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Janesville buses to be outfitted with alarm system following 2011 death of 6th grader

Janesville buses to be outfitted with alarm system following 2011 death of 6th grader

Janesville, IA – RadioIowa – A little less than three years after an accident claimed the life of an 11-year-old boy, a northeast Iowa school district is on the verge of installing new technology on all of its buses to hopefully prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. The Janesville Consolidated School District will install


“Risky Business” conference on youth issues is today

Ames, IA – RadioIowa – A conference scheduled for today in central Iowa will bring together hundreds of teenagers and adult activists from across the state. The Risky Business conference focuses on critical issues confronting youth and professionals who work with youth. The event drew 650 people last year, according to organizer Jane Larkin of


Iowa’s “Strut Your Pup” Challenge Kicks Off Today

AMES, Iowa – Live Healthy Iowa encourages you to enjoy the warmer weather and colorful sights of spring with your K-9 companion by joining the second annual Strut Your Pup Challenge. This physical activity challenge allows you and your pup to gain the benefits of moving more, together. The challenge kicks off today and there


Hog farmers now required to report PED outbreaks

Des Moines, IA – The U-S Department of Agriculture is now requiring hog farmers to report outbreaks of a viral disease that has spread across the country and killed thousands of pigs in the past year. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PED, has not previously been considered a “reportable” disease in part because it doesn’t

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Iowa cows generate electricity with help from Alliant Energy

Cedar Rapids, IA – Iowa customers of Alliant Energy are getting some of their electricity from cows. The more than 2,400 head of cattle at Sievers Family Farms near Stockton are among the latest to start generating renewable energy in the state. In total, Alliant Energy has partnered with 520 Iowa customers to create renewable

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Water enthusiasts warned about river temperatures and debris

Waverly, IA – RadioIowa – Water safety experts are warning canoers, kayakers and boaters that Iowa’s bodies of water have been slow to warm. Certified paddling instructor Darrin Siefken (SEEF-kin) of Waverly says even though the air temperature feels spring-like, the water can be ice cold and dangerous. Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular in Iowa.

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Police investigate apparent killing in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating the apparent killing of a 57-year-old woman on the city’s eastside. Police say officers were called to a home at 2:14 p.m. Sunday after a relative found the person unresponsive on the floor. Police and medics who responded found the person dead. Police didn’t identify

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Iowa hires nearly 400 without advertising the jobs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least 386 state employees have been hired by Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration without advertising the positions, but this is not a new practice in Iowa. Critics told the Des Moines Register ( ) the practice makes it easier for friends and campaign donors to land the jobs. Branstad spokesman


Research looks at using crops to contain nitrogen

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) — A research project in northwest Iowa is looking at ways to keep fertilizer out of drinking water by planting certain crops to help contain nitrogen. The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) the project on Matt Schuiteman’s land near Sioux Center yielded lessons that may be useful in other areas.


Strong storms cross Plains; 1 tornado reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Strong thunderstorms are bringing rain and hail from the southwestern U.S. and Plains states to the upper Midwest, and at least one tornado has been reported. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in southeastern Iowa says that a tornado was spotted near the town of Lone Tree about 6 p.m. Sunday but