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Young voters enthusiastic about casting ballots in November: survey

An overwhelming majority of young people in a new poll indicated they are at least somewhat enthusiastic about casting ballots in the upcoming midterm elections.  The survey, from YouGov and American University’s Sine Institute for Policy and Politics, asked respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 to rate their enthusiasm for voting in November […]

Team Coverage Tuesday: Iowa vs Michigan; ISU at KU

In this week’s Team Coverage Tuesday report, John Sears reports from Iowa City on the Hawkeyes attempt to beat another top five team at Kinnick Stadium, while in Ames, the Cyclones know they’re about to play a different Kansas team than the one they saw last year. photo: AP

How Iowans are already helping Hurricane Ian relief efforts

DES MOINES, IOWA — Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall along the Florida Gulf Coast Wednesday, but Iowans aren’t waiting to be asked to help. Iowans from across a number of fields are preparing to head into the storm zone while others do their part at home. LifeServe Blood Center in Des Moines says […]

Memorial ride stops in Carroll to honor fallen hero

CARROLL, IOWA — A retired US Army colonel is on a 1,700 bike ride across the country to pay tribute to six of his men who were killed in action and to raise awareness about the continued struggles with PTSD and drug abuse faced by soldiers who served in Afghanistan. Chris Kolenda is a retired […]

❄Frost possible Wednesday morning in central Iowa❄

DES MOINES, IOWA — A Frost Advisory is in place for much of Iowa into Wednesday morning. All of Iowa north of I-80 can expect temperatures cold enough for frost, as well as all of Southeast Iowa and areas as far southwest as Greenfield and Winterset. Lows will be well into the 30s throughout the […]

Woman charged after passenger falls from car roof in Adel

ADEL, Iowa – A Des Moines woman has been charged after police said a person riding on the roof of her car fell off and suffered serious injuries over the weekend in Adel. Jessica Versteegh, 29, is charged with serious injury by vehicle and driving while barred in connection with the incident. Adel Police were […]

Former Iowa Scoutmaster appealing sexual-exploitation sentence

A 46-year-old former para-educator and Scoutmaster, who was sentenced to a total of 10 years on sex-abuse charges, has filed a notice of appeal in Clinton County Court. Earlier, David Chad Baker, of Clinton, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. On Sept. 1, Baker was sentenced to a total […]

Pink socks inspire game-winning goal for Johnston teen

JOHNSTON, IOWA — A Johnston youth soccer club rallied around one of their teammates this weekend as his mother fights breast cancer; but in the end it was he who lifted up his team. Matej Strbac says his mother first told their family a year ago that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Matej […]

Pieper Lewis appeals $150,000 restitution to estate of man she killed

DES MOINES, Iowa — Pieper Lewis is appealing the order for her to pay restitution to the family of Zachary Brooks, saying it constitutes an illegal sentence. Lewis pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter and willful injury last year in the June 2020 killing. She was 15-years-old when she stabbed Brooks to death after saying he […]

DMPS adds girls wrestling, hires head coach

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Public School District is adding girls wrestling to its roster of sports and had hired the program’s first head coach for the district-wide team. DMPS announced the addition of girls wrestling Tuesday along with the hiring of Samantha Bush. In the first year of the program, which is […]

Johnston middle schooler expelled for bringing gun to school

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Monday night, the Johnston School Board voted to expel the middle school student who brought a gun to school earlier this month. Superintendent Laura Kacer recommended expulsion during a closed session. According to the email sent out by the district earlier this month, a few students saw the weapon but no one […]