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A spokesman for blind Iowans is urging the governor and legislators to boost the budget for the Iowa Department for the Blind by half a million dollars. Michael Barber — president of the National Federation of the ...

Mother Nature cooperating with Pella Tulip Festival

The annual Pella Tulip Festival begins next Thursday (May 2) and organizers believe the headliner guest will actually be there this time. Susan Canfield of the festival’s steering committee say the unseasonably ...

Branstad grants Rasberry Williams’ commutation request

For only the third time in his 18 years in office, Governor Branstad is commuting the life sentence of a prison inmate. Branstad today granted the request of 67-year-old Rasberry Williams – who was convicted in ...

Obama Mixes Serious Tone with Humor at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Amid the glitz and glamour, humor and levity normally surrounding the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama injected a somber tone to the annual soiree as he invoked the memories of those affected by ...

Bridging the Divide: Wilcox County High School Students Hold First Integrated Prom

For any teenager, prom is a monumental night, but for students at a Georgia high school, it has been more than 40 years in the making. For the first time ever, students at Wilcox County High School, in Rochelle, Ga. ...

Jodi Arias Jury Never Saw This Police Complaint About Tire Slashing

Just four months before he was found dead in his Arizona home, Travis Alexander called police and reported that his car tires had been slashed, according to records obtained exclusively by ABC News.  The incident, ...

Michigan Mother Disappears From Late Night Shift at Gas Station

The disappearance of a Michigan mother who was last seen working the late shift at a gas station was reclassified today as an abduction, as the woman’s family pleaded for her safe return. Jessica Heeringa, 25, ...

Boston Bombing Brings Twist to Cold Murder Case

The stalled investigation into a gruesome 2011 triple murder in the leafy suburb of Waltham, Mass., has taken a dramatic turn in the days since two explosions ripped through the crowd during the final stretch of the ...

The President of the National Rifle Association made a stop at the Iowa State Capitol Thursday. While speaking with Republican lawmakers and NRA supporters, David Keene was critical of President Barack Obama and his ...

It has been a very unusual spring of extra moisture and, at times, snow. So is that extra moisture helping the state’s drought conditions? The latest U-S Drought Monitor report shows half of the state is still ...

Iowa ranks toward the top of a new national study that grades the 50 states based on the information available on its government websites. Kristin McMurray, editor of the Sunshine Review, says the criteria involve ...

A Webster City hog production facility shut down by the economy is back in operation and is now a model for a new agriculture market. The owners of the farm called “Iowa’s First” are now raising striped bass ...

Lawmakers Upset Judge Ended Tsarnaev Interrogation

A federal magistrate judge has set off a firestorm of criticism for ending the interrogation of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect before, lawmakers contend, law enforcement officials had concluded their ...

George W. Bush’s Legacy on Africa Wins Praise, Even From Foes

The George W. Bush Presidential Library dedication brought together five living presidents who have been at odds about much of the 43rd president’s foreign policy legacy, particularly the Iraq war. But they all ...

Fathers, Firefighters: Lives Lost in West, Texas

On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other ...

The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first three months of 2013, according to the Commerce Department, boosted by consumer spending and offset by decreases in government spending. The ...

Obama Backs Planned Parenthood in Political Fight

President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women’s health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion ...

Congress Passes Bill to End Sequester Flight Delays

In less than 24 hours, bipartisan legislation passed both the Senate and the House to relieve one of the most noticeable downsides to budget sequestration: FAA furloughs. The bill that was rushed through Congress ...

Insurance Payout May Depend on Whether Boston Bombing Was ‘Terrorist Act’

Whether the Boston bombings are deemed a “terrorist” act could have enormous financial implications for the businesses that were damaged or closed during the police investigation. At the center of the ...

Feds Search Landfill for Boston Suspect’s Laptop

Investigators in white hazmat suits are searching a landfill for a laptop tied to the accused Boston Marathon bombers, a potential lead that emerged as a result of interviews with two men from Kazakhstan who knew ...

Man accused of sexually abusing, stabbing woman after online meeting

An eastern man is facing charges for allegedly kidnapping, raping, and stabbing a young woman he met online. The victim, a 20-year-old from Cedar Rapids, was discovered by neighbors in her apartment complex Sunday ...

Pro: Too many amateur storm chasers endanger themselves

A self-described “storm chaser” says it’s getting more hazardous to pursue his passion, not because of severe weather but due to so many amateurs who also chase storms. Shelf Cloud near Des Moines in 2012 Jon ...

Test tampering reported at Davenport elementary school

The Davenport Community School District is reporting that standardized tests at an elementary school in the district were tampered with to increase the scores of students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. District ...

Police dog sniffs up dozens of drug items at western Iowa hotel

Police in the western Iowa town of Stuart made a rather large drug bust Wednesday night. It happened at the Super 8 Hotel, just off of Interstate 80. Stuart Police Chief David Reha says more than 50 types of drug ...

Defense Secretary Hagel Says Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in the two year civil war ravaging Syria, the White House and Pentagon chief announced today. But officials at the White House said they want ...