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17 hrs ago | KCCI-TV Des Moines

How the state deals with OWI offenders

The man who crashed a red Camaro on a Des Moines freeway Saturday is not the first person to receive more than one OWI charge and allowed to get back behind the wheel. A well known car dealer, charged in two separate incidents remains in jail tonight Steve Luebke charged with abandoning this burning car on the freeway Saturday.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

WHO-TV Des Moines

Man Responsible for Fiery Crash Received OWI the Next Day

It started with a crash on I-235 just before 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. Witnesses say 57-year-old Steven Luepke was driving recklessly when he lost control of a 2010 Chevy Camaro and crashed into the median.

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Related Topix: Prairie City, IA

Wed Sep 10, 2014

Hot Air

Did the Inspector General use a "virtually impossible" standard to exonerate the VA?

Last month, acting Veterans Affairs Inspector General Richard Griffin issued a report on the wait-list scandal that appeared to let the DVA off the hook for patient deaths , while still castigating the bureaucracy for widespread fraud and abuse. One line in the report stated that the deaths of dozens of veterans could not be conclusively linked to the wait-list fraud that kept them from receiving medical care.

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Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs, US News

Fri Sep 05, 2014

WHO-TV Des Moines

Part of Great Western Trail in West Des Moines Could be Moved

The West Des Moines City Council is expected to vote Monday on whether to hire an engineering firm to assess if part of the Great Western Trail running through Willow Creek Golf Course can be moved to its perimeter. The request to have the trail moved from the golf course comes from owner Dan Clark, who said golfers on the course and bikers on the trail don't mix well.

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Related Topix: West Des Moines, IA, Des Moines, IA

Thu Sep 04, 2014

The Des Moines Register

S.E. Polk board votes to continue with lawsuit

The Southeast Polk School board voted Thursday to continue the district's involvement in a lawsuit related to a hotly debated warehouse development.

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Related Topix: Pleasant Hill, IA

Wed Sep 03, 2014

KWQC-TV Davenport

Iowa settles with worker over wrongful firing

Iowa has settled a case with a state worker who had sued after being fired from the Polk County Clerk of Court's office in 2004.

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Tue Sep 02, 2014

WHO-TV

Sirens Not Just a Warning for Tornados

Many people in western Polk County heard sirens Sunday night, but didn't see rain or wind until much later.

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Related Topix: Dallas County, IA, West Des Moines, IA, Clive, IA, Urbandale, IA

Mon Sep 01, 2014

The Des Moines Register

Cullinan's cakes have her own frosting recipe

A mother of six children, Julie Cullinan, was motivated to learn how to bake and decorate wedding cakes after she checked out the price of wedding cakes.

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Related Topix: Wedding, Cake, Baked Goods, Life, Dessert, Food, Altoona, IA, West Des Moines, IA

Thu Aug 28, 2014

The Des Moines Register

Juniors bake up ribbon-winning desserts

Jude Norris of Altoona placed second in fudge ; third in chocolate brownies . D.J. Conlan of Pleasant Hill placed first in sugar cookie ; second in peanut butter cookies.

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Related Topix: Pleasant Hill, IA, Baked Goods, Life, Dessert, Food, Brownies, Altoona, IA, Cookies

Wed Aug 27, 2014

CBS Local

Dr. Ben Carson Raising Money Through Super PAC For Potential 2016 White House Run

Conservative pundit and author Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Md.

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Related Topix: Senator Ted Cruz, US Politics, US News, US Senate

Mon Aug 25, 2014

KWQC-TV Davenport

Officials worry over rise in unvaccinated children

The Des Moines Register reports parents received vaccination exemptions in the 2012-13 school year for nearly 8,000 children.

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Related Topix: Vaccinations, Health

Sun Aug 24, 2014

KWWL-TV Waterloo

Unresponsive male found on trail

Responding emergency personnel determined that the male was deceased. The first responding officers noted suspicious circumstances around the body and called in investigators.

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Related Topix: Clive, IA

Fri Aug 22, 2014

Townhall

Iowa Gets It Right: Abortions Really do Require a Doctor

Planned Parenthood took a big hit on Tuesday after the District Court for Polk County, Iowa upheld a ban on "webcam" abortions.

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Related Topix: Abortion, Opinion

KWWL-TV Waterloo

Boyfriend of mom accused of murdering toddler

Marshalltown police arrested Branden Collins at 3:30 p.m. Friday in connection with the death of three-year-old Jossilyn Starns.

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Related Topix: Marshalltown, IA, Des Moines, IA

Thu Aug 21, 2014

KWQC-TV Davenport

Iowa woman accused of ramming husband's motorcycle

Des Moines police say a 45-year-old Osceola woman used her sport utility vehicle to chase and ram a motorcycle carrying her husband and another woman.

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Related Topix: Des Moines, IA

KIMT

Iowan freed in 1996 slaying charged with fleeing

A man freed last year after being granted a new trial for a 1996 Des Moines slaying has been charged with fleeing prosecution in a new case.

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Related Topix: Des Moines, IA

Medical News

Iowa telemedicine abortion ban stands after ruling

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had claimed the ban was meant to limit abortions for women who live in rural areas.

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Related Topix: Abortion, Health

Wed Aug 20, 2014

The Des Moines Register

Runnells baker takes top honors

Eastern Polk County twins and triplets showed how much they are alike and different at the State Fair's annual Twins, Triplets and More contest.

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Related Topix: Runnells, IA, Altoona, IA, Mitchellville, IA, Pleasant Hill, IA

The Des Moines Register

New day at Mitchellville Elementary

Mitchellville Elementary School students walked out of the pages of a history book in the spring and returned this week to a modern building with glass walls, new technology and plenty of natural light.

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Related Topix: Mitchellville, IA, Education Etc.

WHO-TV Des Moines

Teen Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of 97-Year-Old Man

The 19-year-old accused of killing a 97-year-old man entered his pleas of not guilty to a variety of charges in court Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime, Des Moines, IA

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