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    Killer Pig Virus Costing Consumers

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Retail food-at-home-prices in the second quarter of 2014 were 2.3 percent higher, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service. Most at-home food categories increased, retail beef and veal prices were up 10.8 percent, due to strained beef supplies. Pork prices were up 11.2 percent in part because of the killer pig virus PEDv. And egg prices are up with a strong domestic demand. Other items costing more are fish and seafood, dairy, and fresh fruits. Total increases […]

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    Did Merger of Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies Contribute to Ellingson’s Death?

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Missouri politician has formed a bi-partisan committee to determine if a merger between the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Lake of the Ozarks Water Patrol compromised safety on the lake. House Speaker Tim Jones created the committee in response to the drowning death of 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of Clive. Trooper Anthony Piercy arrested Ellingson for allegedly boating while intoxicated on May 31. Ellingson went into the water while handcuffed during the boat ride back to […]

  • Agribusiness: ‘Pretty Much All Grain Accidents Could Be Avoided’

    Moving grain can be dangerous. According to a report from the Des Moines Register, last week a man south of Newton was trapped in a grain bin .  Newton and Kellogg fire departments responded with a device called the Res-Q tube, which is put around people to relieve the pressure of grain. The man was rescued and is expected to make a full recovery, but grain bin safety will only become more important as harvest time draws closer. In February, […]

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    Landmark Status Sought for Downtown YMCA Building

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Downtown Des Moines’ Riverfront YMCA could be spared from the wrecking ball. Tuesday morning the city’s Landmark Review Board voted to nominate the building for landmark status. According to the Des Moines Register, the designation would make it more difficult to demolish the building. It would also make the property eligible for state historic tax credits and would require all renovations to be approved by the city council. Preservationists say the building should be saved for […]

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    Stay Granted, Iowa Telemed Abortions Can Continue

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Following a last-minute decision by the Iowa Supreme Court Tuesday to grant a stay, telemed abortions are allowed to continue in Iowa until the court makes a full ruling in the case. In August, a Polk County judge ruled the Iowa Board of Medicine had the authority to ban the distribution of abortion inducing pills via video conferencing. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland appealed and requested a stay on ban, which was set to go into […]

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    Minnesota Senator Named Speaker at Democratic Fundraiser

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Democratic Party has announced its keynote speaker for the 2014 Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Organizers say Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar is this year’s guest of honor. Party chairman Scott Brennan says she’s a great speaker and a strong advocate for the Democratic Party candidates. This year’s fundraising dinner is October 25th at Hy-Vee Hall. You can get tickets at iowademocrats.org starting at $100 a piece.

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    Area Business Leaders Help Habitat for Humanity

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Leaders from several metro businesses teamed up to fulfill one main goal Tuesday. Chris Welp of Athene USA in West Des Moines is among those participating in the CEO Habitat for Humanity build. “I think most of us enjoy swinging a hammer instead of swinging a pencil sometimes so we do enjoy the change of pace,” says Welp. Eventually, a mother and her five growing boys will move into the home at 1570 East Emma Avenue […]

  • Judge to Rule on Casey Frederiksen Murder Trial Testimony

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Iowa — A northern Iowa man is awaiting trial for the 2005 murder and sexual abuse of Evelyn Miller, 5. But first, a judge must decide whether to allow testimony of Casey Frederiksen’s history of child pornography. “The defendant admitted to viewing child pornography in the same room hours before Evelyn was reported missing,” testified DCI Agent Chris Callaway. At a hearing Tuesday, the state argued the images he had of little girls the same age as Evelyn engaged […]

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    District Keeps Food Allergy Policy, Doesn’t Rule Out Future Changes

    GRANGER, Iowa — Last week we told you about one mother’s concerns with the policies at Woodward-Granger Elementary School. Her son’s peanut allergy is so severe, even the slightest exposure could kill him. She wanted the school to institute a peanut ban and mandatory hand-washing procedures. Monday night the school district addressed those concerns. After listening to presentations by parents and school nurses, district officials decided to keep the current policy, but consider some changes. Under the current policy an […]

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    New Hotel, Office Development to Go Up Near Downtown

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A new development is going up just outside of downtown, assuming Des Moines City Council approves the project next week. On Monday, a Minneapolis developer, Sherman Associates, said it plans to break ground in late fall on a Holiday Inn Express and three-story office building near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and SW 11th Street. The city’s Urban Development Review Board approved the proposal Tuesday morning and will pass their recommendation along to city council. Sherman  […]

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    Crash Causes Delayed Morning Commute on I-235

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A collision involving several vehicles caused a back-up on I-235 Tuesday morning. DOT cameras showed the vehicles on the side of the road in the westbound lane between the Keo Way and 7th Street exits near downtown Des Moines. As of 8 a.m., traffic was backed up to the east mixmaster but by 8:45 a.m. authorities had the collision cleared.

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    Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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