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Dubuque's River Museum to host Blacksmith Days

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The National Mississippi River Museum Aquarium will host their annual Blacksmith Days on May 3 & 4, 2014. More>>

Evansdale Fire takes 'Plunge for Landon' Video included

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Friday evening, Evansdale Fire and Rescue took the plunge for a good cause. More>>

Hundreds commemorate Good Friday at St. Donatus Parish Video included

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Many Christians across eastern Iowa spent Friday commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, as a part of Good Friday.
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Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

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After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings... More>>

Marquette hardware store 'not rebuilding' after fire

Fire destroys four Marquette buildings on March 17 Fire destroys four Marquette buildings on March 17
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It's been one month since a devastating fire destroyed four buildings in the Mississippi River town of Marquette, leaving nine people without a home and resulting in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. More>>

Baby chicks in high demand Video included

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Easter is right around the corner, and area farm supply stores are having a hard time keeping up with the demand for baby chicks.However, sales associates at Theisen's in Vinton, say the demand isn't from Easter; they say it's the spring weather that has people flocking to the stores."They are flying like hot cakes," said Brett Whitson, a sales associate at Theisen's.Whitson said it's hard to keep up with the demand for baby chicks. "We're always getting orders," he said.According to Whitson,... More>>

Waterloo man arrested after stolen gun found during traffic stop

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A Waterloo man was arrested Friday morning after police found a stolen gun in his car during a traffic stop. More>>

UPDATE: Escaped felon found, returned to custody

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Authorities say an escaped prisoner in suburban Des Moines has been captured. More>>

Iowa Premium Beef in Tama to reopen after tax credits, 600 jobs

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State officials have approved tax credits for developers to reopen a long-closed meatpacking plant in Tama that would eventually employ about 600 workers. More>>

Man armed with several weapons killed in Iowa Falls standoff

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Authorities say a man killed in a standoff in Iowa Falls was armed with several weapons. More>>

Microsoft to build $1.1 billion data center in West Des Moines

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State and local officials announced that Microsoft will begin construction on a new data center in West Des Moines, increasing the company's investment in Iowa to nearly $2 billion and becoming the largest investment in the state to date. More>>

Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

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Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected - a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too... More>>

Linn Co.: Knife found at Marion park not left 'maliciously'

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How safe are our playgrounds? One eastern Iowan is concerned. More>>

Full lunar eclipse delights Americas, 1st of year

Sky-gazers in North and South America were treated to a full lunar eclipse - at least those fortunate enough to have clear skies. More>>

Waterloo man and woman injured in Bremer County crash

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A man and a woman from Waterloo were injured Thursday evening when their vehicles collided in Bremer County. More>>

Two injured in Linn County rollover crash Thursday

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Two people were injured in a rollover crash Thursday evening near Central City. More>>

Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

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Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the... More>>

Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More>>

Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

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For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges. More>>

Deadly pig virus spreading; USDA orders farmers to report

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The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year. More>>

Iowa's unemployment rate climbs, but lower than national average

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Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. More>>

Attorney: Felon voter cases will go on despite Iowa Court ruling

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A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them. More>>

Two injured in Waterloo crash at University and Falls on Friday

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Two people were injured Friday morning in an accident near the intersection of University Avenue and Falls Avenue in Waterloo. More>>

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's... More>>

Group jumps in Mississippi for a cause Video included

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A group of 10 people jumped in the Mississippi River Thursday evening together - for a cause. More>>

Cedar Valley reacts to Cedar Crossing denial Video included

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Thursday, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission denied the license application for the proposed Cedar Crossing casino in Cedar Rapids. Without it, the casino cannot be built or operated. More>>

Man accused of making meth in hospital parking lot

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One man is accused of making methamphetamine outside a Cedar Rapids hospital. More>>

UPDATE: Decorah woman dead after Saturday crash in Dubuque

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Dubuque police announced Thursday morning one of the drivers involved in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night has died. More>>

Dubuque students launch viral social media campaign to help Ethiopian village

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At precisely 10:30 a.m. Thursday, students in a global studies class at Dubuque's Washington Middle School took to social media to generate a storm of support for Homacho, Ethiopia. More>>

