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    Race Heats Up During First Senate Debate

    INDIANOLA, Iowa — Five weeks out from the November 4 election, the two candidates for US Senate met in their first debate. A new Des Moines Register poll shows that Republican Joni Ernst is currently leading Democrat Bruce Braley by 6-percent. Sunday, the candidates debated several hot topics including reducing the national debt, raising the minimum wage and abortion. Things got particularly heated when the renewable fuel standard came up. Bruce Braley: In my first year I voted to triple […]

  • AARP’s Kent Sovern Spends Three Minutes in the Chair

    DES MOINES, Iowa – About 300,000 Iowans are age 65 or older. According to AARP, that number will double in the next 15 years. The AARP’s state director Kent Sovern spent Three Minutes in the Chair. You can find the fraud watch information here.

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    Iowa Teen Dies After Fight at High School

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A western Iowa teen has died from injuries he received in a fight at high school last week. Investigators say Dakota Escritt, 17, got into a fight with another student on Thursday at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. They say during the fight, Escritt fell and hit his head on the tile floor. He died Saturday at the hospital, WOWT reports. The other person involved in the fight is a 16-year-old. He was charged […]

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    Explosion Damages Dumpsters, Building

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — West Des Moines firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked a dumpster explosion over the weekend. Firefighters were called to the Wellington Apartments on 50th and E.P. True Parkway Saturday night. Witnesses say they heard a small explosion and then an even larger one a few minutes later. The fire then burned down the wooden structure that covers the dumpsters. Flames also scorched nearby trees. Fire Marshal Mike Whitsell says he doesn’t know what […]

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    I-80 Police Pursuit Ends in Fatality

    JASPER COUNTY, Iowa — A police chase over the weekend ended in a deadly head-on collision in Jasper County. The Iowa State Patrol says Scott Trimble was speeding away from deputies on Interstate-80. Mitchellville police used stop sticks on the road to try to stop him. Trimble hit them, lost control, crossed the median and struck an oncoming semi truck. Trimble died. The semi driver wasn’t hurt.

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Iowa Organic Farmers Get Half A Million Dollars In Cost Shares

    Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced Friday that $501,500 are available in cost shares through a new program designed to help organic farmers. It helps cover organic certification expenses, farmers can get 75 percent reimbursement of certification expenses limited to $750 per certification scope. The Agriculture Marketing Service says those costs can range from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars, with application fees, annual renewal fees, production assessment, and inspection fees. The program is part of the 2014 […]

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    Camping Event Promotes Peace in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Dozens of people are camping out in Evelyn Davis Park Friday night to send a message. “What we want to say is we want to stop the violence, keep the peace and spread the love, those are the three messages,” says Ben Bell, president of Truth Ministries International. This is the second Stop the Violence Camp Out. The family-friendly event includes live music, food, and games. Community leaders say an increase in shootings this past year […]

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    Spat Could Lead to Cancellation of King/Mowrer Debate

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The only debate involving Iowa’s candidates in the Fourth Congressional District may not happen after all. Republican Steve King is running for re-election against Jim Mowrer. King is threatening to pull-out of their debate because of a Mowrer campaign ad claiming King voted to give himself free health care for life. King says the claim is false and that he pays 47-percent of the cost of his health care premiums. In a statement the King campaign […]

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    Audit: FEMA Flood Money Used Improperly

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A federal audit is accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of wasting $12 million. Following the 2008 floods, FEMA approved more than $20 million in funding to replace four buildings in Cedar Rapids. According to the audit, FEMA failed to follow its own guidelines and should have repaired the buildings instead of replacing them. Repair costs totaled for the buildings would have been $8.6 million. Because FEMA improperly approved the funding, the federal government is not […]

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    Construction to Cause Weekend Headaches at West Mixmaster

      WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A big project gets underway Friday night that’ll impact traffic near the west mixmaster. At 8:00 p.m.,  I-235 will be reduced to one lane in both directions at the west mixmaster. Both on-ramps from I-35 to I-235 will also be closed. Detours will be clearly marked and the road will re-open Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. but then resume each weekend for the next month. All of this is necessary to repair the bridge […]

  • High School Opens Ag Program For Students

    For the last 30 years, high school students from Cambridge, Huxley, Kelley and Slater attending school in the Ballard Community School district have had to take a bus to North Polk Community Schools in nearby Alleman for ag education courses. But school schedules never matched up, and with travel time factored in, ag education classes took up more than a single period, students sometimes had to eat on the bus. Now, Ballard is getting its own ag education teacher in […]

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    Vehicle Description Released in Missing ISU Student’s Case

    AMES, Iowa — Ames police have released more information on the case of a missing Iowa State University student. Police now have a description of the car 20-year-old Tong Shao may have been driving at the time of her disappearance. Shao was last seen around 7:00 p.m. on September 6th. On September 8th she called friends and told them she was in Iowa City. She hasn’t been heard from since. Ames police now say Shao had access to a Beige […]

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