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TRACKING: Warmer with a stray shower Thursday

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Mostly dry and highs in the 60s through the weekend. 

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UPDATE: Excessive force lawsuit filed against Waterloo Police Chief and officer Video included

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A recently filed lawsuit against Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka and Officer Adam Wittmayer alleges the department used excessive force during a 2016 arrest.

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UPDATE: Mother and 9-year-old son killed in house fire Video included

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Nine-year-old Jaykwon Sallis and his mother, 32-year-old Ashley Smith were killed in the fire on Sunday.

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Iowa DNR warns against water activities

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The higher temperatures Iowa is experiencing may not be enough to fully enjoy all of the water activities that eastern Iowa has to offer. 

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Spokesman: George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection

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President Bush is "responding to treatments and appears to be recovering." 

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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announces death of river otter

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According to their news release, at the time of his death, Bart was approximately 18-years-old and one of the oldest of his species registered in an AZA-accredited facility. 

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Water search renewed in efforts to #BringJakeHome Video included

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Efforts to find a missing Iowa teen with autism focus back to the water. Starting Saturday, search teams will, once again comb the six-mile stretch of creek from La Porte City to the Cedar River.

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Iowa students honoring Columbine with walkout Video included

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"We need to make a change, we need to keep the guns in the gun range. We need to ask people about their mental health and not just their age, we need to make a change." 

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Fire damages Decorah businesses

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The Decorah and Calmar Fire Departments were able to put out the fire before it damaged other buildings. 

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Search continues for Jake Wilson of La Porte City

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Authorities are planning another big water search this weekend in an effort to bring Jake Wilson home. 

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Construction causes inconvenience in downtown Cedar Rapids

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Warmer weather means construction season and for many across eastern Iowa it can cause some day-to-day headaches.  

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Small fire at Crestview Acres Nursing Home in Marion

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Everyone is safe after a small electrical fire at Crestview Acres Nursing Home in Marion.   

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Officials: Courthouse bailiff fired gun in Davenport confrontation

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Officials in eastern Iowa say a Scott County Courthouse bailiff has been placed on administrative leave after firing a gun in a confrontation with a suspect this morning.

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Man accused of serial killings is charged

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California authorities say a man they suspect of being a serial killer tied to dozens of slayings and sexual assaults in the 1970s and '80s has been charged with murder.  

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UPDATE: Dubuque man sentenced to 50 years in prison for stabbing girlfriend to death

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According to our coverage partners at the Telegraph Herald, 26-year-old Fontae Buelow received the sentence in Iowa District Court for Dubuque County on Wednesday. 

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Commute times to work continue to rise

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Expensive city housing causing longer commuting times. 

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Three more arrests made in Cedar Rapids murder case

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Cedar Rapids Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of 18-year-old AnnaElise M. Edgeton, who was found dead inside her apartment last January.  

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Former Vermeer employee, and others, charged with fraud

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 A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Scott Randell Whitehead, age 54, and others with defrauding Vermeer Corporation of Pella, Iowa.

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Man shot in Iowa City

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A man is injured after being shot in the groin.  

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Linn-Mar Superintendent leaves for job in Texas

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Linn-Mar Community School District Superintendent Quintin Shepherd is leaving the district to become a superintendent in Victoria, Texas. 

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Truck drivers join forces to help save suicidal man on Michigan freeway

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A line of truckers, along with the Michigan State Police, helped a man who was considering suicide on a highway overpass. 

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Digging Deeper: Principal shows KWWL concerns with Cedar Falls High School building

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The Cedar Falls School District has been pushing for construction of a new high school building. 

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Report: 6 in 10 homeowners don’t plan on moving out of their house. Ever.

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The vast majority of Americans say they don't ever plan to move. 

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to lead panel to combat underage vaping

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The announcement from Juul Labs comes one day after the Food and Drug Administration questioned the design and marketing of the company's small, sleek vaping devices.

