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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 […]

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    Driver Killed, Child in Serious Condition Following Downtown Traffic Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police say one person has died and a child remains in critical condition following a morning traffic accident in downtown Des Moines. Police say the crash happened around 10:35 a.m. Witnesses told them a Honda Accord traveling westbound on W. MLK Parkway at a high rate of speed struck two vehicles in a six-block stretch and at SW 2nd and W. MLK Parkway hit a large truck, spinning it around. The Honda then left the roadway and crashed into […]

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    Franchise Fee Refunds Arriving in the Mail Today

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  After years of lawsuits, appeals and rulings Des Moines residents are finally getting their franchise fee refunds.  Or at least what is left after paying attorney fees. The checks began arriving in mailboxes today after being mailed late last week.  The refunds are the result of a lawsuit against the city that claimed Des Moines officials were illegally charging an inflated fee on utility bills. The case was originally in 2004 by Lisa Kragnes. In 2009 the […]

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    Thanksgiving Parody ‘Welcome To My Couch’ Helps Families Avoid Political Talk

    There are many things that can turn a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family sour — like trying to keep Uncle Rick from over-indulging in Wild Turkey(not the poultry), making sure the cousins’ football game doesn’t end in a trip to the ER, and the inevitable shouting match between your neighbor Susan and your grandpa over the results of the presidential election. If you are looking to avoid talking politics this Thanksgiving, the Holderness Family is back with a few suggestions in, “Welcome To […]

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    In Peru, Obama Predicts Rising Tensions on Trade

    LIMA, Peru — President Barack Obama predicted in Peru Saturday that a Trump presidency won’t result in “major changes in policy” for the US-Latin America relationship, though he conceded that tensions are likely to rise on the subject of trade. But, Obama told the audience at the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, once the incoming administration looks at how trade relationships are working, “they’ll determine that it’s actually good for both the United States and our trading partners,” though […]