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    Iowa Utilities Board Says Pipeline Developer Started Construction Early

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A controversial oil pipeline is getting backlash from the board that approved it. The Iowa Utilities Board issued a ruling Tuesday saying the Bakken pipeline’s developer violated an order when it started construction-related work early. The board says the company did it without notifying county inspectors. Any future violations could result in possible civil penalties. Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers remains the one group still reviewing the pipeline. It must approve a permit for […]

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    Univ. of Iowa Investigating Alleged ‘Racially Motivated’ Beating

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa says it is investigating the beating of a student over the weekend, and the student says the attack was racially motivated. WLS-TV in Chicago is reporting that 19-year-old freshman Marcus Owens, a black student from Chicago, was severely beaten Saturday night. Owens had his front teeth knocked out, needed stitches to his lip, and sustained damage to his eye socket in the incident. His family tells the station Owens’ attackers yelled the […]

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    Vehicular Homicide Trial Over Cyclist’s Death Continues

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The trial of a man charged in a fatal hit and run began Wednesday with opening statements. Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan Leyva-Rodriguez is charged with vehicular homicide by OWI. Police say Leyva-Rodriguez hit well-known cyclist Wade Franck last August as Franck was participating in a community bike ride. Franck died from his injuries a few days after the accident. In his opening statements, prosecuting attorney Olu Salami described the kind of man Franck was including his passions in life, […]

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    License Plate Thefts Reported in West Des Moines

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines police are trying to track down the person behind an unusual string of thefts. Police say over the last month around 22 license plates have been reported stolen. The plates are mostly out-of-state and have taken from cars at hotels. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 223-1400. You can leave a tip anonymously.

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    Wet Weather Slows Down Planting

      Last week brought Iowa twice as much rain as any other week in 2016, but farmers still got a lot of work done according to the Iowa Crop Progress report. With only two day suitable for fieldwork 17% of the corn crop was planted, putting the state at 57%; A day ahead of last year but eight days ahead of the average. Farmers in North Central and Central Iowa have over three-quarters of their corn planted. Seven percent of […]

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    Metro Grocery Store Closing After 7 Months

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A grocery store that just opened in West Des Moines last fall will be closing its doors in a few weeks. The company on Tuesday said it will close all 13 stores in Texas, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas effective May 18. This includes Iowa stores at 5901 Mills Civic Pkwy. in West Des Moines and 180 Collins Rd. N.E. in Cedar Rapids. “The decision to close these stores is a difficult but necessary step with the […]

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    Ankeny Horse Representing Central Iowa at Kentucky Derby

    ANKENY, Iowa — There will be extra interest in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, both nationally and locally. Nationally, the derby comes off a Triple Crown year for the first time in decades. Locally, Albaugh Family Stables out of Ankeny owns Brody’s Cause. Brody’s Cause won the Kentucky Bluegrass Stakes and those who follow horse racing closely give Brody’s Cause a good shot to win the Derby. “To know that I got a horse into the Kentucky Derby, that was the […]

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    High School Teacher Arrested at Prom

    OKOBOJI, Iowa — A northern Iowa teacher was arrested while chaperoning at his school’s prom. Okoboji teacher Royce Van Roekel, 33, was arrested Saturday after someone reported a drunken teacher at prom. Milford police say Van Roekel had blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit at 0.191. He was arrested, booked into jail, and later pleaded guilty to public intoxication. One parent told KTIV that teachers are supposed to set examples for students. “They don’t want them (the students) […]

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    Iowa High School Graduation Rates on the Rise

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa continues to lead the nation in high school graduation rates. The Iowa Department of Education announced Tuesday that Iowa’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year in a row. Dropout rates among Iowa high schoolers continue to decline. State data show nearly 91 percent of students in the class of 2015 graduated in four years. “Iowans should be proud that our state leads in high school graduation rates, and I know this […]

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    United Way Kicks Off Read to Succeed Campaign at Greenwood Elementary in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — One of the biggest predictors of high school graduation is third-grade reading proficiency and a critical effort to make sure all kids are reading at that level launched Tuesday. United Way kicked off the Read to Succeed campaign at Greenwood Elementary in Des Moines. The goal is to get 90 percent of third graders reading proficiently by the year 2020. As of now, nearly 25 percent of third graders in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties are not reading […]

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    Iowa DCI Investigating Assault in Boone

    BOONE, Iowa – The Iowa DCI is investigating an incident involving an assault in Boone. On Monday at approximately 2 p.m., officers in Boone responded to 1221 S. Linn Street on a report of a domestic in progress outside the home and a male bleeding from the neck heavily. Upon arrival, officers found the male victim and transported him to the hospital. Authorities discovered the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Latasha Lee of Boone, assaulted the victim resulting in serious injury […]


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