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  • Bob Vander Plaats Endorses King Challenger Feenstra

    HULL, Iowa  —  Randy Feenstra has picked up a big endorsement in his primary challenge of Congressman Steve King. On Thursday Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER announced he is backing Feenstra’s attempt to unseat King after nine terms in Congress. Feenstra’s campaign announced the endorsement with this message from Vander Plaats: “I am pleased to announce my endorsement of Senator Randy Feenstra in his campaign for the Republican nomination for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.   […]

  • Next Bishop Named for Diocese of Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Catholics in Des Moines and southwest Iowa have a new leader. Pope Francis named the next bishop of the Des Moines Diocese Thursday. Bishop Richard Pates introduced Father William Joensen at a morning news conference. Pates announced his retirement in February on his 75th birthday, according to church law. Joensen, 59, will be the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines. He grew up in Ames and earned a degree in Zoology at Iowa State. […]

  • Iowa Farmland Value Continues to Decline

    Iowa farmland prices have gone down in four of the last five years according to Iowa State University, who attributes it to lower commodity prices and higher interest rates. Based on the 2018 Iowa Farmland Value Survey, total farmland value fell 17% to $7,264 an acre since its peak in 2013 at $8,716 an acre. However, despite these decreases, current Iowa farmland values are still three times the values of 2000 and 66 percent higher than 2009. The report compared […]

  • Demo Begins Wednesday on Future Site of Ames Miracle League Playground and Field

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames is making way for a more inclusive playground. Wednesday afternoon, the Ames Homebuilders Association will begin tearing down the playground at Inis Grove Park. In its place will be built the Ames Miracle League Playground and Field. The playground will have a rubberized surface and will be 100-percent accessible. It is designed so kids with or without disabilities can play together.

  • Iowa OSHA: TV Tower Worker Wasn’t Wearing Proper Safety Equipment Before Fatal Fall

    ALLEMAN, Iowa — The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the man who died trying to fix the Fox 17 TV tower back in May was not wearing proper safety equipment at the time. Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Wright of Indiana died when he fell from the tower in Alleman. His crew had been hired to fix it after it had been struck by lightning. OSHA documents say Wright was making a splice in transmission lines to hook up an existing […]

  • Metro Shelters Offering Places to Escape the Heat

    DES MOINES, Iowa — With excessive heat in the forecast, Polk County is doing what it can to help keep people cool this week. Central Iowa Shelter & Services and Bethel Mission will both offer amnesty programs Friday through Monday. This means no one will be turned away. The Animal Rescue League will also open their doors for people and pets to cool down. DART will offer free bus rides to and from daytime cooling centers and emergency homeless shelters. […]

  • Final Report Released on Deadly Iowa School Bus Fire

    POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its final report on a deadly school bus fire that killed two people in western Iowa back in 2017. The driver of the bus, Donnie Hendricks, and his sole passenger, 16-year-old Megan Klindt, died in the fire. The NTSB says Hendricks’ failure to control the bus and the failure of the Riverside Community School District to provide adequate oversight over Hendricks caused the accident. The NTSB also notes the […]

  • More Than 50 New Foods Available at the 2019 Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair is know for its unique food concoctions, and fairgoers can try over 50 new foods at this year’s fair. The 2019 new foods include: Apple Cider Shake Up Apple Fritter Funnel Cake Apple Nachos Apple Slices with Fresh Ground Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Bacon Wrapped Pig Wings* Bauder Ultimate Bacon Crisp Benoits Beignets Berkshire Bacon Balls on a Stick Boozy Pecan Caramel Apple Breakfast Sandwich – Egg, Corned Beef, and Cheese Biscuit […]

  • Gov. Reynolds Addresses Iowa Teachers at ‘TLC’ Conference

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It may be summer break, but that didn’t keep teachers from across the state from packing the Iowa Events Center for the sixth annual TLC conference. Tuesday’s conference closely examines best practices for the state’s teacher leadership and compensation program. Gov. Kim Reynolds spoke at the Teacher Leadership Conference Tuesday morning, reminding educators of the important role they make in the lives of students — connecting young people with real-world learning experiences and helping them become […]

  • Last Day for Iowans to Apply for FEMA Assistance Due to Storm Damage

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance after damage caused by flooding and storms earlier this year is Tuesday. The deadline was pushed back from July 1st for Iowans who suffered losses due to severe weather between March 12 and June 15th. Homeowners and renters in nine Iowa counties are eligible to apply. Those counties are Fremont, Harrison, Louisa, Mills, Monona, Pottawattamie, Scott, Shelby, and Woodbury. People can apply for grants for temporary housing, repairs, and […]

  • $100 Million Lost Island Theme Park Planned for Waterloo

    WATERLOO, Iowa — An Iowa water park is getting ready for a major expansion. On Monday, owners of the popular Lost Island Water Park in Waterloo announced plans to build a $100 million theme park adjacent to their current attractions. State “rise” funds, city money and private investments will help fund the project. Construction is expected to begin within the next few weeks, with the park opening in 2022.

  • Former State Employee Wins Discrimination Lawsuit Against Terry Branstad

    JASPER COUNTY, Iowa — Former workers compensation commissioner Chris Godfrey has won his discrimination lawsuit against the state of Iowa and former Governor Terry Branstad. Godfrey filed the lawsuit in 2012 saying he was retaliated against by Branstad, including slashing his pay, because he is openly gay. When Branstad re-took office in 2011, he asked numerous department heads of state agencies appointed by his predecessor, Chet Culver, to resign.  Godfrey was serving as the state’s workers compensation commissioner at the […]

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