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Head Start Programs, Forced to Close Early, Still Have Funds For Flights

By cutting funds for Head Start, sequestration has sent low-income children in some states home 10 days early. But the federal government’s inability to agree on a budget didn’t prevent 2,800 Head Start ...

Iowa Agriculture Secretary, Bill Northey, today took his name out of the running for the open U.S. Senate seat in 2014. “I certainly appreciate all the good comments folks have given me, the encouragement. But ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News’ Pat Curtis) – The spring snowstorm striking today is unusual even by Iowa standards. Three cities have topped a 66-year-old record for the heaviest snowfall in the month of ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News’ O. Kay Henderson) – For the second time in five years, a northwest Iowa legislator has proposed docking the pay of Iowa Supreme Court justices, then tabled his plan before a ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News’ Dar Danielson) – Governor Terry Branstad has ordered that all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff today to honor a northeast Iowa sailor who was killed in action in ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News’ Dar Danielson) – Organizers of the Pella Tulip Festival seem to be taking the sudden shift to winter weather in stride. The event opened Thursday as the rare May snowstorm ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa News’ Dar Danielson) – The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a district court ruling that both names of a lesbian couple should be included on a birth certificate when one of the women ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa News’ Matt Kelly) – The Midwestern economy faltered slightly during the past month but it’s still healthy and chugging along, while Iowa’s economy is thriving, according to a ...

A famous German World War II bomber nicknamed “the flying pencil” has spent decades submerged in the English Channel after being shot down in the Battle of Britain. Now, divers are braving dangerous ...

U.S. Military Plane Crashes in Kyrgyzstan

A U.S. military plane crashed in Kyrgyzstan today, shortly after taking off from the Manas Transit Center. The aircraft was a KC-135, a refueling tanker based on the Boeing 707. It is not immediately clear how many ...

A big gain in the job market is lifting the stock market to new milestones. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time early Friday, and the Standard and Poor’s 500 index, a broader ...

Runaway Mom’s Ex-Husband Facing Insurance Payout Fight

The husband of Brenda Heist, the Pennsylvania mother who vanished 11 years ago and reappeared in Florida last week, may now face a legal battle over the $100,000 in insurance money he was paid when Heist was ...

Feds Seek Clues in Boston Marathon Suspects’ Laptop, Post-Bomb Phone Call

Authorities are hoping to find new clues in the Boston Marathon bombing case by poring over a laptop belonging to one of the suspects and learning what the other told his wife in a phone call days after the blast, ...

Republicans in the Iowa House have voted for one of the strongest anti-abortion restrictions in the country, but critics warn the language may also prevent hospitals from following the wishes of patients who have ...

A federal jury in Davenport today ruled that a Texas company should pay 32 mentally disabled workers in Iowa $240-million in damages for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 32 men were sent by ...

A report by Iowa State University economics professor, Bruce Babcock, finds government incentives to help farmers pay for crop insurance push them toward the more expensive insurance and increase the costs to ...

Winter conditions return with heavy snow

Travel is becoming iffy and many schools have canceled classes as 6 inches of snow is already on the ground in northwest Iowa, while central Iowa is bracing for 5-to-9 inches by tomorrow morning. The Iowa Department ...

Death of Osama Bin Laden, the Security Turning Point Two Years Later

It  has now been two years since U.S. Navy SEALs dropped into a dark compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden. It was an event that stopped the nation in its tracks and was seen as a turning ...

The tragic shooting death of a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother this week was compounded by the fact — baffling to many who don’t use guns — that the .22 rifle the boy used has been given ...

David Petraeus’ next tough assignment will be in the trenches of academia. The University of Southern California announced Thursday that the retired general and former CIA director is joining the faculty to ...

Obama Taps Billionaire for Commerce, Aide as Trade Rep

President Obama today nominated billionaire campaign fundraiser Penny Pritzker to head the Commerce Department and trusted, longtime economic aide Michael Froman as the next U.S. trade representative, in a ceremony ...

Another Airline Has Carry-On Charge

Another domestic airline will charge passengers for carry-on bags. Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced Wednesday it would begin charging passengers who book tickets on third-party web sites — such as ...

Brush Fire in Southern California Prompts Evacuations

More than 425 firefighters are battling blazes in Southern California while dozens of air tankers and helicopters drop water and retardant to combat fierce winds, high temperatures and dry weather feeding the brush ...

North Korea Sentences U.S. Citizen to 15 Years of Hard Labor

North Korea has sentenced an American citizen — reportedly arrested while taking pictures of orphans –  to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for plotting to overthrow the government, the ...

Half of All Autistic Kids Will Run Away, Tragedy Often Follows

Within hours one day in April, two children went missing hundreds of miles apart from each other. On the surface they appear to have little in common. Angelo Messineo is a 16-year-old from Georgia.  He was found ...