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Prices reducing corn, soybeans plantings in 2015 - USDA

desmoinesregister.com — Farmers, facing multiyear lows in corn and soybean prices and a sharp drop in income, are poised to lower plantings of both crops in 2015, the federal government said Thursday. In its outlook for next year, the Agriculture Department said farmers will sow 88 million acres of corn, a decline from 90.9 million acres planted earlier this year.

Flu hospitalizations surge, especially among elderly

desmoinesregister.com — The number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks, and senior citizens are being hit especially hard, state health officials reported Friday. More than half of Iowans being hospitalized for the flu are 65 or older, according to the report from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
Dec 19, 2014

State has added a few flu cases to previous weeks' totals - now showing more than doubled - not tripled - in 2 weeks. dmreg.co/16A3Jfe

Dec 19, 2014

If you're feeling ill w/ possible flu, "it's probably not a good time to go visit Grandma in the nursing home." dmreg.co/16A3Jfe

Dec 19, 2014

RT @tonyleys: Iowa flu hospitalizations triple in two weeks, with elderly bearing brunt. Concerns about vaccine heighten worries. dmreg.co/16A3Jfe

Dec 19, 2014

Iowa flu hospitalizations triple in two weeks, with elderly bearing brunt. Concerns about vaccine heighten worries. dmreg.co/16A3Jfe

Iowa woman fakes birth to collect child support

desmoinesregister.com — BETTENDORF, Ia. - A woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Davenport after faking a birth to collect child support payments from a man who thought he was the nonexistent child's father. Johna Loreen Vandemore collected more than $100,000 over six years from the man who now lives in a Minneapolis suburb.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @tonyleys: Iowa woman admits faking birth to collect child support. She netted $100,000 over six years before "dad" caught on. dmreg.co/1AOlXmj

Dec 20, 2014

RT @tonyleys: Iowa woman admits faking birth to collect child support. She netted $100,000 over six years before "dad" caught on. dmreg.co/1AOlXmj

Dec 19, 2014

Iowa woman admits faking birth to collect child support. She netted $100,000 over six years before "dad" caught on. dmreg.co/1AOlXmj

Stray kitten, 'Ninja,' brings Christmas tears of joy

desmoinesregister.com — Christmas is still nearly a week away, but this is one time you should open a present early. Ryan and Rickie Jensen of Winterset gave their three boys an early gift and the result is so heart-melting only Scrooge himself could wait until Dec. 25 to share it. The story begins Dec.

Iowa's $2K charge for prison rape records stands

desmoinesregister.com — A complaint about Iowa's effort to charge a national research group more than $2,000 for access to mandatory sexual violence reports against prison inmates was dismissed Thursday despite biting criticism from records advocates who are concerned that such fees make public records unattainable.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @garonsen: Marshall Project says state of Iowa's $2,000 request for rape records the most excessive of 34 states, IPIB upholds $ desmoinesregister.com/story/news/201…

Dowling boys edge Urbandale in battle of unbeatens

desmoinesregister.com — Undefeated can be easy. It didn't always look that way when No. 7 Dowling Catholic challenged No. 9 Urbandale on Friday night, turning possessions into chess matches and demanding surgical execution, but the tightly contested divisional game ended with a simple revelation. The Maroons are tough.
Dec 20, 2014

Tonight's gamer. RT @DMRsports: Dowling boys edge Urbandale in battle of unbeatens: dmreg.co/13mjJQd #iahsbkb

Big 12 title in 2015? ISU football transfer says yes

desmoinesregister.com — Demond Tucker has yet to play a single down in an Iowa State uniform, but the junior-college football star has big plans for when he does. Two days after signing his letter of intent to play for the Cyclones next season, Tucker guaranteed a Big 12 Conference title for Iowa State in 2015.
Dec 19, 2014

Drug test this fool “@DMRCyclones: Big 12 title in 2015? ISU football transfer says yes dmreg.co/1wUaEIO

Dec 19, 2014

Big 12 title in 2015? Iowa State football transfer says so. My story at @DMRCyclones. dmreg.co/1CcZLDH #Cyclones

Munson: Iowa's oldest, oddest Christmas mystery? The Kingsley Spooks

desmoinesregister.com — Rumor has it that the winter of 1882 was so harsh in the northwest Iowa town of Quorn that the merchants sat together that Christmas Eve and devised a scheme of stealthy charity. "They were having a toddy and were talking about how tough it was for some of the people around the area," my source said, "and they decided they should do something about it."

