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DMACC is reviewing and discussing its security procedures after last week’s shootings at a community college campus in Oregon.  The college has a crisis management team and has hired a company to monitor social media on or near the campus, especially during large events. Students and faculty were encouraged last week to talk about the…MORE

Riverfront YMCA tumbles

Riverfront YMCA tumbles

The Riverfront YMCA building in Des Moines is now history. Hundreds watched from the opposite bank of the Des Moines River as the half-a-century-old structure was imploded just before daybreak yesterday.MORE

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Deere and Company workers will get a first look at their new contract on Sunday, when they meet to vote on it. The six-year pact was announced just an hour after the old six-year deal expired.  The agreement covers 10-thousand workers at 12 factories, including the ones in Ankeny and Ottumwa. NewLink Genetics in Ames…MORE

UI making coal cleaner

UI making coal cleaner

Cutting pollution from emissions may be as simple as adding oat hulls to the mix. ..that’s what U-I scientists say.  Their research discovered that burning a 50-50 mix of the hulls and coal at the university’s power plant cut carbon dioxide by 40 percent.MORE

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Iowa could be getting a small number of Syrian refugees next year, according to the governor.  Governor Branstad says welcoming the displaced Syrians is a good thing, as long as they’re thoroughly vetted first.  He also wants to make sure the state is informed in advance of their arrival. Deere and Company reached a tentative…MORE

STEM program boosts scores

STEM program boosts scores

Iowa’s STEM Scale-Up programs are giving students a boost, according to a new evaluation.  It shows students taking part in the programs scored an average of 6 percentage points higher on their annual math and science assessments.  81 percent of the teachers in the program said they had more confidence teaching STEM content.MORE

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Urbandale’s Webster Elementary School and Grinnell’s Davis Elementary are among five Iowa schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015.  The honor is for overall academic excellence, or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. A state educational task force is recommending a new science exam for public schools.  The exam aligns with…MORE

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Des Moines’ city hall is getting an overhaul…and it means some of its operations will have to temporarily relocate.  The historic building is getting new heating and cooling equipment, and a new sprinkler system.  The 3-million dollar project is expected to start next summer. Des Moines’ 25-year comprehensive plan will include downtown development…and the city…MORE

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Des Moines’ city manager says he’s waiting for a detailed list of concerns from the city’s fire fighters’ union to see what can be done to ease tension in the department over leadership.  86 percent of the union’s members voted no confidence in the chief this summer. They’ve been making their complaints via social media.…MORE

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Plan DSM was on display last night at Bright Grandview Clubhouse for the first of four public meetings. Mayor Frank Cownie says they’ll incorporate the feedback into the final draft sometime in February, and will rewrite codes to comply with it. The next meeting is Tuesday at Polk County River Place. Building up Iowa’s relationship…MORE