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Des Moines Art Center Launches Spanish Language Tours – WHO TV Des Moines

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DES MOINES, Iowa  —  After a huge turnout at an event last fall, the Des Moines Art Center is launching Spanish language tours of the museum this Saturday.

“We have our annual Dia de los Muertos events that we hold every year in November, this year we had nearly 3,000 people come through our doors that day so we know that it’s something there’s a big demand for and we want to meet that demand,” Des Moines Art Center’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jordan Powers said.

The Art Center says…

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Harry and Meghan Have a Path to Financial Independence – The Atlantic

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There are several models, by now, for spinning a name and face into an empire, especially on this side of the pond. It started, of course, with the Kardashians, who built their American version of a fairy tale around large amount of media savvy and an even larger amount of shamelessness: A sex tape begets a TV series, which lead to spinoffs series and spinoff businesses. (It’s gotten so crazy and lucrative that Forbes magazine could, with no apparent irony, declare 21-year-old cosmetics magnate Kylie Jenner a “self-made billionaire.”) But you don’t need to be a Kardashian to make a…

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1 Month To Iowa: Where Things Stand For The Democratic Presidential Primary – WBUR

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In just one month, Iowans caucus in the first major test in the Democratic presidential primary. We check in with what’s happening on the ground.

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Rachel Stassen-Berger, politics editor for the Des Moines Register. (@RachelSB)

James Lynch, covers politics and state government for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. (@jamesqlynch)

Rachel Paine Caufield, professor of political science at Drake University. (@DrakeUniversity)

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Cedar Rapids Gazette: “Joe Biden pushes public option as affordable, practical health care in Iowa visit” — “Joe Biden admits his health care plan, which…

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David Stern Earned His Tough Reputation in Battles of Labor and Race – The New York Times

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But if moving the needle on social and racial advancement were life-affirming benefits of an influential business, protecting its widespread marketability and growing the pie no matter how it eventually was sliced was always the mission that came first for Stern.

“One-nothing,” Stern said when asked if there had been a hierarchal vote on the need to go nuclear, especially on Artest, who is now known as Metta World Peace and was suspended for more than 70 games.

While Stern seldom hid from debate or debacle, the litigator in him on occasion was obscured by the autocrat. Looking back on…

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Des Moines Looking to Loosen Regulations on Short Term Housing Rentals | 1040 WHO – KFI AM 640

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines is looking to relax some regulations for short term housing rentals, such as Airbnb and HomeAway.

A proposal would eliminate requirements for owners of short term rental properties to have lived in the unit, or limit the number of units they can operate. It would further ditch other short term rental rules, including distance between rental units, and limiting the amount of time a housing unit can be used as a rental.

The regulations were recently put in place as part of the first new city zoning ordinance in decades.

Des Moines Neighborhood Zoning…

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DNR Expert Cautions People About ‘Zombie Tree’ Season – WHO TV Des Moines
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DNR Expert Cautions People About ‘Zombie Tree’ Season – WHO TV Des Moines

Zombies are not something you typically associate with the winter season. But local arborists want zombie trees to be on everyone’s mind before more snow comes our way. “Zombie trees are kind of a unique term, it basically means that a tree like this burr oak right here is starting to decay on the inside and right now that wouldn’t be extremely obvious, you might have decay which would be rotten and the inside would be rotten but the tree could be completely healthy,” DNR Forest Health Program Leader Tivon Feeley said.
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A David Price Trade Is Looking More Likely, With ‘Multiple Teams’ Targeting Him – CBS Boston

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BOSTON (CBS) — A trade of David Price this winter is starting to look like an inevitability. With the Red Sox looking to cut some salary to get under the luxury tax, and with presumably some good years still left in Price’s left arm, the 34-year-old figures to draw some interest in that market.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Price already has.

“The Boston Red Sox continue to pursue ways to shed salary, and multiple teams have targeted starter David Price,” Passan tweeted. “He is owed $96 million over the next three years. Red Sox could either attach player with value or…

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Tuberculosis exposure reported at north Iowa school district – Des Moines Register

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A brief explanation of what tuberculosis is and how it is transmitted.
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Hampton-Dumont Community School District in north-central Iowa is advising residents of tuberculosis exposure.

The district reported that a student in the high school building was affected. District staff are identifying those who had close contact with the student and will contact the parents and guardians of those possibly exposed for testing. School district officials are working with the Iowa Department of Public Health to set up a clinic for tuberculosis testing.

The school district has about…

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Hearing Tuesday for Suspect in Des Moines Triple Homicide – WHO TV Des Moines

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Marvin Escobar-Orellana makes jail court appearance on three counts of first degree murder, July 18, 2019. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The man accused in a triple homicide that ended the lives of a Des Moines mother and her two children is expected to be back in court Tuesday morning.

