and richest companies is getting a big tax break to expand in the state. On Friday, the board for the Iowa Economic Development Authority announced a new round of financial investment awards. The top award went to Casey’s General Store. The company is building a $34 million addition onto its Ankeny headquarters. The IED will give Casey’s around $6 million in tax credits if it fulfills job creation and salary promises. Casey’s says the expansion will lead to […]

  • 15 More Flu-Related Deaths Confirmed in Iowa

    IOWA  —  The flu has taken the lives of 15 more Iowans. This brings the total number of flu deaths to 29 this season, including Nikki Burtlow, a 34-year-old mother of two from Newton. The latest flu report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows 119 people were hospitalized due to the flu last week, and 17 schools reported having more than 10% of their students out with the flu. While the vaccine has not been a good match for the […]

  • Department of Public Safety Hiring Troopers and Special Agents

    IOWA  —  The Department of Public Safety is looking for more people to join its ranks. The department is looking for troopers and special agents, and the deadline to apply has been pushed back to February 2nd. The goal is to start the academy at the end of May or beginning of June. Becoming an officer is a 10-step process that includes a background check, physical fitness test, and even a polygraph test. Sergeant Nathan Ludwig said the department gets a variety of applicants. “We […]

  • Waterloo Play Encourages Conversation About Effects of School Shootings

    WATERLOO, Iowa  —  A school play in Waterloo is tackling a hot-button issue as it goes over school shootings and the aftermath. The artistic director says it’s a show meant to spark important conversations about situations that are sadly seen too often. “There’s been 200 school shootings since Columbine, which is pretty overwhelming.” The play focuses on Caitlin Gabriel, a student who had just been shot and seriously injured in her school’s library. The audience hears from Caitlin, her parents, reporters, and […]

  • Inmate Assaults Staff Member at Iowa State Penitentiary

    FORT MADISON, Iowa — A staff member at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is recovering after being assaulted by an inmate. It happened Thursday afternoon as the officer was conducting a routine search of the inmate’s cell. Officials say the inmate struck the officer with his fists. Before the situation escalated, the officer who was attacked and another officer nearby were able to take control of the situation. Prison medics treated the attacked officer for bruises and scratches. […]

  • Tax Bill Gives Advantage To Cooperatives

    A loophole in the new tax reform bill gives cooperatives a significant advantage over private grain handling businesses and Congress is trying to work out the consequences. At the end of last year, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law. Farm groups tried to keep a little known cooperative deduction, called section 199, which ended up failing. Instead, a new section 199A replaced it. Kristine Tidgren with the ISU Center for Ag Law and Taxation says, “It’s […]