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  • Korean Kamp in Johnston

    Korean Adoptees and Parents Celebrate Culture, Community at Camp in Johnston

    JOHNSTON, Iowa – Adopting a child from another country and culture can come with its challenges, but K.A.M.P. (Korean Adoption Means Pride) – a Korean culture camp hosted by the non-profit Iowans for International Adoption – seeks to build a supportive community for both Korean adoptees and their parents. “There’s a lot of questioning that happens,” said Abbie Smith, a mother of two adopted Korean children. “And this is the place where they can safely ask those questions, have peers to […]

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    Collectors Admire Antiques at Des Moines Convention

    DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s the ultimate “Throwback Thursday”, except it started on Wednesday. The Iowa Gas Swap Meet’s 28th annual Collector’s Convention brings over  500 quality vintage gas pumps, signs, globes, cans to the Greater Des Moines Area. The “premier petroliana show”, as the group calls it, brings buyers and vendors from around the world to Des Moines to show off their antique collectibles. “I’m just checking prices,” said Ken Carson, a Toledo, IA native and collector. “Good gosh, I’m […]

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    Volunteers in Ames ‘Stand Down’ for Homeless Veterans

      AMES, Iowa – When emergency strikes in the military, it orders a “stand down” for its troops – an order to cease what you’re doing until the problem is resolved. And that’s how several groups in Ames say they view the issue of homeless veterans, too. “My office, on a weekly basis, I get several veterans who either are homeless currently, or they’re right on the line,” said Luke Jensen, Office Administrator for the Story County Department of Veterans […]

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    Polk County to Utilize Billboards for Emergencies

      DES MOINES, Iowa – Twenty-nine digital billboards across Polk County will begin warning drivers of potential disasters and emergencies, the Polk County Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday. It’s a new collaboration between the agency, the National Weather Service, and Clear Channel Outdoor – the owner of the billboards. When tornado warnings, gas leaks, and severe weather strike, these billboards will light up with a warning message, telling drivers to tune into WHO Radio for details. “This gives people access […]

  • Some Windsor Heights Residents Upset with City Over Church Expansion

    WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa – To be clear, residents along Carpenter Avenue like Layna Shield aren’t upset the Windsor Heights Lutheran Church next-door is expanding. “It’ll do a lot of good, we don’t begrudge that,” said Shield. But the $4.5 million dollar expansion project – approved by the city – includes a new driveway off Carpenter Avenue. That violates the city’s zoning code, according to resident Mickey Neily, who says the code requires a 10-foot “buffer yard” between the commercial and residential […]

  • Classic Car Road Trip

    Classic Car Road Trip to Advocate for Historic Highway, Local Shops

    DES MOINES, Iowa – If you’re a classic car lover, there’s still time to take part in a road trip across Iowa on Highway 6. The drive isn’t until October, but the Iowa U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association is trying to get the word out now. The goal of the three-day “River to River Retro Road Trip” is to raise awareness of the history of Route 6, and to support small mom-and-pop shops along the way. “You can either come […]

  • Female Power Lifters at Junior Olympics Shatter Stereotypes on the Squat Rack

      DES MOINES, Iowa – It’s Day 4 at the AAU Junior Olympic games. Friday’s competitions included power-lifting, and two girls from Nebraska, Jordan and Naomi, are setting world-records in the sport – and they’ve only been involved for a couple of years. “We want girls to know that you’re not going to become big and bulky if you lift,” said Jordan Baker. “It’s a sport, it’s just like any other sport. You’re going to look good. You’re going to […]

  • Downtown Des Moines Gets Taste of Italy for Two-Day Festival

    DES MOINES, Iowa – This weekend, Iowa’s best Italian food and culture are together in one spot. The fourth annual Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa kicked off this morning at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines. Groups from all over the state come together to show off true Italian culture right here in Iowa. The festival is growing – this was the first time vendors say their stands took up the entire section of Locust Street that was […]

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    Tiny Tumblers from Iowa Compete in Junior Olympics in Des Moines

      DES MOINES, Iowa – Jumps, back-hand-springs, and flips were in full-force Thursday for the third day of the Amateur Athletic Union’s Junior Olympic Games. Girls – some as young as six – dressed in blue leotards represented Iowa’s athletes from gyms across the metro area. A group of girls from a gym in Boone, IA ranged in age from seven to eleven, and a few of them say this is their second time competing in the junior-level Olympic events. […]

  • Growing Dome

    New Growing Dome at Des Moines Shelter to Feed and Teach

    DES MOINES, Iowa – There’s a giant dome being built in the backyard of the Central Iowa Shelter & Services Center, and it’s going to benefit the organization – and those who utilize it – in more than one way. The “growing dome”, as it’s called, will be a year-round greenhouse for the center. The food from the dome will supplement the kitchen at the homeless shelter, but it will also provide a space for paid training programs for the […]

  • Protesters Demand Peace in Gaza at Rally in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – It was a diverse group of faces – and voices – speaking out at a pro-Gaza peace rally in front of the Neal Smith Federal Building downtown Wednesday morning. “It’s an issue that doesn’t just affect Palestinians, it affects human beings,” said Essam Abusharkh, a Palestinian-American at the rally. “These are people just like you and I. They’re teachers, they’re engineers, they’re doctors.” Attendants took turns reading over a loud-speaker the names of all Palestinians killed […]

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    Deployed Soldier’s Missing Dog Found Dead

    UPDATE: Cynde Sheperd says Bowtie was found dead in a nearby bean field Tuesday night. She was very thankful for those who tried to help find him. ALTOONA, Iowa – A family is hoping they can use the Des Moines Metro area’s help in finding their son’s best friend, Bowtie. “He’s a part of our family,” said Cynde Sheperd, mother of U.S. soldier Dustin Sheperd and caretaker of his dog. “And so we’re just trying to get anybody and everybody’s […]