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  • Judge Fails to See Intent to Inflict Injury, Downgrades Woman’s Charge in Child Kidnapping Case

    ELDORA, Iowa – She faced up to life in prison, but now the maximum sentence possible for Traci Lynn Tyler is one year in jail. And with credit for time served, she may remain free. “It’s disappointing to see someone get charged in a lesser crime than what we might think that they deserve,” says Prevent Child Abuse Iowa Marketing and Development Manager Alli Moerman. Police arrested Tyler in July 2018 for first degree kidnapping, a class A felony. Investigators […]

  • Cost of Conviction: Who Pays the Price for a Plea Deal in Iowa?

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — From murder to arson, sex assault to kidnapping, Iowans charged with some of the most serious charges are avoiding trial by taking a plea deal. Typically, that means a lighter sentence and what some argue is a miscarriage of justice. Yet it’s become Iowa’s cheapest and most popular way to get a conviction. Shanna Harker is trying to prevent a plea deal from happening in her case. The West Des Moines woman says she was […]

  • One and Done. Ames Artists Prepare to Debut Out of This World Musical

    AMES, Iowa — “Moonrock: The Musical” started with a conversation that Sascha Antropov thought was a joke, until co-creator Lyndsay Nissen checked in on the progress a few weeks later. “I was like, I haven’t done anything … I didn’t know this was real and she was like ‘oh yeah! This is real,’” said Antropov. From there, the far-out journey about taking a trip to the moon, took off. “Because everybody loves space,” exclaimed Antropov. “I don’t know anyone who […]

  • Joel Davis’ Family Remembers Son by Promoting ‘Know Your Worth’

    NORWALK, Iowa — Joel Davis became a household name in 2017 when he and two others set fire to the historic Cedar Bridge in Madison County but his family says he was worth far more than a mugshot. Joel Nathan Davis was born on April Fools Day, 1999 a date seemingly fitting for Randy and Tanya Davis’ silly boy. “He was just a very happy go lucky, silly person,” says Joel’s father Randy Davis. “A lot of the photographs you […]

  • Perry Sex Abuse Survivor Shares Fight for Justice

    PERRY, Iowa — “It’s really hard when I was trying to save myself for the right person, to have that stolen from you.” A decade after being betrayed and robbed of her innocence by a family friend, a sexual assault survivor finally gets justice. “We have known the Parmenter family for half my life now, since I was about 12,” explains Kendra Gliem. Her father worked with Mark Parmenter at the local grocery store in Perry and learned they both […]

  • Counting Blessings in Bondurant

    BONDURANT, Iowa  —  “What doesn’t go through your mind? You know, please God, let my mom be okay.” Sheer panic set in as a tornado tore apart the town of Bondurant on Thursday. Mother Nature has not been kind to the city this summer, first bringing flash flooding and now tornadoes.  Surprisingly, many residents are still in good spirits. People were the first priority when news quickly spread about the storm. For Sharon Link, that meant checking on her three […]

  • James Exline’s Mother Accused of Causing Second Mistrial

    JEFFERSON, Iowa – A Jefferson man accused of molesting his teenage daughter is asking the court to not allow his mother to testify. Court documents filed Tuesday state Shirley Exline caused a mistrial on May 2nd by failing to follow an order of the court restricting her testimony.  The motion to exclude her as a witness states Shirley “knowingly, intentionally and willfully violated the order of the court” when she testified that her granddaughter Paige Exline was “murdered.” James Exline’ […]

  • Des Moines Performing Arts Announces Broadway Series Season Lineup

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The top critically-acclaimed musicals currently performing to sold out crowds on the Great White Way are coming to Des Moines. Des Moines Performing Arts announced its 40th Broadway series on Tuesday. The season begins with Love Never Dies–the sequel to the longest-running musical in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera–and ends with Broadway’s longest-running play, The Play That Goes Wrong. DMPA keeps bringing the top theater shows straight from New York City to the Des Moines Civic […]

  • When Talking Doesn’t Do the Trick, EMDR Therapy Helps Patients Overcome Trauma

    Sometimes talking through trauma just isn’t enough to make the pain go away. A specialized form of therapy is growing in the Midwest. In February, 60 psychologists and therapists from across the Midwest were trained here in Des Moines to provide what is know as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. At first glance, EMDR appears similar to hypnosis but mental health professionals assure us it’s not. Studies show it’s making a difference for patients struggling with PTSD and all types […]

  • ‘Revolution’ Aims to Entertain and Inspire

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  It’s part fashion show, part concert, part celebration. Revolution: Vive la Fashion Rock invades the Stoner Theater on Friday. For the event’s headliner, it’s a project years in the making, and Madison Ray is ready to make a big splash. “All of the dedication, all of the practice, all of the rehearsal, just for a moment. This feels kind of like that,” says Ray while looking around the empty theater days before the show. Come showtime, it’s his […]

  • Spunk, Energy, Presence: Local Starlets Show What’s Inside in Hopes of Being Cast in ‘Waitress’

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  It’s an opportunity for little girls to perform on a big stage. On November 2nd, the national touring company of Broadway’s Waitress the Musical held auditions for its upcoming stop at the Des Moines Civic Center. Dozens of young hopefuls, between the ages of four and five-and-a-half, gathered at Des Moines Performing Arts’ Temple Theater for a chance to audition for the role of Lulu. For some, it was all about a new experience. “She stands on […]

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