Marvin Escobar-Orellana is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the July 16th shooting deaths of…

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Letter: Hagedorn: People over Politics – Austin Daily Herald – Austin Herald

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As a farmer with a vested interest in ethanol, I’d like to express my appreciation to Congressman Jim Hagedorn for his fight on behalf of farmers and ethanol producers.

For the past several years, the EPA has failed to follow Congressional mandates in awarding refinery exemptions to ethanol fuel blending. The billions of gallons of lost ethanol production caused by these exemptions has created tremendous economic hardship for farmers and ethanol producers who built business plans based on those promises.

Congressman Hagedorn has used his seat on the Agriculture Committee to…

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David Ross:Young face taxation without representation – Press and Journal

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Two days till the most important election in generations.

In the Highlands, there has been media focus on the Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat. It has been held by the SNP’s Ian Blackford since 2015, when he unseated the late Charles Kennedy, taking a remarkable 48.1 % of the vote in a seven-cornered fight.

Two years later, in Theresa May’s “strong and stable” election, that dropped to 40.3% in a six-way fight. The Tory was second then, but the Liberal Democrats have made it a top target.

They will have their work cut out. Mr Blackford has proved an able SNP Westminster leader, while…

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Riverside man convicted of sexually assaulting young girl at his family’s daycare center – Press-Enterprise

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MURRIETA — A 50-year-old Riverside man who sexually assaulted a young girl at a home-based daycare facility was convicted Monday of multiple counts of child molestation.

A Murrieta jury deliberated less than two days before finding Hubert David Edgin guilty of two counts each of lewd acts on a minor and oral copulation of a child under 10 years old.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis scheduled a sentencing hearing for Jan. 24 at the Southwest Justice Center. Edgin, who is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center, is facing 30 years to life in state prison.

He…

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The Deciders: Current President Unites Undecided Iowans in Effort to Replace Him – WHO TV Des Moines

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Nine Iowans from across the state come from different cities, professions and ages, but they share several things in common.

  1. They all have committed that they will show up to support a Democratic presidential candidate in the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 3, 2020.
  2. They haven’t decided which of the 15 remaining Democrats they will choose.
  3. They all think their priority is to choose a Democratic nominee who has the best chance of defeating President Donald Trump, a Republican, in…

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This 17-Year-Old Slept in a Boat for a Week to Protest Climate Change – Free – Vice

That’s the sign draped over the bow of the boat where Jordan McAuliff, a 17-year-old in Silver Spring, Maryland, slept all last week. Parked on a trailer just blocks away from her high school, it’s Jordan’s warning to her town that the streets could be underwater within decades. “The water is rising in our communities, around our schools and our houses,” she said. “Soon we might not be able to drive there anymore.”
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Rerport: I-80 near Des Moines closed due to deadly, multi-vehicle crash – WQAD.com

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ALTOONA, Iowa — Several vehicles were involved in a crash along Interstate 80 in the Des Moines area on Monday morning, December 9.

The crash shut down westbound I-80 at Mile Marker 139, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

WOI out of Des Moines reported that one person died in the crash, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

The Iowa Department of Transportation said a news vehicle from KCCI was also involved in the crash; the workers were OK and were still able to report on the collision.

This crash…

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Youth urge adults to stop ‘acting like children’ on climate change – Reuters

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MADRID (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – With children and young people increasingly at risk from extreme weather and out in the streets demanding faster action on global warming, efforts to respect and promote their rights in climate policy need to step up, U.N officials said on Monday.

On the sidelines of U.N. climate negotiations in Madrid, the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) and former Irish President Mary Robinson urged countries in the Paris Agreement on climate change to keep the rights of children and young people in mind as they put the accord into practice.

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Want to see the Hawkeyes in the Holiday Bowl in person? Here’s how. – Local 5 – weareiowa.com

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Well Hawkeye fans, bowl season is finally here, and your team is headed to sunny San Diego this year.

If the opportunity to leave the bitter cold and head to California for a few days is too good to pass up, you can join them a few different ways:

The No. 16 Hawkeyes (9-3) are in the Holiday Bowl this year facing No. 22 USC (8-4) on December 27.

On Google Flights, the cheapest round-trip from Des Moines to San Diego from the day before the game to the day after (December 26-28) is a little over $800.

You could get a pretty good price on hotels out there if you book soon,…

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David Attenborough will unearth the hidden world of PLANTS in his next documentary series – Daily Mail

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David Attenborough will unearth the hidden world of PLANTS in his next documentary series

He most recently brought singing Sumatran rhinos, fighting elephant bull seals and golden snub-nosed monkeys into our living rooms for the first time.

But yesterday the BBC announced that Sir David Attenborough will be turning his attentions from the animal kingdom to the world of plants for his latest series.

Sir David Attenborough is to return to our screens with a new documentary titled The Green Planet which will show viewers the hidden life of plants. It will capture the minute detail which is impossible to see with the human eye

Sir David Attenborough is to return to our screens with a new…

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3-month-old seal pup born at Des Moines zoo dies – kwwl.com

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials at a Des Moines zoo say a 3-month-old seal pup born there has died.

