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  • Drake Athletics Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb accepts the Robert D. Ray  Pillar of Character Award Thursday morning (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Drake University Athletic Director Gets Character Award

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Character Counts in Iowa announced the recipient of the 2015 Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character award Thursday morning, recognizing Drake University Athletics Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. The Ray Awards are presented by Character Counts in Iowa each year, meant to reflect former Governor Robert D. Ray’s “lifelong commitment to civility and character development.” Individuals are selected who “consistently demonstrate good character as a visible public role model,” and previous recipients include Olympic wrestler and coach, Dan Gable, […]

  • Joni Ernst talks with Des Moines business leaders Thursday morning (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Ernst at Breakfast with Des Moines Business Leaders

    DES MOINES, Iowa — With just 12 days left until voters cast their ballots, and in the midst of a heated Senate race, state senator and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst, made her appeal to local business leaders in Des Moines Thursday morning. The state senator was joined by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens, where Ernst spoke with members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. She spoke about her military background, and […]

  • Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are calling for the DNR to "better enforce" the Clean Water Act in Iowa (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Activists Call for DNR to Improve Livestock Farm Evaluations

    DES MOINES, Iowa – New rules passed by state lawmakers went into effect Wednesday concerning how the Iowa Department of Natural Resources monitors large livestock farms having more than 300 animals. These new rules are in line with a work-plan agreement the DNR worked out with the federal Environmental Protection Agency last September, after the agency determined the department was not adequately enforcing the Clean Water Act at large livestock confinements in the state. But environmental activists from the group, […]

  • Children & Families of Iowa is collecting costume donations for kids on Halloween (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Local Group Collecting Costumes for Kids

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Children & Families of Iowa wants to give every kid in Central Iowa a happy Halloween, and they need your help to do it. From now until Halloween, the group is accepting new or gently used costume donations to distribute to kids in its Child Development Center. For the past several weeks, radio station Lazer 103.3 has been running a costume drive, and donated those to the center Wednesday afternoon. “A lot of the kids we […]

  • 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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