• The 2014 Governor's Lifesaving Awards

    Six Iowans Recognized as ‘Life Savers’ at Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa – As someone passing by in a moment of distress, and especially when someone’s life is in danger, lending a helping hand seems as if it would be second nature. But for six Iowans Friday morning at the Iowa State Fair, Governor Branstad and other state officials made sure to point out […]

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    Starbucks Baristas to Get Schedule Improvements

    The story of one employee’s daily struggle to plan her life around an unpredictable work schedule prompted a swift response from Starbucks. The nation’s leading coffee chain is changing its scheduling policies and taking other steps to make life easier for hourly workers. The changes come after The New York Times published a lengthy story […]

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    Man Killed in Police-Involved Shooting

    DAVENPORT, Iowa — Police in Davenport say two officers  shot to death a suspect who apparently lunged at the officers with a knife inside a home late Wednesday night. The suspect later died at Genesis Medical Center’s east campus.  The two officers are on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting. The name of […]

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    Gaza Cease-Fire Falls Apart Hours Early

    For 70 hours, there was relative peace. But — as has proven true time and again in relations between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza — it didn’t last. Two hours before a 72-hour cease-fire was to expire, and as talks continued in Egypt aimed at extending it, an Israeli military spokesman told CNN that a rocket […]

  • Weekly Weigh-In -- Kathleen Riser

    Mocked by Fitness Trainer, Retired Teacher Loses 250 Pounds

    There are workout horror stories and then there’s Kathleen Riser, who was mocked by the most unlikely of sources: a fitness trainer at the gym. “There’s another one who will break our equipment,” she overheard one trainer say 2½ years ago, pointing at her 350-plus pound frame. It was only a confirmation of her fears. […]

  • AGRIBUSINESS: Public Schools Sourcing In Local Food

    With new school meal standards, there’s a growing interest in sourcing fresh fruits and vegetables regionally and locally. However, Des Moines Public School (DMPS) Nutrition Services Director Sandy Huisman says it’s not exactly that easy. She says, “One thing that we face is: this is how much we can pay for your product. They’re growing […]

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    2014 Cast Your Kernel Results

  • Surrogate mom to take care of ill twin 'abandoned' by parents

    Couple Defends Decision to leave Baby with Down Syndrome with Surrogate

    What was supposed to be a straightforward cash deal to carry a child for desperate parents has turned into an international spat over who said what, and exposed the darker side of a business credited with creating happiness for many couples. At the center of the debate is Gammy, a seven-month-old Down Syndrome baby with […]

  • John Stoddard Breast Cancer Accredited

    LiveWell Minute: Stoddard Breast Cancer Accreditation

    John Stoddard is the first cancer center in central Iowa to be granted the top-level, three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers, making it one of the nation’s top breast cancer care centers. Dr. Scott Hamling, The Iowa Clinic says, “Each year at John Stoddard we treat 1600 cancer patients, 300 of […]

  • Ebola Patient Arrives in the US

    ATLANTA — While international health workers scramble to contain the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, an American woman infected with the virus in Africa has arrived back in the United States — making her only the second human Ebola patient ever in the country. A specially equipped air ambulance delivered missionary Nancy Writebol to Georgia’s […]

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    Univ. of Iowa Athletics Dept. Tuition Giveaway Contest Approved

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa Athletics Department has received approval from the Johnson County Attorney and the State of Iowa’s Office of the Attorney General on a program that will provide five students at the University of Iowa the opportunity to win $8,000 to be applied against their tuition and/or educational expenses […]

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    Secret Serum Likely Saved Ebola Patients

    ATLANTA — Three top secret, experimental vials stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment. On July 22, Dr. Kent Brantly woke up feeling feverish. Fearing the worst, Brantly […]