CONTINUING COVERAGE: FLOODS OF 2016

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    THE INSIDERS: Journalist Laura Belin on Vladimir Putin’s Role on Presidential Race

    A one-week cease-fire in Syria is over. Wednesday morning a Syrian rebel group released video of an airstrike. They say two people were killed and another 30 were injured. Last week, both sides of the civil war agreed to lay down their weapons after the U.S. and Russia helped broker a cease-fire but that lasted just seven days. The American and Russian governments have been on opposite sides of the civil war, as they have been in numerous conflicts since […]

  • DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 5 : GOP Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence greets the crown prior to a speech by Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday August, 5, 2016. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)

    Republican VP Candidate Mike Pence to Headline Event in Des Moines Saturday

    The Republican vice presidential nominee will be in Des Moines this weekend. Mike Pence will headline the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s yearly fall banquet Saturday. The banquet will take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds’ Knapp Learning Center. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets start at $55.

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    One Arrested After Motorcycle Chase Ends in Cornfield

    ALTOONA, Iowa — One person was taken into custody by police after an early morning motorcycle chase. Twenty-five-year-old Jeffrey Schlegel is now facing charges of felony eluding, interference with official acts, and violation of probation. The chase started just before 3:00 a.m. near 31st and Kingman. Police say Schlegel got on I-235 and led officers east through the metro on to I-80, then exited in Altoona. The chase eventually came to an end when Schlegel ran the bike into a cornfield at […]

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    Controversial Casey’s Store Closer to Being Built in Pella

    PELLA, Iowa — Plans to construct a new Casey’s General Store in Pella have upset many nearby residents. The store would be built at Main and Union and at Pella’s city council has been considering whether to re-zone the area to allow construction. At Tuesday night’s meeting the council passed the second reading on that plan. Many who live near the site aren’t sold on the project. They say they’re concerned about traffic and gas fumes becoming a problem. Others say […]

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    Family Halloween at Living History Farms

    Join Channel 13 at Living History Farms Family Halloween! October 20-23, 27-30 5:30-8:30 PM

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    Two People Dead After Plane Registered to Company Based in Des Moines Crashes in Missouri

    LEE’S SUMMIT, Missouri — Two people were killed Tuesday night when a plane with Iowa ties crashed in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Few details have been released other than the single-engine plane was trying to land around 6 p.m. and the crash happened just outside of Kansas City, Missouri, at the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport. While the exact origin of the flight is unknown, the plane is registered to Teko Air, which is a company based in Des Moines. Lee’s Summit Police Sergeant […]

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    Half Of Iowa Crops Mature

      Statewide, there were only three days good for fieldwork this last week but farmers in east central and southeast Iowa had more than five days. You can see harvest happening sporadically across the state, but for the most part, farmers are waiting for dry weather to clear up the crops. According to the Iowa Crop Progress report, only about half of corn is mature, three days ahead of last year. Although central, east central, and southeast crops are in […]

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    Van Meter Gets Defensive, Bulldogs Ready for Another Run to the Dome

    VAN METER – The Van Meter Bulldogs are off to a 4-0 start to the football season and ranked 5th in Class 1A.  But whats even more impressive, the Dawgs have yet to give up a single point, outscoring opponents 189-0.  4 straight shutouts to start the year. Van Meter made it to the dome last season, but lost in the semifinals to Western Christian, the goal is to get back and make it 1 game further.

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    Hawkeyes Ready to Rebound After Loss to NDSU

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – After a shocking 23-21 loss to North Dakota State last weekend the Iowa Hawkeyes now have to get ready for Big 10 play. The team up first on their schedule is Rutgers.

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    State Leaders Remain Focused on Closing Skills Gap in Iowa Schools

    State leaders are trying to close the skills gap in Iowa schools, and say it starts with preventing “chronic absenteeism.” The term is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused. Leaders say students who do so aren’t proficient in reading by the end of the third grade. Right now, that’s nearly a quarter of Iowa students. “Chronic absence in the earliest grades affects low-income families the most,” said Hedy Chang of […]

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    Ankeny Superintendent Responds to Allegations of Centennial Football Player Using Racial Slur

    ANKENY, Iowa — Ankeny’s superintendent is responding publicly to allegations of a Centennial football player using a racial slur against an opponent earlier this month. The parent of a Des Moines Roosevelt player alleges the slur was used against her son after a game Centennial won. Ankeny superintendent Dr. Bruce Kimpston posted a response on the school’s blog. Dr. Kimpston writes in part: I want to apologize to the Roosevelt player and his family for the experience they had in Ankeny. While […]

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    Ankeny Woman Facing Felony Charges for Allegedly Hosting Parties for Teenagers, Selling Drugs

    An Ankeny Woman remains in the Polk County Jail Tuesday night on a $1.4 million bond for allegedly hosting a series of parties for teenagers, including one where a teenage girl was allegedly sexually assaulted. 48-year-old Darcy Duncan is facing 23 felony charges, including third-degree sexual abuse and multiple counts of providing alcohol to minors and dealing drugs. According to the multiple criminal complaints filed against her, Duncan regularly hosted parties for area teenagers at her home, where she allegedly […]