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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Des Moines.

Friday
Nov212014

DNR Des Moines Office Has New Phone Numbers 

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- From Monday anyone contacting the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Des Moines central office by telephone, will have to dial a new number.

The department says the current 242/281 prefix numbers are being replaced with 725 numbers. The new main number for the office will therefore be 515-725-8200, and the main fax number will be 515-725-8201.

Officials said the DNR's 24-hour spill hotline will remain 515-281-8694 through June 30, 2015, and will change to 515-725-8694 on July 1, 2015.


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Friday
Nov212014

Member of Iowa Board of Regents Announces Resignation

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Nicole Carroll, one of the nine members of the Iowa Board of Regents, announced her resignation on Thursday, citing a move out of state.

According to the Board of Regents, Carroll opted to make the announcement now in order to do so before the board's next meeting.

Carroll was one of the nine citizen volunteers appointed by the governor who serve to govern the five public educational institutions in the state. They are in charge of policy, coordination and oversight.

"We appreciate Regent Carroll's leadership and service on the Board of Regents," Board President Bruce Rastetter said.


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Friday
Nov212014

Branstad Issues Emergency Declaration as Diesel Supply Drops

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- An emergency declaration has been issued by the governor to allow the transportation of more diesel products in Iowa.

According to the governor's office, the emergency proclamation suspends the "regulatory provisions pertaining to hours of service for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting diesel products."

Officials said this is being done due to a decrease in the supply of diesel products caused by pipeline and refining outages, as well as an early drop in temperatures.


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Thursday
Nov202014

Iowa Fire Marshal Warns of Winter House Fire Risk

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- The Iowa state Fire Marshal warned residents on Thursday that home fires are more common during the winter months and is urging Iowans to be "fire smart."

According to a graphic posted to the Iowa Department of Public Safety's website, half of all home heating fires occur between December and February. Heating equipment, the graphic shows, is involved in one of every six home fires.

Residents are advised to keep all flammable objects at least three feet from any heat source -- including fireplaces, stoves, radiators or space heaters. Additionally, all portable generators should be placed as far as possible from the home and away from windows.

More tips can be found at the Iowa DPS website.


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Thursday
Nov202014

Authorities ID Pleasant Hill Shooting Victims

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Authorities have released the names of two people who were shot in Pleasant Hill on Monday.

The victims have been identified as Zachary Whitehill and Mark Mitchell, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Officials said both men were injured during several shooting incidents in the Pleasant Hill area. The shootings remain under investigation.


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