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  • 13Raw: State Senator Jake Chapman Responds to Complaints and Comedian

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Jake Chapman isn’t apologizing for releasing the personal information online of a woman who donated to Planned Parenthood in his name. Today the Republican spoke with our Mike DaSilva about that controversy and a social media battle a local comedian has waged against him.  

  • Eastern Iowan with Autism Sparks Success by Starting His Own Company

    IOWA  —  Autism Awareness Month starts next week, and local advocates say employers should consider putting more disabled men and women on the payroll. A man in eastern Iowa is doing even more, by starting his own business. WQAD’s Megan Noe visited Daniel Toops and his mother to find out how Daniel used hard work and his own determination to help create the company. “He knows what to do. So everything has steps, and it’s repetitive, and that, for him, is comfort,” […]

  • Friday Permit Allows Keystone Pipeline to Proceed

    UNITED STATES  —  The State Department issued a permit on Friday to allow the Keystone Pipeline project to proceed. The permit reverses the Obama administration’s decision to block the controversial oil pipeline. On Friday, President Trump called it “the first of many infrastructure projects” that he would approve in order to put more Americans to work. “We’re working out the final details as we speak. It’s gonna be an incredible pipeline, greatest technology known to man–or woman–and, frankly, we’re very proud […]

  • Oskaloosa Fighting to Keep J.C. Penney Store Open

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa  —  The Oskaloosa community is fighting to keep its JC Penney store open. The store is one of four Iowa locations set to close. A petition to keep the store open was started on, and has received nearly 470 signatures since it went live. Most comments on the page argue it is the only option for quality clothing in town. Others say if the Ottumwa store also closes, more customers would go to the Oskaloosa location. Time to […]

  • New Casey’s Store Under Construction in Pella as Several Others Set to Close

    PELLA, Iowa  —  A new Casey’s store in Pella is coming along, which means three other stores are closer to closing. The first Casey’s location set to close is at the corner of Washington and Broadway; the store will close its doors on April 9th, and the property will be donated to the Pella Historical Society. On April 16th, the store at Main and Washington will close, followed by the store on Oskaloosa Street on April 23rd. A larger Casey’s […]

  • The Walking Fed Food Drive Benefits Local Iowans

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A unique food drive is underway as people work to collect donations for a local food bank. Zombies and volunteers are accepting donations at Valley West Mall for the Walking Fed Zombie food drive. Lazer 103.3 held a radio-thon to get the word out, and the owner of Jay’s CD and Hobby is helping the drive by matching donations. They hope the zombie theme will bring in more people. “The Food Bank of Iowa is […]

  • Two Bodies Found at Boone Home; Police Considering Deaths ‘Suspicious’

    BOONE, Iowa – An investigation is in underway in Boone after two bodies were found in a home and officials say they are treating the deaths as “suspicious.” The first body was discovered just before 10:00 p.m. Wednesday night. While the Boone Police Department was working the case, officers discovered another body in the home on Thursday. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has been called in to help police. The bodies were found at a home in the 1600 […]

  • Iowa Senate Approves Voter ID Bill

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Senate signed off on a bill Thursday night to solve a problem Democrats say doesn’t exist. Senate Democrats rallied against the voter ID bill but weren’t able to stop it. “You know O.J.’s still looking for the real murderer, and I’m still looking for the three to five million people who voted illegally in the last election,” said State Senator David Johnson, a Democrat from Osceola County. The bill requires voters to show an […]

  • Secretary Nominee Goes Before Ag Committee

    USDA Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue went before the Senate Agriculture Committee on March 23 in a confirmation hearing. It was a mostly positive and bipartisan talk with few controversial questions raised. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is on the Ag Committee, she spoke to Purdue about the importance of renewable fuels and to choose someone understanding of agriculture’s role in trade when deciding the undersecretary for trade and foreign agriculture affairs. Ernst also touched on rules from the EPA that some […]

  • IRS Warns of New Phone Scams

    Tax season is always a busy one for scammers.  The IRS says a number of phone scams are trying to separate you from your tax return. Here is how you can spot the scammers when they call.

  • Bakken Oil Pipeline Vandalized in Mahaska County

    MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa — Someone opposed to the Bakken oil pipeline turned to vandalism in an attempt to stop it. Authorities in Mahaska County say someone burned a hole in an above ground section of the pipeline. A pipeline worker discovered the damage earlier this month. Deputies believe it was made using a cutting torch. Similar damage was found by authorities in South Dakota. The Mahaska County Sheriff says there are better ways to protest. “Irregardless of whether you’re for […]

  • Des Moines Home Damaged in Early Morning Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A house fire on the city’s north side kept crews busy early Thursday morning. It happened around 12:15 a.m. at a home in the 1700 block of 7th Street in the River Bend neighborhood. Officials say when they arrived they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor. Crews were able to get the fire out quickly but it did spread to a small part of the second floor. The home has considerable smoke […]