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    Fire Damages Downtown Apartment

    DES MOINES, Iowa — At least one person is out of their home after an apartment fire overnight. Firefighters were called to near Western Gateway Park at 1305 Locust Street just after 1 a.m. Wednesday. Crews saw flames in one apartment. They were able to quickly put out the fire. Firefighters say it appears unattended candles caught a curtain on fire. No one was hurt in the fire, but one bystander was hurt trying to get people out of the […]

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    HAZMAT Crews Respond to Boone Chemical Leak

    BOONE, Iowa – A Des Moines HAZMAT team was dispatched to Boone late Tuesday night after an anhydrous ammonia leak. Crews had to shut off the flow to a 1,500 gallon tank at the West Central Co-op after it began leaking from a hose line, officials said. The tank was inspected and the area was checked for harmful chemicals. Officials haven’t said what caused the leak. Boone County Emergency Management also coordinated the response.

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    Power Outage as Car Hits Pole Near Downtown

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A handful of people near downtown Des Moines lost power after someone hit a power pole. MidAmerican Energy spokesperson says a car hit a pole at 24th and Ingersoll just after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The pole was bent over onto the car and wires, which were on fire,  were lying across Ingersoll. No one was seriously hurt but the driver did complain about back pain. In total, 20 customers lost power.

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Iowa Crops Ahead of Schedule

    The Monday Iowa Crop Progress report showed perfect conditions for fungicide and herbicide applications in the nearly six days suitable for fieldwork.   Eighty-five percent of the corn acreage was at or beyond the silking stage, almost two weeks ahead of last year and a week over the five year average. Corn in the dough stage is at 14%, seven points ahead of normal.   Eighty-two percent of soybeans are at blooming or beyond about 10 days ahead of last […]

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    Lawsuit Against Ankeny Police Claims Informant was Raped by David Flores

    ANKENY, Iowa — The Ankeny Police Department is being sued by a female drug informant who claims officers sent her into a meeting with David Flores and that they failed to protect her from being raped. The Des Moines Register reports the suit was filed last week in Polk County, and that no criminal charges have been pressed against Flores based on the alleged rape. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone told the Register he could not discuss whether his office […]

  • Waukee Preparing For State Baseball Tourney

    WAUKEE, Iowa — The last time Waukee made the State Baseball Tournament all of the current players were either in 2nd or 3rd grade. It’s been 10 years. The Warriors practiced one final time Tuesday before they take the field Wednesday in the quarterfinals against Johnston. Waukee had the best regular season in school history, winning 35 games. Now the warriors are the top seed in Class 4A. With three more wins, Waukee would win its first state baseball title.

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    Branstad Requests Presidential Disaster Declarations for More Iowa Counties

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad is asking for more help cleaning up the damage from severe weather. He requested another Presidential Disaster Declaration Tuesday for 22 Iowa counties. The counties all suffered extensive wind, hail, tornado and flood damage during the storms that hit on June 26th through July 7th. The counties that are part of the latest request are: Audubon, Black Hawk, Butler, Cedar, Des Moines, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, […]

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    Drowning Victim Identified as Creston High School Teacher

    UNION COUNTY, Iowa — Authorities have released the name of the Creston High School teacher who drowned in a southwest Iowa lake Monday. Authorities responded to Twelve Mile Lake around 6:15 p.m. Monday on a call of a boat that was running with nobody in it. In the water, they found shoes and clothes but no boater. The Union County Sheriff’s Office searched Monday night and returned Tuesday morning with help from the Department of Natural Resources and a dive […]

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    Branstad Plans More Veteran Assistance, Doesn’t Go Into Details

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s working on more ways to help veterans, but he isn’t ready to talk about them yet. Branstad held a campaign event Tuesday morning with several dozen veterans. He praised their work ethic and talked of the success of his Home Base Iowa program. It helps provide job, education, and licensing assistance to convince veterans to live in Iowa following their military service. “We want them to know there are good jobs […]

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    Winter Weather, Lack of Big Jackpots Blamed for Lower Lottery Revenue

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Lottery says there two big reasons the lottery made less money this year compared to last. The figures show the lottery sales totaled more than $314 million. That’s down about $25 million from last year. Lottery officials say the winter blizzards are one of the big reasons for the decline. The other is there weren’t as many big Powerball jackpots compared to 2013. “Statistically, we know that our results will fluctuate from year to […]

  • Body Found in Southwest Iowa Lake

    UNION COUNTY, Iowa – The search for a Creston man has come to an end after a body was found at a Union County lake. A search party was sent out to Twelve Mile Lake after a report of a missing man at about 6:15 p.m. Monday evening. Authorities believe he may have drowned. Along with shoes and items of clothing, the man’s boat was found still running. The search was called off at sundown Monday but resumed at about […]

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    Flooding Cleanup Underway at Ledges State Park

    BOONE, Iowa — Clean up began Tuesday to reopen one of Iowa’s most popular parks. The DNR closed the Lower Canyon Road at Ledges State Park last month due to flooding. The morning started out with a small crew but more workers came to help out from other state parks around the region. Crews are scooping lots of silt and hauling it to dump at a nearby site. The park had 25 feet or so of water on the Lower […]