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    Cat Hitchhikes 120 Miles Inside Truck’s Engine Compartment

    AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State sports announcer had a surprise hitchhiker when he traveled to Ames, Friday. BJ Schaben tweeted a picture of his cat lying on the engine of his truck with the caption: Drove 120 miles so far today. Stopped by repair shop, didn't know I had a rider! #9lives pic.twitter.com/wSVUlZWo4i — BJ Schaben (@BJSchaben) November 21, 2014 Schaben said the cat, called Jasper, is ok. Adding, “My truck’s motor was purring like a kitten.” Schaben is […]

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    Latest Iowa Unemployment Numbers Released

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped last month. Iowa joined about two thirds of the rest of the country seeing the job numbers get better. However, Iowa’s rate is still slightly higher than at this point last year. Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent, from 4.6 percent in September. It was 4.4 percent a year ago. Iowa Workforce Development says the state’s labor force is currently at an all-time high of about 1.7 million and the total […]

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    Lockdown at Lincoln High School Lifted

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Lincoln High School in Des Moines was placed on lockdown for several hours Friday morning. Police at the school said the threat was made by email at about 7:45 a.m. A school official said they couldn’t find anything credible about the threat and the building was searched as a precaution. The school says the lockdown was lifted shortly after 10:30 a.m. The school notified parents of the lockdown.

  • A Des Moines school bus was involved in an accident Friday (WHO-HD)

    Des Moines School Bus Involved in Accident

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines school bus was involved in an accident Friday morning outside the Channel 13 studios. A truck towing a skid loader was also involved in the collision. It happened at about 7:50 a.m. on 19 Street and Ingersoll Avenue. The back of the bus suffered minor damage. Police say no one was injured.

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    Board of Regents Member Nicole Carroll Resigns

    CARROLL, Iowa – A member of the Board of Regents has resigned. Nicole Carroll made the announcement Thursday citing her family’s move out of state. “Given my family’s recent move out of state, I wish to make this announcement ahead of the next Board meeting,” Carroll said a statement. “I want to thank everyone for the wonderful opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents. This is a highly dedicated Board and all of its members work tirelessly for Iowa […]

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    Van Meter Negotiating Shared Space Agreement for Bob Feller Museum

    VAN METER, Iowa — Four years ago we said goodbye to a legend — Iowa icon Bob Feller. Since Feller’s passing in December of 2010, his museum in his hometown of Van Meter has fallen on hard times. This week we learned the museum as we know it is coming to an end but it’s not going away. A sign on the building reads “Bob Feller museum is now closed for good,” but city officials say that’s not the case. […]

  • Iowa Turkeys Have Billion Dollar Impact

    It’s a small industry, 130 farms raises the nearly 11 million turkeys in Iowa. But it has a big, local economic impact, nearly $1.5 billion a year according to the Iowa Turkey Federation. Nick Hermanson raises turkeys in Story County, Iowa. His operation is part of a grower-owned processing facility in West Liberty where there’s demand to supply customers through the plant. And that keeps him busy. He says, “We’ve been at capacity for several years, in 2008 when the […]

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    Pleasant Hill Shootings Fund

    A fund has been setup to help the families of the two victims hospitalized after a gunman went on, what police described, a random shooting spree in Pleasant Hill. To check out the fund, click here.

  • Terrace Hill got a makeover in time for the holidays (WHO-HD)

    Holiday Decorations Going Up in Governor’s Mansion

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Florists from across the state are decking the halls at Terrace Hill Thursday. The Iowa Florist Association along with volunteers join together to beautify the mansion each year. Kirk Inright, a friend of Governor Branstad and the first lady has organized the decorations in the past, but he passed away three weeks ago so florists say they’re decorating in his honor this year. The goal is to keep decor within a Victorian era theme. “It’s become […]

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    DART Bus Gets Arty Makeover

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A moving art exhibition was unveiled in Des Moines Thursday morning. It’s being called DART Art and involves a one-of-a-kind design covering a Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority bus. It was created by Des Moines-based artist Alex Brown and features an abstract design. “It’s unique because it’s sort of a moving exhibit space,” Brown said. “It’s more interesting than seeing another advertisement, or something you’d see everyday.” The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Project […]

  • Overnight Des Moines House Fire Kills Several Pets

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A fire damaged a Des Moines home and killed several pets late Wednesday night. A neighbor says she saw the fire as she was driving home. “Then I saw, I’m not kidding, bright orange flames in the lower window. I thought ‘oh my God,’ that house is on fire. It’s on fire,” Pam Powers said. Powers immediately called 911 and notified another neighbor. Fire crews arrived in the 100 block of 34th Street at about 10:25 […]

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    Pella Man Facing Meth-Related Charges

    PELLA, Iowa – A Pella man is facing several charges after meth making materials were found in his home. Early Thursday morning, members of the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force and the Pella Police Department executed a search warrant at 1105 Columbus where multiple methamphetamine manufacturing materials were seized along with illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Roger Byers, 45, is charged with manufacturing more than five grams of methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture more than five grams of methamphetamine, possession of precursor with […]

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