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UPDATE: Board approves wind farm in Black Hawk County Video included

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Neighbors are clashing in the debate over a possible wind farm in Black Hawk County. 

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Judge rules against ending program to protect Dreamers

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A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security's rationale against the program "arbitrary and capricious."

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VIDEO: Police looking for drivers of stolen truck that crashed into store

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Police say a stolen truck was used to crash through the front of a Sprint store in an apparent attempted burglary.

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Kids get it, as early prevention programs discourage smoking

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  The latest report on Tobacco and Youth from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says teenage smoking is at an all-time low.

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First ax-throwing bar comes to Iowa Video included

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Ax-throwing bars first gained popularity in Canada and only recently started opening in larger cities like Chicago and Kansas City. One eastern Iowa city will be the first ax-throwing bar located in the state.

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In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable."

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2 Dallas police officers wounded in shooting outside store

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Two Dallas police officers have been critically wounded in a shooting outside a hardware store.

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Health officials: Iowans exposed to the measles Video included

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The key here, the Health Departments says that the incubation period for measles is about seven days so anyone exposed in the Des Moines area should be seeing symptoms already. 

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UPDATE: Dubuque launches adopt-a-spot program Video included

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The City of Dubuque has launched a new program to encourage people to play a role in keeping the community clean. 

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Newton man sentenced to life for sexual abuse of girl

A sex offender from central Iowa man has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl.

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Police warn against warm weather thieves

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If you plan on leaving when a window is open, they suggest leaving a light on, as well as a TV or radio on, anything to give the illusion that someone is home. 

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Cedar Falls to take part in national drug take back event

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You can turn in expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and medications on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Police Department.

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Police asking for help locating missing Hiawatha teen

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Last seen at Kennedy High School on April 17.

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Teacher who showed up drunk loses license for 2 years

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  Teacher under the influence while teaching industrial tech classes. 

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VIDEO: Giraffe escapes zoo enclosure Video included

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A giraffe escaped its enclosure and went on a little adventure at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana. 

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Officials identify Iowa man killed in Wyoming avalanche

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Sheriff's say the riding partners could see his snowmobile, but couldn't find him.

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The Latest: Spokesman: George HW Bush responding, recovering

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Family spokesman: Former President George H.W. Bush is still "responding and recovering" as doctors treat him for an infection. More>>

Iowa group rescues pelican with stick stuck in his wing

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Black Hawk Wildlife Rehabilitation Project rescued a pelican that had a a stick stuck in his wing. 

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US sales of new homes shot up 4 percent in March

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Sales of new U.S. homes jumped 4 percent in March, propelled by a surge of buying in the West.

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Des Moines native performs in top 12 of "The Voice"

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She performed "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes during Monday's live performances.

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UPDATE: Name released in deadly train accident

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Benton County Communications confirms one person is dead after he or she was hit by a train in Belle Plaine. 

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Driver convicted of hitting bicyclist camping in Iowa

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A jury has convicted a Louisiana man whose pickup truck hit a bicyclist. 

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Decorah eagle missing from nest; Mom Decorah raising eaglets on her own

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The male eagle of the beloved Decorah Eagles Nest has been missing for several days. 

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Iowa State Patrol warning others after catching extreme speeders

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The Iowa State Patrol is warning others after catching some extreme speeders.  

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Police: Man leads police on chase, drives minivan through yards in Manchester

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Officers observed a minivan leaving the area without headlights and with the side doors open. They attempted to stop the minivan, but the driver fled the scene. 

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Cedar Falls teachers concerned about contract negotiations

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While it was school as usual at Cedar Falls High School on Monday, there was an unusually large crowd at the school board meeting.

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UPDATE: Clarksville singer makes Top 10 on ‘American Idol’ Video included

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The next singing sensation could be from eastern Iowa.  

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The Latest: Toronto police report 10th death in van incident

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Toronto's police chief says a 10th person has died after a rented van plowed into pedestrians along a sidewalk in Toronto.

