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    Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Thousands more Iowans are working but that didn’t stop the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to rise slightly in September. The rate notched up from 4.5 percent in August to 4.6 percent last month. It’s still below the national average which is 5.9 percent. The director of Iowa Workforce Development Teresa Wahlert said employment in construction, health care, and finance are at or near record levels while global uncertainty has been affecting the state’s manufacturing sector. An […]

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    Suspect Claims Man Would Harm Kids During Pharmacy Robbery

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Four people have been arrested and charged in connection to a robbery at a Des Moines Walgreens. It happened at East 25th and Euclid, Monday around 4:00 a.m. A pharmacist said a woman came and told him a man had her children and would hurt them if she didn’t bring him a certain prescription painkiller. The pharmacist handed over six bottles with over 500 pills. That woman was later identified as Andrea Small. A witness saw […]

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    Terminally Ill Woman, 29, Reflects on Ending Her Life in 11 Days

    Brittany Maynard, the woman who has chosen November 1 as the day she will die, recently spoke to People and wrote a blog post expressing appreciation for the support she has received over the past few weeks. After her wedding in 2013, the 29-year-old began experiencing debilitating headaches. While vacationing with her husband in January, Brittany was diagnosed with grade II Astrocytoma, a severe brain tumor. After the diagnosis, doctors said her cancer had progressed to Glioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: World Food Prize Emphasizes Smallholder Farmer Importance

    The world population is projected to increase by about a third by the middle of this century. With an expansion of the middle class around the world, farmers are going to need to grow more food with nearly the same land and inputs. At the World Food Prize last week, significant emphasis was placed on the role of smallholder farmers, who grow cash crops while subsistence farming, in meeting increasing food demand. Similarly, the U.S. State Department underscores the role […]

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    Des Moines Visit for Gabby Giffords

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be in Iowa Tuesday, but she’s not campaigning for any candidates. Giffords will be in Des Moines for a roundtable discussion on protecting women from gun violence. Giffords was shot in the head during an assassination attempt in her home state of Arizona in January of 2011. She resigned from Congress due to her injuries.

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    Firefighters Rescue Pets from Burning West Des Moines Home

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A fire caused $50,000 worth of damage to a house in West Des Moines Monday afternoon. Heavy smoke was pouring out of the window of a home on Seventh Street. The owner was already outside when fire crews arrived and had been able to get three dogs out of the home, but said several cats were still inside. Firefighters were able to rescue all but one of the cats. They treated some of the cats […]

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    Father Pulled Over Driving Laboring Wife to Hospital Ticketed

    CALHOUN COUNTY, Iowa – There’s an update to a story that went viral last week out of Calhoun County. A father who was pulled over and held at gunpoint has been ticketed for speeding his laboring wife to the hospital. Last Tuesday, Ben Kohnen was taking orders from his wife, despite seeing the emergency lights in his rear view mirror. His wife, Rachel, was in labor and thought she wasn’t going to make to the hospital in time to have […]

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    East High’s Senior Night Rescheduled, District Says IHSAA Made ‘Wrong Decision’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines East forfeit to Ames stands, so East must win at Sioux City North Friday to make the playoffs. The locked gates Friday meant East did not have its scheduled Senior Night, which is always a big deal for football players, cheerleaders, and band members — not to mention the parents. East will now honor the seniors this Thursday night at Williams Stadium. Sixty-six seniors will be honored beginning at 5:40 p.m. before the […]

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    Ames School Official Defends Decision to Bring Up ‘Security Concern’ Over Football Game

      DES MOINES, Iowa — Last week Ames High earned a victory and East High School a loss without even taking the football field. Now the two school districts are giving different accounts of what led up to the forfeit. Des Moines school officials say Ames officials told them they didn’t want to play in Des Moines after dark due to a threat of violence that the school was investigating. But Des Moines says that threat was unfounded. However the […]

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    70 Years of Iowa Landscape

    If you want to know what Iowa looked like 70 years ago the Iowa DNR can help you out. Aerial photographs taken in the 1930s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and today are available online to see how the state of Iowa changed over the decades. Developers, landowners, and managers can look at how a property was used in the past. Erosion patterns, conservation practices, and natural vegetation and habitat can been used to see compare trends The photos are thanks in […]

  • Football Friday Big Game: SE Polk vs. Ankeny

    This week’s Big Game takes us to Ankeny as the #8 Hawks host #6 SE Polk

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    Report Finds Iowa Taser Policies Inadequate

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A two year study claims Taser policies in Iowa are inadequate in providing clear and dependable instructions to officers in the field. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law Clinic looked over open records requests, covering 99 counties and key municipalities. The report says there is a lack of consistency. The study found only eight counties outright prohibit the use of a Taser on a woman known to […]

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