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  • Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords speaks with women leaders in Des Moines Tuesday (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Gabby Giffords Speaks with Des Moines Women Leaders on ‘Protect All Women’ Tour

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made a stop in Des Moines Tuesday for her nationwide “Protect All Women” tour, speaking with local women leaders on gun violence-related issues. “Women can lead the way,” Giffords said. “We stand for common sense, we stand for responsibility. We can change our laws, we can win elections. Please, join your voice with mine.” The congresswoman didn’t have much to say beyond that; most of the hour-long round-table discussion was carried by […]

  • Leshaun Murray's sentencing has been continued for next Thursday (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Sentencing Hearing for Leshaun Murray Continued Again

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The third and final teen accused of carjacking and severely beating a man  was scheduled to be sentenced this morning, but the hearing was continued for a second time. Last year, Leshaun Murray, along with Terrance Cheeks and Kenneth Barry, pulled Mike Wasike from his car and beat him. Wasike suffered permanent brain damage, and is receiving care in an Oklahoma facility.  A court found Cheeks guilty of robbery, and sentenced him to 50 years in […]

  • A volunteer tutors an adult student at the Drake University Adult Literacy Center (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Adult Literacy Center at Drake University Gives People a Second Shot

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Life may have started a long time ago for these students, but they’re only just beginning to learn a crucial skill. “(I) go to the doctor, can’t fill out the forms and stuff,” said Jerry Schillinger, a student at Drake University’s Adult Literacy Center. “Different things…even just going out to eat. I could hardly read the menu, so I always just went to fast food joints.” Schillinger is one of about 80 adults in Polk County […]

  • DNR: Eat This Invasive Fish to Protect Iowa’s Native Species

    OTTUMWA, Iowa — If you take a boat down any of the main rivers or lakes in Iowa, there’s a chance you’ll encounter a certain type of fish – out of the water. The Silver Carp is an invasive species of fish found in parts of the Midwest and Iowa, and the vibration of a motorboat on the water can cause them to jump out, and potentially land in your boat. But the Iowa DNR says too many people are […]

  • World Food Prize Conference Talks Ebola in Africa, Agriculture in China

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The Ebola crisis is the hot topic at this year’s World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium. And while many African leaders attended this year’s symposium, being held in downtown Des Moines, Sierra Leone’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma, chose to remain in his country to help oversee relief efforts. But Thursday morning, President Koroma addressed a large crowd over webcam. “We will defeat Ebola, and its deadly ramifications, I strongly do believe, because the energy for […]

  • Metro School Starts a College Savings Account for Every Student

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Where you want to go to college might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re in kindergarten. Thanks to a collaboration between a nonprofit and a Des Moines elementary school, that might change. The Des Moines “I Have a Dream Foundation” has teamed up with Findley Elementary School to start a personal college savings account for every student. These accounts will be managed by the foundation and the 342 students at the school will be […]

  • So much bacon, they used the word twice. (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD)

    Metro Barbecue Chain Opens Bacon-Themed Restaurant

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – There’s so much bacon on the menu at a new bacon-themed Jethro’s location, they decided to use the word twice in the restaurant’s name. ‘Jethro’s BBQ ‘n Bacon Bacon’ will be the sixth location for the locally-owned group, opening Tuesday morning. Located at 1480 22nd Street in West Des Moines, if you can’t find it on your GPS, simply follow your nose. “We have been working on this Bacon concept for several years,” said Bruce Gerleman, […]

  • Outreach, Inc. has now sent 600,000 pre-packaged meals to Liberia from their Des Moines facility (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Charity Group Sends another 300,000 Meals to Ebola-Stricken Liberia

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Last month, local charity group, Outreach, Inc., sent 300,000 pre-packaged meals from its Des Moines facility to Liberia to help those affected by the Ebola virus. Now, they’re doubling down. “This container of meals is unique because many Liberians from the Des Moines area packaged meals for their family and friends who are suffering in Liberia,” said Floyd Hammer, president and founder of Outreach, Inc. “The local Liberian community in Des Moines is like the rest […]

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    Des Moines City Council Divided over Tree Inventory Initiative

      DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s that time of year when you can’t help but notice the changing colors of the leaves, and a new inventory program – passed by the Des Moines City Council earlier this week – would better keep track of the trees they belong to. “As an active inventory, every time somebody from forestry inspects a tree stump, that inventory will be updated. If we remove it, it’ll show when we remove it,” said Skip Moore, […]

  • The Iowa State Bacon Expo plans to sell 1,500 tickets  this year (WHO-HD)

    Ticket Sales Open for Second Annual Iowa State University Bacon Expo

    AMES, Iowa – VEISHEA may be a thing of the past for Iowa State University, but there’s a new tradition cooking at the school, and it smells like bacon. The second annual Iowa State University Bacon Expo is scheduled for Saturday, November 8 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. With a variety of bacon vendors, offering delicacies like bacon cheese curds, bacon cupcakes, and bacon-wrapped…well, anything, the student organizers behind the event expect […]

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    Des Moines Start-Up ‘Bawte’ Wins $100k Investment from AOL Co-Founder

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines-based start-up is now $100,000 closer to success, thanks to an investment from AOL co-founder, Steve Case, as he passed through Des Moines Wednesday on his national bus tour. Bawte was founded by John Jackovin here in Des Moines. The company’s product is an app for mobile smartphones, designed to catalog the user’s purchases and provide links to online manuals, notifications when warranties are about to expire, in-app how-to videos, and alerts when recalls […]

  • Gov. Terry Branstad announces a new $280 million investment by MidAmerican Energy in wind energy for Iowa (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Governor Announces New Wind Energy Expansion in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Driving across the state of Iowa, there’s always been on sight you could count on seeing an abundance of: cornfields. But over the years, wind turbines have slowly become part of that trademark Iowa landscape, too,  and Friday, Governor Terry Branstad announced we’ll be seeing a lot more of them. $280 million’s worth of them, to be exact. MidAmerican Energy is set to develop one new wind farm site in Adams County and expand a second […]


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