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    A Breakdown of Prairie Meadows’ $60M Burden to the IRS

    $60.4 million dollars — that’s how much the Internal Revenue Service says Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino Owes in penalties and taxes dating back to 2012. The Prairie Meadows Board of Directors voted Wednesday afternoon to release the results of the 300+ page audit, which began in 2014. Channel 13’s Sonya Heitshusen breaks down the […]

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    Heated Meeting Held in Polk County Over Raising Minimum Wage

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Polk County officials are asking for the public’s patience as they discuss raising the minimum wage. “We are the ones that put it on the agenda. So we understand there’s an issue. We are trying to address it, and we are collectively trying to put something together that helps people,” said […]

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    Director of Des Moines Daycare Accused in Drunk Driving Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police say 28-year old Tiffany McCauley drove into a construction site where she crashed. It happened over the Memorial Day weekend near the intersection of 18th and Carpenter. She passed two road closed signs before crashing into a large pile of gravel. A witness recorded the scene when police arrived. According to the […]

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    Students Make Music with Help of 3D-printed Prosthetics

    PINE GROVE, Pa. – An ambitious project at a Pennsylvania high school is changing the lives of two middle school students. This year, Pine Grove Area High School got a 3D printer, and a student and his teacher just finished printing out two prosthetic hands for the students. The high school never imagined putting its 3D printer […]

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    Expect Local Beach, Lake Closures This Summer

    DES MOINES, Iowa — There was a record number of statewide beach closures last year due to high levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by blue-green algae blooms. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is expecting another round of closures this summer, possibly surpassing last year’s record of 25. Toxic blue-green algae blooms create blue […]

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    Polk Co. Warns Public of Dangerous Heat

    A local animal rescue rushed five puppies to the hospital over the weekend after they were left in a hot car. Only two survived. Channel 13 meteorologists say temperatures will climb into the mid- to upper-90s this weekend. Children and pets should never be left alone in a vehicle for any amount of time, even if the […]

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    Patty Judge Faces a General Election Up-Hill Battle

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge won the Democratic nomination Tuesday and will face incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley in November to represent Iowa in the United States Senate. Judge, who served as lieutenant governor from 2007-2011, came out on top in a four-way race against Sen. Rob Hogg, former Rep. Bob Krause […]

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    Monica Vernon Secures Democratic Nomination for Congress

    This time Monica Vernon, of Cedar Rapids, and Pat Murphy, of Dubuque, were the only Democratic candidates running in a rematch of sorts is in the First District. Murphy won the nomination last time, but he lost in the general election. Vernon had better luck this time. With all precincts counted, Vernon had 67 percent of the vote. […]

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    Steve King Survives Tuesday’s Primary Challenge

    U.S. Rep. Steve King survived the primary challenge on Tuesday with his head well above water. With all precincts reporting, King had 65 percent of the vote while his challenger Rick Bertrand, of Sioux City,  had 35 percent. Bertrand has been a pharmaceutical salesman, commercial developer and is a state senator. While he has two […]

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    Workout of the Week: Tracking Effectiveness of Activity Trackers

    Fuel Band, Fitbit, Misfit – it seems just about everyone has an activity tracker these days. Some people have two or three. The activity trackers record everything from your daily steps to your calorie burn.  But the question is: How accurate are they? Some Iowa State University researchers have the answer. 56 people participated in […]

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    Here’s Your Primary Election Voting Guide

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the primary election, with plenty of candidates looking for their vote. In Iowa’s fourth congressional district, State Senator Rick Bertrand is looking to make history. He is challenging incumbent Steve King, who is up for an eighth term. No Iowa […]

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    Help Me! Fish Peers Out From Inside Jellyfish in One-in-a-Million Shot

    An Australian ocean photographer has captured a one-in-a-million example of the cruelty of life in the deep — a fish peering out into the ocean, helpless, from inside a jellyfish. Tim Samuel, a self-described “ocean obsessed… lover of photography and adventures,” captured the image off Pass Beach in Byron Bay, Australia. He told CNN he […]