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  • Governor Kim Reynolds Monitored Severe Weather From Emergency Operations Center

    CAMP DODGE, Iowa  —  Governor Kim Reynolds gathered with emergency management officials on Thursday evening to monitor all of the reports of damage from the tornado outbreak across Central Iowa. Keith Murphy talked with Reynolds Thursday evening about the next steps in the recovery process.

  • Power Outages in Marshalltown After Direct Hit From Tornado

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  —  The city of Marshalltown is not safe tonight.  That is the word of emergency management officials. Marshalltown was perhaps the hardest hit by Thursday’s tornado outbreak.  A curfew is in place for the town overnight.  Much of the city still has no power.  The town’s historic courthouse lost part of its roof.  The Lennox factory also was severely damaged and won’t be open for business tomorrow. Channel 13’s Jerad Giottonini has the latest from Marshalltown.

  • Storm Rips Through Pella But Spares Lives

    PELLA, Iowa  —  A massive tornado made a direct hit on Vermeer Corporation in Pella on Thursday afternoon in the midst of a customer appreciation event but amazingly only a few minor injuries were reported. Jannay Towne reports from Pella.

  • Tornadoes Strike Bondurant, Marshalltown and Pella; Extent of Damage Unknown

    Update: Governor Kim Reynolds provides the latest information she’s gathered from across the state at the Emergency Management Center. Update: Authorities in Pella say seven people were injured in today’s storm.  Their injuries are described as minor.  Vermeer Corporation will not be open on Friday. Update: Here is video from Drone 13 over the Vermeer facility in Pella today.  Numerous injuries are reported at the plant. UPDATE: A curfew is in place for the city of Marshalltown tonight at 9:00pm.  […]

  • New York Knick Enes Kanter Holds Free Basketball Camp in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A group of metro kids got some free advice from an NBA star. New York Enes Kanter held a two-day free basketball clinic at a gym on the eastside of Des Moines on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Iowa Elite Basketball welcomed Kanter to town.  The Turkish native says the kids in the camp have all the individual skills they need to excel on the court.  However he says there’s something they still need to learn. […]

  • UPDATE: Greenfield Residents Can Now Safely Use Boiled Water

    GREENFIELD, Iowa  —  Greenfield Municipal Utilities now says its tap water is safe to drink after boiling. On Tuesday a Bottled Water Advisory was issued for customers due to blue-green algae in the water system.  The town’s water comes from Lake Greenfield which is experiencing an algae bloom. The utility say the level of microcystins in the water is below a dangerous level.  However there is still some turbidity in the water and it should be boiled before using. Earlier […]

  • Bottled Water Advisory Continues in Greenfield but Water Could Be Safe for Animals

    GREENFIELD, Iowa  —  The water in the town of Greenfield still isn’t safe for humans to drink but officials say it could be safe for animals. On Tuesday Greenfield Municipal Utilities issued a Bottled Water Advisory after blue-green algae was detected in the water system.  Boiling water will not kill the algae so the utility told customers to only use bottled water or water from outside their system for drinking, cooking and feeding animals. On Wednesday the utility said water […]

  • Missouri Trooper Responsible for Brandon Ellingson Drowning Loses Peace Officer License

    MISSOURI  —  Anthony Piercy will never serve as a law enforcement officer in the state of Missouri again, according to the Kansas City Star. This week the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety revoked Piercy’s peace officer license, effectively ending his law enforcement career in the state.  That decision came after a review of reports surrounding the drowning death of Brandon Ellingson in 2014 on the Lake of the Ozarks. Piercy took Ellingson into custody on suspicion of […]

  • One Person Killed in Crash on I-80 Near Altoona

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A passenger was killed this morning on Interstate 80 near Altoona after the vehicle they were riding in hit a median and then was hit by a semi. It happened around 8:35am near the 139 mile marker, just east of the east mixmaster.  The Iowa State Patrol says a driver lost control, hit a concrete median then bounced back onto the interstate where it was hit by an oncoming semi.  A passenger in that vehicle was […]

  • Tai Dam Community Pays Final Respects to Father Figure Robert D. Ray

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  40 years ago, Robert D. Ray refused to turn a deaf ear to the suffering of refugees in Southeast Asia.  On Thursday the families he helped save lined up to say goodbye to the former Governor. The crowd of mourners who filed past Ray’s casket as he lay in state at the State Capitol was full of the faces of Iowa’s Tai Dam community.  Among them, Som Baccam. “I could not miss this, this is my […]

  • Robert D. Ray Memorial in Pictures

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  On Thursday, July 12th Iowa’s 38th Governor, Robert D. Ray, lay in state in the rotunda of the State Capitol after taking a farewell tour through the city of Des Moines.  Here are some of the sights and sounds from the day. Such a touching moment when Billie Ray was the first to pay her respects to her husband. — Jannay Towne (@JannayTowne) July 12, 2018 Iowa’s former First Lady Billie Ray paused by #GovernorRobertRay […]

  • Iowans Asked to Pay Their Respects to Robert D. Ray Today in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  Robert D. Ray dedicated his life to serving Iowans.  Today Iowans are being asked to show their final respects to him. Ray, Iowa’s 38th Governor, passed away on Sunday at the age of 89.  He served as Iowa’s chief executive from 1969 until 1983 when he was succeeded by Lieutenant Governor Terry Branstad.  Ray is most famously remembered for welcoming Tai Dam refugees to Iowa in the middle of the Vietnam War.  The act of diplomacy […]