Iowa girl looks for encore after hitting dozen 3-pointers

desmoinesregister.com — The Pocahontas Area girls' offense was already exceptional. Elle Ruffridge simply ensured the entire state would notice. The sophomore guard sank a state-record 12 3-pointers in last Friday's win over Alta-Aurelia, scoring 41 points for the second time this season for the top-ranked team in Class 3-A.
Dec 19, 2014

Catch up on this week's @DMRsports Fast Break, featuring Elle Ruffridge: dmreg.co/1wIpm6J And plenty more state #iahsbkb highlights.

US attorney general to review Brandon Ellingson drowning

desmoinesregister.com — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will personally review information about the death of Brandon Ellingson at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks while he was in police custody, Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Friday.

D.M. police chief candidates narrowed to 8

desmoinesregister.com — The list of Des Moines police chief candidates has been narrowed to eight, according to a report submitted by the Des Moines Civil Service Commission for Monday's city council meeting. The report listed each candidate that passed examinations and met all of the requirements of the commission.
Dec 19, 2014

Three internal candidates among list of 8 finalists for #dsm police chief: desmoinesregister.com/story/news/cri…

Facing No. 13 Cyclones, Drake men 'have nothing to lose'

desmoinesregister.com — Iowa State's 13th-ranked men's basketball team has defeated three teams that represent big-time conferences. It has 3-pointed, dunked and defensed its way through everyone - excluding the Maryland game. Now it faces one of those no-win situations. Other than the unknown of how Jameel McKay will play in his season debut, the only surprise that could come from Saturday's 4 p.m.

Finney 5: Other movies hackers want canceled

desmoinesregister.com — Sony Pictures shelved the comedy "The Interview" because North Korean hackers who leaked Sony's internal data also ominously mentioned 9/11-like retaliation if the studio released the movie about two American idiots assassinating Kim Jong-un.

Heart-melting moment when boys are reunited with their kitten

desmoinesregister.com — Rickie and Ryan Jensen if Winterset decided their family could keep the kitten they found under the family car. This is what happened next.

Finney: Squelched 'Interview' movie another day in 'kingdom of fear'

desmoinesregister.com — This whole situation with the movie "The Interview" being canceled because of North Korean terrorist threats? Yeah, I don't buy it. The whole affair doesn't fit North Korea's style. This is not a country that acts quietly.

Panthers, Hawkeyes share a bond

desmoinesregister.com — As it turns out, Iowa forward Aaron White is a good dude. Who knew? "Some of the players here... don't really like him that much," Northern Iowa point guard Deon Mitchell said. "But I think he's a really cool guy."
Dec 19, 2014

ICYMI: In today's @DMRsports, a look at the bonds formed between Saturday's rivals: #Hawkeyes vs. #UNIPanthers: dmreg.co/1z3ulvQ

Videos of year: Iowa's bacon obsession

desmoinesregister.com — Today the Register kicks off a series that looks at the videos in 2014 that had you laughing out loud, some that made you cry and the stories that you may remember years from now.

Fred Hoiberg on how he'll use Jameel McKay

Dec 18, 2014

VIDEO: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg on how he'll utilize Jameel McKay. dmreg.co/1GwPtRh #Cyclones

Jameel McKay prepares for ISU debut

Dec 18, 2014

VIDEO: Iowa State's Jameel McKay talks about making his long-awaited #Cyclones debut. dmreg.co/1DQNuJz