John Deere retiree shows love for the brand with at-home toy museum

DES MOINES, IOWA — William Tindell Jr. is a retired Deere and Company tool maker from the Dubuque Deere plant. When he stopped working in 1994, he decided he needed something to do. “I got started in 1989. We were coming from Omaha ,Nebraska and we got in Dyersville. I said to my wife ‘sure,…

Brian Laundrie update: Remains found in Florida park identified as Gabby Petito’s fiancé

You can find the latest on the investigation involving Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie here. Download the WFLA app for breaking news push alerts and sign up for breaking news email alerts. NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) — After more than a month of searching, the remains of Brian Laundrie were found in the Carlton Reserve on Wednesday, according to…

Des Moines motorcyclist killed in Tuesday evening crash identified

DES MOINES, IOWA — Des Moines Police are releasing the name of a motorcyclist killed in a single vehicle crash on Tuesday evening. Thirty-seven-year-old Kyle Eugene Robert Houge was northbound on Highway 28 near Brown’s Woods around 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday when he crashed. Police say the investigation shows that Houge was speeding and lost…

A Friday flight in the fall

MADRID, Iowa – A cool morning along the Des Moines River seemed like a good time and place to put Drone13 in the air. What happened next is all about being in the right place at the right time. In this case I was looking for some fall color with the backdrop of the High…

‘Rust’ camera crew left set in protest hours before Alec Baldwin fatal shooting, report says

(NEXSTAR) – Several members of the camera crew walked off the New Mexico set of “Rust” in protest hours before lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot the cinematographer and wounded the movie’s director with a prop gun, the Los Angeles Times reports. The half-dozen camera crew operators and their assistants left the set…

Hy-Vee offering Moderna, J&J booster shots at pharmacy locations

Hy-Vee is now offering booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for all eligible patients. The U.S. FDA and the CDC recommend a Moderna booster dose for the following Moderna vaccine recipients at least 6 months after their second vaccine dose: Long-term care facility residents Individuals ages 65+ Individuals ages 18+ with underlying…

Man charged with murdering a toddler booked into Story County Jail

NEVADA, IOWA — A Colorado man accused of killing his girlfriend’s two-year-old son at her Ames apartment in April is now behind bars in Iowa. Twenty-five-year-old Trevin Nicholson was booked into the Story County Jail on a charge of First Degree Murder on Thursday. He had been held at the Douglas County, Colorado Jail since…

John Deere to maintain health benefits, incentive pay during strike

John Deere will continue to provide health benefits for United Auto Workers union employees during the ongoing labor strike, the company announced Friday. “As we work constructively with the UAW to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, John Deere will continue providing healthcare for all our UAW-represented production and maintenance employees,” said John Deere spokesperson…

A look at Iowa labor history as John Deere strike enters a second week

ANKENY, IOWA — The strike by UAW workers at 12 John Deere plants is stretching into a second week. It has nearly 40 years since Deere employees last went on strike, but labor unrest in Iowa is not unusal. “It is by no means are unprecedented,” said John W. McKerley, the Oral Historian at the…

DMPD: 1 dead in shooting in Des Moines’ Highland Park neighborhood

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police are investigating the city’s ninth homicide of the year following a fatal shooting in the Highland Park neighborhood. Des Moines police and emergency crews were called to the 1600 block of Hull Avenue around 5:41 a.m. Friday. The Des Moines Police Department says officers responded after receiving multiple reports about…

Is it time for me to get a COVID-19 booster? And which one should I get?

Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing — and adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can get a different type of vaccine for that extra dose. A number of factors, including the vaccine you started with and when your…

Biden administration facing mounting pressure over border security

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — Senate Republicans say President Joe Biden’s border policies aren’t working and are worsening the situation at the southern border. Some Democrats have also expressed concerns. Texas Sen. John Cornyn says Biden has failed to secure the border. He and other Republican lawmakers are now pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would…

Pfizer says COVID vaccine is more than 90% effective in 5- to 11-year-olds

Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Friday as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group. The shots could begin in early November — with the first children in line fully protected by Christmas —…

Secretary Vilsack talks climate change research opportunities

DES MOINES, Iowa – Global leaders in agriculture gathered in Des Moines Thursday as part of the 2021 World Food Prize week of events. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack was there along with Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development Victor Villalobos and Canada’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Chris Forbes.…

Changes coming for the Des Moines Downtown Winter Farmers’ Market

DES MOINES, Iowa — There are just two Saturdays left to get to Des Moines’ Downtown Farmers’ Market after it’s been running since May. But the winter market will start up shortly.  After a very successful season, many vendors are ready to brave the cold and come out to sell this winter, right on Court…

SNAP food assistance benefits see largest increase in history

WASHINGTON (WTRF) — A significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamp assistance is now available to needy families – the largest single increase in the program’s history. The increase to what is officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, was announced in August and took effect this month, The…

Gabby Petito case: Remains found during Brian Laundrie search were ‘bones’

NORTH PORT, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — The remains found in a Florida reserve during the search for Brian Laundrie were skeletal remains, law enforcement sources confirmed to NewsNation. The remains will likely not be identified Thursday, a medical examiner confirmed to NewsNation’s Brian Entin. Personal items, including a backpack and a notebook believed to belong…

2 Iowa State crew members died their first time on the water

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa State University crew club members were participating in their first practice on the water when they drowned in March after their boat capsized in strong winds, according to newly released investigative findings. The pandemic had kept the club off the water for 18 months, and investigators concluded in information…

Former SE Polk teacher sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for sexual abuse of student

DES MOINES, IOWA — A former teacher at Southeast Polk High School could spend more than two decades in federal prison for carrying on a sexual relationship with a minor student. On Tuesday, 39-year-old Abraham Christopher Smith was sentenced to 288 months – or 24 years – in prison after pleading guilty to Enticement of…

IDPH’s weekly update includes 100 additional COVID-19 deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health is releasing its weekly snapshot of COVID-19 in Iowa and reporting 100 additional deaths from the virus. Those deaths took place between mid-August and mid-October, according to the IDPH but the confirmation about them wasn’t released until Wednesday. According to the most recent numbers, 6,848…

Photos of armed robbery suspect released, police ask for public’s help

DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have released images from surveillance video of a robbery and shooting earlier this month in the hope the public can help them identify the suspect. The robbery happened on October 11 at a business in the 2700 block of Douglas Avenue in Des Moines, according to the Des Moines Police…

Crash kills two people in eastern Iowa

HAZLETON, Iowa (AP) — An investigation continues after an eastern Iowa accident that killed two people. The accident happened Monday afternoon near Hazleton in Buchanan County. The Iowa State Patrol said a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 40-year-old Nicholas Johnson of Oelwein apparently crossed the center line and struck a 2006 Toyota Sienna driven…

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