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    Former Iowa Caucuses Winner Mike Huckabee to Skip Straw Poll

    WASHINGTON — Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa caucuses winner, is running again for the GOP presidential nomination, but this time he’ll skip the state’s high profile straw poll. Huckabee, who took second place in the 2007 survey, announced Thursday morning in a Des Moines Register op-ed that he won’t compete on the Iowa […]

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    State Auditor Finds More than $130K in Misspent Funds

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A special investigation by the Iowa Auditor’s Office has identified $130,556 of improper and unsupported reimbursements at a company that receives state funding to provide treatment programs for drug and alcohol addiction. The report by the Auditor’s office says the Center for Behavioral Health contacted the Iowa Department of Public Health […]

  • Workout of the Week: The Exercise Coach

    You’ll find The Exercise Coach tucked inside a strip mall off of Mills Civic Parkway. “We are the alternative to the big box gyms,” said co-owner Brian Stodola. According to him, this is the place for people who are tired or scared of the gym. “You walk into a gym and you look at a […]

  • More Funding, Research For Iowa Prairie

    Prairie strips are the newest tool in the toolbox to keep farm inputs on the field and out of Iowa’s waterways. They’re a strip of ground seeded to a mix of native prairie plants, curbing runoff with deep root systems and providing wildlife habitats. This year 18 farmers across Iowa are working with Iowa State […]

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    Waukee Mom Drops Risk of Being Diagnosed with Cancer by 70 Percent

    WAUKEE, Iowa — A Waukee mother is undergoing surgeries that tend to be associated with cancer without even being diagnosed. 47-year-old single mother Patty Blayer is taking control of her own health. She’s opting for some serious surgeries in hopes it drops her risk of being diagnosed with cancer and being around to raise her […]

  • West Des Moines Police Chief, City Sued For Sex Discrimination

    Two employees of the West Des Moines Police Department and one former employee are suing the city and the department, claiming the police chief discriminated against them simply because they’re women. “They have been through not being treated the same as their male counterparts,” said Paige Fiedler, an attorney representing the three. “They’ve been treated […]

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    FBI Experts to Examine Amtrak Train’s Windshield

    PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of commuters who depend on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor were once again boarding trains Monday. Amtrak resumed service between Philadelphia and New York in the morning — not quite a week after the deadly derailment that killed eight and injured more than 200. “The safety of our passengers and crew remains our number […]

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    ‘Daddy, daddy, what are you doing?’ Mom Hears Daughter’s Last Words Before Dad Kills Girl

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. – “Daddy, daddy, what are you doing?” Those were the last words a Chesapeake mother heard over the phone before her 11-year-old daughter was murdered. A close family friend told those details to WTKR. Police say 11-year-old Tasha Jonas was shot by her own father, 49-year-old John Jonas, who then turned the gun on […]

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    Iowa Father Charged with Murdering Infant Son

      BURLINGTON, Iowa — A Burlington father has been charged with murder in the death of his infant son. Twenty-three-year-old Randall Payne was arrested Wednesday. He is accused of killing his 22-day-old infant son, Carter Payne. The baby died November 9th, 2014 at his father’s home. The charge is the result of an investigation by […]

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    Lawyer: Engineer has ‘Absolutely No Recollection’ of Amtrak Crash

    PHILADELPHIA — What was Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian doing and thinking when his speeding train careened off the rails in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and sending over 200 more to the hospital? He can’t say. That’s what Bostian’s lawyer told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday, saying his client “has absolutely no recollection […]

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    Jena Wright Found Guilty in Fatal Dog Attack Trial

    NEWTON, Iowa –A Prairie City woman has been found guilty of several charges in connection with the death of a child after an attack by her dog. Jena Wright has been found guilty of child endangerment resulting in serious injury, neglect of a dependent person, assault not causing bodily injury, and interference with official acts causing […]

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    Woman Shares Story of Surviving a Stroke and Acting “FAST”

    ANKENY, Iowa — Usually symptoms give us a clue something is wrong, if we listen to our bodies. A West Des Moines woman is thankful she did after experiencing a severe version of a symptom many of us have every now and then. The only sign of Sandy Craig’s health scare is the way she […]