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    Once-Struggling Anti-Violence Organization Receives State Funding

    DES MOINES , Iowa — The anti-violence organization, Mother’s Against Violence, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new headquarters on Sunday. The organization was awarded a $360,000 three-year state grant this summer after it was denied earlier this year. The group’s mission is to help stop area violence and help support victims and families of violent crimes. The organizations’ founder and director says she’s blessed to have been chosen for the aid. “I’ve been struggling for three years out-of-pocket and […]

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    What Clinton and Trump Would Do for Parents

    NEW YORK — Ask most working parents what makes family life hard, and you get two responses: Not having paid leave from work and figuring out how to pay for child care. Paid family leave and affordable child care have become hot topics as advocates have pushed for more supportive state and federal laws, and private-sector employers have bolstered their family-friendly benefits to attract Millennial talent. Hillary Clinton has taken note. And as of this week, so has Donald Trump. […]

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    Quinnipiac Polls: Clinton Tops Trump in Ohio, Pennsylvania

    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton has pulled clearly ahead in Pennsylvania and holds a slight lead over Donald Trump in Ohio, but the two are in a tight race in the crucial battleground of Florida, according to new Quinnipiac University polls of likely voters in the key swing states show. The results show the challenge facing Trump, who must compete in all three states to claim the 270 electoral votes he needs to defeat Clinton. According to the polls, in Florida […]

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    Exercise Program is More Than Just a Workout For German Students

    URBANDALE, Iowa – Anyone who has tried Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping knows the program can be a challenge. For two of this 10-week session’s participants, it’s more than just a workout. Jens Stottmann said, “For me, it’s definitely the high intensity.” Stottmann tried out the program when he lived in Omaha a few years ago. “I came to Farrell’s with the clear goal of getting back in shape. And, in my first 10 weeks, I lost like, a little bit above […]

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    Farm Credit Reports Loans Up 10 Percent

    The Farm Credit System reports loan volumes are up 10 percent for the first half of 2016 while net income increased two percent. President of Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation Tracey McCabe says, “despite continued lower agricultural commodity prices and global economic challenges, the overall credit quality of the System’s loan portfolio remained favorable.” The first half results of 2016 compared to last year saw combined net income go up 3.5 percent to $1.18 billion dollars. Net interest income […]

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    Hawkeyes Learning from Previous Late-Season Losses as Expectations Rise

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Hawkeyes took another step toward the start of the 2016 football season on Saturday as they held their official media day. With the team coming off one of their most successful seasons in school history — one in which they surprisingly started the year 12-0 and were ranked as high as No. 3 in the AP poll — it’s fair to wonder how this team will respond to higher expectations heading into this season. “Success requires […]

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    Crowds Flock to ‘McDonald’s of the Future’ in Missouri

    ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – It’s not your typical McDonald’s – interactive technology (and an endless fries option) have people lining up at a “futuristic” new Missouri restaurant that opened Thursday. KQTV reports that this McDonald’s is decked out with fancy soda machines, a high-tech PlayPlace and the in-house-only endless fries that gained international attention. Diners can order from large kiosks and sit down while servers bring out the food. Those who prefer to order at the counter can do that as well. “Your fries […]

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    ISU Students Upset with Plea Deal for Ex-CyRide Driver

    STORY COUNTY, Iowa — Word of Benjamin Clague’s plea deal Monday traveled fast in Story County. “I was very upset about the news,” said Iowa State University sophomore Nahla Alnaamani. It also spread quickly in Clague’s hometown of Gilbert. “He lives down the street from me and that’s wrong,” said Jackie Burks, a neighbor of Clague. The 24-year-old former CyRide bus driver plead guilty to failure to report an accident, a simple misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in […]

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    Two Iowans Die in Lake of the Ozarks Drowning

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri — A location many utilize for water recreation became the site of a tragedy Monday as the Missouri State Patrol says two Iowans died at the Lake of the Ozarks as a result of drowning. According to authorities, the incident began around 8 a.m. near the Big Niangua arm of the lake. 46-year-old Dennis Michel of Ankeny swam out from a dock to recover a boat that was drifting away. In the process, he suffered a […]

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    Newlyweds Among Victims of Deadly Texas Balloon Crash

    KYLE, Texas — Matt and Sunday Rowan had been married less than six months before their lives were cut short in this weekend’s hot air balloon crash that killed 16 people near Lockhart, Texas. Authorities believe the balloon caught on fire after crashing into power lines on Saturday. There were no survivors. The Rowans had just gotten married in February, said Brent Jones, the father of Sunday’s five-year-old son, Jett. “Sunday was a very social person,” Jones told CNN. “They […]

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    Mom of Grimes Toddler Who Died Passes Away in Hospital

    GRIMES, Iowa — Officials say the mother of a two-year-old Grimes child who was found dead last week, has now passed away. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Stephanie Erickson died Thursday. She was found unresponsive in the Grimes home she shared with her two-year-old son Mason Wyckoff on July 22nd. Erickson was transferred to a Des Moines hospital for treatment. Wyckoff was pronounced dead at the scene in the 300 block of NW Valleyview Drive. Dillon Wyckoff, Mason’s […]