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Senators Ernst and Grassley react to President Trump's transgender military ban

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President Trump: "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

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Car crashes into Waterloo home after chase Video included

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A Waterloo woman is safe, making a narrow escape after a car crashed into her home Tuesday night. 

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Coca-Cola replacing Coke Zero

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Coca-Cola is giving Coke Zero a new name, new look, and new recipe. 

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Senate rejects proposal for 'Obamacare' repeal

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   The Republican-run Senate has rejected a GOP proposal to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law and give Congress two years to devise a replacement.

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Famous cyclist Lance Armstrong to join RAGBRAI route Thursday

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Lance Armstrong will meet up with riders trekking across Iowa tomorrow, and is expected in the overnight town of Cresco Thursday night.

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Waterloo man sentenced for selling stolen gun

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A man who stole a gun during an undercover sting is sentenced to 15 years in prison. 

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Man arrested after driving door-less car with axe through roof

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The car has no doors, license plates or a windshield. And there is an axe in the roof.  

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Iowa woman hopes to use "stand your ground" defense

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A Des Moines woman charged with murder is seeking a judge's approval to use a "stand your ground" defense despite the law taking effect nearly two months after she allegedly shot and killed her stepfather.

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Michael Phelps defends shark week 'race' against great white

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Instead of a real shark, Phelps swam against a computer-simulated fish. 

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TRACKING: Rain and thunderstorms possible today

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Very humid conditions Wednesday with a chance of storms in the afternoon. High wind and heavy rain are the primary threats. Isolated tornado can't be ruled out. 

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Man allegedly tries to set Waterloo home on fire

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 The Waterloo Police Department and Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers are asking for the public's help.

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Police are looking for robbery suspect

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Waterloo Police Department responded to an alarm at Yesway convenience store located at 1976 Franklin Street. 

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Teen flown to hospital after falling off bluff at Backbone State Park

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It happened on Monday night.

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Michael Phelps defends Shark Week 'race' against great white

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Don't expect an apology from Michael Phelps to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Discovery Channel Shark Week special. 

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UPDATE: Cedar Rapids man dies after suspected assault

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Cedar Rapids police say situation was an assault. 

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President announces ban on transgender people in military

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"Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory."

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Warning about virtual kidnapping scams

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The caller who rang Valerie Sobel's cellphone had a horrifying message: "We have Simone's finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?"

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From demolition derby to animals; Bremer County Fair is here Video included

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The Bremer County Fair is this week! It runs through Saturday.  

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Waterloo police looking for person of interest in alleged arson

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Police are asking for your help this morning identifying a person of interest in an alleged arson. You can see in these photos that the man is hiding his face, but his tattoos are visible. 

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Family finds Python on hiking trail in Independence Video included

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Imagine spotting this on a hiking trail.  One family in Independence called police after finding this ball python along Liberty Trail. 

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President Trump: Liberation from 'Obamacare nightmare' is close

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Celebrating a slim but symbolic health-care win in Washington, President Donald Trump told supporters in Ohio that the nation was one step closer to liberation from the "Obamacare nightmare."

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Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood

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It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs.

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Former baseball player wants to challenge US Rep. King

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A former baseball player intends to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa's 4th District. 

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Portions of Heritage Trail in Dubuque County damaged, set to reopen this week

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Parts of the popular Heritage Trail, which stretches from Dubuque to Dyersville, was damaged in last week's storms and has been closed while crews work to clean it up. 

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Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

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He admitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that he had previously received 20 king cobras in two other shipments.

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Iowa Baseball wins tuneup

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The University of Iowa baseball posted a 7-3 victory over the Iowa Valley League All-Stars in Tuesday night summer exhibition game at Duane Banks Field.

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Senate blocks proposal to repeal 'Obamacare'

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The Senate has blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Republicans to repeal much of former President Barack Obama's health care law and replace it with a more restrictive plan. 

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Wahlert rallies to beat Marion at State Baseball Tournament

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The fourth-seeded Dubuque Wahlert Golden Eagles overcame a one-run deficit in the seventh inning to pull out a walk-off 5-4 victory over the fifth-seeded Marion Indians in a Class 3A state quarterfinal game

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Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges

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The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday.