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Iowa Senate bill would allow more potent medical marijuana

Iowa lawmakers may vote on a bill on medical marijuana in the coming days, although it's unclear if there's enough time before the session ends.

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UNI wins $10,000 grant for sustainability program

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"As we are trying also in the community to limit the amount of places that you have to have a car for, a bike is a great option. Ride share, I know they are doing in downtown Cedar Falls as well, so here at the university we just wanted to add on and have that additional option for students."

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Nine dead, 16 injured after van runs down pedestrians in Toronto

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Nine people were killed and 16 hurt when a van plowed into pedestrians at a busy intersection in Toronto on Monday afternoon, police said. 

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The Latest: Toronto police say 9 dead, 16 injured by van

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A Toronto police official says nine people have been killed and 16 injured from a van that jumped onto a sidewalk and struck pedestrians in the north part of the city.

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European rights court rejects case on terminally ill toddler

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The European Court of Human Rights rejected a case from British parents who want to take their terminally ill child to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to take him off life support.

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Kurt Warner builds on-site with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

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Warner and his wife Brenda have been involved with CVHFH through the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, which has provided both financial and volunteer support since 2009. 

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Police: Waffle House suspect arrested

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Authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of storming a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville and fatally shooting four people with an assault rifle. 

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POLICE: At least 8 people hit by van in Toronto

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Canada Police say a van in Toronto has struck at least eight people, but the cause and extent of injuries are unknown at this time.

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Sentencing delayed for 3rd person tied to bridge arson

Sentencing has been delayed for the third person involved in setting fire to a historic Madison County covered bridge featured on the cover of the novel "The Bridges of Madison County."

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Covenant Medical Center expanding emergency department; focusing on mental health crisis Video included

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Our state's mental health system concerns many people here in Iowa.  

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OPERATION QUICKFIND: Cedar Rapids Police looking for 15-year-old girl

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Police say Ervin was last seen Friday, April 20, at Washington High School, at 7:30 a.m.

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New report lists top budget-friendly summer vacation spots

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Taking the number one spot is the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

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Police say officers fatally shot man in Boone

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Authorities say officers fatally shot a man after they responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the central Iowa city of Boone.

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It's a boy! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to her third child

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The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to an 8 pound, 7 ounce baby boy. 

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Southwest cancels flights for engine inspections

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Southwest has already canceled 40 flights today so crews could conduct "accelerated" fan-blade inspections. 

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Thousands of girls are becoming Cub Scouts

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Six months after announcing a historic change, the Boy Scouts have begun admitting girls into the Cub Scouts program.

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BACK IN THE SADDLE: Students design new prosthetic leg for horseback rider Video included

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More than 20 years ago, a Zwingle woman lost part of her leg during a farming accident

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Update: Waffle House suspect arrested near White House last year

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Four people were killed and at least two others were shot at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday morning, Metro Nashville Police said. 

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World's oldest person dies in Japan at 117

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Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. 

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Mitt Romney fails to secure GOP nomination for US Senate seat in Utah

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Mitt Romney fails to secure GOP nomination for US Senate seat in Utah at convention, must compete in primary.   More>>

Father creates suicide awareness foundation in son's memory Video included

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Project Safe CRCA's goal is simple; to save lives, one life at a time, by creating awareness and highlighting available resources.

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Name released in deadly Benton County crash

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Iowa State Patrol have released the name of a person killed in a Benton County crash. 

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Man Breaks into Taylor Swift's Home, Showers & Naps: Sources

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A Florida man is accused of breaking into Taylor Swift's New York City home and taking a nap.  

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Former Marshalltown educator faces child porn charges

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Federal authorities have charged a former central Iowa high school educator who taught for 30 years with multiple child pornography counts.    

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Iowa residents seek to start municipal utility

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Residents in northeast Iowa are facing strong opposition from utility giant Alliant Energy as the community considers establishing a municipal utility in hopes of investing more in renewable energy.   

