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  • Research Says Origin Labeling Hurts Economy

    New research from Kansas State University suggests that USDA’s controversial country of origin labeling rule will have a negative economic impact, because it increases compliance costs without quantifiable benefits. Under the rule, meat product labels inform customers of where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered. USDA assigned the research, which found no increase of demand for meat products labeled under the rule. Instead, researchers found that higher retail prices and lower supplies under USDA’s rule would actually cost American […]

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    Senate Hoping to Save Two Iowa Mental Health Institutes

    On Wednesday, the Senate took a step to save two mental health institutes that are facing closure. Senate file 505 passed along party lines 26 to 22, which would boost state funding in the next fiscal year for health and human service programs to $1.9 billion. Included in that funding would be money to keep the mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant open. Senate Republicans attempted to amend the bill to require drug testing for recipients of public assistance, […]

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    Channel 13’s Apple A Day Giveaway

    We're giving away the brand new Apple iPad Air 2 with 64 GB of memory...a $598 value! Just watch Today in Iowa for the clue word then enter here!

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    Gov. Branstad to Sign Bill Aimed at Keeping Abuse Victims Safe

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad will sign a bill on Thursday that is designed to keep victims of abuse safe. The bill was passed in the House and the Senate in April. It establishes an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking and human trafficking. A victim’s address is removed from public records and their mail is sent to the secretary of state’s office, before being forwarded to the victim’s home. At least 30 […]

  • More Public Pianos Coming to Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – After there were just two public pianos around the city in 2014, eight public pianos are being set up this summer. In addition. before they’re deployed, they’re getting a fresh coat of paint. Artists got to work Wednesday morning painting the pianos. The pianos will be placed in several places upon completion, including the new RAYGUN, the Hub Spot, the Wellmark YMCA, and Drake University. One will also be placed in West Des Moines at the […]

  • Congressman David Young Wants More Support Given to Iowa Farmers

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Congressman David Young says Iowans need to support farmers who have been affected by bird flu. The U.S. Representative met with local business owners in the East Village Wednesday morning. The event was part of National Small Business Week, but the congressman also decided to address the avian flu outbreak. Young says he has been in contact with the CDC and the Department of Agriculture for the last couple of weeks. “We need to make sure […]

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    Des Moines High Speed Chase Ends With Arrest

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A high speed chase through Des Moines culminated with an arrest on Tuesday night. Police said they spotted a car speeding on I-235 around 8:30 p.m. The driver of the car refused to pull over during the chase, and reached speeds of more than 90 miles per hour. Police eventually called off the chase, but later found the car abandoned along East Washington Avenue. Authorities searched the area and took one person into custody. Officers proceeded to […]

  • Van Ends Up in Des Moines Pond Following Police Chase

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say a driver crashed a van into a pond during a chase Tuesday night, but they can’t find the suspect. The pursuit started shortly before 10 p.m when a man driving a white work van blew through a red light while turning from right from Hartford Avenue on to Indianola Avenue. “He (the pursuing officer) briefly gave chase, but after two or three blocks, he lost sight of the van,” said Sgt. Steven […]

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    Urbandale Police Helps With National Bike to School Day

    On Wednesday morning, kids were encouraged to ride their bikes to school as opposed to taking the bus. Wednesday is National Bike to School Day. The annual event is used to teach kids about health, safety and a cleaner environment. Urbandale police helped spread the message by holding meetups with kids around the city, while doing bike and helmet checks, and registering bikes. Then at 9:30 a.m., the groups along with officers pedaled to school. The kids could also ride […]

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    Not Enough Votes for New Marshalltown Police Station

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Police officers in Marshalltown will have to wait longer to get a new headquarters. The bond referendum to build a new station needed 60-percent approval to pass, but it only got 35-percent in Tuesday’s vote. Sixty-five percent voted down the measure. City leaders want to build a $13.7 million facility near the American Legion. Officials say the department has outgrown its current location and the facility is not designed for modern police work.

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    Opposition Puts Substitute Teacher ‘Outsourcing’ Plan on Hold

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines school board is holding off outsourcing its substitute teachers for now, after response to the idea was not positive. Parents, teachers, substitutes and teacher associations all spoke out against the proposal at a meeting last night. Many are concerned the quality of subs will deteriorate by going through a temp agency. “The proposal to outsource substitute teachers to Kelly Services is bad for our teachers, out students, and our community,” said Andrew Rasmussen […]

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    Huckabee Launching Tour in Iowa

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is making his way to Iowa Wednesday, just one day after he launched his bid for the White House. Huckabee made the announcement of his candidacy in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. “It would be fitting that here, I would announce that I am a candidate for the president of the United States of America,” Huckabee told the crowd. The former governor won the Iowa caucus in 2008 but failed to win the […]

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