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    Officials Changing Dangerous Dog Ordinance in Altoona

    ALTOONA, Iowa – Despite controversy regarding the safety of pit bulls as pets, the City of Altoona is changing the language in its dog ordinance so as to not single this specific breed out. As the current ordinance reads, pit bulls – as well as several other dogs commonly viewed as “dangerous” – are not allowed in city limits. Officers say, however, as you read on in the ordinance, it begins to contradict itself, stating they are allowed, assuming certain […]

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    Donors Save Lives, Get Free Iowa Cubs Tickets at Principal Park Blood Drive

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Donating blood always comes with the incentive of knowing you saved a life, but Saturday donors at the Life Serve blood drive at Principal Park got an extra incentive: a free Iowa Cubs game ticket. “Every time you come in, you can save up to three lives,” said Melissa Chapman, group leader of the Life Serve blood drive. “And of course, we supply a lot of hospitals in the area. And unfortunately, the need for blood […]

  • The former Phenix Elementary School to be purchased by the City of West Des Moines for about $500,000. (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD).

    City of West Des Moines to Buy Elementary School

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – As students returned to classes this month, Phenix Elementary School, along 7th Street in West Des Moines, closed its doors for the first time. The West Des Moines Community School District voted to shut the school down last year due to budget constraints, and Friday, the school board approved the building’s sale to the city. The city has until mid-January to acquire a federal grant they applied for to help pay for the purchase of […]

  • The 7th Annual Hunger Fight is on Day 2. (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD).

    Hunger Fight Kicks Off with Promising Numbers

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The race to package more than five million meals began Wednesday with the 7th Annual Hunger Fight, organized by local non-profit Meals From the Heartland. In the first day alone, volunteers packaged more than one million meals. Thursday marked the second day of the world’s largest hunger drive and volunteers said they’re expecting to match day one’s numbers easily. “I think it’s a lot of return for a small investment,” said Rob Hammann, a volunteer. “Just a coupe hours. […]

  • The Des Moines Public School District says a national study suggesting school times start later for adolescents is "not realistic". (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD).

    Later Start Times for Des Moines Schools ‘Not Realistic’

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A national study by the American Academy of Pediatrics is creating buzz over the internet after suggesting middle and high schools start later in the day. The study suggests adolescents are more likely to be tardy to class, doze off during a lecture, and even experience physical and mental health issues if required to attend school too early in the morning. The American Academy of Pediatrics concludes their study with a recommendation that schools start no […]

  • Nearly 50 cats were rescued from a hoarder's home in Stratford by Katherine Flockhart of Stanhope. She's now seeking adopters for the animals. (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD).

    Nearly 50 Cats Rescued from Hoarder’s Home in Stratford

    STANHOPE, Iowa – It was one of the most “unusual” cases of hoarding, according to rescuers, at a home in Stratford, just eight miles from Katherine Flockhart’s business in Stanhope. Flockhart and other rescuers said when you approached the home, nothing on the outside seemed off. But upon opening the door, you could immediately smell the ammonia – and hear the sound of cats meowing. With 49 cats hoarded in a home, Flockhart said it’s impossible to not hear them. “When I […]

  • The 7th Annual Hunger Fight from Meals From the Heartland starts Wednesday. (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Volunteers Set to Feed Over Five Million

    DES MOINES, Iowa – When all is said and done this Saturday, Meals from the Heartland hopes to feed more than five million people this year. The 7th annual Hunger Fight is poised to take off Wednesday, with over 15,000 volunteers signed up to package meals. “This is such a positive experience, it’s like a big volunteer party,” said Dave Bradley, executive director of Meals From the Heartland. “When there’s over 1,000 people out here at one time, working in […]

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    2014 Farm Progress Show Kicks Off

    BOONE, Iowa – Despite early morning rain, the largest outdoor farm show in the country kicked off Tuesday in Boone County. Gates at the Farm Progress Show opened at 8 a.m.. It features more than 600 vendors and will feature several dozen new vendors this year. The annual event showcases the latest in farm equipment, processes and practices. Representatives said they expect as many as 150,000 visitors to this year’s show While the rain caused the grounds to be fairly muddy Tuesday morning, vendors […]

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    August 23, 2014

    For more information on this local veteran’s cause, and to donate to the fundraiser, visit his GoFundMe page, here.

  • Des Moines Veterans Raising Money for Therapeutic Trip

    DES MOINES, Iowa – For Zac Durham, a local veteran of the war in Afghanistan, it was the feeling of “being lost” he struggled most with after being medically retired from the U.S. Army in April 2011. He was severely injured during his service, and says he still only has partial use of his left arm to this day. “You really feel like you’ve lost something,” he said. “And that’s where we see a lot of guys have more issues with […]

  • Special Education Teacher Gets Students Hooked on Fishing in Mitchellville

    MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa – A handful of students learned to cast their rods and reel in the big fish this summer thanks to a new summer fishing club organized by one of Mitchellville Elementary School’s special education teachers. “Most of the kids we brought had never been fishing before,” said Joe Nelson, principal of Mitchellville Elementary. “One day out here at the pond, pulling blue-gills in one after another, and the kids were hooked.” Nelson came up with the idea for a […]

  • One of the largest development projects for downtown Des Moines in the East Village says they're pulling retail space on the first floor after low interest. (Reid Chandler/WHO-HD)

    Development Up in Downtown Des Moines, but Retailers Not Biting Just Yet

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Real estate professionals may tell you there are plenty of signs development for downtown Des Moines is on the rise, but that doesn’t seem to change the fact that developers are still struggling to entice retailers to open up shop there. Take the East Village, for example, where one of the most significant development projects of downtown Des Moines is underway; Hansen Real Estate Services has their sights set on a $49 million complex spanning the […]

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