Blank Park Zoo officials say the pup, born Aug. 20 and named “Lucy,” died on Nove. 24.

A news release issued by the zoo said a necropsy showed Lucy died after suffering from “failure to thrive.”

Zoo spokesman Ryan Bickel says that means the pup wasn’t processing enough calories to survive.

Officials say Lucy was not eating on her own in the last weeks of her life and required fluids and supplements from keepers.

The zoo now has three…

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On Trump impeachment, divisions between urban and rural Democrats – Reuters
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On Trump impeachment, divisions between urban and rural Democrats – Reuters

Axne, 54, avoided any mention of impeachment until one of her constituents, a Democrat who voted for her, said he views the investigation as a waste of time and money: “Let’s not vote for impeachment. Let’s get stuff done. I’m sick of it!”, he bellowed. Others nodded in agreement. Meanwhile, 1,000 miles away in the old industrial town of Wharton, New Jersey, freshman U.S. congressman Tom Malinowksi was treated like a rock star when he told a crowd of about 150 he believed the evidence to impeach Trump was overwhelming. With each mention of impeachment and denunciation of Trump, Malinowski was greeted with loud applause from voters packed into a tiny library basement, where the room hummed with talk of ousting the president. These two freshman lawmakers flipped districts from Republican control in the 2018 midterm congressional elections, two of the 41 net gains that helped Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2011. Yet on impeachment, as they face close fights for their seats again next November, their approach is starkly different. Axne avoids any mention of it; Malinowski leans into the topic.
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Dispatching outside the ‘blue bubble’, Flip It Iowa aims to turn Iowa House to Democrats – UI The Daily Iowan

On a rainy afternoon in early September, Temple Hiatt — a volunteer organizer, military veteran, and Iowa City native — launched into a fundraising pitch to a group composed mostly of Johnson County Democrats. Her pitch? Help elect an Iowa House candidate whose district lies outside the borders of Iowa’s bluest county. “We know that our elected officials here in Johnson County will get reelected,” she told the 100-or-so people gathered in Iowa City, referencing the two state representatives from Iowa City — Vicki Lensing and Mary Mascher — who haven’t faced a Republican...
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Inside Pete Buttigieg’s Iowa surge: Loud crowds, strong ground game as he emerges as moderate alternative to J – Chicago Tribune

“If tonight were the caucus, I’d probably support Biden, but I’m very, very impressed and it’s moving more to a toss-up for me. Pete is tremendously intelligent, he’s focused, he’s educated, he’s got great charisma and great leadership,” said Crawford, 69, a retired teacher who lives in Mason City. "And although I have growing concerns about Joe Biden, I’m still not sure about Pete’s electability. But this guy is definitely surging, so we’ll see.”
Divided House approves Dems’ impeachment rules – PIX11 New York
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Divided House approves Dems’ impeachment rules – PIX11 New York

Democrats swept a rules package for their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump through a divided House Thursday, as the chamber's first vote on the investigation highlighted the partisan breach the issue has only deepened. By 232-196, lawmakers approved the procedures they'll follow as weeks of closed-door interviews with witnesses evolve into public committee hearings and — almost certainly — votes on whether the House should recommend Trump's removal.
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Republicans Still Want To ‘Ride Coattails’ of President Extortion Treason – Wonkette

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Defeated Republicans aren’t giving up on their old House seats. You gotta love the delusional bastards. They were swept out of power in 2018 but they like their chances in 2020 because they’ll have Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. Trump is in the middle of an impeachment inquiry. He gets booed at baseball games. He’s the iceberg in their Titanic.

According to Politico, former Rep. Claudia Tenney thinks she has a shot at winning New York’s 22nd Congressional District again. She lost to Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi by just two points. Trump carried the district by 15 points in…

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Huxley Man Gifts Carson King a Year’s Supply of Busch Light – WHO TV Des Moines

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ALTOONA, Iowa — After raising millions of dollars for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, Carson King will end up with a year’s supply of Busch Light after all.

Mike Schonhorst of Huxley personally bought 30 cases of Busch Light and delivered it to King on Monday. That is 720 cans of beer, which means King can average about two beers a day for a whole year.

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Schonhorst, who owns General Insurance Agency in Huxley, said he didn’t do it to gain recognition. He wanted to give…

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Ethanol state lawmakers praise Trump administration plan to boost production – Scottsbluff Star Herald

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WASHINGTON — Renewable-fuel groups, farm organizations and Midwestern politicians have embraced the Trump administration’s new ethanol proposal as a desperately needed production boost.

“Both farmers and ethanol producers have been really hurting for some time now,” Renewable Fuels Nebraska Executive Director Troy Bredenkamp said in a statement Friday. “Today’s announcement by President Trump is not a cure-all, but it will certainly begin the process of recovering and making right some of the many EPA decisions that have hindered the ethanol…

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