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Rummage in the Ramp begins Wednesday

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An annual event that encourages people to recycle items by donating, rather than throw away, begins Wednesday.

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Police release body cam video of deadly shooting after ruled justified Video included

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Body camera video of a police involved shooting has been released after the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing. 

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BODY CAM VIDEO: Officer justified in deadly North English shooting Video included

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Robin Blaylock died after he was shot by Williamsburg Police Officer Blake Heller

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HyVee gives free lunch for flood victims in Sumner Video included

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Flood victims in Sumner are still recovering, but one simple gesture made all the difference in helping them stay strong.

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Free breakfast and lunch for all students in some Waterloo schools Video included

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10 out of 19 schools in the Waterloo Community School District are now giving free breakfast and lunch to all of their students. 

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BACK TO SCHOOL: New vaccine requirement for Iowa students Video included

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Students statewide are required to get a new vaccine before starting school. 

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Justice Dept. rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

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 The Justice Department says it won't give cities some law enforcement grant money unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and alert them when someone facing deportation will be released from local custody.    

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UNI Dome to host 45th Iowa Shrine Bowl, July 29

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The University of Northern Iowa and the UNI Dome will once again play host to the annual Iowa Shrine Bowl all-star football game. The game is set for Saturday, July 29th. 

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Some don't agree with Chaplain Schmitt Island upgrades, possible plans to remove campground Video included

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It includes possibly getting rid of Miller Riverview Campground.

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VIDEO: View the Northern Lights from space Video included

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NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer took the images from the International Space Station. This is a time lapse of his images.  

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The Latest: Regulators investigating Iowa trucking company

Federal regulators say they are investigating the troubled Iowa trucking company linked to the 10 deaths of immigrants found in one of its trailers in Texas.

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9-year-old child born with HIV is now free of infection

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The child has been off HIV medications for more than eight years, without any sign of the virus.

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Meth dealer with over 20 guns sentenced to more than 13 years in prison

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 Shawn Chevchuc, 45, from Lime Springs, received the prison term after a March 1, 2017, guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of firearms by a felon.

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Man denies raping 11-year-old, says she might have raped him

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Prosecutors say a 38-year-old Massachusetts man charged with impregnating an 11-year-old girl denies raping the girl, and instead suggested that she might have become pregnant by having sex with him as he slept. 

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Trump praises Senate for taking up health care

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President Donald Trump is praising the Senate for moving forward on health care repeal. 

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Girl Scouts adding 23 "STEM" badges

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Now Girl Scouts can earn badges through activities like designing model race cars, writing code, programming robots and going on environmentally conscious camping trips.

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Convicted robber listed as escaped from Des Moines facility

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The Iowa Corrections Department said in a news release Tuesday that 67-year-old Clarence Willis left the Fort Des Moines Residential Facility at 5:15 p.m. Monday. 

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Study: Brain disease found in most former football players

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Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the NFL down to high school.

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Sen. Grassley comments on health care legislation

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Sen. Chuck Grassley today made the following comment on the motion to proceed to health care legislation expected this afternoon.

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Iowa lagging in foreign language education

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A national report has found that Iowa is lagging behind much of the U.S. in foreign language instruction for K-12 students.

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Loras College to apply for historical designation

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Loras College in Dubuque is being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

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Proposed supermarket in downtown Waterloo

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The Waterloo City Council is considering a deal with a developer to build a downtown supermarket. 

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FLOODING UPDATE: Bremer County wants information from homeowners

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The county says it can be tough to know who was affected in rural areas so it's hoping people will reach out.

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RAGBRAI Day 3: Algona to Clear Lake

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This morning, cyclists are on their way to Clear Lake as RAGBRAI moves into its third day.

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Wapsi River expected to hit flood stage in Anamosa today Video included

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Anamosa and a number of other towns along the Wapsipinicon River are preparing as it's expected to hit flood stage later today. 

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Waterloo baby may be youngest Lyme Disease patient in Iowa history Video included

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The family hopes their story can be a wake-up call.

