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    Generous Retirement Deal Offered to Univ. of Iowa President

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The state Board of Regents has approved a retirement deal for university president Sally Mason. It includes a provision that was part of her original contract that expired in 2012. That provision allows her to stay employed as a faculty member with a salary equal to 60-percent of her salary as president. That works out to $315,000. During Mason’s first year, she has no obligations and no teaching duties. In addition to the paycheck, Mason will […]

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    Public Reception for Police Chief Candidates Next Week

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The public will have an opportunity to meet the four finalists for Des Moines’ police chief next week. A public reception is scheduled for next Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates downtown. Of the four finalists, three are currently with the Des Moines Police Department. Allan Tunks is a captain and Stephen Waymire and Dana Wingert are both majors. Michael Davis, the police chief of Northeastern University […]

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    Three-Year Prison Term for Luebke in OWI Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A former metro car dealership manager went before a Polk County judge Thursday to face charges that include drunk driving. Steven Luebke took a plea deal in his OWI case. A judge sentenced him to three years behind bars on two counts of OWI. Luebke has been in jail since last September. That’s when police say he mixed prescription drugs and alcohol and crashed a Chevy Camaro on I-235. He got a ride home from that incident […]

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    Pedestrian Hit at Des Moines Car Dealership

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A woman was hit by a courtesy shuttle at a Des Moines car dealership Thursday. Just before 11 a.m., police were called to Charles Gabus Ford on Merle Hay Road on a pedestrian who had been hit. Police say the woman was crossing the parking lot when a company courtesy shuttle backed up and pushed her to the pavement. The woman blacked out when she hit the ground. By the time paramedics arrived, she had regained […]

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    Police Request Help Identifying Burglary Suspects

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in an investigation involving the use of a stolen credit card. A purse was taken when a south-side home was burglarized on November 30, 2014. An hour later, a Walgreens surveillance camera caught the suspects using the victim’s credit card. The card was also used at an ATM. If you recognize the suspects, contact detectives at (515) 283-4865 or the Polk County Crime Stoppers […]

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    Morning House Fire Causes ‘Extensive Damage’

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Firefighters rescued two dogs from a Des Moines home Thursday morning. Crews were called out to 2117 East 28th Street at about 9 a.m. after a neighbor saw smoke coming out of a window. Officials say the fire started in the kitchen and caused extensive damage throughout the house. No one was home at the time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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    Luebke Set to be Sentenced After OWI Pleas

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A former car salesman will learn his sentence Thursday in two OWI cases. Steve Luebke will be in court today. His cases stem from two incidents last September. Police say Luebke mixed prescription drugs and alcohol and crashed a Chevy Camero on Interstate 235. He got a ride home from that incident. The next morning was arrested for drunk driving in Jasper County. That night, he was also arrested for the Camaro crash. According to the […]

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    Two Firefighters Treated for Smoke Inhalation at Cargill Plant

    IOWA FALLS, Iowa — Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation while on the job in Iowa Falls. A fire started at a Cargill plant there Wednesday afternoon. Investigators think the fire began in a grain and bean dryer. The smoldering beans let off thick smoke that led officials to direct traffic on nearby roads. “You couldn’t see me to you four feet away from the smoke running across the road,” said Bob Hildreth with the North Hardin County Rescue […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Researchers Find Way to “Disarm” E. coli

    Every year, there are nearly 100,000 cases of E. coli O157 in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But recent research from the University of Glasgow suggests a better way to prevent E. coli. One of the leading sources of the bacteria is cattle, and that can transfer to humans. In the study, a team from the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation found that the E. coli O157 strain can not attach itself […]

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    Board of Education to Discuss School Start Dates Thursday

    DES MOINES, Iowa — School start dates are always a hot topic and Thursday the State Board of Education will discuss the issue. New rules were announced last month and schools were notified of them again Wednesday. They require districts to show a significant negative educational impact in order to get a waiver. The changes hold more schools to the state law, which says schools must start after September 1st. In the past the department has easily approved waivers, allowing […]

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    Father Arrested After Baby Suffers Severe Head Trauma

    COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa — An Iowa father is accused of seriously injuring his four-month-old daughter. Someone tipped off the Division of Criminal Investigation about the case on Monday. On Tuesday, authorities served a search warrant at the man’s Columbus Junction home. Officers took 20-year-old Oscar Jimenez into custody. He’s charged with one count of multiple acts of child endangerment. Authorities say the child is being treated for severe head trauma. She remains in critical condition at University of Iowa Hospitals.

  • Iowa Could Gain Substantially from Cuba Trade

    Last night in his State of the Union Address, the president reiterated his position that the Cold War-era Cuban trade and travel embargo be dissolved. According to Iowa Farm Bureau (IFB), much of Congress appears to be on board. IFB Research and Commodity Services Director Dave Miller says Iowa stands to gain substantially if travel and trade restrictions are lifted. Miller says corn and soybean products, as well as pork products, will be the leading exports to begin with. Over […]

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