IOWA DROUGHT: Western Iowa's drought conditions continued slow improvement through Tuesday, leaving 64.5 percent of the state drought-free, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday.
DES MOINES ROBBERY: A Des Moines man told police he was robbed while walking in the King-Irving neighborhood Wednesday.
Sketches for a new mural painted on the historic Wherry Building on the Sixth Avenue corridor drew mixed reviews Monday evening from residents and business owners.
Speakers at Waukee High School's commencement encouraged graduates to remain in touch with each other and give back to society as they enter the wider world.
Four members of the Des Moines Police Department's canine team took first place for best team achievements in a competition in Fort Madison last month, according to a news release.
Officials said they are continuing to investigate Polk County's two open homicide cases from this year but no arrests have been made.
Iowa's top education official and a leading advocate for school reform is leaving the state.
Summer may still be weeks away, but the official kickoff to summer fun (and acceptable white pants-wearing) starts this weekend. Whether you're backyard grilling or road-tripping, here's what you need to know for Memorial Day weekend.
The property tax reforms that Iowa lawmakers promised for the last three years remains on hold today after appearing its approval was a foregone conclusion.
Iowa's multimillion-dollar bid to increase the quality of its teaching force will be watched closely by education leaders and policymakers throughout the nation, experts predict.
GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD: Just under half of Iowa's registered voters approve of the job Republican Terry Branstad is doing as governor, but by a single percentage point - 43 percent to 42 percent - say he doesn't deserve a sixth term in office, a new poll shows.
CATTLE KILLED: A severe storm that brought high winds earlier this week is being blamed for a barn collapse at Nora Springs that killed five head of cattle.
Valley alumni and supporters from across the country are backing the high school's fine arts community by purchasing seats in the soon-to-be constructed auditorium.
Just 50 minutes before Paige Cramer would walk across the stage at her own graduation, she thought back to how the seniors she knew as an underclassman at Johnston High School influenced her.
The Prairie Meadows Board of Directors on Wednesday approved an $18.5 million plan to upgrade and remodel the main gambling floor as part of the last phase of an overhaul that began with construction of a $32 million hotel.
A federal judge in Des Moines has ordered that a 3-year-old girl be sent back to Sweden within two weeks after he concluded that her Iowa-born mother has been unlawfully keeping the girl away from her father since August 2012.
Officials with the Iowa State Fair say it's time their signage along University Avenue measures up to the national reputation of the fair they represent.
The 12-year-old girl who was abducted along with Kathlynn Shepard this week told a local newspaper that the girls got in the kidnapper's pickup truck after he asked if they wanted to earn money mowing lawns.
The Iowa Senate approved a $1.7 billion health and human services funding bill Wednesday night intended to help some of the state's neediest people.
The Iowa Legislature on Wednesday approved its standing appropriations budget, a $2.99 billion spending bill that funds a huge chunk of K-12 education in the state and a grab bag of other programs, services and functions.
Emergency responders in West Des Moines had to cut a woman out of her SUV early Thursday morning after she lost control of her vehicle on Interstate 235, drove through an overpass guardrail and plunged 15 feet to the ground below.
ILLEGAL FISHING: Officials say an anonymous tipster reported that the anglers made several trips to their car during a fishing trip on the Mississippi River this month. A search of their residence turned up nearly 130 white bass in the process of being filleted, more than 215 whole white bass and nearly 630 frozen white bass filets.
Construction will begin the next two weeks on a street extension that will connect the secondary-school complex in the Prairie Trail development with Uptown Ankeny.
A Johnston City Council member said Monday the city is setting an unwanted precedent by sharing costs to build sewer infrastructure at a new housing development.
Des Moines police have responded to dozens of reports of shots fired in the past two weeks, so many that residents in one neighborhood have asked police to step up their patrols.
Scott Walker, the controversial governor of neighboring Wisconsin, comes to Iowa tonight amid speculation that he'd be a smash with Republicans here if he were to run for president, as some top Iowa politics watchers predict.
Indianola's former city attorney, who was arrested Wednesday on three felony charges, says through his lawyer that he's not guilty of bilking the city out of more than $90,000 in overcharges.
BANKS: 99 percent of Iowa banks will be closed Monday, according to a survey by the Iowa Bankers Association.
After arguing for months over how to provide health care to poor Iowa adults, the Iowa Senate approved a compromise plan late Wednesday and sent it to the House.
The hundred-plus people who met for a candlelit vigil Wednesday evening at Dayton's Emmanuel Lutheran Church said they hold out hope that authorities will find Kathlynn Shepard alive.