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Farm Policy and Conservation Focus of Iowa Trip

By Traci Bruckner on August 22, 2014 - 8:25am I’m writing this after having just returned home from Iowa. While we were there, my colleague John Crabtree and I met with farmer Craig Lang and later with The Des Moines Register’s Randy Evans. Show More Summary

The 5 Items You Need This Fall, According to Badowers

Founded by a Holocaust survivor more than 60 years ago, Badowers of Des Moines, Iowa, is still going strong and rightfully made it onto our list of the best 11 men's stores in the country. See why, with these 5 picks for fall.

Hillary Clinton to attend fundraiser in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential campaign.

GOP Rep. Arrested for Having Sex With Mentally Incapacitated Wife

Iowa state representative Henry Rayhons, a Republican, was arrested over the weekend for having sex with his mentally incapacitated wife after a judge instructed him not to. Police told the Des Moines Register that Rayhons "abused his wife in May at the nursing home where she lived." Donna Rayhons suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and she died earlier this month. Read more...

Tax Roundup, 8/18/14: Tax Credits for housing. And for Elvis!

The Des Moines Register is running a series on Jack Hatch, the Democratic nominee for Iowa Governor, focusing on subsidized housing […]

Pigs, cows and votes: Candidates try for farm cred

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For candidates in the Midwest, almost nothing tops a photo opportunity with a barnyard animal or a colorful anecdote about life on the farm.

Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year's corn crop to 14 billion bushels to exceed last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.

Busting up blue California probably wouldn't help GOP, study finds

As long as there have been state capitals, there have been people outside those capitals lamenting that lawmakers -- in Sacramento, Denver, Des Moines, Atlanta, fill-in-the-blank -- are too far removed and too far detached from the people and interests they’re supposed to be representing.

In Iowa, stay away from stopping school buses or temporarily lose your license

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — Kayden’s Law seemed like a “no-brainer” when it was passed in 2012. Named for a 7-year-old girl who was killed in 2011 by a speeding motorist, the law imposed mandatory penalties for anyone not stopping at least 150 feet from a school bus when the...

KCCI Returns Steve Karlin to Evenings, Names Replacement

Steve Karlin (pictured right) is going back to the KCCI 5:00 p.m. news. Karlin anchored the 5:00 p.m. show for the Des Moines CBS affiliate from 1993 until being moved to mornings in 2011. The station also announced it’s replacing Karlin in the mornings with Eric Hanson (pictured left). Show More Summary

Rooney's Beautifully Basic Room — My Room

Name: Rooney (2) Location: Des Moines, Iowa I think it's important to keep kids' rooms bright and uncluttered so they are free to create and imagine on their own. So, I kept the walls and furniture very basic and gender neutral. Nothing...Show More Summary

In Iowa, Ted Cruz Teases Presidential Campaign

DES MOINES, IOWA - “It is really hard to screw up meat on a stick,” Sen. Ted Cruz quipped after taking the stage Des Moines Register stage at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday. Earlier, Cruz toured the fair, walking through the crowds, shaking hands, seeing the sights, and eating a pork chop on a stick. Show More Summary

Raises for everyone, just don’t ask how

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watcdog DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley knew he was on safe ground when he made a campaign stop at La Querica in Norwalk, where he promoted his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The company, which produces “unique dry cured meats of...

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines, Iowa

While it has very little to do with cooking, the World Food Prize is awarded to pioneering scientists and engineers who have contributed to the effort to feed the planet, and each of these winning visionaries is celebrated in the World...Show More Summary

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs' Top 10 Prospects for Week 18

The focus of Chicago Cubs fans in 2014 continues to be as much on cities like Knoxville, Tennessee, and Des Moines, Iowa, as it is on the city of Chicago. That's where the team's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates reside and where a number...Show More Summary

I Biked Across Iowa And I Needed This One Gadget More Than Anything Else

I rode my bike across Iowa last week. For the past 42 years, an Iowan newspaper called The Des Moines Register has organized an annual week-long bicycle trip that sees some 10,000-15,000 people ride their bikes from the Missouri River to the Mississippi, dipping one bicycle wheel in each per tradition. Show More Summary

Shirts or shoes? Iowa’s sales tax holiday wrapped in confusion

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — People can now buy a bowling shirt in Iowa without paying sales tax. But if you want to buy tax-free bowling shoes to go with that shirt, you’re out of luck. Taxes still apply. That’s just part of the confusion built into Iowa’s annual sales...

Sioux City tries to steer around anti-speed camera law

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog DES MOINES, Iowa — The Sioux City Police Department’s attempt to squeeze every dollar out of the city’s speed cameras may cause it to lose access to important information on a national law enforcement database. The controversial mobile speed cameras on Interstate 29 inspired a new law in neighboring...

The unusual etymology of Des Moines, Iowa

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The literal translation may be "shit-faced," as explained in the Des Moines Register:Michael McCafferty, a visiting lecturer at Indiana University who has spent decades researching Algonquian languages, agrees with the commonly heldShow More Summary

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects for Week 17

The focus of Chicago Cubs fans in 2014 continues to be as much on cities like Knoxville, Tennessee and Des Moines, Iowa, as it is on the city of Chicago. That's where the team's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates reside and where a number...Show More Summary

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