Iowa lawmakers urge Congolese officials to let children go home Video included

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Lawmakers are responding to dozens of families who have legally adopted children that are stuck in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). More>>

Loras College receives real estate donation

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Loras College in Dubuque received a real estate donation from Dr. John and Cheryl Whalen. More>>

University of Dubuque unveils Performing Art Series 2014-15

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The University of Dubuque has announced their 2012-2015 Live at the Heritage Center Performing Art Series. More>>

VEISHEA task force to decide if Iowa State events will continue

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A task force has been formed to determine if an annual celebration at Iowa State University should continue in the future following a large crowd disturbance near campus. More>>

No dice: IRGC members explain reasons, casino operators glad Video included

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A large group of people traveled from Cedar Rapids to Council Bluffs for the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission meeting Thursday. In the morning, they were optimistic.
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Cedar Rapids casino supporters react to IRGC decision Video included

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They worked for more than a year and a half, raised and spent more than $7 million from investors, convinced voters and put together plans for an elaborate casino that would showcase a part of Cedar Rapids previously lost to floodwaters and forgotten. Their dream was taken away quickly on Thursday morning. More>>

Gaming Commission forces Sioux City casino to shut down

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has rejected a Sioux City riverboat casino's challenge to renew its gaming license, and has set July 1 as the deadline for the gambling boat to shut down. More>>

Ten teachers in Black Hawk Co. receive Gold Star Awards Video included

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The 2014 Gold Star Awards for Outstanding Teaching recognizes 10 Black Hawk County teachers this year: More>>

Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

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A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate. More>>

It's a NO: IRGC rejects Cedar Rapids casino

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It's a no. A majority of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission members rejected the license for a proposed casino in Linn County during their board meeting Thursday morning just after 11 a.m. in Council Bluffs. More>>

Kevin Costner returning to 'Field of Dreams' movie site in Dyersville

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Actor Kevin Costner will pay Dyersville a visit to mark the 25th anniversary of the film 'Field of Dreams,' much of which was shot in Dyersville, Dubuque and Galena, Ill.. More>>

79-year-old player joins Dubuque elementary band

One member of the Kennedy Elementary School band in Dubuque brings a certain maturity to his playing. More>>

Casino supporters and opponents prepare for license decision Video included

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Cedar Crossing investors announced their plans a year and a half ago and ever since there's been one big sticking point: the impact a Cedar Rapids casino could have on the existing market. That one factor will heavily influence the commission Thursday. More>>

Washington County authorities warn of phone scam

Washington County authorities warn of phone scam

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The Washington County Communications Center has gotten reports that some county residents have received scam phone calls.They say the caller says that they're an employee with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the number that they call from has been manipulated to be the actual business number from the Sheriff's Office: 653-2107.The caller tells the person on the receiving end that they've won one million dollars and in order to collect their winnings, they must send $3,000.Authorit... More>>

Waterloo man faces drug charges after Bremer Co. traffic stop

Robert Raymer, Jr. Robert Raymer, Jr.
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A Waterloo man faces several drug charges following a traffic stop in Bremer County on Wednesday. More>>

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  • Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Confusion, anger as sunken ferry's relatives wait

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:12:54 GMT
    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved...More >>
    The informal briefing by a South Korean coast guard rescuer started calmly enough. He stood on a stage in front of relatives of those missing from a sunken ferry, explaining how divers trying to find their loved ones are...More >>
  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:12:49 GMT
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into...More >>
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody,...More >>
  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:51:55 GMT
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.More >>
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.More >>
  • U.S. & WorldMore>>

  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:12:49 GMT
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into...More >>
    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody,...More >>
  • Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:21 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:21:40 GMT
    The search coordination center says an underwater robotic submarine is expected to finish searching a narrowed down area of the Indian Ocean seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within the next week,...More >>
    A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after...More >>
  • Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis

    Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:02 AM EDT2014-04-19 11:02:43 GMT
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians...More >>
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized that the ultimate responsibility for reducing tensions lies with Ukrainians rather than...More >>
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