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PHOTO: Iowa motorists are being reminded of the dangers of drunk driving as the holiday travel season begins. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The holidays are a time of fun with family and friends across Iowa, but all too often those festivities turn tragic when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking. Among those who have had their lives turned upside down by drunk driving is Arlene Victor, whose son and daughter-i

PHOTO: Residents of Iowa recycle more than a million tons of material a year. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This Saturday, November 15, marks America Recycles Day, and Iowans are being reminded of the positive impacts recycling has on their community and environment, and that more material than ever doesn't need to go into a landfill. When recycling programs first began in Iowa, only

PHOTO: As the fun and sun of summer again become distant memories, a reminder for Iowans to get ready for the coming snow and cold on this Winter Weather Awareness Day. Photo credit: Jason Isbell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – It won't be long before the snow and cold arrive for the season, and today is a day set aside for residents across Iowa to get ready. Today marks the state's annual Winter Weather Awareness Day. Meteorologist Roger Vachalek with the National Weather Service says the day

PHOTO: Stories of Iowa veterans will be saved for future generations to hear, as the Veterans History Project makes a stop at the Newton DMACC campus on Nov. 7. Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.

NEWTON, Iowa – They put their lives on the line to protect America's freedom. Now the search is on in Iowa for veterans who have stories to share as part of the country's rich narrative. Professor Patti Ziegler says the Newton Campus of Des Moines Area Community College will host the Vetera

PHOTO: An AARP study says 90 percent of the 45+ population would like to stay in their community and near family and friends as they age. Making it convenient to walk instead of drive is one way to help. Photo credit: AnneCN/Flickr

DES MOINES, Iowa – It's said to be a key factor in creating healthier and more livable communities, and the walkability of Iowa towns and cities is taking center stage this week. Residents, elected officials and municipal leaders will gather Wednesday and Thursday in Des Moines to learn how

PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Homegrown By Heroes initiative allows all American farmers and ranchers who have or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military the ability to use the logo on their agricultural products. Photo credit: USDA photo by Tom Witham.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A big weekend is approaching for military veterans across the region who are ready to take their boots from the battlefields to the farm fields. The Midwest Conference for Farmer Veterans aims to connect vets and service members considering a career in agriculture with inf

PHOTO: A new group of Iowans has just been trained as "drift catchers" to monitor air samples for pesticides over the summer. Photo credit: D. Michael Burns.

DEWITT, Iowa - With the coming start of the growing season in Iowa, a group of volunteer "drift catchers" is preparing to spread out across the state to monitor the air for floating pesticides. Among the group is Greg King, who grows vegetables, fruits and flowers in rural DeWitt, and had some probl

PHOTO: Waterloo is one of three cities in the state being lauded for making development decisions with all modes of transit in mind, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Photo credit: David Wilson

WATERLOO, Iowa – It's a tale of two travels in Iowa, as some communities have made the list of cities dealing with the most sprawl, while others are being honored for their work on transportation that includes options for pedestrians and bicyclists. Those being recognized include Cedar Falls

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