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    Taylor County Child Death Investigation Underway, 2 Arrested

    TAYLOR COUNTY, Iowa — Two people are behind bars in southwest Iowa in connection with a suspicious death of a child. On May 22, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a child not breathing at 608 Washington Street in Bedford. Upon arrival, deputies found a 3-year-old female child unresponsive. The child was soon after pronounced deceased by the Taylor County Medical Examiner. 25-year-old April Clair of Bedford and 25-year-old Charles Hall of Chicago were then taken into […]

  • Walmart Updates Animal Rights Positions

    Near the end of May, Walmart, along with subsidiary Sam’s Club, updated its position on animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in its supply chain. Notably, Walmart is asking suppliers to publicly report their corporate animal welfare positions and antibiotic management on an annual basis. It also acknowledged support for the five freedoms of animal welfare, a list of animal rights recognized by the United Nations, which preclude the use of gestation crates. Walmart is not currently requiring suppliers […]

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    Disaster Proclamation Issued for Clarke County

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad has issued a disaster proclamation for Clarke County due to damage caused from severe storms earlier this month. The proclamation, which was issued Wednesday morning, allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the effects of severe weather and activates the Iowa Individual Assistance Program. Straight line winds from that storm toppled more than 80 train cars that day.  Burlington Northern Santa Fe worked with a local heavy equipment […]

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    More Probable Cases of Avian Flu Identified

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Two more Iowa counties are dealing with probable cases of avian flu. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says more than one million more birds in Adair and Webster counties are infected. So far the virus has spread to a total of more than 26 million birds in 17 different counties Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack talked with Channel 13’s Dave Price about the federal response to the crisis. He says the USDA is hopeful that quarantine […]

  • Iowa Bird Shows Canceled

    The recent outbreak of High-path Avian Influenza has killed millions of birds in Iowa, but now it’s killed bird shows. On May 21, the Iowa Department of Agriculture announced an order to cancel all live bird exhibitions at county fairs, the Iowa State Fair, and other gatherings with birds. It also halts bird livestock auctions, swap meets, and exotic sales. The order is effective immediately and lasts through the rest of 2015. To control the spread of avian influenza, 19.1 million […]

  • U.S. Congressman David Young Opens New Constituent Services Office in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – U.S. Congressman David Young opened his new constituent services office on Tuesday. The purpose of the office is to be a place for people to come if they’re having issues with the federal government. “I’m going to help my bosses, and my bosses are the people of the third district. If there’s issues regarding a social security payment, or the IRS is giving you the runaround, or a farm payment, or an issue regarding the EPA, I’m […]

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    Single Sprinkler Saves Des Moines School from Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A single sprinkler extinguished a fire inside East High School on Monday night, according to a Des Moines Fire Department press release. Just before midnight, the Des Moines Fire Department responded to a fire at the high school, located at 815 E. 13 St. Fire officials arrived on the scene and found a pressure washer largely consumed by fire. The sprinkler that put out the fire was activated when the heat from the fire reached a […]

  • Two People Taken to Hospital after Des Moines Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A driver and a 12-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital on Tuesday following a car crash. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a three-car crash occurred at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Aurora Avenue in Des Moines. Officials said the driver of a van turned in front of a car, which caused a collision. The van then spun and hit a third vehicle. The two people in the van were the only ones taken to the […]

  • Funeral for Fallen Omaha Police Officer Held Tuesday

    OMAHA, Nebraska – The funeral for fallen Omaha police officer Kerrie Orozco was held on Tuesday. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and members of the Des Moines Police Department were in attendence for Orozco’s funeral services. A visitation was also held on Monday at St. John’s Church on the campus of Creighton University. A public vigil followed the visitation at 7 p.m. Orozco, who was a Walnut, Iowa, native and a Council Bluffs resident, was trying to arrest a man for assault when he […]

  • USDA Surveying Thousands Of Farmers

    Some of the most important surveys of the year are right around the corner. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) gathers ag data all year round, but in the first two weeks of June, they reach out to nearly 125,000 producers and farmers for three surveys. NASS Census and Survey Division Director Barbara Rater says the June Acreage survey, Hog and Pig Inventory survey, and the Off-Farm Grain Stocks survey are some of the most anticipated collections of the year. Rater says […]

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    DNR Confirms Presence of Black Bear Near Dubuque

    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources say there have been multiple reports of a black bear roaming around the Dubuque area, and now one of those sighting has been confirmed. KWWL reports officials say it’s the first bear sighting in the past five years. The DNR says the bear is most likely from Wisconsin or Minnesota and should wander away soon. “If it starts hanging around here in town, hopefully we can gently haze it […]

  • Des Moines Arts Festival

    Channel 13 invites you to the biggest event of the Summer…the Des Moines Arts Festival! DATES: June 26 – 28, 2015 TIMES:  Friday, June 26 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 27 – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday, June 28 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. WHERE: Western Gateway Park, Downtown Des Moines, Iowa Surrounding the famed John & Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park WHAT: The two-time Gold Grand Pinnacle Award and Bravo Encore Award-winning Des Moines Arts Festival® […]


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