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Dubuque officials endorse brewery redevelopment plans

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The Dubuque City Council is supporting plans to turn a crumbling 120-year-old brewery complex into apartments and retail space.  

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Driver arrested after chase in Manchester

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A driver is behind bars after leading Manchester Police on a chase. 

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Iowa State Patrol says 3 killed in crash near Charles City

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 Authorities say three people have died in a two-vehicle crash in northeastern Iowa.   

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Barbara Bush to be laid to rest Saturday

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The funeral of Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty, has begun in Texas, with family and friends gathering to pay their respects and celebrate the life of the former first lady. 

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Family: 11-year-old in critical condition after hit-and-run Video included

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An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition in Iowa City after she was hit by a car. Her family says she's the victim of a hit-and-run.

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Semi full of popsicles crashes

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Police had to deal with a sticky situation on a Kentucky interstate Friday morning.

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Iowa teen to host benefit concert with the help of a celebrity Video included

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An area teenager is putting on a benefit concert for people living with disabilities and he'll have some help from a celebrity.

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The Latest: North Korea says it has suspended nuclear missile testing

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South Korea's presidential office has welcomed North Korea's announcement it's suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests as "meaningful progress" toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Guilty plea in Dubuque murder case Video included

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 He was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the second-degree murder in the killing of Beverly Puccio.

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CDC expands warning in E. coli outbreak from Arizona lettuce

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The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. 

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Officials say USPS worker hoarded over 17,000 pieces of mail

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A United States Postal Service worker who prosecutors say hoarded away over 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver.

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Man rescued from tree after he got stuck while rescuing cat

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Firefighters in Virginia have rescued a man who got stuck in a tree while trying to retrieve a cat.  

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Flaming Wheel Motorsports qualify for National STEM League Finals in New York

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The finals will be held at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York on April 28 and 29. 

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Funeral today for Waterloo Police Sergeant

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A large procession will take place from the funeral to the burial services. 

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Students briefly evacuated during Ossian fire

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The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office says the DeSales School and Childcare Center was evacuated as emergency crews from seven different agencies quickly contained a fire inside a former fertilizer plant in Ossian.

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March of Dimes in Dubuque to hold annual fundraiser April 28

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Show your support for the fight for the health of all moms and babies by taking part in the March for Babies, their largest annual fundraiser.

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11-year-old girl recovering in Iowa City after hit by vehicle

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The Waterloo Police Department confirms an 11-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle last night.  

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Barbie's last name revealed

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Barbie's career has spanned 59 years; it has taken her from the corporate world to outer space and beyond.

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Producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead

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The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. 

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2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

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Two black men arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks where they were waiting for a business meeting say they wonder how an everyday encounter could escalate into a police confrontation that left them fearing for their lives. More>>

Former Iowa coach sentenced for Nebraska sex assault

A former football coach and teacher accused of sexually assaulting a child in northwest Iowa has been imprisoned for a similar crime in Nebraska.

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Woman accused of stealing from hospital auxiliary

A northern Iowa woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a hospital auxiliary.

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1 injured, suspect in custody in Florida school shooting

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  Authorities say one student shot another in the ankle at a Florida high school and a suspect is in custody.   

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Peggy Whitson lands on Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list

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Whitson is a NASA astronaut and Iowa native; she's originally from the small town of Beaconsfield.
 

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UPDATE: Student admits to starting fire in Waterloo school bathroom

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Students at Hoover Middle School went home early today after a fire broke out in a bathroom around 11 a.m.  

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TODAY: La Porte City going blue to support Jake Wilson's family

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The La Porte City Chamber is meeting at the La Porte City Fire Station around 9:30 a.m.  

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Former ISU and UNI coach passes away

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Former football coach of two public Iowa universities dies. 

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Family welcomes son number 14

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The Schwandt family, of Rockford, say they were skeptical baby number 14 would be a girl. 

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