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PHOTO: A legal complaint has been served over the odors emanating from a Minnesota pig farm with Iowa owners, with the plaintiffs claiming the stench is making their lives miserable. Photo credit: Mercy for Animals/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Neighbors of a central Minnesota hog facility that has Iowa owners are going to court, claiming the odors from the operation are not only pungent but a nuisance under state law. According to Amanda Hungerford, an equal justice works litigation fellow with the Humane Society of th...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

DES MOINES, Iowa - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts such as Peggy Caruso...Read More

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PHOTO: With families and kids busy with outdoor activities and vacations, blood donations tend to fall off in the summer, but according to the LifeServe Blood Center the need does not. Folks across Iowa are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and donate to help save a life. Photo credit: Heather/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the summer quickly winding down, the need for blood donors in Iowa is up. Nichole Hanger, public relations and marketing specialist with LifeServe Blood Center, said there are generally fewer people who donate over the busy summer months, even though demand generally increa...Read More

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PHOTO: Some simple changes in how a school lunch is packed can prevent tons of trash from ending up in Iowa landfills, so parents and students are being urged to go with reusable containers. Photo credit:

DES MOINES, Iowa - Students returning to school across Iowa this month won't just be forming friendships and making the team. They'll also generate a massive amount of trash - although proper planning can reduce that greatly. According to Leslie Holsapple, program and outreach manager for Metro Was...Read More

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PHOTO: A new poll shows economic security and support for caregivers are key issues for older Iowans as they decide which candidates to support in the November general election. Photo credit: Tax Credit/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The November general election is less than three months away, and a new poll shows older Iowans are seeking candidates who will focus on improving their economic security. Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president with AARP, says their survey questioned likely Iowa voters age 50 an...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high. But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy ...Read More

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PHOTO: James Brady became a leading figure in efforts to reduce gun violence after he was shot in the head in the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. Photo credit: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowans are remembering James Brady, the former White House press secretary who became a key figure in the fight for gun violence prevention in the U.S. Brady died Monday at the age of 73. Despite being critically wounded in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new list of some of the "nutritionally worst" meals served at U.S. restaurant chains includes a 3,500 calorie offering from Red Robin of a burger, fries and milkshake. Photo credit: terren in Virginia/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – A meal of a burger, French fries and a milkshake tops a list of the most calorie-laden meals served at restaurant chains nationwide. With 3,500 calories, the meal at Red Robin is among those featured in the Xtreme Eating Awards from the Center for Science in the Public Int...Read More

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