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Trial set for Iowa man accused of abusing 5-month-old baby

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A September trial has been scheduled for a Mason City man accused of abusing a 5-month-old baby in his care.

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2017 featured state fair butter sculpture

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The Iowa State Fair's famous butter sculptures will celebrate "Little House on the Prairie" this year. 

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Iowa woman gets probation for animal neglect

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A woman arrested after authorities found 19 neglected dogs and three dog carcasses on her south-central Iowa property has been given two years of probation.  

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506 cafe to open

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The 506 Cafe will open Tuesday, August 1, after a break in July. 

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Lawmaker singles out female senators on health care bill

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Passions are running high on Capitol Hill - but pistols at 10 paces over health care?

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Local boy & his steer inspiring people nationwide Video included

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There is an unspoken connection between a child and an animal. 

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Josey Jewell on Big Ten Preseason Honors Team

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Iowa senior linebacker Josey Jewell has been named to the seventh annual Big Ten Conference football preseason honors list.

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Tractor-trailer survivor says people cried, asked for water

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Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride.  Instead, the 27-year-old Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation — a deadly oven that would claim 10 lives.

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Tech company installing microchips into employees

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A Wisconsin tech firm will soon be installing microchips in its employees, according to CNBC.

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Owl rescue has group urging soccer nets be taken down at night

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A bird advocacy group is urging people and parks to take down soccer nets at night saying they prevent a danger to owls getting stuck in them. 

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Last orca calf born in captivity at a SeaWorld park dies

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The Orlando-based company says 3-month-old Kyara died Monday. A SeaWorld news release says veterinarians were treating the calf for an infection last weekend, but Kyara's health continued to decline.

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Man arrested after police chase in stolen truck

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Iowa City police have arrested a man who was driving a stolen truck and wouldn't pull over. 

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Marijuana business offers weed for weeds on cleanup day

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A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city. 

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Olin hopeful mitigation efforts will help prevent flood damage

Land Olin bought out after past flooding and turned into green space. Land Olin bought out after past flooding and turned into green space.
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The community of Olin has had their fair share of flooding over the years from both the Wapsi River and Walnut Creek.  

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Iowa firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal problems

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The Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems. 

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Flood waters start to recede in Independence Video included

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The community of Independence is watching river levels closely as waters begin to recede.  

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UPDATE: "We have no idea what the motive was," Mayor on Clarksville City Hall fire Video included

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Nicolas Wessels, 23, of Clarksville, was arrested in connection to the fire last Saturday. 

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Baby's parents end court fight for U.S. treatment; he'll die before 1st birthday

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Hours after his parents dropped legal efforts over the treatment of a critically-ill baby, Pope Francis has called Monday for prayers for Charlie Gard and his parents.    

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McGregor cleans up after EF-1 tornado, businesses reopen Video included

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Days after, many are hard at work cleaning up the devastation. 

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UNI Football lands two on MVFC Preseason First team

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The University of Northern Iowa is represented by seven members on the 2017 Missouri Valley Football Conference's preseason squad as announced by the league office on Monday. 

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Cleanup begins in Sumner after flooding Video included

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Sumner's mayor says at least 60 percent of homes have water damage, four of which had walls collapse.

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Jenk's visit propels Beckman to quarterfinal win at state

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Tom Jenk Jr. gave the Beckman baseball team a bit of a boost. The longtime Blazers' coach, who hasn't been in the dugout this season due to a battle with a brain tumor, paid a visit to his team the day before Beckman topped Denver 7-1 to open the class 2A state baseball tournament.

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Regina shuts out Treynor in state baseball opener

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Ryne Schooley tossed a four hit shut-out as Iowa City Regina opened the class 2A state baseball tournament with a 5-0 win over Treynor. Schooley struck out seven in the victory that sent the Regals to Thursday's semifinal against Dyersville Beckman.

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Police ask for help identifying person of interest in stolen car case

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 If you have any information regarding this case, contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5532 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463). 

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Lt. Gov. tours Sumner after weekend flooding

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The mayor stressed to Gregg that the town has already experienced a flood this year and many people have already replaced appliances.

