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    Public to Weigh In on Proposal to Sell Phenix Elementary

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The West Des Moines school district has a plan for Phenix Elementary, but it wants the public’s opinion before anything is finalized. A public hearing will be held Friday at noon at the Learning Resource Center. The hearing is on a proposal to sell the property to the city of West Des Moines for $535,000. The amount would be payable over five years and would include interest. Earlier this year the district voted to close […]

  • Things That Make You Go ‘Eww’ — Giant ‘Fishing Spiders’

    DUBUQUE COUNTY, Iowa — A very large spider is getting lots of attention here in Iowa. The Wisconsin DNR posted a picture of the fishing spider and it went viral, but the spiders are in Iowa too. KWWL reports the spiders get their name from their ability float on the water. A female spider can get up to three inches long. The male spider is about half that size. They do bite, but officials say the spiders don’t have enough venom […]

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    Des Moines Man’s Arson Conviction Upheld

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Des Moines arsonist. James Galbo lit the Lighthouse Full Gospel Baptist Church on fire in August of 2012. Galbo was staying at the church in the days leading up to the fire. He also reportedly told several people of his plans to set it on fire. Galbo’s attorney argued some of the evidence used against Galbo wasn’t credible, but the court disagreed saying there’s substantial […]

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    Trial Date Set in Infant’s Murder Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A new trial date has been scheduled for a Des Moines teen accused of killing his infant son. Court records show 17-year-old Drew Weehler-Smith will go before a jury on February 9th. He’s charged with first degree murder and child endangerment in the death of four-month-old Gabriel McFarland. Police say the child died in April while in Weehler-Smith’s care. Results from the autopsy show the baby died of abusive head trauma.

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    White Sox vs. Twins Wednesday (9/3) at 7

    The Chicago White Sox travel to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Twins Wednesday (9/3) night at 7.  Watch it FREE and LIVE on WHO Channel 13.3...Mediacom Digital Channel 114. Watch select White Sox and Cubs games all season long.   2014 WHO 13.3 Chicago Cubs/White Sox Telecast Schedule *All Games and Times subject to change Wednesday, September 3 White Sox @ Minnesota 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 10 White Sox vs. Oakland 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 17 White Sox @ Kansas City […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Some Soybean Leaves Turning Color

    On the August 25 NASS Iowa Crop Progress report, 88% of Iowa’s corn crop was in the dough stage or higher, which is 17 days ahead of last year and eight days ahead of the five-year average. Corn crop that has reached the dent stage is 33%, about nine points below normal. Seventy-five percent of the corn acreage is in good to excellent condition. Ninety-four percent of the soybean crop was setting pods or beyond, which is 13% more than last year […]

  • Public Hearing Held on Cannabis Oil Rules

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The public got to weigh in on the new rules being made to govern medical marijuana Tuesday. The cannabis oil legislation took effect July 1st, however it hasn’t been effective at giving children access to the oil because state leaders haven’t implemented the rules and procedures. The law doesn’t allow people to sell or purchase the oil in Iowa. They can possess it, but only with a recommendation from a doctor, and they have to go […]

  • North Dakota State in Ames is Bugging Andy

    Is the FCS even a real thing? NDSU…might…just might…play a role in Channel 13’s Andy Fales’ rantings this week.

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    ‘Vicious’ Pitbull Gets Chance at Rehabilitation

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A pitbull that was sentenced to death has a shot at re-hab, instead. Jimmy was accused of biting three people last year. The dog was formerly named “Killer.” According to the Des Moines Register, the West Des Moines city council approved an agreement to rehabilitate him. In January the city ruled Jimmy was vicious and should be euthanized. His owners filed an appeal, and their case was taken up by The Lexus Project. The dog […]

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    Employee Falsified West Des Moines Water Quality Results

      WEST DES MOINES,  Iowa — A West Des Moines Water Works employee is out of a job for falsifying a water quality report. A spokesperson says a plant operator filed a report saying a water sample tested negative for bacteria when it was actually positive. Another employee noticed and notified management. A second round of tests was ordered and they came back clean. We’re told the water is safe to drink and nobody was put at risk by the […]

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    West Des Moines Calls for Special Census

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of West Des Moines will pay to count its residents. Monday night the city council approved a special census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population of the city will be nearly 64,000 by next year. That’s up nearly 12.5-percent over the 2010 census. If the new count is accurate, and certified by the special census, the city could gain an additional $670,000 in additional road use tax revenue each year. The city’s […]

  • 13Raw VIDEO: Dashcam from Arrest of Homeless Woman

    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has released the dashcam video of the arrest of Diane Smith.  


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