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    Skateboarding Organization Inspires Girls to be Leaders of Positive Change

    NEW YORK  —  More and more girls are joining the world of skateboarding, working with coaches to show they have what it takes to thrive in the fast-paced environment. One organization in particular is helping these girls be confident in themselves and what they are capable of accomplishing, reports NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren. Today 10-year-old Zoe Herishen is a daredevil on wheels, but she was not always this way. When asked about the first time she went to a skate park, […]

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    Pleasant Hill Receives Home Base Iowa Designation

    PLEASANT HILL, Iowa  —  Another metro community has received a Home Base Iowa designation. This designation means nearly two dozen businesses in Pleasant Hill will make jobs and training readily available to veterans. The initiative is drawing people to the area, including active duty Air Force veteran Brad Opp. He says this is life changing, especially with a wife, six kids, and another on the way. “We have lived in several states and there’s nothing like this anywhere else. This […]

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    Former Cedar Rapids Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation

    LINN COUNTY, Iowa  —  A former Cedar Rapids teacher convicted of having sex with a student will spend 90 days in jail. A Linn County judge convicted Mary Beth Haglin of sexual exploitation by a school employee in December. On Friday, the same judge opted for a 90-day sentence rather than the 180 days requested by prosecutors. Haglin will also be listed on the state sex offender registry for the next decade.

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    11-Year-Old Storm Lake Student Faces Terrorism Charges After Verbal Threat

    STORM LAKE, Iowa  —  A student in Storm Lake is facing terrorism charges after police say he made a verbal threat to blow up the school. The 11-year-old was arrested Thursday morning at Storm Lake Middle School. “The investigation quickly revealed that there was no imminent threat,” said Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser. “However, the school district and the police department working in conjunction take all threats seriously.” Police say the student did not have any type of weapon and […]

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    State Wrestling: Championships Set, SE Polk Already Wraps up 3-Peat

    DES MOINES – Day 2 of the state wrestling tournament is in the books.  SE Polk has already wrapped up their 3rd straight title after a dominating performance on Friday.  The Rams have 6 wrestlers through to the championships.  It’s a battle for 2nd in Class 3A between Fort Dodge and Valley. New Hampton is your 2A leader, followed by Solon and Creston/O-M. In Class 1A Lisbon is on its way to its first title since 1993. State Championships are […]

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    New Iowa Collective Bargaining Law Similar to 2011 Wisconsin Bill

    WISCONSIN  —  The new collective bargaining bill that recently passed in Iowa is similar to what passed in Wisconsin six years ago, and Governor Branstad says it helped improve education in the state. The Wisconsin bill was part of a budget repair by Governor Scott Walker and Republicans. According to WITI’s political reporter Theo Keith, the state avoided a budget crisis, but many teachers are taking second jobs. One teacher,Kelly O’Keefe-Boettcher’s, says as her English classes at Rufus King High […]

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    Unable to Pay, Urbandale Park Will Not Host Annual Friday Fest

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  Summer may not feel quite the same in Urbandale this year. The Urbandale Sports Association has defaulted on a loan to fund improvements at Walker Johnston Park. As a cosigner, the City of Urbandale is now responsible for the $121,298 balance of the loan. Also as a result of the default, the sports association will not host the annual Friday Fest this summer.

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    Traveling for Spring Break? Make Sure to Plan Ahead

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Spring break is almost here for many Iowans, and the Des Moines International Airport says this is its busiest travel time of the year. Officials say travel from March 1st through April 1st is a different kind of travel experience. They suggest arriving 90 minutes before your flight to make sure you can find parking and have plenty of time to ensure all bags are packed according to TSA regulations. Airport officials hope a warning to arrive […]

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    Chicago Cubs Player Donating Items to Benefit Auction for Waterloo Child with Brain Tumor

    WATERLOO, Iowa  —  A Waterloo union hall is hosting a fundraiser for a very brave four-year-old. After being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last month, Jaymeson Payton started chemotherapy treatments to shrink the tumor. A benefit auction for Jaymeson and his family will take place on Saturday and a World Series champion has decided to help out. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo donated several items for the auction and sent Jaymeson a personal letter reading, in part, “I believe that by staying positive, I […]

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    Possible Change of Trial Venue for Man Accused of Killing Two Metro Police Officers

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa  —  The man accused of killing two metro police officers is set to stand trial in Polk County where the crimes occurred, but he is now asking for a change of venue. Scott Greene was in court under heavy security on Friday. Investigators say Greene shot and killed Des Moines Sergeant Tony Beminio and Urbandale Officer Justin Martin in their squad cars last November. The courtroom was filled with the officers’ families and friends as a judge […]

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    Florida Man Planned to Bomb East Coast Target Stores for Lower Stock Prices

    FLORIDA  —  A Florida man is accused of planning to place bombs in Target stores along the east coast. Authorities say 48-year-old Mark Barnett built at least 10 explosive devices and paid another man to place the bombs on store shelves. Officials say Barnett wanted to tank Target stock so he could buy it at a reduced rate. The scheme was foiled when the man Barnett hired to help him went to the authorities. Officials searched Barnett’s home and found bomb-making materials. He now faces […]

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    Quick Tips to Save Money on Groceries

    IOWA  —  Grocery shopping can take quite a chunk out of your paycheck, but there are some easy steps you can take to save a little money, says CNN’s Mary Moloney. The USDA says a family of four spends an average of $875 – $1,045 each month at the grocery store, but one of the biggest ways to spend less is just to plan ahead. Have food in your pantry and freezer? Check out what’s in there and use it, […]