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  • University of Iowa Simulator Measures Kids’ Abilities to Safely Cross the Road

    IOWA  —  From early on, children are taught to look both ways before crossing the street. But are they really listening? The University of Iowa wanted to find out, and the school’s research may shed some light on just how safe kids are when it comes to crossing the street, as KWWL’s Jalyn Souchek reports. “The general consensus is that kids–young kids–can cross the street by themselves, and while many young kids are completely capable of doing that, I think what this study tells us […]

  • UnityPoint Creates Edible Landscape

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A Des Moines hospital is using its green space to grow food that looks and tastes good. UnityPoint Health set up its edible landscape on the Lutheran Hospital campus. The landscape includes a dwarf apple tree orchard, raised bed garden, and a pollinator habitat. UnityPoint worked with various group to create the edible landscape, including the Iowa State University community design lab. All the food raised in the garden will be donated to food banks around central Iowa. The project […]

  • Joni Ernst Releases Roast and Ride Event Details

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  On Friday, Joni Ernst announced details of her annual fundraiser. The third annual Roast and Ride will be held on June 3rd. The event will start at Big Barn Harley Davidson in Des Moines, where a 49-mile motorcycle ride to the Central Iowa Expo grounds in Boone will begin. A barbecue lunch will follow the ride. Tickets for the event start at $20. Last year, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was the guest speaker. Ernst has not yet […]

  • UNI Student Campaigning for House Seat

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa  —  A University of Northern Iowa college student wants to be the one making decisions at the Statehouse. Casey Harm kicked off his campaign for the House District 60 seat in Cedar Falls this week. The seat is currently held by State Representative Walt Rogers. Harm is a 20-year-old sophomore at UNI, and says he was inspired to run for office shortly after the 2016 election. “I think if you want to do it, you’ve just got to dive on in and figure […]

  • Another Rescued Dog Heads to New Home

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Another dog rescued from deplorable conditions has found a happy home. In February, 19 dogs were rescued from Sandyville and Indianola. The previous owner, Lindsey Morrow, has been charged with animal neglect and torture, among other charges. The Animal Rescue League was granted custody of the dogs. One of the dogs is Bijou, who the ARL says has now been adopted. Before she went to her new home on Thursday, the ARL tweeted this photo of Bijou and her new […]

  • Metro Schools Receive Award for Emphasis on Healthy Lifestyle

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A healthy food menu and an emphasize on keeping students physically active has landed three metro schools with a national award. The schools include Edmunds and King Elementary Schools and Smouse Opportunity School. On Friday, Edmunds received the Bronze Award presented by the Iowa Department of Education and Power Panther. The award included a $500 cash prize, banner, and certificate to display at the school. Edmunds’ director of food nutrition management said healthy lifestyle choices begin at a young […]

  • Ames Man Sentenced in Child Sex Abuse Case

    AMES, Iowa — Almost a year after being charged with second-degree sexual abuse, an Ames man has been sentenced. Last April 47-year-old Casey Speake was charged with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12. Thursday, Speake pleaded guilty to the allegations in court. Speake will serve a 10 year prison sentence and be put on the Sex Offender Registry.

  • Warren County Explores ‘Reverse Referendum’ to Get New Jail

    INDIANOLA, Iowa – The county board of supervisors says the Warren County Jail is filled with mold, the smell of sewer gas, and is even causing respiratory illnesses but that didn’t stop voters from rejecting a $35 million plan to build a new jail last year. The county is now considering a way to move forward without voter approval. “Yes, this is an avenue that we are going to look at. It doesn`t bind them to it, bind them to […]

  • Ottumwa Teacher Charged for Alleged Sex with Student

    OTTUMWA, Iowa — A teacher in Ottumwa is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Officers arrested 26-year-old Jose de Jesus Ortiz Jr. at Ottumwa High School Thursday. It followed a call from a school administrator claiming Ortiz had an inappropriate relationship with a student. He’s charged with sexual exploitation by a counselor, therapist, or school employee. Ortiz worked as a Spanish teacher.

  • Channel 13’s May Apple A Day Giveaway Starts Thursday

    Channel 13's Apple A Day Giveaway is back. Watch Today in Iowa, get the clue and then enter right here starting Thursday, April 27

  • Many Issues Face New Agriculture Secretary

    On the 24th of April, the full Senate is expected to vote on and confirm Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue. It’s been more than three months since President Trump was sworn in and the likely new secretary of agriculture has a lot to deal with, according to the Iowa Farm Bureau, who support the former Georgia governor pick. Farm income has been reduced by 50 percent, there are trade conflicts, bird flu, and controversial regulations left over from the Obama […]

  • Event Aims to Collect and Recycle Plastic Bags

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A metro company has set up a swap meet to solve a problem at landfills. Metro Waste Authority started a plastic bag swap involving the 22 cities it serves. People are asked to bring plastic bags to their local city hall in exchange for one reusable bag. The city with the most pounds per capital, will win a park bench made from recyclables. “They catch the wind, they are blowing around in your neighborhood and downtown area […]