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  • Cause of Marshalltown Apartment Fire Undetermined

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  —  Marshalltown authorities say they’ll never know what caused a massive fire at an apartment complex two weeks ago. The Villager apartment building caught fire late on the evening of May 5th. Firefighters say there was nothing they could do to save the building. On Friday, they announced there is no way to tell how or where the fire started, and the cause will now be listed as undetermined.

  • ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Coming to an End

    LONG ISLAND, New York  —  The ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is taking its final bow. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will put on its last performance this Sunday. The final show will bring an end to 148 years of circus history. Before they take their final bows, the ringmaster, stars, and other performers will be on hand in New York to reflect on their careers. The final performance will be in Long Island, New York. The circus also has ties […]

  • Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty in Connection to Sexting Scandal Involving 15-Year-Old

    NEW YORK  —  Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty in connection with a sexting scandal involving a teenage girl. Weiner pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors recommended that Weiner serve 21-27 months in jail. In 2016, a series of alleged explicit social media exchanges surfaced with a 15-year-old girl. The investigation into Weiner prompted FBI agents to seize his laptop computer. That led to the discovery of e-mails that presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent to […]

  • Iowa Native Recounts Scene of Fatal Times Square Crash

    IOWA  —  The driver accused of Thursday’s fatal crash into a crowd of people in New York City now says it was intentional. Richard Rojas says he slammed his car into a sidewalk full of tourists on Thursday morning in Times Square. Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Elsman of Michigan was killed and 20 others were injured. Jacob Thompson, an Iowa native, works in Times Square for a bus tour company, and said he witnessed the crash and was nearly a victim himself. He […]

  • Knoxville School Board Member Resigns After President Trump Assassination Comment Online

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  A Knoxville School Board member has resigned his position after posting a message online joking about President Trump’s assassination. Mike Helle posted a message on Facebook encouraging President Trump “to take in a show at Ford’s Theatre,” where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. He resigned by email on Thursday night just after 10 o’clock. Helle had served on the board for 12 years.

  • Brother of Guthrie Center Fire Victim Faces Sexual Abuse Charges

    GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa  —  The brother of one of the two girls killed in a fire in Guthrie Center is due in court next week on sexual abuse charges. The fire claimed the lives of 16-year-old Shakiah Cockerham and 12-year-old Melanie Page Exline. The State Fire Marshal’s Office says this is a case of arson. Nineteen-year-old Noah Exline, Melanie’s brother, faces charges of second degree sexual abuse and lascivious acts with a child. The police report says his sister claimed Noah sexually abused […]

  • Students Use ‘Senior Skip Day’ to Give Back to Community

    PLEASANT HILL, Iowa  —  Friday was “senior skip day” at Southeast Polk High School, but some students decided to keep busy anyway. Groups volunteered around the area for community service. A variety of projects were set up in Altoona, Mitchellville, Runnells, and Pleasant Hill. Some seniors signed up to spread mulch at Doanes Park, and say it’s nice to give back–and that the day off isn’t too bad, either. “Trying to give back to the community that has always given back to us […]

  • Perry Teen’s Biological Dad and Stepmother Previously Charged with Child Endangerment

    PERRY, Iowa  —  There are new developments in relation to the death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, whose body was found in a Perry home last week. Ray’s biological parents–father Joseph Busch and stepmother Karena Busch–lived right around the corner from where the teen died. Both were charged with child endangerment, and the affidavit says the two duct taped their daughter’s mouth shut for days at a time and denied her food. The court document goes on to say the two acted […]

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    Channel 13 News is proud to partner with the Science Center of Iowa to help make the weather meaningful to Iowa's young, impressionable learners.

  • Former University of Iowa Employees Reach $6.5 Million Settlement With School

    IOWA CITY, Iowa  —  A former field hockey coach at the University of Iowa and a former U of I athletic administrator received more than $6 million in a settlement with the university. Tracey Griesbaum sued the university after she was fired, claiming gender and sexual orientation discrimination. Griesbaum will receive $300,000 in wages and more than $2 million dollars for emotional distress damages and attorney fees. Additionally, Jane Meyer will get $874,000 in wages and $3 million for emotional distress […]

  • Final Flight – Tuesday at 10

    It’s never too late to cross #1 off your bucket list. Meet living proof Tuesday on Channel 13 News at 10

  • Chinese Beef Market Significantly Larger Since U.S. Ban

    In 2003, the U.S. beef industry exported two-thirds of China’s beef imports, about 8,400 tons. Then the market closed because of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a cattle disease. But in the last 13 years, beef exports in China have grown exponentially. It now imports nearly 600,000 tons, about a 4500 percent increase. The U.S. says beef exports may start up again as soon as this summer. While the U.S. has been sitting on the sidelines, the industry hasn’t been idle. Even […]