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    Ankeny Wants to Add Another Fire Station

    ANKENY, Iowa — Two fire stations are no longer enough in Ankeny. City leaders are considering a $5 million bond referendum to build a third station.  It would be located near Northeast 36th Street and Otter Creek Park. The city says it is needed because calls to the fire department have gone up 30-percent in the past five years.

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    Ag Drones Increasing Precision

    There are now around 300,000 drones registered to the Federal Aviation Administration. Drones are seeing strides forward in use after registration was opened at the end of last year. In agriculture, they are a new tool in a large tool box for conservation, particularly in correlating information with other precision ag machines. Many drones in ag are looking towards mapping as the next best way to be more precise. Aaron Sheller, owner of Precision Drone, says taking pictures from the sky […]

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    Iowa Caucus Drama and the Coin Flip Controversy

    THE INSIDERS: February 7th Edition, Part 1 – Iowa Caucus Drama and the Coin Flip Controversy The 2016 Iowa Caucuses may be characterized by long lines, coin tosses, uncertainty over the numbers, rumors and demands for an apology. Tom Henderson, longtime chair of the Polk County Democrats, and Matt Strawn, former chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, review the results and fallout from this pivotal Iowa event. For part 2, click here.

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    Iowa Energy Hold Education Celebration Game at Wells Fargo Center

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Energy don’t play many morning games, but when they do, they need a jolt. And talk about energy with seven thousand kids on a field trip and making noise at the Energy’s Education Celebration game. “It’s huge it’s why we are here,” said Energy General Manager Chris Makris. “I know we play basketball but we’re here to better the community. This is one way, in teaming with Mid-American Energy, to get all of these […]

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    Panorama Slamorama

    From class 2A Panorama, Aaron Klinge to Levi Leiferman to Gabe Richey for a Bring the House Down Dunk.  Richey is (maybe) 6’0″ so the play really shows off his hops and athleticism. Panorama beat Ogden (Feb 5th). Thanks to Panorama Community Schools for sending the video to soundoff@whotv.com

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    Community of Deported Veterans Working Together to Give Each Other Support

    As unbelievable as it sounds, there are a large number of former military servicemen and women who have been deported. Immigration Customs Enforcement says because of privacy concerns they can’t comment on any specific cases, but they acknowledged that immigration judges do take someone’s military service into account when deciding to deport someone. Joe Khalil has the story of a community of deported vets and how they’re working together to offer each other support in the most unlikely of circumstances.

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    Iowans Weigh in on Bakken Pipeline Proposal

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans are weighing in on a controversial proposal to build an oil pipeline. Iowa is one of four states through which the Bakken pipeline would be laid, but it’s the only state that hasn’t yet approved it. This week, the Iowa Utilities Board is considering whether to approve the company’s permit. An even more divisive issue is whether the company can use eminent domain to acquire land. “You’re granting eminent domain for a specific route, over […]

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    Iowa Wild’s Annual Pink in the Rink Game Personal for Coach John Torchetti

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Wild will host the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night, and it won’t be just another game. It will be the Wild’s annual Pink in the Rink game. As part of the night, the team helps raise breast cancer awareness and has raised over $65,000 the past two years. It’s also personal for Wild head coach John Torchetti. Torchetti’s sister has beaten cancer three times, and his father currently has cancer. “You really get to see […]

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    Police: Man Refused Rescue From Intentionally Set Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities have identified the Des Moines man who died in an intentionally set fire early Tuesday morning. Police believe 48-year-old Neil Johnston started the fire following multiple disturbance calls. Neighbors called 911 to report a man yelling outside in the area of 2500 59th St. at 12:02 a.m. Upon arrival, officers were unable to find the disturbance and left the scene. Officers were later called to the same home at 12:51 a.m. and tried to make contact […]

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    Senate Committee Discusses Bill for Terminally Ill Patients

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Senate committee discussed a bill on Tuesday that would give terminally ill patients the chance to use medicine that has not landed on pharmacy shelves yet. The bill, called the Iowa Right to Try Act, would allow Iowans to use drugs that have passed Phase 1 of FDA trials but are still not approved. Phase 1 indicates the FDA found it safe, but more extensive trials are needed to test the drug. These type of […]

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    Iowa Senate Passes Bill to Increase School Funding

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Senate passed a bill on Tuesday giving schools a four percent funding increase for the 2017-18 school year. The bill passed along party lines and Senator Herman Quirmbach argued that Iowa schools have dealt with stagnant funding for the past five years and need the increase. Republicans want just a two percent increase. Quirmbach said without a significant bump, a survey of school leaders shows they might have to increase class size and delay […]

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    Crash Caused Major Traffic Delay on I-235

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The center lane is closed on I-235 westbound after a crash around 4:30 p.m. According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the center lane is blocked between Exit 5A – 56th Street to Exit 5B – 42nd Street. Traffic is backed up to Exit 8A in downtown Des Moines. DOT cameras showed traffic was backed up as far east as Exit 8A in downtown Des Moines after 4:30 p.m. The crash has since been cleared […]

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