Despite downtrend fertilizer prices could soar again

AMES, Iowa — Fertilizer prices have been soaring over the past year, but in recent months the cost has started to come back down again. According to ISU Economist Dr. Chad Hart the price a year ago was $750 a ton. In January it soared as high as $1,600 per ton. This month the price…

Lincoln High School victim of swatting, prank 911 call

DES MOINES, Iowa — A report of an active shooter at Lincoln High School on Thursday turned out to be a hoax, also known as a ‘swatting’ call. At around 2:57 p.m. a 911 call was made reporting an active shooter in room 21 at Lincoln High School. Officers with the Des Moines Police Department…

Mummified remains found in bathtub of burglarized home in Arizona

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are trying to identify a mummified body found by police in the bathtub of a northwestern Arizona home as they investigated a burglary. Bullhead City police said officers responding to a burglary in progress around 3:30 a.m. Saturday discovered 65-year-old Christine Lee Walters rummaging through items inside the house.…

Des Moines councilman worried about Court Avenue violence

DES MOINES, Iowa — Court Avenue is synonymous with Des Moines’ party scene, but city councilman Joe Gatto worries the party has gone too far after several violent incidents this summer. Des Moines Police arrested 25-year-old Terrion Maxfield Wednesday for attempted murder after a shooting outside of Court Center last weekend. They are still searching…

One dead in three vehicle crash in Black Hawk County

BLACK HAWK COUNTY, Iowa — A crash between one motorcycle and two trucks resulted in the death of one person on Thursday. Emergency crews responded to a report of a three vehicle crash at around 3:05 p.m. on I-380 southbound near mile marker 69. Lincoln High School victim of swatting, prank 911 call According to…

New Trestle to Trestle Trail Bridge opens in Polk County

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — The Trestle to Trestle Trail through Polk County is officially open and it includes an impressive new bridge. Crossing Beaver Creek near Johnston, the bridge has an observation deck in the middle of it. The trail has been closed for three years after an ice jam destroyed the old bridge in…

Happy Joe’s files for bankruptcy

Happy Joe’s Pizza filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month, court records indicate. The filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware is dated September 2. That day, Happy Joe’s sent out a news release about a “transformational journey.” In it, the company disclosed that Happy Joe’s CEO Tom Sacco “filed…

How to help Iowa students push past pre-pandemic math scores

DES MOINES, Iowa — State-wide test results for Iowa have shown that students are still behind pre-pandemic levels in math. Many parents are worried about how they can help their children catch back up. Megan Schmelzer, the founder of the Little White School House a tutoring company in Ankeny, said that part of the reason…

Water trails project, Val Air Ballroom get Destination Iowa grants

DES MOINES, Iowa – Another round of Destination Iowa grants has been announced by Gov. Kim Reynolds and two Des Moines metro projects will benefit from the funding. A regional water trails network will get $7 million for part of its project in Des Moines. The money is specifically for the Scott Avenue portion of…

Zearing missed budget deadline, residents won’t have to pay property taxes

ZEARING, Iowa — Officials in Zearing failed to get the city’s budget approved on time and now residents won’t be paying property taxes this fiscal year. Iowa Starting Line reports officials failed to meet the March deadline, instead filing five days into the new fiscal year on July 5th. Now officials in Story County will…

Happy Joe’s CEO: ‘We’re going to be here another 50 years’

In the wake of Happy Joe’s Pizza filing for bankruptcy and three stores recently closing, the company’s CEO wants to make it clear he’s optimistic about the future. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this month. It’s for the corporation itself and does not involve franchise-owned stores. “I just don’t want people to…

Former Iowa police officer pleads guilty to hit-and-run of child

CHEROKEE, Iowa (KCAU) — A former officer of the Cherokee Police Department has pleaded guilty in the case of hitting a 6-year-old girl with a pickup in May. Michael McGee, 53, of Cherokee, appeared in Cherokee County Courthouse Friday morning where he pleaded guilty to one count of failure to stop at the scene of…

Football Friday Primetime with Ed, Keith and Justin at Southeast Polk

PLEASANT HILL, IOWA — Football Friday Primetime Live Week Four is a rematch of the last two 5A State Championship games as the Southeast Polk Rams host the Ankeny Hawks. The Rams claimed the championship last year at the UniDome, the Hawks took home the trophy the year before. Continue Reading at WHO13.com here Top…

COVID-19 aid means $1 million for historic Iowa music venue

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Frank Sinatra came. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington did, too. Unfortunately, decades later so did COVID-19, which temporarily closed live music venues across the nation. But now, $1 million is headed to the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines in the form of federal pandemic relief aid. On Friday,…

Ankeny officers, others host I-35 traffic enforcement project

ANKENY Iowa — There were quite a few law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights on I-35 in Ankeny on Friday. The occasion was the Ankeny Police Department’s special traffic enforcement project. The Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa DOT, Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau, all joined forces to stop motorists…

Can you identify these sculpture park vandalism suspects?

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying suspects who are believed to be involved in two vandalism incidents at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. On August 17 multiple glass panels on the Panoramic Awareness Pavilion piece being shattered, causing more than $300,000 in damage. A window in…

Norwalk Police identify homicide victim

NORWALK, Iowa — Norwalk Police say a woman found dead in a home earlier this week suffered multiple stab wounds. The body of 31-year-old Karisa Shendelman was found around 12:30 a.m in the 600 block of Knoll Avenue in Norwalk on Thursday. Former Iowa police officer pleads guilty to hit-and-run of child A male subject…

Osceola avoids Amtrak service interruption

OSCEOLA, Iowa — Earlier in the week, it seemed certain that Amtrak would suspend its long-distance rail routes as a freight strike loomed. Instead, the strike was resolved, which means towns along the rails like Osceola can breathe a sigh of relief. Amtrak announced it would restore its service after previously announcing plans to stop…

Brewery owner’s comments ignite conversation about Des Moines homeless population

DES MOINES, Iowa — Homelessness is not an issue unique to Iowa or Des Moines, but the city’s houseless population is in the spotlight after Exile Brewing Company owner Amy Tursi’s comments to city council this week. “I think that our homeless shelter is the best. It is the Ritz-Carlton of homeless shelters,” said Tursi,…

Ames High School basketball star honored at opening of new gym

AMES, Iowa — It was homecoming night at Ames High School for one NBA star Harrison Barnes. The 2010 Ames High graduate was honored at the opening of the school’s new gym on Thursday. The school formally opened the Harrison Barnes Gymnasium and Court. Barnes donated money towards the completion of a state of the…

Serial rapist arrested in Keokuk County after years of abusing multiple victims, authorities say

KEOKUK COUNTY, Iowa — A southeast Iowa man is charged with 20 felony sex abuse charges for a decade of alleged abuse of eight victims including his ex-wife, girlfriends, a baby-sitter and a two-year-old child. Matthew Robert Reynolds of Hedrick, Iowa is charged in both Jefferson and Keokuk Counties. The Iowa Department of Public Safety…

When are Pumpkin Spice Lattes coming back to Starbucks?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks this week, with a number of fall-favorite treats returning to the menu. (Courtesy Photo/Starbucks). Back for its 19th year, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is available at Starbucks starting on Tuesday. The classic menu item features Starbucks’ espresso and steamed milk with cinnamon, nutmeg, and…

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