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    Iowa Schools Included in National ‘Best High Schools’ Rankings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rankings for the best high schools in the nation have been released by U.S. News & World Report and no Iowa school appears higher than 638th place. The 2015 rankings were devised by using data including results of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and state assessment testing along with other information about […]

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    Winterset Man Killed in Highway 92 Crash

    MADISON COUNTY, Iowa – A Winterset man was killed as a result of a two-car accident on Tuesday evening. At around 5 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 2800 Block of Iowa Highway 92. 42-year-old Hugh Stafford was pronounced dead at the scene. Stafford was the only occupant in his vehicle […]

  • Crews comb the scene after the Amtrak Northeast Regional train 118 traveling from Washington to New York derailed north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015.

    Absolute Disastrous Mess': 5 Dead, At Least 50 Injured after Amtrak Train Derails

    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Armed with flashlights, firefighters went from car to car early Wednesday morning, looking for passengers inside an Amtrak train that derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia — killing at least five. Another 50 were hospitalized, including six in critical condition, authorities said. “It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter […]

  • WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Noisy Knees

    One of the most common complaints Personal Trainer Angie Gallagher hears is, “I have bad knees.” But many of her clients are talking about the popping and cracking they hear. “Usually that’s of very little clinical importance,” Gallagher said. “Usually noise is not a big deal. It IS a big deal if you experience pain, […]

  • Des Moines Police Explain Reasoning Behind Voided Tickets

    Des Moines Police write thousands of tickets every year. They also void hundreds – 284 to be exact in 2014. A ticket to Des Moines City Councilman, Joe Gatto, was among them. A Des Moines Police Officer stopped Gatto for speeding on Dec. 3, 2014.  After receiving the ticket, Gatto called the Interim Police Chief […]

  • Meanwhile, an intense late-season winter storm is moving over the Central Rockies and into the Plains. The mountains near Crestone, Colorado, have seen more than 17 inches of snow.

    Five Dead, Dozens Injured, Several Missing after Tornadoes Blast Central U.S.

    The lawn of what used to be the Van, Texas, intermediate school is scattered with shards of glass and long, twisted strips of metal and plastic. The building’s windows are blown out, and debris hangs choked on the windowsills. The roof has been severed from the walls, evidence of the unconfirmed tornado that tore through […]

  • Matthew Ajibade, 21, broke female sergeant's nose while being restrained after arrest, police say. He died in an isolation cell after he "became combative during the booking process," according to a release from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office in Savannah, Georgia. Nine deputies were fired on May 8, 2015, in connection with Ajibade's death.

    9 Cops Fired in Connection With Death of 21-Year-Old

    ATLANTA, Georgia — Nine Georgia deputies have been fired in connection with the death of a 21-year-old student in Savannah, Georgia, authorities announced Friday. The firings are related to the case of Matthew Ajibade, who died in an isolation cell on New Year’s Day, said Gena Bilbo, the Chatham County Sheriff’s spokeswoman. Two of the […]

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    Guilty Plea from Des Moines Store Owner in Synthetic Marijuana Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The owner of two stores police caught selling a harmful synthetic drug pleaded guilty Thursday to money laundering and possession with intent to deliver charges. According to the Des Moines Register Bunny Nat, 36, of Waukee quietly told Judge Lawrence McLellan that he had “made a mistake” during his plea hearing […]

  • Severe Weather Alerts from Weather Radios Could Be Down for Weeks

    DES MOINES, Iowa — During one of the busiest months for severe weather, people who rely only on weather radios for alerts may not get the message. Over the winter, the National Weather Service’s radio transmitter was damaged by ice. As a result, it doesn’t have enough power to activate weather radios in stand-by mode […]

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    Walker Holds Iowa Lead in Latest Quinnipiac Poll

    HAMDEN, Connecticut – A new poll of likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker holds a big lead over other GOP presidential hopefuls. The latest Quinnipiac University poll has 21-percent support with four other likely candidates in a logjam for second place.  Ran Paul and Marco Rubio have 13-percent each, while Ted […]

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    Iowa Farmer Says More Needed In Seed Trials

    Jasper County Farmer Rolland Schnell is working with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) on a fungicide trial to test for yield increases. In April, he got a shipment of seeds, which are part of a checkoff-funded trial underway by ISA’s On-Farm Network; the seeds have been coated with Bayer’s ILeVo fungicide. On Tuesday, he got all […]

  • WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Corporate Wellness

    Lettisha Smith spends a lot of her lunch hours in the gym at Meredith. Instead of consuming too many extra calories when she’s at work – she’s burning them! “I do not work in the test kitchen,” she says with a laugh. That certainly helps – but Lettisha has put in a lot of hard […]