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    300,000 Meals Shipped from Des Moines to Liberia to Help Ebola Crisis

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteers all over Des Moines have lent a helping hand in recent weeks to confront the Ebola crisis in Western Africa. And Iowa-based group Outreach, Inc. is doing their part through a rather large food donation. The group shipped 300,000 packaged meals from Des Moines to Liberia Thursday, where the food will be distributed to patients and their families in hospitals across the country. According to organizers the shipment should take 40 days to arrive and will […]

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    Des Moines City Council Appoints New City Manager

    DES MOINES, Iowa – It may have taken some time, but the Des Moines City Council has finally named a new city manager. On Thursday morning, the council confirmed Scott Sanders as the new city manager. Sanders formerly served as an assistant city manager while the council searched for the position. Sanders said he doesn’t feel there are “issues” that need resolving as he takes on this new role. Instead, he says he hopes to build off opportunities the city […]

  • Former Ambassador and World Food Prize President Kenneth Quinn discusses his invitation to speak in Iran and the warm welcome they had for him (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    World Food Prize President Speaks on Warm Welcome in Iran

    DES MOINES, Iowa – “Confronting hunger can bring together people, even across the broadest divides of cultures, religion and diversity.” That’s the philosophy of Kenneth Quinn, a former U.S. ambassador and the current president of the World Food Prize, headquartered in Des Moines. Quinn spoke in a news conference Wednesday on his unprecedented trip to Iran, where he was invited as a keynote speaker to a government-organized conference on addressing the region’s hunger issues. Quinn said he focused his speech […]

  • The Over the Edge rappelling event raises money for the Special Olympics of Iowa each year (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    Rappellers Scale Down 350-Foot Financial Center to Benefit Special Olympics

    DES MOINES, Iowa – It looks like the worst nightmare for one with acrophobia, but nearly 100 brave volunteers rappelled almost 350 feet down the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines Wednesday to raise money for the Special Olympics of Iowa. “I look at some of these athletes every year, and I watch some of the accomplishments they make, and some of the things they overcome. And I think it’s just a worthwhile cause, in general.” said Clint Pursley, a […]

  • 63 new U.S. citizens are sworn in Tuesday at the Simon Estes Ampitheater in Des Moines (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

    63 New U.S. Citizens Sworn in at Naturalization Ceremony in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – As the “melting pot” metaphor for citizens in the U.S. suggests, 63 new U.S citizens from all over the world took the Oath of Allegiance at the Simon Estes Ampitheater downtown Tuesday. The ceremony solidified their official U.S. citizenship, warranting applause and many family pictures. The ceremony wasn’t exclusive to Des Moines: the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa was one of about two dozen federal courts around the country to have scheduled what they called […]

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Harkin Steak Fry on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (SAM HOYLE/WHO-HD)

    Supporters Ready for Hillary in 2016, Offer Advice for Success in Iowa

    INDIANOLA, Iowa – “Hello Iowa, I’m back!” It was the first sentence out of Hillary Clinton’s mouth as she greeted thousands of supporters at the annual Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola on Sunday. And for those who want to see the former Secretary of State back in the White House, it was music to their ears. RELATED: Hillary Clinton Flirts With Iowans About What’s Ahead PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 Harkin Steak Fry While Clinton considers a bid for the presidency in 2016, […]

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    West Des Moines Business Helps Fight Ebola

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Employees of the Financial Group in West Des Moines volunteered their afternoon Friday to helping fight Ebola in Western Africa. The group worked with SWIM – which stands for Safe Water International Missions – to build hand-held chlorine-producing units. These units will be used by medics in locations like Liberia to disinfect areas where mass amounts of people are moving through each day. “It’s a critical need for every country, but with the Eboli virus, […]

  • San Francisco-based company, Uber, launches its ride-share taxi service in Des Moines Friday to city officials' dismay. (Photo Courtsey: Uber)

    Uber Taxi Service Hits Des Moines Friday as City Officials Condemn It

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Relying on a cab-driver to pick you up just got easier in the Des Moines-metro with San Francisco-based company, Uber, launching their ride-share service Friday. While cheaper taxicab rides may cause consumers to rejoice, city officials say the company isn’t welcome. “If Uber really wanted to work with the City of Des Moines on regulating their service, they would have called us months ago,” City Councilwoman Christine Hensley said in a phone interview. “Instead, they’re launching […]

  • ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Loose in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Local lovers of the Broadway classic will be excited to know the next two weeks bring Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, “Phantom of the Opera” to the Metro. Show-runners boast this touring version of the production to have all-new special effects, lighting designs, and choreography. The cast has toured the country since last November, and will be performing at the Des Moines Civic Center through next weekend. “We’re the largest touring production […]

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    Online Security Breaches Cause Some to Question Apple Pay Service

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Last week, Apple announced hackers were able to gain access to numerous celebrities’ digital accounts and expose their private, nude photos. This week, the company announced they’d like your iPhone to become your digital wallet. With an onslaught of online security breaches circulating the in media recently, consumers are more aware than ever about Internet vulnerability. But in Tuesday’s unveiling, Apple confidently pitched their mobile payment service to the world. Apple’s pitch suggests making a purchase with your […]

  • Techel Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder, Victim’s Family Speaks Out

    ALBIA, Iowa – Seth Techel, the man who was convicted in the May 2012 murder of his wife, Lisa, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Wednesday. Techel, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder and nonconsensual termination of a human pregnancy.  Prosecutors said that Techel killed his wife on May 26, 2012, so he could leave his wife for a co-worker. Techel shot his wife in their home near Agency. Lisa, 23, was four […]

  • Volunteers Gather for Day of Action

    3,000 Central Iowans Volunteer for Day of Action in Des Moines

      DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s a lot of numbers, but the take-away: Central Iowans like to give back. 3,000 volunteers from 61 local companies gave their time to help 32 local nonprofits Tuesday for the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual “Day of Action.” This year, three major projects took place across Central Iowa for the day of service. Across various schools in the Metro, volunteers read to third graders. At other schools, volunteers handed out over 600 alarm […]

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