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15 min ago | The Des Moines Register
Most older adults in the Des Moines area want to continue living in their homes and participating in their neighborhoods as long as possible, which is good news for the area, advocates said this morning.
Should America's 11 million illegal immigrants be offered a path to citizenship?
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4 hrs ago | The Des Moines Register
An Iowa inmate, once sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in her great-aunt's murder, was released this morning after the state parole board granted her a "compassionate release" last week.
8 hrs ago | The Des Moines Register
Margaret Reed opened her Sunday newspaper and was surprised to see her father's smiling face.
A manslaughter charge has been dropped againsta Des Moines man who was arrested after he allegedly provided methadone that led to a teen's 2011 overdose.
High school students from across Polk County will gather this week to learn about how to participate in the Iowa caucuses, which are a famous and exclusive part of the nation's political system.
Altoona Veterinary Hospital works with four-legged patients from throughout eastern Polk County as well as Des Moines and its western suburbs.
A review of law enforcement overtime policies in Iowa by The Des Moines Register found: * Some agencies do not set a maximum number of hours employees are allowed to work in a given week or pay period.
A town meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bondurant-Farrar Middle School to discuss security measures with parents after a string of threatening messages has led to absences and evacuations at schools, according to a statement from school and law enforcement officials.
A group opposed to a warehouse development in eastern Polk County filed a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board last week.
The legacy of Riverview Amusement Park could be revived through a park improvement project on the north side of Des Moines.
The Iowa Finance Authority, an agency that distributes money for housing programs, announced two sets of grants this week -- one for affordable housing programs, and the other for groups that serve the homeless.
The man who died after engaging in a shootout with police officers on Des Moines' south side Wednesday did not have permits to carry or purchase firearms, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
The ability to secure the estimated $120 million necessary to build a convention center hotel in downtown Des Moines will be a key priority when selecting one of two national developers for the project, local economic development leaders working on the project said Wednesday.