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Brandstad Signs Proclamation Boosting Transportation for Farmers' Crops 

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation Wednesday allowing farmers to transport overweight loads of soybeans, corn, hay, and other harvests.

“I am pleased today to sign this proclamation to allow Iowa farmers to move their crop yields in an effective and efficient manner,” Branstad said in a statement. “Iowa’s farmers are a critical component of Iowa’s economy and this proclamation will ensure they’re able to transport their crop ahead of deteriorating weather conditions.”

The ruling, which takes effect Wednesday and expires after 60 days, allows vehicles not exceeding 90,000 pounds to transport crops including straw, silage, and stover. The proclamation is intended for loads moving through all highways within the state.

“Governor Branstad and I continue to look for ways in which government can assist Iowans and today’s harvest weight proclamation is another way we’re able to ensure producers can get their yield out of the fields and to market,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.

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Police Investigating Four-Vehicle Crash on I-35 in West Des Moines

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Police are investigating a four-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in West Des Moines.

The West Des Moines Police Department reports that the accident took place on Interstate 35 south off the Highway 5 bridge.

A semi-tractor trailer reportedly lost control and hit the barriers between the north and south lanes, blocking traffic. A fuel tank on the semi-tractor trailer ruptured, spilling fuel on the road.

The semi then hit another semi, and two passenger cars also became involved in the collision.

Three people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the crash remains under investigation and charges are likely.

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West Des Moines Hiring Four Part-Time Substitute Crossing Guards

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- West Des Moines is hiring four part-time substitute crossing guards.

The position would require filling in on morning or afternoon shifts as they are available.

You can apply online at www.wdm.iowa.gov.

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Police: Body Found in Iowa City Car Identified As Missing Iowa State Student 

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- Police identified the body discovered in a parked car in Iowa City as missing Iowa State student Tong Shao.

Officials found the vehicle linked to Shao on Friday evening and recovered her body from the trunk. The student had been reported missing on Sept. 17 and was last seen on Sept. 8 while visiting the area.

Shao, 20, told friends she was on her way to Minnesota, and reportedly lost her phone prior to the disappearance, according to police.

The Iowa City Police Department is treating the international student's death as suspicious.

Xiangnan Li, 23, is being sought as a person of interest in the incident as a "known associate" of the victim.

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Couple's Big Tip for Bad Service in Cedar Rapids Goes Viral

(CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa) -- The woman -- whose Facebook post about leaving a generous tip for awful service went viral -- says she hopes her example will encourage others to have more compassion and smile more.

Makenzie Schultz, 27, was out to dinner in Cedar Rapids Saturday night with her husband, Steven, to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary when they found themselves waiting 20 minutes just for their drinks alone in an understaffed restaurant with “pretty terrible” service.

“I finally said to my husband, ‘Well, we have nowhere to be and everything is usually so rushed in our lives that this is kind of nice,” Schultz recalled.

“We tried to be as nice to him as possible and he was so nice to us,” Schultz said of the single waiter who was handling nearly the entire restaurant.

At the end of the evening, the couple left a $100 tip on their $66 tab. Schultz posted a photo of the receipt on her Facebook page, along with an explanation of why they left the tip.

“I just thought people give generous tips all the time and you see it on Facebook, but I wanted to post it because we had poor service and usually people will post about it, complaining. And I thought, let’s do the opposite,” Schultz said.

By the time Schultz checked her Facebook page the next day, her post had thousands of likes and she had received hundreds of of messages from people around the world.

“One message said, ‘A little love goes a long way,’” Schultz said. “Obviously this post went a long way.”

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