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  • Health Care Enrollment Fair Aims to Make Process Easier for Iowans

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  With just a week to go before open enrollment ends for individual health care, those in the industry want to make sure Iowans are covered. Local hospitals along with the Polk County Health Department and VNS of Iowa held a health insurance fair on Saturday at the Evelyn K. Davis Center. Insurance experts were on hand to help guide people through the process of selecting the plan that’s best for them. Those holding the fair said […]

  • Forest City Teacher Resigns After Racial Comments Made During Basketball Game

    FOREST CITY, Iowa  —  After controversial comments about race during a high school basketball earlier this week, a Forest City Elementary School teacher has decided to resign. Forest City Community School District Superintendent Darwin Lehmann said the district received third grade teacher Holly Jane Kusserow-Smidt’s resignation letter on Thursday and voted to approve it on Friday. Kusserow-Smidt will receive $20,000 in wages through February. Lehmann says her 43 years of experience also qualify her for an early retirement package of […]

  • Crews Put Out Fire in Des Moines Apartment Complex

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A metro family was forced out of their home by a fire on Friday night. Crews were called to the Willow Park Apartments on Chaffee Road around 5 p.m., where they found flames coming from a third story apartment. The family of three living there was able to get out safely. Firefighters contained the fire to that one apartment. In the past, that has not always been the case at this apartment complex. “We’ve had two previous fire […]

  • Former Cyclone Naz Mitrou-Long Returns to Iowa as G League Pro

    DES MOINES – Naz Mitro-Long is an all-time great and Cyclone fan favorite.  Naz made his return to the state of Iowa on Friday as a professional. Mitrou-Long plays for the Salt Lake City Stars of the G League. Naz scored 15 points as the Stars lost to the Iowa Wolves 104-98. Minnesota Timberwolves 1st round drfat pick Justin Patton out of Creighton made his pro debut for the Iowa Wolves scoring 15 points.

  • Tama County Man Convicted of Same Murder for Second Time This Year

    TAMA COUNTY, Iowa  —  For the second time this year a Tama County man has been convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend 17 years ago. On Friday, a judge convicted 51-year-old Tait Purk of second degree murder in a bench trial. Purk is accused of killing Cora Okonski, whose body was never found after she disappeared in 2000. Purk was arrested earlier this year after a former cellmate said Purk confessed the murder to him. He was then convicted of first degree murder in May, […]

  • No Longer on the Move, Historic Homes Get New Foundation

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Two unwanted homes in the Drake neighborhood are moving closer to taking on a new life. The homes were moved overnight earlier this week from the Drake area to the campus of The Kathedral in Sherman Hill. On Friday, they are being set on their new foundations. The homes were built a century ago to house students at Drake. Now, they will be turned into residence halls for young men and women coming to Des Moines for work and […]

  • ImaginEve! New Year’s Eve at Hy-Vee Hall

    Join Channel 13 for Downtown Des Moines' biggest New Year's Eve party for kids at ImaginEve! Best of all, admission is FREE!

  • Last Known Quad Cities Survivor of Attack on Pearl Harbor Dies at 97

    DAVENPORT, Iowa  —  Funeral services were held on Thursday–the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor–for the last known Quad Cities survivor of the attack. Eldon Baxter of Davenport died on Monday at the age of 97. As WQAD’s Chris Minor reports, this was not the first funeral held for the veteran. “He was a true hero because he didn’t feel he did anything out of the ordinary.” Family and friends said goodbye at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in […]

  • Metro Event Will Help Explain Health Insurance Enrollment Process

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Metro health care providers and organizations are hosting an event on Saturday to help people understand the health insurance enrollment process. Open enrollment began on November 1st and is open until December 15th. At the fair, providers will help Iowans go over each marketplace health insurance plan offered in the state and help determine which ones each person is eligible for, as well as helping them sign up. The fair will be held at the Evelyn […]

  • Prosecution Rests Its Case in Nicole Finn Murder Trial

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  After a week of testimony the prosecution in the First Degree Murder trial of Nicole Finn have rested their case. The West Des Moines mother is accused of starving her adopted teenage daughter to death.  Natalie was found dead in her West Des Moines home in October 2016. Testimony concluded Friday morning with prosecutors questions West Des Moines Police Detective Chris Morgan.  He was the lead investigator into Natalie Finn’s death.  Morgan’s investigation included sifting through […]

  • School Bus Crashes Into Des Moines Home

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Five kids escaped injury in a school bus crash Thursday afternoon in the Highland Park neighborhood. Thursday afternoon, a Des Moines Public School District bus driver apparently lost control near Douglas Avenue and 4th Street and crashed into a house. The bus driver and five students on board were not hurt. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash. Police are still investigating what caused the accident.

  • State Flexibility Planned for SNAP

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a letter to state administrators of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) advising them that changes will be coming to the program. Brandon Lipps, the acting Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services says the USDA will allow more flexibility in areas that don’t increase cost for taxpayers or partners. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says, “SNAP was created to provide people with the help they need to feed themselves and their families, […]