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  • Johnston Church Offers ‘Alternative’ Holiday Shopping

    JOHNSTON, Iowa – In less than a week’s time, every store and shopping mall will be filled with lines and crowds galore, as shoppers attempt to cross off their holiday shopping lists and take advantage of those Black Friday deals. But one church in Johnston is challenging people in the Metro to choose an alternative form of gift-shopping this season. “Our theme is honoring those who have enough, by giving to those who have little,” said Susan Vanessen, an organizer […]

  • Development for a downtown Hy-Vee, set to be constructed on a city-owned parking lot at 420 Court Ave., has businesses upset after a parking garage addition was removed from the plans (Photo Courtesy: Knapp Properties)

    City Defends Downtown Hy-Vee Plans, Says Parking Won’t Be an Issue

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Some downtown businesses are urging city officials to “pump the brakes” and reconsider where the proposed downtown Hy-Vee will be located, citing concerns over a lack of parking options near Court Avenue as is. However, Assistant City Manager Matt Anderson says the city has looked closely at the issue, and believes there will be no negative repercussions as a result of the project. “We did a parking stress study back in September, and we found there […]

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    Des Moines Working to Become More ‘Age-Friendly’ City

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A report released this week placed Des Moines near the top out of 100 U.S. cities for best locations for the aging, and city officials say that’s a reflection of their efforts to make the Metro a more “age-friendly” city. “Des Moines is becoming a very very attractive place for all ages,” said Mayor Frank Cownie. “And I think seniors love, especially in the 21st century, sort of a life-long learning process. Mixing it up, if […]

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    Ankeny Teacher Receives Suspended Sentence for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A former Ankeny High School teacher received a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor back in September. Mandy Davenport, 33, admitted to having a relationship and engaging in sexual acts with a 17-year-old male student in January of 2012. Davenport was a language arts teacher at Ankeny High School and has also taught at Ankeny Centennial. Davenport must now report to the Department of Corrections and will be […]

  • This city-owned parking lot at 420 Court Ave. will be the site for a new downtown Hy-Vee and apartment complex, expected to be completed by developers in spring 2016 (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Downtown Businesses Upset Over Lack of Parking with Hy-Vee Project

    DES MOINES, Iowa — While city officials say the downtown community is eager for a Hy-Vee location along Court Avenue,  some downtown business owners are crying foul after the initial plans, which included a new parking garage, were amended to nix the additional parking structure. “As business owners and leaders are we opposed to a downtown grocery store? Absolutely not,” a letter to city council members reads. “Are we opposed to Hy-Vee? Again, absolutely not. But we are opposed to […]

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    Volunteers Kick off Combat Against Hunger in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The Food Bank of Iowa and Star 102.5 kicked off their 24th annual Combat Hunger food drive Thursday morning at 5 a.m. The campaign has a quick turn-around: in just two days, volunteers hope to raise as much money and as many non-perishable food items as they can to aid Iowa families this Thanksgiving and winter season. The Combat Hunger drive has an encampment set up at 12th and Locust streets, and are also accepting drop-off […]

  • The Scorpion fighter jet is still in its experimental phases, with only one model in existence (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Des Moines Aviation Students Peek Inside New Fighter Jet

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines Public Schools aviation students got to peek inside a truly one-of-a-kind fighter jet Wednesday, as the Iowa National Guard brought in the Textron Airland Scorpion Attack Jet to its base. The Scorpion model is still in its experimental phases, so there’s only one in existence. And since the aviation program in Des Moines is only one of three in the nation, these students say they feel especially lucky to get the opportunity to learn […]

  • The former CenturyLink property will soon serve as a series of work spaces for local artists (Photo Courtesy: DesMoinesArts)

    Proposed ‘Art Incubator’ Building Expected to Open in 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Many would probably consider Des Moines to already be a fairly artistic city – especially when you consider spaces like the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and the Des Moines Social Club downtown. But one developer says he hopes to transform a former CenturyLink property into an “incubator” of sorts for local artists and their work. Justin Mandelbaum of Mandelbaum Properties in West Des Moines founded the non-profit, DesMoinesArts, with the hope of fostering the artistic […]

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    City Council Hears Recommendations for Change in Dog Ordinance

      DES MOINES, Iowa – After several months of meetings among a city-appointed committee to review the city’s dog ordinance, committee members presented proposals for change in the code to council members Monday. The committee – made up of city staff and citizen members – had numerous suggestions for change in the ordinance, including a specific definition for “dog bite” to ensure officials treat all dog attacks consistently. However, the controversial issue lies within “breed specific language” within the ordinance […]

  • Des Moines Sees Its First Snowfall of the Season

    DES MOINES, Iowa – If you’re an Iowan, this is nothing new. But every year, the first snowfall seems to bring along some surprises. Saturday, the Central Iowa saw its first shovelable snowfall of the season, with two-to-three inches falling. City workers say they’ve been preparing for this day since last winter, but people need to remind themselves to slow down. “Each year it is a matter of getting adjusted to that lack of traction on the roadway,” said Pat […]

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    Des Moines Airport Eyeing New Terminal by 2024

    DES MOINES, Iowa – At its current growth-rate, the Des Moines International Airport will be over-capacity within 10 years, airport authority officials said in a meeting Tuesday. To counter this problem, the Des Moines Airport Authority Board is eyeing a new terminal addition – but it wouldn’t come to fruition before 2024. “It’s based on growth, and anybody who has flown in or out of Des Moines during the big periods understands the lines we’re encountering, and we have no […]

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    Wells Fargo to Give Habitat to Ospreys at West Des Moines Facility

      WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – When Wells Fargo began expanding its West Des Moines facility this past summer, employees found an unexpected pair of guests taking up residence in one of the construction cranes: two ospreys – a type of sea hawk, and a species long-sought to be re-populated in the state by the DNR – had built a nest amid the construction. “During the expansion, obviously, the crane was in place.  And evidently, the osprey thought that was […]


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