Pella law office destroyed in fire early Saturday

PELLA, Iowa — A fire destroyed a building housing a law firm in Pella early Saturday morning. The Pella Fire Department responded to the A.G. Law building just off the town square at 813 Washington Street around 2:45 a.m., KNIA reported. The building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the roof collapsed…

No. 9 Iowa State women beat Oklahoma State 74-60

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Lexi Donarski scored 23 points and No. 9 Iowa State rolled past Oklahoma State 74-60 on Saturday. Morgan Kane had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Emily Ryan scored 13 points, and Ashley Joens added 12 points for Iowa State (16-1, 5-0 Big 12), which won its ninth straight and remained the…

No. 15 Iowa State beats No. 21 Texas 79-70

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Gabe Kalscheur scored 22 points as No. 15 Iowa State held on to beat No. 21 Texas 79-70 on Saturday. Kalscheur hit 6 of 12 attempts from 3-point range, including a pair of long-range shots in the second half that helped the Cyclones (14-3, 2-3 Big 12) hold off a late…

Gracious Iowans dig each other out of heavy snowfall

ANKENY, Iowa — The hum of a snowblower became Iowa’s soundtrack on Saturday. “It was crazy, trust me,” said Elisha Dylan, who is still getting used to Iowa winters after moving to America from Africa in 2010. Nearly a foot of snow blanketed some parts of Ankeny. Residents like Larry Ward were prepared to be…

Snow totals for central Iowa from January 14-15 storm

Here is a look at snow totals as of 10:30 AM Saturday. Northern IowaBadger 12.5″Algona 12.0″Rockwell (Cerro Gordo) 10.5″Swea City 10.0″Ledyard 9.5″Laurens 11.0″Fort Dodge 10.0″Hampton 9.6″Dows 9.0″Hubbard 8.0″Parkersburg 8.0″Eldora 7.5″Iowa Falls 7.0″ Central IowaDes Moines 14.3″Polk City 12.9″Ames 12.6″Boone 12.0″West Des Moines 11.5″Baxter 11.5″Newton 11.5″Urbandale 11.0″Waukee 11.0″Gilbert 11.0″Windsor Heights 10.5″Clive 10.5″Madrid 10.4″Roland 10.0″Norwalk 9.5″Saylorville 9.0″Sully…

NHL veteran Eric Staal scores in Iowa Wild debut

DES MOINES, Iowa — NHL veteran Eric Staal tallied a goal and an assist in his debut for the Iowa Wild in their 4-3 victory over the Chicago Wolves Friday night. The Iowa Wild on Thursday announced the signing of Staal to a professional tryout contract. The 37-year-old signed with Iowa to get some ice…

Iowa lawmakers react after Supreme Court stops Biden vaccine mandate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The Supreme Court has ruled to stop the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that large business employees need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or test weekly and wear a mask.  Lawmakers from Iowa have issued statements in reaction to the ruling. Read the statements below. Iowa Iowa Governor Kim…

Iowa COVID-19 hospitalizations reach high we haven’t seen since 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa – The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Iowa hasn’t been this high since 2020, with nearly 1,000 people currently being treated. The Iowa Department of Public Health released an update Friday morning revealing 998 people are in Iowa hospitals with the coronavirus. The last time there were more people hospitalized…

Prairie City police chief dies from COVID-19 complications

PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa – The Prairie City community is mourning the loss of its police chief. The city has announced Chief Michael German passed away on Thursday from complications of COVID-19. Chief German’s death is being considered a Line of Duty death. He had been a member of the Prairie City Police Department since 2014.…

COVID pill rollout hurt by shortages as omicron rages

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two brand-new COVID-19 pills that were supposed to be an important weapon against the pandemic in the U.S. are in short supply and have played little role in the fight against the omicron wave of infections. The problem is that production is not yet at full strength and that the pill considered…

