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    Topping the news today: Voters in Oregon will be asked if they want to raise taxes on huge corporations to pay for schools, health care and senior services. Also out West, protestors are rallying against fracking, and Comedian Bill Cosby will stand trial.

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A real toxic mess may be brewing right under your sink, but there are resources in Iowa to help you safely clean up. What's called "household hazardous waste" has become a huge problem for the environment if not disposed of properly, according to Amy Hock, a spokesperson for Metro

DES MOINES, Iowa - Flood warnings have been issued across Iowa this week by the National Weather Service. While conditions are not expected to be as severe as the floods of 2008, the lessons learned from that time are up for discussion. The conversation began at a Tuesday night symposium in Des Moi

DES MOINES, Iowa - Two years ago, the legislature ordered a study of public transit in Iowa, with the focus on the needs of seniors and how the system could achieve energy independence. That report is now in the hands of state lawmakers. Michelle McEnany, director of the Department of Transportati

DES MOINES, Iowa - and the expectation is that the state budget shortfall for fiscal 2011 will be one billion dollars. The Governor's across-the-board ten percent cut in state spending should be only one part of the solution according to Victor Elias with the Iowa Fiscal Partnership. How to deal wi

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The harvest season is underway in some communities around Iowa where public spaces like parks and street easements have been put to work as gardens. Darrin Nordahl, a city designer in Davenport, thinks there should be more of that, and he has written a book called "Public Produce:

DES MOINES, Iowa - This week is National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week, set side to say "thanks" to those who provide services to people with disabilities around the country and in Iowa. Rik Shannon with the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council says these direct-support professio

Lyon, NE - When it comes to eating right and exercise, a new study shows rural Iowans can reverse their unhealthy habits, and save on health care costs at the same time. Studies have shown that rural Iowans, when compared to those living in metropolitan areas, often have a lifestyle that includes po

DES MOINES, Iowa - The second week in August is "National Health Center Week," recognizing the contributions of community health centers. Iowa has 13 such centers, that provided affordable health care to more than 140,000 in the last year. Tori Squires, senior program director for the Iowa/Nebraska

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