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PHOTO: Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2013 Tasha DeGroote plays basketball and competes in track and field events. She spent her year-long reign inspiring other people in wheelchairs to pursue sports. Photo credit: Judy Hoit

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The stage is now set as women from across the state gather in Iowa City on Saturday for the crowning of Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2014. State director Judy Hoit says the goal is to bring more visibility to those with disabilities and she explains that it's not a beauty pageant.

PHOTO: With the U.S. Tax Code of more than 70,000 pages and growing every year, the AARP Foundation is again offering its Tax-Aide program at more than 60 sites across Iowa. Photo Credit: Philip Taylor

DES MOINES, Iowa - For those already starting to feel the stress of tax time, free help now is being offered at dozens of locations across Iowa, focused on low-income and older residents. The assistance is provided by the AARP Foundation through more than 250 expert volunteers, according to Elmer Ne

PHOTO: Long after the record flooding of 2008 and more in years to follow, communities in Iowa continue to work on creating riverbank redevelopment that's more resilient and sustainable. Photo couresty: Coast Guard News

IOWA CITY, Iowa - It may seem far off with the cold temperatures of today, but spring eventually will arrive, and along with it the threat of rising rivers. Record flooding across the state over the past five years has led to many changes along communities' waterways, including in Iowa City, where K

PHOTO: The number of foster youths in Iowa has been declining for the past several years, but one critical area of concern remains to be the difficulty in finding forever homes for older children. CREDIT: Tony Alter

DES MOINES, Iowa - As 2013 comes to a close, there is good news on foster care in Iowa, although there's still much work to do, especially when it comes to older children. According to Carol Behrer, who is the executive director of the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa, the number of youths in foster c

PHOTO: The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Iowa City provides a free place to stay for those traveling to the area for treatment. Courtesy ACS

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For those from across the state who have to travel to Iowa City for cancer treatment, it truly is like a home away from home. The American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge is a place where out-of-town patients and their caregivers can stay at no charge while receiving treatment.

PHOTO: The first annual conference of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa is set for tomorrow in Des Moines, providing information and help for vets looking for work in agriculture. CREDIT: Jim Larrison

DES MOINES, Iowa – Local veterans who are looking to go from the battlefield to the farm field are getting some help in their efforts this weekend. The first-ever conference of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Iowa is set for Saturday in Des Moines. Coalition chair Ed Cox says the organizat

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's called "The College Experience" - a course for incoming Des Moines Area Community College students that orients them to their new life at the school as well as the need for community service work. This year, said instructor Nicole Hardin, her students decided to pay tribute

PHOTO: Some of the antique books available at the sale. Photo credit: David McFarland, book sale volunteer.
Available In Spanish

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 600,000 new and used books, magazines, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and games are available starting today at the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland annual Fall Book Sale. Co-chair Wanda Anderson says it draws thousands from across the Midwest, searching for bargains and treasure

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