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  • Ankeny Man Accused of Sending Explicit Snapchat Photos to Minor

    ANKENY, Iowa  —  An Ankeny man is charged with sending explicit photos to an underage girl. Evan Berkland, 19, is charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, dissemination of obscene materials to a minor, and enticing away a minor under 13. Berkland is accused of using the social media app Snapchat to send an 11-year-old girl nude photos and to encourage her to meet him for sex. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance next week.

  • Cedar Rapids Still Waiting on Federal Funding for Flood Projects

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa  —  Cedar Rapids may have to wait a little longer for federal funding for flood projects. The city was devastated by floods in 2008 and faced a similar threat last year. A $625 million flood protection plan was created, but the federal government has not allocated its $73 million share of the project. Senator Joni Ernst says this is because the Army Corps of Engineers prioritizes coastal cities with higher property values. “Our questions to the director, questions we’ve had to the […]

  • Our First Live Interview: Drake Men’s Basketball Coach Niko Medved

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The new Drake University men’s basketball coach Niko Medved was introduced on Monday to a group of approximately 50 people at the school’s Knapp Center. Medved was previously at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where he was employed for four years. He is known for his recruiting skills and was the 2017 Southern Conference Coach of the Year, after working at Colorado State University for six years. His main goal at Drake is pretty clear, […]

  • Styx Coming to Hoyt Sherman

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A classic rock group is headed to a Des Moines stage this spring. Styx has announced it will perform at Hoyt Sherman Place on May 3rd. Having seen many member changes throughout the years, the band is best known for smash hits like “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto.” Tickets for the show go on sale Friday morning.

  • United Airlines Faces Backlash Over Dress Code Controversy

    UNITED STATES  —  United Airlines is facing backlash after two girls were kicked off a flight for wearing leggings. The girls were flying on an employee’s travel pass, and the airline has a dress code for those passengers because they are representing the airline. Normal, paying customers are allowed to wear leggings on flights. Still, people are calling their policy discrimination against women, because leggings have become a wardrobe staple. Cathy Moyer says she was also the target of the travel pass policy, but she […]

  • Seymour Classes Resume After Tornado Strikes Town

    SEYMOUR, Iowa  —  School has reopened in Seymour after an EF-2 tornado struck the Wayne County town on March 6th. The school took heavy damage to two gyms in the school complex, and the roof and windows were damaged. “I’m excited. Excited to have the kids back, and get ready and just get back into the swing of things,” said Jamie Houser, Seymour School principal. Houser stood by the front door and welcomed students back to class after almost three […]

  • Mercy West Installs Inflatable Colon Display for Colon Cancer Prevention Month

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  On Monday, Mercy West Medical Clinic added a new temporary decoration: a 12-foot-long inflatable colon for Colon Cancer Prevention Month. Colon cancer is the third most deadly form of cancer, but also one of the most preventable if you get screened. Doctors hope the inflatable large intestine will encourage men and women to take the first step and stop a silent killer. “Colon cancer has almost no symptoms. Patients can start developing a polyp and have it […]

  • Fearless Girl Statue Staying in Place on Wall Street

    NEW YORK  —  The new statue of a young girl on Wall Street will be staying in its place a little longer. Earlier this month, a group installed the bronze Fearless Girl statue that stands in a face-off with the Charging Bull. The statue was scheduled to come down on April 2nd, but that date is being extended until next February. More than 28,000 people have signed a petition to make it permanent.

  • Family of American Victims of London Attack Speaks Out

    UTAH  —  The family of the U.S. tourist killed in last week’s terror attack in London is now speaking out about their loss. “Just happy that she is alive and so sad that her love is taken away from her,” said Jennifer Payne, sister of Melissa Cochran who, was injured in the attack. Melissa is recovering from serious injuries to her leg, ribs, and head. Her husband Kurt was killed. The couple was in London to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and […]

  • Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas Inducted Into Gymnastics Hall of Fame

    IOWA  —  Two Olympic gold medal gymnasts are being honored for their success. Iowa gold medalist Shawn Johnson East is being inducted to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame after winning four medals at the 2008 Olympics. She was also the World All-Around Champion in 2007. Shawn is from West Des Moines and trained at Chow’s Gymnastics, a gym that is seeing another member inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gabby Douglas will be honored as part of the 2016 […]

  • Study Shows Many People With Specific Nut Allergy Don’t Have to Avoid All Nuts

    UNITED STATES  —  When patients are diagnosed with a peanut or tree nut allergy, they are often advised to avoid all nuts to be safe. However, a new study released on Monday morning finds half of those who think they’re allergic to all nuts actually are not, according to NBC’s Erika Edwards. The research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology examined 109 people known to be allergic to a specific nut like walnuts, almonds, or cashews. Despite blood […]

  • Iowa Fire Marshals Opposed to Expansion of Firework Sales

    IOWA  —  The Iowa Fire Marshals Association is giving its opinion on a piece of legislation going through the Statehouse. A bill to expand the sale of fireworks has passed the House. The bill would allow fireworks to be used during the week of the Fourth of July and during the Christmas and New Year holidays, and would also prohibit the sale of fireworks to those under the age of 18. The Iowa Fire Marshals voted unanimously to oppose the bill. In […]