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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.
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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

GRAPHIC:  National Breast Cancer Awareness logo

DES MOINES, Iowa - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most often-diagnosed cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), which also lists early detection as key to boosting survival rates. Des Moines R.N. Christie Weatherly fo

PHOTO: Neighborhood street with trees and cars.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Complete Streets Coalition has found that more and more communities are trying to make roadways safer and more user-friendly by making their streets "complete." Streets are more than just a way to move people in cars from 'Point A' to 'Point B,' says Doug Adams

PHOTO: Food donations.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The summer months are typically a time of drought – not just for the land, but for food banks in Iowa. Food donations seem to dry up just as the demand increases, when kids are out of school and no longer receiving free or reduced-price lunches or breakfasts. The Food

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 7,000 bargain-hunters are expected for the semiannual Planned Parenthood of the Heartland book sale, which continues through Monday at the Iowa state fairgrounds. The biggest fundraiser for the area Planned Parenthood organization also is one of the nation's biggest boo

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