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Mother Arrested Following Amber Alert

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Iowa Supreme Court hears woman's $75 speeding ticket case

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STEM Learning Company Comes to Des Moines

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Des Moines’ latest ranking no surprise to Iowa’s minor league teams

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Experts Advise Parents to Talk About Race Often, Following Central Iowa Racial Incidents

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Special Session Not Likely To Deal With State’s Money Mess

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Iowa sheriff's office issues warning about warrant scam

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Mother Arrested Following Amber Alert
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The mother wanted for allegedly kidnapping her three daughters has been arrested in Sioux City. The Des Moines Register reports Sioux City police arrested Danica Arzaga at Outer Drive and Division Street on Wednesday. An Amber Alert was issued on Tuesday after authorities say she kidnapped her daughters Lillian, Adia and Olivia. The children were later located at a property in Sanborn, Iowa   Read More ...
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Mother who prompted Amber Alert arrested, officials say
DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have arrested a woman they said abducted her children Tuesday afternoon, prompting a statewide Amber Alert. Officials said Olivia Sophia Arzaga, 4, Adia Johnson-Enos, 8, and Lillian Johnson-Enos, 8, were abducted Tuesday morning from Royal by their mother, Danica Noel Arzaga, 25. Authorities told the Sioux City Journal that Arzaga was arrested around 4:15 p.m. The alert was issued Tuesday afternoon for the three children missing out of Clay County, though many Iowans didn’t receive the notification until several hours later   Read More ...
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Mother who prompted Amber Alert arrested, officials say
DES MOINES, Iowa — Police have arrested a woman they said abducted her children Tuesday afternoon, prompting a statewide Amber Alert. Officials said Olivia Sophia Arzaga, 4, Adia Johnson-Enos, 8, and Lillian Johnson-Enos, 8, were abducted Tuesday morning from Royal by their mother, Danica Noel Arzaga, 25. Authorities told the Sioux City Journal that Arzaga was arrested around 4:15 p.m. The alert was issued Tuesday afternoon for the three children missing out of Clay County, though many Iowans didn’t receive the notification until several hours later   Read More ...
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Driving Lesson Leaves Car in Creek
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A driving lesson on Wednesday afternoon went horribly wrong in Des Moines. Police were called to Water Works Park over the noon hour on a report of a car in the water. When they arrived, they found an SUV lying on its side in a creek. Police say a man was giving his brother driving lessons when the vehicle went off the road   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court Hears First Speed Camera Case
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa Supreme Court is often reserved for the most important cases. Rarely do justices hear cases about simple misdemeanors, let alone speeding tickets, but that is exactly what happened on Wednesday. After a two-year battle, Marla Leaf finally had her Automated Traffic Enforcement ticket case heard. On February 5th, 2015, Leaf was going home on Highway 380 in Cedar Rapids, when she got clocked by an automatic speed camera driving 68 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone   Read More ...
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Iowa High Court hears woman’s $75 speeding ticket case
Des Moines, Iowa — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn’t speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it’s not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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Officials: Iowa's budget won't prompt special session
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- State officials say a projected shortfall in Iowa's roughly $7.2 billion budget has shrunk and will not require a special legislative session to fix. The Iowa Department of Management and the Iowa Department of Revenue say the state budget that ended in June has about a $13 million shortfall. That figure is much smaller than projections earlier this summer   Read More ...
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Iowa's budget won't prompt special session
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say a projected shortfall in Iowa's roughly $7.2 billion budget has shrunk and will not require a special legislative session to fix. The Iowa Department of Management and the Iowa Department of Revenue say the state budget that ended in June has about a $13 million shortfall. That figure is much smaller than projections earlier this summer   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court hears woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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Gov. Reynolds Takes $13 Million from ‘Rainy Day’ Fund to Cover Budget Shortfall
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s governor has decided not to call lawmakers back into a special session to deal with a shortfall from last year’s budget. Gov. Kim Reynolds will instead transfer an additional $13 million from state reserves. That’s on top of about $249 million in previous cuts and borrowing from the state reserves. Reynolds’ budget chief announced Wednesday, a combination of factors led to a lower end of year deficit   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court hears woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, argued Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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The Latest: Iowa Supreme Court hears $75 traffic ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on an Iowa woman taking a traffic case to the state Supreme Court (all times local): The Iowa Supreme Court has taken the unusual move of hearing a small claims case stemming from a speeding ticket. The court Wednesday heard a case brought by 67-year-old Marla Leaf, who argued her constitutional rights were violated after an automated camera ticketed her for speeding on a freeway in her hometown of Cedar Rapids   Read More ...
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Iowa Department of Revenue says no special legislative session required
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Revenue and Management released a report on the state's financial situation Wednesday morning. The department said no special session of the Iowa Legislature will be required, as financial obligations have been met and the state has $605 million in reserve funds. The expected shortfall for Iowa’s FY 2017 budget is $14.6 million. Gov   Read More ...
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Iowa man arrested for crash that killed motorcyclist
