CONTINUING COVERAGE: FLOODS OF 2016

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    Iowa Bird Flu Response Team Wins Award

    In 2015, one of the worst animal health disasters in history swept the nation. A strain of Avian Influenza led to the deaths of nearly half of Iowa’s egg laying chickens and millions of other poultry. The response team for Iowa’s Department of Agriculture had to deal with a way to dispose of 35 million dead birds, including a quarter of turkeys, affecting 70 producers, and involving 1,700 permits to move around products. Last week at the National Association of […]

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    Racing at Iowa State Fair Speedway Ending for ‘Forseeable Future’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Promoters for the Iowa State Fair Speedway announced Wednesday that racing will end there for the foreseeable future. A statement posted on the group’s website says they were notified recently by Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater that racing was being discontinued. ISFS promoters say they were shocked by the news after they say Slater publicly promised at an awards banquet last fall that there would be racing at ISFS for many years to come. Here’s […]

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    Police Say Men Killed in Clive Shooting Shot Each Other, Urge Witnesses to Come Forward

    CLIVE, Iowa — Clive police say two people who died in a Labor Day weekend shooting shot each other, but investigators say the case isn’t closed. Police are still asking for help piecing together how the shooting unfolded at the 7 Flags Event Center in the early morning hours of Sept. 5. Two other people were injured in the shooting. Police say 44-year-old Kevin Hall and 29-year-old Johnny Jackson died following a shoot-out in the parking lot. One of the […]

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    Videos: Cedar Rapids Flooding

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    Former Hawkeye QB Randy Duncan Passes Away

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Iowa Hawkeye football star, and Des Moines attorney, Randy Duncan has passed away at the age of 79. A family friend confirms to Channel 13 Duncan died Tuesday night. He had been battling brain cancer. Duncan was a star athlete at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, leading the Roughriders to the state football title in 1954. He was also part of the state runner-up basketball team. He went on to play an integral role […]

  • Two people killed in shooting at 7 Flags Event Center in Clive on Sept. 4th, 2016. (WHO-HD)

    Police to Release Update in Clive Double Homicide Case

    CLIVE, Iowa — The Clive Police Department plans to release an update Wednesday on its investigation into a shooting that killed two people in early September. The shooting happened outside of 7 Flags Event Center at 2100 NW 100th St in the early morning hours of September 4th. The center was hosting the “The 2nd Annual All Black Party 2016,” a ticketed event where guests were meant to be all dressed in black. Two Des Moines men, 44-year-old Kevin Hall […]

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    $4 Million Concert Venue Proposed for Riverview Park

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines has plans for a new park, with a familiar name. Riverview Amusement Park was open for business on the island near 6th and Corning until 1978. Now the city wants to build an outdoor concert venue in its place, which could hold 10,000 people. The project comes with a price tag of $4 million, but leaders say it’ll be worth it. “There’s a lot of larger musical acts that bypass Des […]

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    Racist Post Made from Des Moines Teacher’s Hacked Facebook Account

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines School District says one of its teachers is the victim of hackers. An offensive message was sent out from the teacher’s Facebook account. Spokesperson Amanda Lewis says the district is commenting on the issue in an effort “to stave off any uninformed action against the teacher.” The message was sent to a North Carolina woman the teacher has never met and included racial slurs. The post also criticized Hillary Clinton. Facebook has confirmed […]

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    Conservatives Call For Repeal of RFS

    The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, last week released a sweeping critique of U.S. agriculture policy. In a 148 page report, the foundation called for Congress to revamp crop insurance and food standards. It also called for a repeal of the Renewable Fuel Standard; claiming biofuels hurt the ag economy, cost taxpayers more, and have not reduced dependence on foreign oil. Overall, it calls U.S. biofuel policy a case study of unintended consequences of government intervention. Iowa Renewable Fuels […]

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    Man Killed After Crashing Motorcycle in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A man was killed following a motorcycle crash in Des Moines Tuesday night. At approximately 7:30 p.m., Des Moines police officers responded to the 2200 block of Southeast Virginia Avenue to investigate a report of a motorcycle crash. The responding officers located a single motorcycle crash with one adult male injured at the location. The injured man, who was driving the motorcycle, was transported to a local hospital by Des Moines Fire Department medics. The man […]

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    Surprise Team of Class 4A Football Continues to be Newton

    NEWTON, Iowa — We’re over halfway through the high school football season and the surprise team in Class 4A has to be Newton. The Cardinals are undefeated (5-0) and ranked No. 9 in the latest poll. The reason for the surprise is simply because Newton spent the last six years as a 3A school and only won 1 game last season. Newton was one of two teams bumped back up to the large class this fall.

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    Flooded Cedar River Potentially Weakening Levees by Rushing Past Foundation

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The real worry in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday afternoon is what is happening below the water’s surface as the flooded Cedar River rushes past the foundation of the levees, causing them to erode and potentially weakening them with every passing minute. Channel 13’s Sonya Heitshusen and Ben Oldach are in Cedar Rapids and joined the Channel 13 News at 6 with live reports.