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Former Tama Police Chief sentenced for stealing guns, vehicles from Tama PD

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Jeffrey Filloon, 48, of Toledo, received prison term after a February 9 guilty plea to one count of possessing, selling and disposing of a stolen firearm and one count of making false statements to a FBI Special Agent. 

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Woman dies after Linn County crash

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A 76-year-old woman is killed after a crash in Linn County on Monday.

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Independence braces for flooding Video included

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The Wapsi River is set to crest late Sunday or early Monday morning at 18.5 feet in Independence.

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Flooding continues along Wapsipinicon River Video included

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Flooding continues on some local rivers due to heavy rain that fell last week across northeast Iowa.  

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City of McGregor recovering after EF1 tornado

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 What was once a historic building and recent tattoo shop, had to be torn down. 

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Rollover accident in Bremer County

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Bremer County Sheriffs were called to a rollover accident on Highway 218 around 8 p.m. last night.

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Highway Patrol: 2 dead, 8 hurt in South Dakota crash

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Authorities say two people are dead and eight others are injured after a vehicle slammed into a group of people outside a rehabilitation center in southeast South Dakota.

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kid Rock to perform at 2018 Jones County Fair

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The Great Jones County Fair announced their lineup for 2018's fair, and it'll feature two county heavy hitters. 

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Truck driver could face death penalty for human smuggling in Texas

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Emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart.

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Man leads police on chase in Johnson County

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32-year-old Curlie Quarterman is accused of leading police on a chase in a stolen car.  

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Iowa man charged with murder after son dies in hospital

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Court records say Plummer originally was charged with domestic abuse after a police officer found him and his son, 38-year-old Joseph Plummer, the night of May 30 at a Camanche apartment. 

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NEW INFORMATION: River levels falling

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The Turkey River and Volga River are falling.

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RAGBRAI Day 2: Cyclists off to Algona

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The ride ends Saturday in Lansing.

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Taliban suicide car bombings in Kabul kills 24 people

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 A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital early on Monday, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others, Kabul's police chief spokesman said. 

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Kushner got 'random email' demanding ransom

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President Donald Trump's son-in-law says he received a "random email" during the presidential campaign from someone claiming to have Trump's tax returns and demanding ransom to keep the information secret. 

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Motorcyclists killed in south Iowa head-on collision

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Authorities say two people have died in the head-on collision of their motorcycles in southern Iowa.  

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Firefighter injured while fighting house fire

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A firefighter is injured while fighting a house fire, according to the Cedar Rapids Fire Department.

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FLOODING UPDATE: Power coming back in Sumner Video included

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The damage assessment will continue today.

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Authorities: Tractor-trailer registered to Iowa business

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A U.S. official says the death toll from people found in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart has risen to 10.

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Schaake captures Waterloo Open amateur title Video included

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For the third time in four years, a Schaake captured the amateur title at the Waterloo Open. Alex Schaake followed in his older brother's footsteps, shooting 11 under par for a one stroke victory. Carson Schaake, a former Hawkeye golfer, had won the event two out of the past three years.

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2017 RAGBRAI kicks off

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The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state.

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High river levels causes flooding in Clayton County Video included

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The Volga River spilled into the small community of Littleport, located in Clayton County.

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Arizona native Quick wins at Waterloo Open Video included

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The third time turned out to be the charm for Austin Quick. The Phoenix native captured the Waterloo Open title in his third trip to the event, shooting 22 under par for the weekend.

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Update: Damage assessment underway in Sumner

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The damage assessment is underway in Sumner.

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Man seeking dropped phone falls in trash chute

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A man looking for a dropped cellphone ended up in a stinky situation, tumbling into a building's trash chute where he had to be rescued. 

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Firefighters respond to adult entertainment facility

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Cedar Rapids firefighters were called to the Lumberyard adult entertainment club around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Trump tweets frustration with Republicans

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President Donald Trump is expressing his frustration with Republicans, saying they "do very little to protect their President." 

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Driver crashes into Cedar Rapids home causing gas leak

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A car crashes into a Cedar Rapids home causing a gas leak.

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UPDATE: Driver found in river after truck went into water Video included

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HWY 20 westbound, between Winthrop and Independence, is closed while crews recover truck from river. 

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