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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

DES MOINES, Iowa - Thousands of books, DVDs, and other items go up for sale this week in Des Moines as part of the Planned Parenthood Book Sale, regularly one of the biggest events of its kind. Michele Guinn, co-chair of the event, says the fundraiser brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars for

DES MOINES, Iowa - Earth Day is this Friday and, as every year, there are various campaigns to clean up the environment. This year, the "Trash Bash" is one such event, where people can collect litter in their neighborhoods, and even meet their neighbors and have fun doing it. Metro Waste Authority i

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