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Organ donor recipient Jesse Huntley raises funds to compete in Transplant Games of America Video included

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Jesse Huntley began bowling when he was five years old. It's one of the sports he said he could still participate in with cystic fibrosis. Three and a half years after a double lung transplant, Huntley is still bowling and hopes to compete in the sport at the Transplant Games of America. More>>

Plainfield city officials report water line break; urge bottled water usage

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City officials in Plainfield say a water line break to the city's water tower caused them to shut off water to the town for several hours Sunday. More>>

Woman dies after brush fire gets out of control in Delaware County

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A Delaware County woman is dead after a brush fire got out of control Sunday afternoon. More>>

Easter weekend tradition at Noelridge Greenhouse hits 42 years Video included

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The Noelridge Greenhouse Easter Showcase has been an Easter weekend tradition since 1972. More>>

Hundreds head to Iowa's oldest restaurant for Easter brunch Video included

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An Easter tradition continued for many at Iowa's oldest restaurant Sunday.
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Iowa City Backyard Abundance Plant Sale to take place in April

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The fourth annual Backyard Abundance Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Iowa City Recreation Center.
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Infertility support group offers help to eastern Iowans Video included

Andrea and Brad Dellit are raising awareness about infertility Andrea and Brad Dellit are raising awareness about infertility
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Sunday marks the start of the 25th annual National Infertility Awareness Week. Every year in the U.S., thousands of couples struggle with an inability to get pregnant. More>>

Authorities searching for work release escapee

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Corrections officials are looking for an inmate who didn't return to work release this Easter weekend. More>>

Iowa City Police looking for suspect in shots fired at apartment complex

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Police in Iowa City are looking for a man suspected of shooting a gun during a fight at an apartment complex early Sunday. 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>>

Two people injured after two shootings in Cedar Rapids Saturday night

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Two people were injured after two shootings in Cedar Rapids. The first report came in around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The second shooting happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday. More>>

Toddler injured in Black Hawk Co. ATV incident

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The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office says an 8-year-old girl lost control of an ATV and it struck 2-year-old Skylar Keener of Ryan, pinning him against a mechanical lift. Keener was taken to a Waterloo hospital. More>>

UIHC: Anhydrous ammonia burns on the rise in Iowa Video included

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It's only April and the University of Iowa's Burn Treatment Center has seen higher-than-usual cases of anhydrous ammonia injuries this year. More>>

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>>

Young Iowa innovators show off at Invent Iowa in Iowa City

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More than two dozen elementary students from across Iowa shared their inventions that they think might make life a bit easier.  More>>

Iowans celebrate Bangladesh New Year in Waterloo

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Monday, April 14 marked the start of a new year in Bangladesh which was the reason for a weekend celebration in Waterloo. More>>

Westdale Mall auctions off inventory ahead of full demolition Video included

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Westdale Mall, a longtime retail institution in Cedar Rapids, was sold off piece-by-piece Saturday to make way for a brand new shopping experience. More>>

Cedar Rapids Science Center hosts Mini Maker Faire

A little boy tries his hand at remotely driving a model vehicle Saturday at the Mini Maker Faire at the Cedar Rapids Science Center A little boy tries his hand at remotely driving a model vehicle Saturday at the Mini Maker Faire at the Cedar Rapids Science Center
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The Science Center in Cedar Rapids welcomed hundreds of visitors Saturday at its third annual Mini Maker Faire. 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>>

Firefighters train in Shell Rock during controlled fire

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A big fire in Shell Rock had some people concerned on Saturday morning, but firefighters said it was all planned. More>>

Woman with Parkinson's Disease prepares for brain surgery Video included

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An Elk Run Heights woman is using humor to help cope with Parkinson's Disease.

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Cedar Falls officer injured after incident with suspected drunk driver

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A Waterloo man faces drunken driving and other charges after police say he hit a Cedar Falls police officer with his car Saturday morning. More>>

CBHS in Waterloo needs help with 15 dogs surrendered by one owner

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The Cedar Bend Humane Society in Waterloo recently took in 15 dogs surrendered by one owner. More>>

Cedar Falls Police search for Music Station robbery suspect

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Police officers in Cedar Falls are looking for the suspect in a Saturday morning robbery. It happened just before 3 a.m. at the Music Station, which is located at 1420 West 1st Street in Cedar Falls. More>>

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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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>>

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>>

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

The proposed Cedar Crossing Casino The proposed Cedar Crossing Casino
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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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  • Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

    Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:13:16 GMT
    Survivors of Mount Everest's deadliest avalanche recalled scenes of panic and chaos, describing Sunday how they dug through snow with their hands and ice axes in hopes of finding their friends alive.More >>
    Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday.More >>
  • Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:23:20 GMT
    The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is...More >>
    There are no names listed as relatives huddle around white signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry - just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl...More >>
  • Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

    Cuba home woes endure despite real-estate reform

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:13:06 GMT
    The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.More >>
    The residents of 308 Oquendo Street were jolted awake in the middle of the night by violent shaking and a noise that they likened to a freight train, or an exploding bomb.More >>
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