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    Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Drops

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s unemployment rate continues to drop. Iowa Workforce Development reports that the statewide unemployment rate dropped to 4.1% in February from 4.2% in January. Non-farm employment saw its first decline since September losing 400 jobs. The manufacturing sector added the most jobs in February. Still more than 70,000 Iowans are out of work.

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    First Valley High Forum on Race Relations Held

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — About a hundred people packed the cafeteria at Valley High School Thursday night for a forum on race relations. It was in that cafeteria that a large fight broke out last month. We are told it started because of a picture that one student posted on social media. “The student had joined Valley High School from the state of Missouri about a year and a half ago and in her room on the back wall […]

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    Bank Robbery Suspect Identified, Still Being Sought

    ST. CHARLES, Iowa — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man they say held up a St. Charles bank. Deputies say 35-year-old Hussam Abusharkh of Urbandale robbed the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank Wednesday afternoon. They say he pulled out a gun and demanded the teller fill a bag with money. He then ordered the employees into the bathroom. Abusharkh is believed to be driving a 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo with the possible Iowa license plate […]

  • Iowa Honey Hits Five Year Low

    Iowa honey production hit a five-year low in 2014, according to a new report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The roughly 1.5 million pounds of honey produced last year was 20 percent below production in 2013. The report also states that honey-producing colonies fell 10 percent year-over-year, now at 35,000 colonies. Honey yield per colony also tumbled, down 10 percent from 2013 at 43 pounds per colony. NASS valued the 2014 Iowa honey crop at $3.7 million, down nearly 20 […]

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    Fire Damages Marshalltown Home

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – A child playing with a lighter is believed to have started a house fire in Marshalltown Wednesday evening. Emergency crews responded to the fire at 711 North Fourth Avenue at about 7 p.m. When crews arrived on the scene they found black smoke coming from the home. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Investigators said the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter in a bedroom. The fire caused about $5,500. No injuries […]

  • Proposed Rule Stops Payments To Nonactive Farm Managers

    DES MOINES, Iowa — On March 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a proposed rule under the 2014 farm bill to limit payments to people classified as farm managers, but not actively engaged in managing a farm. The term “actively engaged” has been around since 1987, and it’s defined broadly in the law. According to USDA some operations are able to have an unlimited number of farm managers who can get payments from farm safety net programs. Now, USDA […]

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    Man Captures Close-up Video of Oklahoma Tornado

    Warning: The video below contains graphic language MOORE, Oklahoma – A group of Oklahoma men came extremely close to the tornado that struck Interstate 35 in Moore, Oklahoma on Wednesday. Dean Mitchell posted the video to his Facebook page. In the video, you can see power flashes as the tornado gets to the side of the interstate. Around the 1:04 mark, the wind from the tornado then knocks a semi truck over onto its side. Channel 13’s sister station KFOR-TV was on the air as a […]

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    Family Says Drake Grad’s Arrest in Spain was Due to ‘Misunderstanding’

    MADRID, Spain — The State Department says a recent Drake University graduate is being held in a Spanish prison and the man’s family says it’s all because of a misunderstanding. Police arrested 23-year-old Brett Wright in Madrid March 15th and he’s been in prison for the last ten days. His mom and dad gave him the trip for graduating with honors from Drake. He was an all-star athlete and Health and Sciences major and is now a teaching assistant in […]

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    Ankeny Teen Voted Off ‘American Idol’

    LOS ANGELES, California — An Ankeny teen made it to the top ten of American Idol but is not moving on the final eight. Maddie Walker was one of two contestant eliminated on American Idol Wednesday night. In an interview after the show, Maddie said the experience made her trust in her abilities more. She plans on continuing a career in music. Maddie didn’t just compete with other singers on the show, she also battled a serious illness – appendicitis.

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    Texas Girl Seizure-Free with Medical Marijuana in Colorado

    DALLAS , Texas (KDAF) — Nine-year-old Alexis Bortell wants to be the poster girl who gets medical marijuana legalized in the Lone Star State. “I think that it should be legal in Texas because every child should live a normal life,” Alexis Bortell told NewsFix last month. We first talked to Alexis a year ago. For most of her life, she’s been dealing with daily epileptic seizures. Her parents were told by a specialist and doctors medical cannabis might stop them. […]

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    Suspect Sought in St. Charles Bank Robbery

    ST. CHARLES, Iowa — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to identify a bank robber. Just after 3:00 Wednesday afternoon, a man walked into the Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank in St. Charles with a gun. Investigators say the man told the staff to fill a bag with money, ordered the employees into the bathroom, then left the bank. No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery. None of the employees were […]

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    Join Channel 13 at the Science Center of Iowa

    Channel 13 News is proud to partner with the Science Center of Iowa to help make the weather meaningful to Iowa’s young, impressionable learners. When they visit, they not only learn about the science of weather but they also see the magic of television. Come visit us each Tuesday through Friday at noon and once each month on Saturday morning. About the Science Center The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. […]


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