Drake Names Allison Pohlman as New Women’s Basketball Coach

DES MOINES, Iowa — Allison Pohlman has been named the new head coach of the Drake women’s basketball team. Pohlman has been a member of Drake’s staff since 2007 and has served as associate head coach since 2014. “This truly is a dream come true. I’ve always held Drake in the highest regard and every…

Fauci Says He Expects Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations to Resume Later This Week

(AP) – The United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases, the government’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, in a series of news show interviews, said he expects a decision when advisers to…

Iowa Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police, Crashing Car

JANESVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old Iowa man was arrested after he crashed a stolen vehicle while fleeing from authorities. The Bremer County Sheriff’s office said the pursuit started around 4:50 a.m. Sunday while a deputy was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle at Janesville Consolidated School. The chase continued into Black Hawk County…

Iowans Sense Positive Vibes With Return of Drake Road Races

DES MOINES, Iowa — After going virtual in 2020 because of the pandemic, hundreds of runners kicked off Drake Relays week with the return of the road races. “There is just a vibe in the starting gates. People are so happy to be back in person, so it’s been just a joy after a year…

Des Moines Police Recover Man’s Body From Lagoon Sunday

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are trying to figure out what happened to a man and a vehicle that morel mushroom hunters discovered in a lagoon on Sunday. The mushroom hunters made the discovery in a lagoon just south of downtown. Witnesses called police around 12:30 p.m. to an area east the Harriet…

Parents Frustrated After Limited Drake Relays Tickets Sell Out in Minutes

DES MOINES, Iowa — For high school track athletes in Iowa, the Drake Relays is the biggest stage in the state. But this year, many athletes won’t have their parents there as they compete on the Blue Oval. Drake University is capping the number of people who can be there in person. Anyone who had…

Fort Dodge Church Prays For Fallen Pastor Ahead of Murder Trial

FORT DODGE, Iowa — A congregation still mourning the murder of its pastor gathered for a special prayer vigil Sunday night, a day before his suspected killer goes on trial. St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor Al Henderson was killed outside of his church in October 2019. People filed inside of the Fort Dodge chapel to…

Black Mother Fears For Son’s Safety Every Day: ‘It Could Be His Last Moment’

Part 1 When another Black man in Minnesota died after an incident with a police officer, Dwana Bradley worried it is happening again. A police officer shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright after he resisted arrest when officers tried to arrest him for an outstanding warrant for unlawfully possessing a weapon. A year before, George Floyd died…

Fauci Says He Expects Fast Decision on J&J Shots

WASHINGTON — Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet this coming Friday to discuss the pause in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, and the top U.S. infectious disease expert says he’d be “very surprised if we don’t have a resumption in some form by Friday.” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday…

Des Moines Police De-Escalation Trainer’s Background Raises Concerns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are facing pushback after putting a sergeant who has been disciplined for excessive force on a five-person team that leads de-escalation training. City Manager Scott Sanders defended the decision to make Sgt. Michael Fong a trainer this past week in an email that the Des Moines Register obtained…

‘A Pillar and Stalwart’: Oldest Living American Dies at 116

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) – The oldest living American and North Carolina resident, Hester Ford, has died at the age of 116, her family said on Facebook Saturday night. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Mother Hester McCardell Ford today,” the statement read. “She was a pillar and…

Iowa Reports 3 More COVID-19 Deaths, 706 Additional Cases

DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show three more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and there are 706 new cases of the virus being reported. The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m.…

IDPH: 830,000+ Vaccinated in Iowa; 13 Additional COVID-19 Deaths Reported

DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show 13 more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and there are 468 new cases of the virus being reported. The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Thursday and 10:00 a.m.…

Rock the Block: Donations Pour in for Local Habitat for Humanity ReStores

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — WHO 13 partnered with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for the Rock the Block donation drive at Valley West Mall Saturday morning. Home renovation donations poured in for Habitat for Humanity’s local ReStore locations as people embraced the mission to help out when they can. “Investing back into the…

Slater Under Water Boil Advisory This Weekend

SLATER, Iowa — Slater residents are advised to boil their water this weekend before using or drinking due to potential bacterial contamination. The City of Slater Water Supply experienced a problem in its distribution system and lost pressure on Thursday, city officials said. Due to the potential for bacterial contamination, it’s recommended that water be…

USDA Canceling Farmers to Families Food Box Program

WASHINGTON, DC — The U-S Department of Agriculture is canceling the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In a meeting with the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told lawmakers the UUSDA will keep providing healthy foods – but do it through what he calls “more efficient systems”. The Food Box program has…

Community Bonds With Trash Pick-up Tribute for Drake Legend

DES MOINES, Iowa — One step at a time, one piece of trash at a time. “It’s definitely a way to make sure the community sees you care about it and we also love to see how it brings people together,” said Drake University student Sydney Rottinghaus. Cleaning up the Drake University campus and Drake…

Worldwide COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France. The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the…

Suspect in FedEx Mass Shooting ID’d as Ex-Employee

INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN/AP) — Authorities have identified the suspect in a shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole of Indiana. Two law enforcement officials briefed on the matter provided the identity to The Associated Press. The investigators are searching a home in Indianapolis associated with Hole and have seized evidence, including desktop…

Iowa Reports 8 More COVID-19 Deaths, 115 Additional Cases

DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show eight more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and there are 115 new cases of the virus being reported. The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website over the 24 hours between 10:00 a.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m.…

Raul Castro Resigns as Communist Chief, Ending Era in Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country’s 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of the eighth congress of the ruling party, the only one…

Oath Keeper is 1st Suspect to Plead Guilty in Capitol Riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes…

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