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    Des Moines Middle Schoolers White House-Bound for Talent Show

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A group of Harding Middle School students will use the weekend to brush up on their break dancing skills. The eight-member group called Harding Breakerz was selected to perform at the White House talent show next week. Actor Kal Penn saw them perform while he was visiting as part of the Turnaround Arts program. The students came up with a routine themselves and everyone will have a solo. The seventh-graders are ready to go, but they say […]

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    WWII Veteran Stops in Des Moines During Cross-Country Motorcycle Ride

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A World War II veteran is traveling cross-country on a motorcycle, supporting veterans at every stop. On Friday, 89-year-old Bruce Heilman stopped in Des Moines. He was a guest of Gov. Terry Branstad’s at the state Capitol. Heilman fought in the battle of Okinawa and was part of the “Spirit of 45″ campaign. It honors everyone in the greatest generation who came together to win the war in 1945. On his journey, he met many families who […]

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    NBC News Journalist Takes Us Inside Dog Cloning Laboratory

    It’s a sad rite of passage in life: Saying goodbye to your best friend when he or she passes away. But what if instead of “goodbye” you could say, “see you soon”? Scientists in South Korea can make that a reality … for a price. This weekend, NBC News’ Harry Smith will take viewers inside a dog cloning laboratory. He joined us on the Channel 13 News at 4 via satellite with more on his trip to the “Labrador laboratory.” You […]

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    Paralyzed Woman Faces Drunken Driver in Court

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A metro woman learned the punishment Friday for her role in a car accident that left her passenger paralyzed. In April, Jessica Lynn Rice pleaded guilty to two charges related to the October 2014 crash: serious injury by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident involving a serious injury. Rice was reportedly driving drunk when she crashed into a telephone pole. Investigators say she then moved Nikki Faux, her passenger, into another vehicle and left […]

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    Renewable Fuel Standard Going Up

    Renewable fuel volume requirements look like they’re going up again. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed increases across the board to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Total volumes will grow by 700 million gallons between 2016 and 2017. In a statement, the EPA says they’re committed to keeping the RFS program on track, calling it a success story driving biofuel production. Though farm groups are happy with the bump up, they’re disappointed the numbers are still 200 million gallons below what was […]

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    2016 State Track and Field Sees Record First-Day Attendance; See Scores, Records

    The 2016 State Track and Field Championships saw an attendance record on its first day with a total of 13,703 people. Below are the results for Thursday’s events: GIRLS CLASS 1A TEAM SCORING (After five events) 1. Central, Elkader  19 2. Algona Bishop Garrigan 14 3. West Hancock 12 4. East Mills , AGWSR, B-G-M Brooklyn, Wapsie Valley-Fairbank 10 8. Sioux Central-Sioux Rapids 9 9. Danville, Midland-Wyoming 8 BOYS CLASS 1A TEAM SCORING (After five events) 1. Lisbon 26 2. Algona […]

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    Technology Firm Bringing 1,000 Jobs to Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — One of the nation’s leading technology consulting firms is expanding its base in Iowa and bringing as many as 1,000 jobs to downtown Des Moines. Cognizant Technology Solutions is close to finalizing a pair of leases in Des Moines. The New Jersey-based company will spend more than $6 million leasing and renovating space at Two Ruan Center and another $7 million leasing and renovating space at Gray’s Landing. The Iowa Economic Development Authority will vote Friday […]

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    2016 Des Moines Arts Festival

    Join Channel 13 at the biggest event of the Summer...June 24-26 in Western Gateway Park.

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    Law Enforcement Pass Special Olympics Torch from Des Moines to Ames

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Special Olympics torch is nearing the end of a long journey that started Thursday morning near the Iowa State Capitol. The annual Summer Games began earlier in Ames. They’ll get a ceremonial start with the arrival of the torch Thursday night. The journey to the opening ceremony began at Iowa DPS headquarters Thursday morning. More than 100 law enforcement officers from across the state took shifts carrying the torch on foot, bike and horseback […]

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    Grassley Wants Banking Provisions Taken Out of Medical Cannabis Bill

    WASHINGTON D.C. — Iowa senator Charles Grassley is fighting back after one of his challengers claimed that he’s blocking a bill that would create meaningful medical cannabis legislation. Last Friday, State Senator Rob Hogg joined supporters of a bill that would move cannabis from a schedule one drug to a schedule two. Hogg claims that by not taking action on the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respects Act — Grassley is keeping medicine out of the hands of families that […]

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    Group Spotlighting Iowa’s Structurally Deficient Bridges

    ANKENY,  Iowa — Iowa’s bridges are gaining some negative attention across the state. Progress Iowa is spending National Infrastructure Week drawing attention to Iowa`s status as the number one state in the country for its amount of structurally deficient bridges. The group claims the Iowa legislature isn’t helping solve the problem. They cut $4.85 million from this year`s Department of Transportation budget. Thursday they will hold a press conference to draw attention to one bridge in particular. The conference will […]

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    Auditor’s Office Says Former Boyden City Clerk Misspent $36,000

    BOYDEN, Iowa — A report by the State Auditor’s Office revealed thousands of city dollars were improperly spent by the former city clerk in Boyden. The investigation found more than $36,000 in improper payments made by Beth Sipma. That includes more than $30,000 in advance payroll payments she made to herself. It also showed she charged $3,000 to city credit cards for plane tickets, a personal cell phone bill, and personal purchases at Ikea. Residents of Boyden are frustrated and […]


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