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    Parents of Murdered Teen Make First Court Appearances

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Two West Des Moines parents charged in connection with the death of their teenage daughter made their first court appearances Friday morning. Nicole and Joseph Finn are each facing charges of kidnapping, child endangerment and neglect of  dependent person.  Nicole Finn is also charged with First Degree Murder for the death of her 16 year old daughter Natalie in October. Police aren’t saying what lead to Natalie’s death and autopsy results aren’t being released.  Neighbors tell […]

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    Ex-Officers in Evidence Tampering Case Named

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have released the names of two former officers under investigation for allegedly tampering with evidence. Senior police officers Joshua Judge and Tyson Teut resigned Monday from the Des Moines Police Department. They are accused of planting evidence in connection with a narcotics case they were involved in last year. Sgt. Paul Parizek says the investigation began Friday, Dec. 2nd after the Office of Profession Standards received information from a complainant about alleged evidence tampering by […]

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    Missing Horse Found After Equestrian Center Fire

    CUMMING, Iowa — A horse that was missing after an equestrian center near Cumming was destroyed by flames has been found. The fire happened Friday at Maffitt Lake Equestrian Center, when flames completely swallowed up the structure, threatening the 30 animals inside. Fire crews tell us the building is a total loss and one horse died as a result of flames. Another was missing for several days but a nearby farmer found him this weekend. The horse — named Ozzy […]

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    Love Lost, Love Found, and The Krug Family 10 Years Later

    Ten years ago, long before I arrived to work at WHO-HD, reporters told the story of the Krug family. Mother Aimee had been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer two days after giving birth to her youngest daughter Brooke. Aimee died April 3, 2010. Saturday I met with the family to catch up with husband Adam, since remarried, and his wife Katie. They tell a story of loss, love, and relationship they say was forged through divine intervention. “We pretty much […]

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    Tax Incentives Key to Creating Economic Development

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Economic Development Authority says the state has a business friendly climate and a lot to offer companies, but providing tax incentives can level the playing field and make the difference when competing with other states. IEDA Marketing & Communications Director Tina Hoffman says more often than not, the projects the tax incentives help create turn out better than expected. “Often times they say we`re gonna create a hundred jobs, maybe they create 150, and […]

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    Suspected Tornado Leaves 3 Dead in Alabama

    A suspected tornado that tore through Alabama early Wednesday killed three people and injured at least two others, officials said, as a powerful band of storms passed through the state. The storm ripped through Jackson County in northeastern Alabama, causing destruction over a 1.5-mile path, knocking down power lines and mangling mobile homes near the community of Rosalie. “We can’t tell what kind of damage we’ve got (due to the dark),” Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips told CNN affiliate WAFF-TV […]

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    Iowa State Holds Townhall Meeting to Discuss Recent Racism Incidents

    AMES, Iowa — Following the presidential election, an Iowa lawmaker wants students to “suck it up”. Earlier this month, (R) State Representative Bobby Kaufman proposed the “Sick it Up Buttercup” bill. It`s legislation that would financially punish public universities that use a portion of their budgets for grief counseling for students upset about the election results. It would also set new criminal penalties for protestors who shut down highways. Representative Kaufman was invited to a town hall meeting tonight at […]

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    Drake University Responds to Civil Rights Complaint by Former Head Athletic Trainer

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University is responding after a fired athletic trainer filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming he was terminated because of a medical condition. Scott Kerr, 61, worked for the university for more than three decades and was the head athletic trainer when he was fired on September 2nd. Kerr says his medical condition requires him to drink large amounts of water to stay hydrated. Kerr says he was diagnosed in 2010 with […]

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    Trump Calls Election Recounts a Scam

    (CNN) — President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday said the election is over and called the recount effort launched by the Green Party and joined by the Clinton campaign a “scam.” “The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,'” Trump said in a statement, which labeled the recount “ridiculous” in a headline. […]

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    USDA Investments Make Hundreds of Inventions

    Every year, the USDA invests money into research and science of agriculture. In 2015, investments made 222 inventions, 94 patents, and 125 new patent applications. That’s according to the USDA Annual Report on technology transfer, which includes ag related discoveries, inventions and processes made by USDA researchers, universities, and small businesses. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says these results show the impact they’ve made and that studies say every dollar invested into ag research returns $20 to the economy. Highlighted investment […]

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    Renewable Fuel Standard Back On Track

    There’s about to be more ethanol in the gasoline system. On Wednesday, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized increases in the renewable fuel volume requirements on all categories of biofuels in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As part of its annual rulemaking, regular ethanol now meets the 15 billion gallon congressional target for conventional fuels. Also the required volume of biomass based diesel for 2017 is twice that of the congressional target at 2 billion gallons. Total renewable fuels volumes […]

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    Fired Drake Athletic Trainer Filing Civil Rights Complaint After Urination Incident

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Kerr’s more than three-decade career as head athletic trainer at Drake University is over. “I was offered a one-month severance package for 31 years of service, and under the circumstances of my dismissal, I feel that is not adequate,” said Kerr. Kerr and his attorneys, Roxanne Conlin and Jerry Crawford, have filed a formal complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. “This is illegal. It is illegal to terminate someone because they have a medical […]