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Health officials push preventative care amidst staff shortages at metro hospitals
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DES MOINES, Iowa– Between staffing shortages and the demand for beds, Polk County hospitals are operating at limited capacity. In non-emergency situations, urgent care can be helpful during nights and weekends, but local medical professionals say that the increase in hospital visitors is partly due to the lack of preventative care during the...
Husband of teacher killed in Texas school shooting dies, family reports
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Joe Garcia's death was first reported by the nephew of Irma Garcia, who tweeted Thursday:
Why it is important to talk to kids about traumatic events
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- When it comes to kids, the recent school shooting in Texas and other gun violence events may seem like unspeakable horrors, but mental health experts do say they’re important to address. Local therapists tell us that as kids are processing this tragedy they need to be told by their parents that they [...]
Beloved Victoria-crowned pigeon of Blank Park Zoo has died
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The adored Victoria-crowned pigeon, Victor, has passed away the Blank Park Zoo shared in a Facebook post. Victor was 45 years young. Zoo goers could find Victor flying around at the Discovery Center free-roaming aviary. His bright blue plumage is said to have fascinated and awed visitors. Victor hatched in 1977 [...]
Farmers' Market minority-owned small business incubator program begins
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DES MOINES - The Downtown Farmers' Market is launching a program to help get more minority-owned small businesses to become vendors. The Downtown Farmers' Market Minority-Owned Small Business Incubator program starts Saturday and provides two booths sponsored by Principal and EMC Insurance for minority business owners to use to sell their goods at...
Toddler hurt at Des Moines church daycare, employee jailed
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DES MOINES, Iowa – A child endangerment charge has been filed against a Des Moines woman accused of injuring a child at a church daycare where she worked. Daija Dentis, 20, was booked into the Polk County Jail Wednesday afternoon on a charge of child endangerment-bodily injury, a Class D felony. According to online court [...]
Kevin Spacey charged in UK with sexual assault
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A fond farewell to Dan Winters during his final show
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We've been lucky to have Dan Winters with us for 18 years. We know central Iowans will miss him just as much as we will. It's a tribute to the man Dan is that the hearts of this WHO 13 are feeling sad in this goodbye. But there's also joy in knowing our friend is [...]
Uncovered! Mammoth bone will highlight new nature center, Iowa's big role in Ice Age
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POLK COUNTY, Iowa -- It was 2020 at the new Jester Park Nature Center. Those outside found locked doors, but those inside found something more welcome: time. "All of a sudden we were like ‘Hey, let’s look at that someday list,'" says Lewis Major, a naturalist with the Polk County Conservation Board. "You know we [...]
Iowa public school open enrollment deadlines dropped
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Governor Kim Reynolds' private school voucher bill failed to see the House debate floor this session; but Iowa Republican lawmakers did pass open enrollment legislation for public schools. In the final budget that was passed in the House and Senate, an amendment was added late in the night Tuesday. House File [...]
Grassley pushes for national program on targeted school violence prevention
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WASHINGTON D.C. -- In the wake of the Texas elementary school shooting that claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers Tuesday, Iowa senator Charles Grassley is calling on Congress to pass the Eagles Act. The legislation reauthorizes and expands the National Threat Assessment Center. It would also establish a national program on targeted...
Blood donors needed after Texas shooting
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DES MOINES, Iowa - LifeServe Blood Center is doing what it can to help the situation in Texas by sending blood products. LifeServe is part of the Blood Emergency Readiness Corps, also known as BERC. It was created for situations like this one, where blood centers across the nation are on standby to give blood [...]
Des Moines residents voice suggestions for downtown's future
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Downtown Des Moines is preparing for a transformation in the next decade, and city planners hoped to hear from residents to make sure they get it right. The Greater Des Moines Partnership displayed concepts and goals of its 'Future Forward' action plan in the downtown skywalk on Wednesday. The presentation showed [...]
Polk County hospitals operating at limited capacity
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Polk County hospitals are being forced to operate at limited capacity. According to the Polk County Medical Coordination Center, the demand for patient beds is greater than the number of beds available. Staffing shortages in hospitals across the county are also affecting the amount of patients that can be cared for. [...]
Uncovered! Mammoth bone will highlight new nature center, Iowa's big role in ice age.
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It was 2020--at the new Jester Park Nature Center. Those outside found locked doors, but those *inside found something more welcome: Time. "All of a sudden we were like ‘Hey, let’s look at that someday list'" says Lewis Major, a naturalist with the Polk County Conservation Board. "You know we had all these projects that [...]
Tinder Trap: Romance scam artist could escape prison time again
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Scams are getting better and better, and they are on the rise. Last year, the FTC reported nearly $550 million were lost to so-called Romance Scams and that’s only what was reported. A lot of victims don’t want to come forward. One woman in Pleasant Hill didn’t shy away from telling [...]
Ames High School alumni take a last look at old building
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AMES, Iowa — Ames High School's old campus has served the city well for decades, but it's now time for generations of Little Cyclones to say goodbye. The school is set to be demolished as its sparkling new replacement rises next door, so the school district hosted farewell tours for Ames High alumni this weekend. [...]
State track day 3 provides more fireworks, champions
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DES MOINES - The 2022 state track meet is in the books. 30 local winners were crowned on Saturday alone along with some team champions. Team winners: Boys4A- Dowling Catholic3A- Dc-Grimes2A- Spirit Lake1A- New London Girls 4A- Waukee Northwest3A- Solon2A- Mid Prairie1A- Nashua-Plainfield
Frost Advisory Sunday Morning
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Cold weather has returned to the state this weekend, and clearing skies overnight combining with lessening winds will leave the perfect set up for frost over Western Iowa tonight into Sunday morning. For those that have finally gotten flower beds and gardens started, cover up those sensitive plants with blankets tonight for areas west of [...]
Deer visits northwest Iowa rec center
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Deers often find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time and this one is no exception.
More records fall on day 2 of state track
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DES MOINES - Day 2 of the 2022 state track meet is in the books. Lots of local winners from Central Iowa and more records fall. Team leaders heading in to the final day Boys:4a- City High3a- Pella2a- DM Christian1a- New London Girls: 4a- CR Prairie3a- Solon2a- Mid-Prairie1a- Nashua-Plainfield
Convention season heats up at Iowa Events Center
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Travel is starting to rebound across America with warmer weather and the easing on COVID-19 restrictions, which is good news for Iowa's tourism and convention industry. The Iowa Events Center and Hy-Vee Hall will host two large conventions this weekend. The first is Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.'s 50th annual Central [...]
171 laid off by Fort Madison wind turbine blade maker
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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Siemens Gamesa plants in Hutchinson, Kansas, and Fort Madison, Iowa, will be shut down and most employees will be laid off this summer, company officials said Friday. The company, which is based in Spain, said the plants could reopen if market conditions improve, The Hutchinson News reported. The 171 employees [...]
Legendary Ankeny softball coach Dick Rasmussen passes away
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ANKENY, Iowa -- An Iowa high school coach legend has passed away. Dick Rasmussen coached the Ankeny Hawks Softball team for 34 years, winning more than 1,100 games and 12 state titles along the way. WHO 13 Sports Director Keith Murphy confirmed that Rasmussen passed away on Friday. The softball field at Ankeny High School [...]
Advanced diver shortages impacting Iowa search and rescues
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DES MOINES, Iowa — In Iowa it isn't uncommon for rescue teams to be called out for a rescue. But for many dive team members, it’s a volunteer service. Sometimes the more difficult the rescue conditions more advanced divers are needed. “There’s a heavy current at anytime, recently we’ve had a lot of heavy rains [...]