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Des Moines, IA – From broken appliances to old tires, junk is being dumped where it shouldn't be. Starting this week, the Metro Waste Authority is taking steps to stop this hazardous and illegal practice in central Iowa. The Authority is bankrolling a first-of-its-kind, 24-hour surveillance pr

Parkersburg, IA – In the wake of Sunday's tornado, the cleanup can be almost as dangerous as the storm that caused it, as homeowners in Parkersburg and New Hartford now face the task of removing debris. Bret Vorhees with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says, o

Des Moines, IA – In less than six months, Iowans will be joining the rest of the country in voting for President, members of Congress and state legislators. While candidates are campaigning for all of these offices, a number of rural groups are joining forces to make sure the office-seekers pa

Des Moines, IA – It happens both in small towns and urban neighborhoods across Iowa -- the local grocery store shuts its doors for good, and many residents have little choice but to depend on the closest convenience store for groceries. In Des Moines, the Hy-Vee food store chain says its store

Des Moines, IA – As temperatures rise, snowmelt is sweeping pollutants into the drinking water supply for many Iowa cities. Des Moines Water Works has seen unusually high levels of ammonia in the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers over the last two weeks, forcing them to increase the amount of chlo

Des Moines, IA – When the Iowa General Assembly convenes this month, lawmakers will be asked once again to join other states in giving local communities control over smoking bans. Currently, the state has sole control. Stacey Freelund with the Iowa Chapter of the American Cancer Society says b

Des Moines, IA – Just over a year after the troubled the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium was given a new name and put firmly back on the straight and narrow, its director says the agency is now providing services to the unemployed the way it should be done. Late last year, sta

Des Moines, IA - The annual "Great American Smokeout" is here again, and there are more incentives than ever to quit smoking. The cigarette tax has forced more Iowans into a smoke-free lifestyle for financial reasons, and there also is more support available to help those who want to quit. Stacey

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