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Des Moines Skyscraper Windows to be Replaced

A downtown Des Moines skyscraper damaged during a March fire that gutted the adjacent Younkers building will soon see hundreds of its windows replaced. EMC Insurance Company is getting ready to replace 616 windows damaged during the Younkers fire. The repair project is expected to cost $1.5 million. Before construction can start, a team of

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I-35 South of Des Moines to Close Overnights

Motorists are being warned that part of Interstate 35 just south of Des Moines will be closing overnight for the next several days. The stretch will be closed starting at 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday. It’s expected to be closed again overnight Monday and Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Transportation says the closures

David Flores

Probation Sentence Stuns Iowa Prosecutors

A man freed last year after being granted a new trial for a 1996 Des Moines slaying has been given probation for new convictions – a move that stunned prosecutors who had worked out a plea agreement for a seven-year prison sentence. The Polk County District Judge Karen Romano sentenced David Flores on Friday to

Austin DeCoster

Lawyer: Jail Term for Egg Exec Would Be Improper

A defense attorney says disgraced egg producer Austin “Jack” DeCoster should be kept out of jail when he’s sentenced for food safety violations linked to a 2010 salmonella outbreak. Attorney Frank Volpe filed a motion this week arguing that it would be unconstitutional for DeCoster to receive jail or home confinement. He says the only

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama visits Iowa for Bruce Braley

Michelle Obama is headed to Des Moines to campaign for Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The first lady will attend a rally Friday afternoon at Drake University. The event will stress the importance of early voting in the competitive Iowa Senate race. Braley, a four-term congressman from Waterloo, is locked in a tight race against

Sheriff: Autopsy Shows Iowa Infant was Stillborn

The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department says foul play isn’t suspected in the case of an infant death. The department said Thursday an autopsy performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office shows that the Dyersville infant was stillborn. They say the Oct. 3 death was suspicious because the mother delayed reporting it to authorities until hours

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Police: Iowa Man Charged after High-Speed Chase

Dubuque police have arrested a man who they say led officers on a high-speed chase before crashing into a building. 38-year-old Robert Schmitt of Dubuque was charged Thursday with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and felony eluding. Schmitt was also cited on other charges including having an illegal muffler and driving on the wrong side

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Woman’s Body Found after Coralville Fire

The body of a 60-year-old woman has been found by firefighters sent to battle a house blaze in Coralville. A neighbor called 911 to report the fire a little before 1 a.m. Friday. Firefighters found a blaze raging in a bedroom of the home but were able to control it within 30 minutes. The woman was

Souix City

Ideas Abound for Former Argosy Casino Space

Now that the former Argosy riverboat casino is being removed, Sioux City officials are beginning to consider options for the soon-to-be vacant riverfront space. The riverboat pulled away from its dock earlier this week. City officials say some ideas, such as a fishing pier or retail shops, have been tossed around for the site, but