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Roe v. Wade has been overturned | What's next for Iowa?

IOWA, USA — With the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade on Friday, Iowans are wondering how this will affect abortion rights in the state. Unlike fellow Midwestern states like Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota, Iowa does not currently have a "trigger ban" on the books, which would allow an abortion ban to go into effect immediately.
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Valley West Inn to become housing units

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The former Valley West Inn site will be renovated into 144 apartments for those struggling with an extremely low income, homelessness or unforeseen housing barriers, Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing announced in a press release. Each 350-square-foot unit will include a kitchen, bedroom area,...

Grimes to break ground on new library building

GRIMES, Iowa — The city of Grimes will break ground on a new library building Tuesday, June 28 at 9 a.m. Located at the corner of North James and Beaverbrook Blvd., the building will include several unique features designed to make the library more inclusive and accessible. “Libraries are...

Topgolf is coming to West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Golf lovers in central Iowa will soon have a new venue to play. Topgolf announced Thursday that West Des Moines will be Iowa's first site for its interactive golf and entertainment business. The location will be at the intersection of Jordan Creek Pkwy and...

$1.4M granted to help 2020 derecho survivors find legal help

DES MOINES, Iowa — EDITOR'S NOTE: The above video is from August 2021. The Legal Services Corporation, a nonprofit that aims to provide civil legal assistance to low-income Americans, has awarded $1.4 million to Iowa Legal Aid to help victims of the August 2020 derecho. The derecho tore through...

Democrats push to keep Iowa's first caucus status

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Democrats are continuing the fight to keep their caucus first in the nation this week. The party will make its case before the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee Thursday morning. "I feel very good about our presentation," said Scott Brennan, the sole Iowan on...

What would a suspension of the federal gas tax mean for Iowans?

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — President Biden on Wednesday announced he will be asking Congress to suspend the federal gas tax in an effort to combat rising prices at the pumps. The federal tax would lower the cost of gasoline 18 cents per gallon, as well as the cost of diesel fuel by 24 cents a gallon. Local 5 asked Iowans who were filling up their tanks if that's enough.

Dropkick Murphys bringing acoustic tour to Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Dropkick Murphys is coming to Hoyt Sherman Place on Nov. 17. The Des Moines performance is part of the band's first-ever acoustic theater tour, meant to promote their upcoming album, "This Machine Still Kills Fascists". The album is reportedly inspired by legendary folk artist Woody...

STEM camp helps prevent summer brain drain in kids

NEVADA, Iowa — A camp for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth is hoping to help keep students from experiencing the summer slide. Camp Invention in Nevada is a STEM camp, meaning kids are taught skills related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Nevada Community School District teacher and...

Iowa man pleads not guilty in deaths of 3,000 feeder hogs

RANDALIA, Iowa — A northeast Iowa farmer has pleaded not guilty to neglect charges after more than 3,000 feeder hogs died on his property. Derek David Smith, 41, of Randalia, waived an arraignment and filed a written not guilty plea to one count of livestock neglect on Monday, the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported.

What fireworks are allowed in Iowa?

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — With only two weeks until Independence Day, the time to figure out what kind of fireworks you can legally buy and set off in Iowa is now. According to West Des Moines Fire Marshal Mike Whitsell, that answer can vary greatly depending on where you live.