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    Dairy Price Problem Forcing Farmers Out

    The U.S. Dairy industry is struggling; since last year, dairy prices have gone down about 35 percent. The USDA announced this week it would help out farmers by buying 11 million pounds of cheese out of private inventories. The cheese will be donated to food banks and pantries across the U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack says he did the best he could with budget constraints, “They’ve been able to establish that the amount of cheese that we currently have in stock […]

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    Task Force Recommends Raising Polk County’s Minimum Wage

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A Polk County Supervisors minimum wage task force has finalized its proposal to increase the minimum wage. After a number of meetings with the public, the group recommended a plan to raise the wage to $8.75 an hour the first year then increase it by one dollar each year until it reaches $10.75. Cities would be able to opt out. The group said that youth workers will be excluded from the proposal, under a youth wage provision that would pay […]

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    Patty Judge Hearing from DMACC Students About Loan Debt

    ANKENY, Iowa — U.S. Senate candidate, and former Lt. Governor, Patty Judge is hosting a roundtable discussion on student loan debt with Des Moines Area Community College students Thursday. The discussion comes after Judge announced her education policy. It increases access to affordable, high quality education from preschool through post-secondary. Judge supports universal preschool as well as two years tuition-free at community colleges for those who maintain a certain grade point. The Democrat is running to unseat Sen. Charles Grassley.

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    Information on Texas Lawyers Sought in Iowa Lottery Rigging Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Investigators believe that two attorneys from Texas may be tied to a widespread case of lottery fraud that began here in Iowa. Former Multi-State Lottery Association employee Eddie Tipton was found guilty of two counts of fraud for tampering with a computer that was supposed to randomly choose the winning numbers for the drawing. In July the Iowa Court of Appeals dismissed one of the fraud convictions. Tipton was caught after trying to collect a Hot […]

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    Meeting Thursday Over Bakken Pipeline Lawsuit

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Construction crews for the Bakken oil pipeline will be staying home Thursday. The pipeline is intended to move crude oil through Iowa to Illinois. Recent protests have halted work in the Dakotas and now work has been halted in Iowa because of a lawsuit against the Iowa Utilities Board. The lawsuit was filed by 15 landowners who say the board didn’t have the right to grant the pipeline’s developer, which is a private company, permission to […]

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    Hearing Scheduled After Merger Passes Foreign Investment

    The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has approved the ChemChina takeover of Syngenta. Syngenta has not disclosed whether it has made concessions to secure approval; but if it does, the $43 billion agreement would be the largest foreign acquisition ever by a Chinese company. However, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee plans a hearing in late September on seed and chemical company mergers he claims are threatening agriculture input competition. He announced the hearing […]

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    Man Dies in Eastern Iowa After Being Swept Away by Flood Water

    CHICKASAW COUNTY, Iowa — One man lost his life after he was swept away in flood waters in eastern Iowa Wednesday. Chickasaw County authorities say the victim was on his way to work when his truck was swept into a ditch. The victim was able to escape through the roof of his truck, but he was gone by the time rescue crews arrived. The man’s body was found later Wednesday afternoon.

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    3 Local Businesses Partnering to Provide Meals to Iowans

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A trio of local businesses are partnering together to put meals on the tables of Iowans. Exile Brewing has partnered with Doll Distributing and Hy-Vee stores for a food drive to help the DMARC Food Pantry Network. During the month of September, Exile will donate two meals to DMARC for every case of Oktoberfest sold at Hy-Vee. They hope to donate 4,000 meals by the end of the month.

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    World Food and Music Festival-Sept 16-18

    Join Channel 13 at the World Food and Music Festival September 16-18 on the Court Avenue Bridge in Downtown Des Moines

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    Nearly All Soybeans Setting Pods

        Extra rain this last week and cooler nights helped out grain and pod fill according to the Iowa Crop Progress Report. Ninety percent of the corn crop is at or passed the dough stage, 10 days ahead of the five-year average. Forty-five percent of the corn dented or beyond, six days ahead of last year and four days ahead of normal. There were scattered reports of corn showing signs of maturity. Soybeans setting pods is at 92 percent, […]

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    Authorities Investigating Deaths of Male, Female, Dog in Polk County

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A death investigation has begun in Polk County, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, authorities arrived at a residence located at 320 NW 54th Avenue to perform a welfare check. Officers observed an individual inside the home through a window who was non-responsive. Officers proceeded to enter the residence to render aid when they discovered a deceased adult male, a deceased adult female, along with a deceased dog. Polk County […]

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    Using Gravity to Sort Grain

    During harvest, grain and seed product will add in rocks, dirt or low quality seed. It’s all mixed together and farmers need a way to separate it out. At an Iowa State University Workshop, Seed Science Center Seed Conditioning Specialist Alan Gaul leads a class on the century-old technology called a gravity separator. “A gravity separator is basically a more precise means of density separation.” Gaul says, “Basically we have a layer of seed that’s at least three to five […]

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