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have arrested a central Iowa man in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a Des Moines motorcyclist last year. The Des Moines Register reports that 67-year-old Jack Jay Janda of Woodward faces charges of vehicular homicide by reckless driving, vehicular homicide by operating while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Janda was jailed in Polk County on Tuesday   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court to hear woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding is taking her case involving a $75 fine to the state Supreme Court. For Marla Leaf, it's not a matter about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, will argue Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to a private, for-profit company   Read More ...
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Charges filed in mysterious fatal motorcycle crash
DES MOINES, Iowa — After a nearly yearlong investigation, charges have been filed in a fatal Polk County motorcycle crash. Joseph Anthony Davis, 57, of Des Moines, was killed in the October 29, 2016 crash.The crash was reported at approximately 5:25 p.m. in the 10300 block of Polk City Drive. The crash involved a motorcycle and a pickup. Witnesses said two motorcycles were travelling north on Polk City Drive in a construction zone when the driver of the pickup attempted to pass them as the road opened back up to two lanes   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court to hear Cedar Rapids woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, will argue Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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STEM Learning Company Comes to Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa – One entrepreneur, moved her company half way across the country to grow the business. Founder and CEO Kina McAllister created STEMBox to get young girls excited about the sciences. McAllister moved her company from Seattle to Des Moines to be closer to her demographic, which is eight to 13-year-old girls. STEMBox is a monthly subscription of science experiments sent to households across the country   Read More ...
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First in the state tiny homes village for homeless
DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) -- A non-profit group in Iowa hopes tiny homes will help the homeless get back on their feet. Joe Stevens co-founded Joppa, a nonprofit that helps people survive, get housing and rebuild their lives. The organization developed plans for a village of tiny houses. And that caught the attention of Drake University. Now it's joining the effort to help   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court to hear woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, will argue Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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Iowa Supreme Court to hear woman's $75 speeding ticket case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who says she was wrongly ticketed by an automated traffic camera when she wasn't speeding has accomplished the unusual feat of getting the state Supreme Court to consider her $75 small-claims case. For Marla Leaf, 67, it's not about money, but about constitutional rights. Her attorney, James Larew, will argue Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment   Read More ...
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Sister of Johnny Mac’s Shooting Victim Says Conviction Brings Closure
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The sister of the man who was murdered outside of Johnny Mac's Bar & Grill last year is speaking out, now that the man charged in the case faces spending the rest of his life behind bars. Tracey Dawson keeps the memory of her late brother William close to her heart and wears a necklace with his ashes around her neck   Read More ...
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Des Moines’ latest ranking no surprise to Iowa’s minor league teams
The city of Des Moines topped another national list Tuesday as the SportsBusiness Journal’s No.1 minor league sports market in the country. The SportsBusiness Journal said Des Moines’ top-notch facilities and atmospheres are what make the city so deserving of that top spot. Des Moines is home to the Barnstormers, the Wild, the Wolves, the Menace and the Iowa Cubs. The teams told KCCI that the ranking comes as no surprise   Read More ...
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Experts Advise Parents to Talk About Race Often, Following Central Iowa Racial Incidents
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Within the last four weeks, there have a been a number of racially discriminating incidents involving students in central Iowa. Now, some Iowans say the country's racial divide is showing its face here. On Monday, Channel 13 confirmed four Waukee students were disciplined after writing a word that violated the district’s anti-discrimination policy on another student’s car in dust   Read More ...
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Iowa and Nebraska Team Up to Fight Human Trafficking
DES MOINES, Iowa -- On Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced a new multi-state program aimed at ending human trafficking in the Midwest. The collaboration between Iowa, Nebraska, and local anti-trafficking organizations will provide training to hotel/motel management and staff on how to identify and report human trafficking. “We estimate at least 50%, if not much more, of the trafficking that takes place in our region takes place in hotels and motels,” said human trafficking consultant Mike Ferjak   Read More ...
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Polk County Sheriff’s Office Alerting Residents of Phone Scams
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Polk County Sheriff's Office says scammers are using a new technique. The newest wave of phone scams hitting the metro is using the names of deputies to try and steal from people over the phone. Lieutenant Rich Blaylock with the PCSO says it's a method he hasn't seen here before. “They’re saying, 'this is Lieutenant Blaylock with the sheriff's office, you have a warrant for your arrest' and asking them to bring cash or gift cards to take care of the warrant, and that is not how it happens," Lieutenant Blaylock said   Read More ...
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Special Session Not Likely To Deal With State’s Money Mess
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Governor Kim Reynolds has faced questions for months on how she would deal with the state's finances and any shortfall in the budget that ended in June. On Tuesday morning she announced that her administration will announce on Wednesday what it plans to do. "Tomorrow (Wednesday) my department of management and revenue are finalizing the numbers, and they will do an update tomorrow (Wednesday) to the media and they will provide all of that information to you tomorrow," Reynolds told reporters   Read More ...
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Federal government continues to review Iowa's ACA plan
