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  • Second Lady Karen Pence Headlines Governor Reynolds’ Annual Fundraiser

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Republicans gathered at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for Governor Kim Reynolds’ annual Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival is a significant fundraiser for Reynolds and was first established in 2017. Over the last couple years of its existence, the event has welcomed prominent guest speakers from the Republican Party, and this year was no different. Second Lady Karen Pence headlined the event focusing heavily on the governor’s relationship with the Trump administration. “It’s important to have on […]

  • Neighbors Express Concern Over Homeless Camps

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Residents in the neighborhood located south of Grand are expressing concern after a shooting last Friday at a nearby homeless camp. Hidden away, the camp is located near the Racoon River but is only 30 yards away from the neighborhood located on top of a hill. The number one concern amongst residents is safety for their children, as some have found syringes and weapons loitering in nearby areas. “I’m not opposed to homeless living there but what I […]

  • Iowa State University Unveils Potential New Multi-Use Development District

    AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University unveiled an ambitious, potential reboot of what is now a parking lot, located directly across Jack Trice Stadium. By relocating the lot, the university would free up about 41 acres of floodplain, making it open to development. The goal is to make this space into a multi-use development district. “We want to create a space to the far east, away from the neighborhood [and] on the road,” said ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard. “That […]

  • Vaping-Related Respiratory Illness Creates Urgency in Public Schools

    DES MOINES, Iowa — To date, there are 13 cases of severe respiratory illness related to vaping in Iowa. With teens increasingly using e-cigarettes and vaping pens, local school districts are on high alert. Although it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy, sell, or use any kind of vaping product, teens somehow still gain access to them. According to a 2018 Iowa Youth Survey, almost a quarter of 11th grade students (23 percent) reported use […]

  • Tulsi Gabbard Calls Out President Trump For Being ‘Locked and Loaded’

    ANKENY, Iowa — As many presidential candidates call for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanuagh, Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard focused on other issues during her campaign stop in Ankeny. Gabbard opened up the town hall by referencing a CNN article and criticizing President Donald Trump for “bending the knee to the wishes of Saudi Arabia” and for using American military to “carry out that country’s wishes.”  “People like Mike Pompeo and the Trump administration, they’ve been trying to […]

  • Local Nonprofit Makes Cy-Hawk Game Special For NICU Families

    DES MOINES, Iowa — He may not know it yet, but 1-week-old Keegan is one of U of I’s biggest fans. Thanks to Holding Tiny Hands, he didn’t miss out on any of the game’s action. Tiny Holding Hands, a Des Moines nonprofit, was created in 2010 with the goal of connecting families who find themselves in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU). This year the organization decided to bring the much anticipated Cy-Hawk game to the NICU at Mercy […]

  • Central College Cuts ‘Sticker Price’ of Tuition in Half to Reflect ‘True’ Cost of Education

    PELLA, Iowa — After careful consideration, Central College has decreased their tuition cost nearly $20,000 in an effort to make the tuition costs more transparent. “Today I am excited to announce that Central College is announcing a new admission price of $18,600 dollars for the fall of 2020,” said college president Mark Putnam. The decision was largely influenced by the confusion surrounding the true overall cost of tuition. Putnam explained that previously tuition at Central was offset by scholarships and […]

  • Proposed Zone Code Adds Regulations to Short-Term Rentals

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council is holding a public hearing Monday night for a new proposed zoning code. The new code has drawn attention from multiple developers and organizations like Habitat for Humanity but also from Airbnb hosts. Many people use Airbnb for as a homey alternative to a hotel and as a way to immerse themselves into a city’s culture. But the proposed zoning code in Des Moines could greatly limit your options. The new […]

  • Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Campaigns at ISU

    AMES, Iowa — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spent his 78th birthday campaigning across Iowa, making his first stop at Iowa State University. Sanders called for the mobilization of voters under 35, saying in order to enact change, they must become politically involved. In 2018’s midterm elections, after historically low voter turnouts, the United States saw an increase in voters ages 18 through 29. One of Sanders’ goals is to keep that momentum through the 2020 elections. “In America we have […]

  • New Technology Hub Offers a Unique Opportunity to Rural Students

    JEFFERSON, Iowa — A new rural Iowa scholarship program will allow students to be a part of a pilot program to train rural-based students in high-value, high demand software development and technology skills. The Forge, located in Jefferson, will serve as a learning hub for students awarded this scholarship opportunity through Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Students will be enrolled in a fourth-month, tuition-free software development training provided by Accenture and designed to prepare rural area students for high-demand, […]

  • Durham School Services Sued for the Second Time This Year

    ANKENY, Iowa — Parents of a five-year-old boy with down syndrome become the second family to file a lawsuit this year involving Ankeny School District’s busing company, Durham School Services.  Parents Andrea and Nathon Keith say their son was left to ride the school bus for three hours without access to a bathroom, food, or ability to talk to his parents before he eventually arrived at his final destination.  According to their lawyer Brad Schroeder, the Keiths were frantically looking […]

  • West Des Moines Man Mourns the Loss of His Father Killed in Odessa Shooting

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Last Saturday, West Des Moines resident Ardy Arco received a call that changed his life.  “In the afternoon I got a call from my sister, ‘hey there is a shooting in Texas. I’m OK, but I can’t find dad.” said Ardy. He frantically waited for hours while his sister searched through Odessa, its hospitals and the scene for any signs of their dad. After coming up empty handed, she came across his semi truck, crashed […]

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