Victim of deadly Des Moines hit and run identified, driver still being sought

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police have released the name of a Des Moines man who was killed in a hit and run incident early Wednesday morning. William “Cody” Kline, 32, has been identified as the victim in the incident. It happened in the 700 block of E. MLK Jr. Parkway around 2:40 a.m. Police were…

Major General Benjamin J. Corell delivers the Condition of the Guard address

DES MOINES, Iowa — Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, Major General Benjamin J. Corell, delivered his Condition of the Guard address Thursday morning before Iowa lawmakers in the Statehouse. Read Maj. Gen. Corell’s address as prepared for delivery: Good morning everyone, and thank you for the warm welcome. President Chapman, Speaker Grassley, Governor…

Board of Regents to decide future of ACT and SAT in Iowa schools

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Board of Regents will decide in a meeting Wednesday if they will continue to require students to submit standardized test scores to get into the state’s three public universities. The University of Iowa, Iowa State and UNI will consider a permanent test-optional admissions policy after having a temporary policy due…

Iowa COVID-19 hospitalizations at highest level since 2020; 182 more deaths confirmed; positivity rate above 21%

DES MOINES, IOWA — The new surge of the COVID-19 virus fueled by the Omicron variant has pushed the number of hospitalized Iowans to a 14-month high, the statewide average positivity rate is now over 21% and 182 more Iowans have died from the virus – according to a weekly report from the Iowa Department…

WATCH: 2022 State of the Judiciary address

DES MOINES, IOWA — Chief Justice Susan Christensen of the Iowa Supreme Court is addressing the Iowa legislature on Wednesday morning at 10:00am in the annual State of the Judiciary address. Christensen will look back on the challenges and successes of the court system in the last year, and look ahead to hurdles Iowa’s legal…

Drake University starting spring semester online as COVID-19 transmission soars in Polk County

DES MOINES, Iowa — The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing Drake University to go online when it begins its spring semester later this month. Classes begin on Monday, January 24. Drake University leaders say classes will be held remotely for the first two weeks. Students can return to residence halls but it’s not required. ‘Meth-rrito’: TSA…

Hawkeyes finish in Top 25 of AP college football poll

Now that the NCAA Division I college football season is over, the Associated Press has released its final standings and the Iowa Hawkeyes have made the Top 25. The Hawkeyes started off the season at #18 and rose to #2 in Week 7. But after finishing with a 10-4 overall record capped by losses in…

‘Meth-rrito’: TSA releases top 10 list of ‘most unusual items’ found in passengers’ bags

(NEXSTAR) – Don’t try to pretend like you bought that “meth-rrito” at the airport’s food court. The Transportation Security Administration has released its annual list of the “most unusual” things confiscated at airport checkpoints, and 2021’s batch includes a deodorant stick filled with bullets, a machete with a 16-inch blade, and the aforementioned “meth-rrito”: a…

Robert Durst, wealthy real estate heir convicted of murdering friend, dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Durst, the wealthy New York real estate heir and failed fugitive who was dogged for decades with suspicion in the disappearance and deaths of those around him before he was convicted of killing his best friend and sentenced to life in prison, has died. He was 78. Durst died in…

Photo Gallery: Scenes from the opening day of the 2022 Iowa legislative session

Check out some of the pics from the Statehouse as Iowa lawmakers get to work on the first day of the 2022 legislative session. A Reserved for Media sign sits on a table in the Iowa Senate gallery during the opening day of the Iowa Legislature, Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at the Statehouse in Des…

New director of operations announced for RAGBRAI

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa has a new director of operations. Matt Phippen will oversee the day-to-day logistics of the iconic RAGBRAI. That includes route and town planning and partnerships with law enforcement, medical personnel, and community leaders. COVID-19 concerns overshadowed by economy: poll Phippen rode his first…

Zoom call organized by Black Iowa lawmakers reportedly interrupted by racist incident

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Zoom event held by Black Iowa lawmakers Friday evening turned ugly when an unknown group targeted the legislators with racist words and images, according to the people on the call. The event, organized in part by Iowa Democratic Party Black Caucus Chair Al Womble, was virtually attended by a sizable…

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