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government continues to review Iowa's short-term funding proposal to redirect Affordable Care Act money to lower some people's health insurance costs. A representative for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says Iowa's application for a so-called stopgap measure is complete and a public comment period will run until Oct 19. The federal government says in a letter Tuesday that a decision will be made within 180 days   Read More ...
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Groups express concern about rules for Iowa's voter ID law
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several voting advocacy groups in Iowa are expressing concern about proposed rules for the state's new voter identification law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, the League of Women Voters of Iowa and six other groups say proposed administrative rules that will govern how the law is followed will add unnecessary complications. In documentation submitted Tuesday as part of a public comment period, the groups claimed the rules could negatively impact Election Day registrants, the use of voter registration lists and a signature verification provision   Read More ...
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Iowa governor backs latest GOP effort to repeal ACA
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she supports the latest GOP effort in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The Republican governor confirmed Tuesday she backs a bill that would replace much of the ACA with a system of block grants to states. The measure is sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana   Read More ...
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Iowa sheriff's office issues warning about warrant scam
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa sheriff's office is warning residents about a scam involving callers who demand money from people to take care of outstanding arrest warrants. The Polk County sheriff's office said Tuesday that the perpetrators are using the names of current Polk County sheriff's employees and telling residents they need to pay money to avoid being arrested   Read More ...
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Iowa sheriff's office issues warning about warrant scam
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa sheriff's office is warning residents about a scam involving callers who demand money from people to take care of outstanding arrest warrants. The Polk County sheriff's office said Tuesday that the perpetrators are using the names of current Polk County sheriff's employees and telling residents they need to pay money to avoid being arrested   Read More ...
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New Kum and Go Headquarters is Changing the Look of Downtown Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Since the groundbreaking two years ago, workers have made major progress on the new Kum & Go headquarters building located across from the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. CEO Kyle Krause said they hope it will be finished by October of 2018 and the company is looking forward to moving to downtown from their location on Westown Parkway. The building was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano   Read More ...
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Man Raffling Off Motorcycle He Built to Help Sick Kids
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines man is giving up a motorcycle to help some metro kids in need. Paul Grinstead spent a year turning a pile of parts into a bike, while still working a full-time job. With it almost complete, he plans to raffle it off, with the proceeds going to Blank Children's Hospital. “Ran into some bad luck, a little string of bad luck and one day I'm deciding why should I let my luck get me down when there's kids fighting   Read More ...
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Fellow senator thanks Anderson for service
Northwest Iowa lost a true advocate in Des Moines with the resignation of State Sen. Bill Anderson from the Iowa Legislature this past week. It is a bittersweet moment as I wish my colleague, legislative roommate and friend all the best as he starts a new chapter in his professional career as the economic director of Cherokee Area Development Corp. The last seven years have been an amazing economic success for Northwest Iowa, and Sen   Read More ...
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Guilty Verdict in Deadly Des Moines Bar Shooting
DES MOINES, Iowa – A Polk County jury found a Des Moines man guilty of first degree murder Monday. Twenty-six-year-old Devin Carter was also convicted of two counts of attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. The charges stem from the death of 44-year-old William Dawson in August of last year. Carter opened fire outside Johnny Mac’s Bar and Grill killing Dawson and wounding 20-year-old William Dawson Jr   Read More ...
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City Council Discusses Banning Use of Fireworks
DES MOINES, Iowa -- There were some minor fireworks between council members during Monday Afternoon's discussion on whether to ban the use of fireworks. '"If you look at what`s happened in Missouri, Missouri excludes the use of fireworks in St. louis and Kansas City and I think Iowa should be no different," said Ward III Council Member - Christine Hensley. That comment prompted a response from Ward IV Council Member - Joe Gatto - who asked Council Member Hensley: "Have you been to Kansas City during The Fourth of July?" Council Member Hensley replied, "No, I haven`t   Read More ...
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Panel rejects call for new animal feeding operation rules
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A state panel has rejected a petition from two environmental activist groups that sought stricter standards for proposed animal feeding operations. The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission denied the petition Monday from Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch. The groups called for the commission to require cattle feedlots and confined hog operations to require more distance from neighbors and take other actions that would protect water and air quality   Read More ...
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Iowa Department of Ed submits new education plan to feds
DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- You may have heard of No Child Left Behind but you need to get familiar with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new law lets states, not the federal government, set the standards to determine whether your child's school is succeeding or not. On Monday Iowa submitted their plan to the federal government that shows how they intend to implement it   Read More ...
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‘Iowa Nice is More Than Just a T-Shirt Slogan,’ Red Cross Says After Flood of New Volunteers
DES MOINES, Iowa -- First Harvey hit. Then came Irma. Jose and Maria are now threatening. Mother Nature is bringing a fury of hurricanes, but also a steady stream of Iowa volunteers. "Iowans are coming out to volunteer and help out," the American Red Cross Iowa Region's Senior Volunteer Specialist Tasmania "Taz" Stills said on Monday. "Iowa nice is more than just a t-shirt slogan   Read More ...
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