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    Electoral College Voting Underway To Officially Name Next US President

    (CNN) — The real voting for the White House is now underway. At 10 a.m. Monday, members of the Electoral College began casting their ballots in state capitals across the nation to make Donald Trump’s victory official. The 538 men and women will be voting primarily in accordance with the results from November in their state. The electors, chosen by state parties of the candidate who carried each state, will convene in all 50 state capitals and the District of […]

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    Only Orthodox Jewish Synagogue in Central Iowa Closing

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Orthodox Jews in Central Iowa will soon find their only synagogue closed. The Beth El Jacob congregation says its shrinking numbers have forced it to downsize. The group is now down to about 60 members, which is only a fifth of what leaders say it used to boast when it first started. The group has sold its building on Cummins Avenue and will move its services to an open space inside the Reform Synagogue, Temple B’Nai […]

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    President Obama Ends 2016 With Head Held High

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama wants America to know this: he did the right thing. He may harbor frustration and even anger that the nation’s polarization and the geopolitics of a volatile world thwarted him in many ways, but he won’t spend his looming retirement stewing in regret. In fact, the President made a case Friday that his administration is a historic success, despite beginning in a riot of hopeful euphoria and ending, according to First Lady Michelle Obama, […]

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    Groom is Paralyzed in Front of Bride at Bachelor Party

    They met while swimming: Meg Alexander recalls paddling over to Brett Greenhill at her new apartment complex’s pool in May 2014 and, in what she describes as “the worst line ever,” complimenting his eyes. He then complimented hers. Less than two years later, the Atlanta couple were engaged. And on Dec. 3, just two months before their planned nuptials, disaster struck while swimming. People reports that while at their joint bachelor/bachelorette party in Naples, Fla., Greenhill dove into the Gulf […]

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    Audubon School District Grieving After Losing Two Students In Car Crash

      AUDUBON, Iowa — A western Iowa school district is heartbroken after a highway crash took the life of two brothers.  In a statement to WHO-TV, Audubon Community School Superintendent Brett Gibbs said, “The Audubon Community School and the Audubon Community is struggling to come to terms with the tragic loss of Jamison Steckler, and 8th grader and his brother Gavin Steckler, a 5th grader as the result of a car accident yesterday on Interstate 80.”  Gibbs also described the […]

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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 […]