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MOBILE MUSEUM: History Being Brought To Iowans

The University of Iowa’s mobile museum is bringing Iowa’s history to you.

The 38-foot-long, customer-built bus features exhibits from Iowa’s ice age giants to the writing of Iowa’s constitution. It starts traveling across the state this weekend.

The mobile museum a joint venture between the Office of the State Archaeologist, the Old Capitol Museum and the University of Iowa’s Museum of Natural History.

“The entire content can change every year, and so it’s designed to allow us to bring new insights and discoveries from the university and Iowa history and rotate those, so as we travel around the state every year, we’ll be able to refresh them and give people a new experience,” Dan Reed explains.

On Friday and Saturday it will appear in Fort Dodge at Iowa Central Community College 3-6:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 1:30 pm respectively.

NORAD EXERCISES: Fighter Jets Train Over Central Iowa

Residents between Fort Dodge and Waterloo may have noticed some low flying jets Wednesday afternoon.

The flights, which involved fighter jets in close proximity to a military-controlled civilian plane, are part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command training exercises.

NORAD conduct exercises so they are able to respond to airspace restriction violations, hijackings and unknown aircrafts.

The tests check response times and all equipment and systems.

LOOKING OUT: Identifying Drug Endangered Children

A parent’s bad habits can ruin the lives of their children.

“It can be the use of drugs in a household, the manufacturing of drugs, or the cultivation of drugs,” said Dale Woolery, the associate director for the Governor’s Office for Drug Control Policy.

Last year, drug task forces reported 450 cases of drug endangered children to the Iowa Department of Human Services.

“We know there is a lot of children who haven’t been counted who might be in harm’s way,” said Woolery.

Children living in these homes are often victims of physical abuse, psychological abuse, and are often too afraid to come forward.

It’s up to the other adults in a child’s life to do it for them.

At the 7th annual Drug Endangered Children Conference, professionals from teachers to social workers learned what to look for.

BIG BREAK: Pool Tournament Growing In Des Moines

With state wrestling and basketball in the books, downtown Des Moines rolls out the welcome mat for a different sort of competition.

It’s the biggest tournament of its kind in the country and it brings a whole new set of characters into town.

Des Moines snatched the Iowa State Poolplayers Association Tournament away from Davenport last year and it`s grown exponentially.

“Both years have increased and I mean it`s just a better area and it`s more centralized for everybody in the state to drive to,” Fort Dodge player Jessica Frieders said.

Players like how Des Moines can put all the action under one roof, and Des Moines will like this – the ISPA Tournament should bring in about $1.7 million over four days and it`s booked through 2017.

The ISPA tournament runs through Sunday. Over $120,000 in prize money will be handed out.

FIVE YEARS: Legalized Gay Marriage Milestone

Five years ago today, Iowa became the first state in the Midwest and third state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

On April 3, 2009 the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled the ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The advocacy group, One Iowa says more people are embracing the change.

“I think people are moving forward in their thoughts about same gender marriage and how they think about LGTB people,” say One Iowa, executive director, Donna Red Wing.

However critics – like The Family Leader – continue to fight for traditional marriage.

“God created marriage, man didn`t. so we are arrogant to try and change what God created,” says vice president, Chuck Hurley.

Same sex couple, John Sellers and Tom Helten, says they hope one day the topic of gay marriage is not a focal point of criticism.

‘DISTURBING’ CASE: Home Of Boys Rescued From Ice Burgled

A Fort Dodge family that went to New York to share their story of survival on the Today Show returned to find their home had been burglarized.

Two Fort Dodge brothers, Corbin and Dylan Crawford, their mom and a local fire fighter were on the Today Show Monday. They shared their story of a rescue last week on the Des Moines River.

The boys went out on the ice to retrieve a shoe when the ice broke away and they began floating down the river. Firefighters rescued the boys. No one was hurt.

When the family got back home they found their home destroyed. Police believe the suspects struck sometime on Wednesday.

“Anytime a house gets broken into you expect TVs, video games and things like that, but the personal items that means so much to those boys,” Alan Angstrom, the firefighter that helped save the boys, said.

In a press release the Fort Dodge Police Department called the act “disturbingly disappointing if not disgusting.”

BANK ROBBERY: Stolen Money Found In Tree

More than $12,000 taken in a bank robbery in Missouri last week has been recovered and three Iowans are charged in the crime.

The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office says the money was stolen in an armed robbery of the Citizens Bank and Trust in Burlington Junction, Missouri on March 21st. Two men with guns entered the bank and left with money. A third was driving the getaway car.

All three men were located and arrested within just a few hours of the robbery. Two men from Mt. Pleasant and another from Fort Dodge are being held in the Nodaway County Jail in Missouri on bonds of $100,000 each. Twenty-six-year-old Torrence O’Neill, 26-year-old Donald Kestner Jr, and 27-year-old Travis Davis are charged with armed robbery and armed activities.

Officials say a tip led them to the money in a very rural area of northwest Missouri and southern Iowa. It was concealed in a tree. All of the money taken in the robbery was recovered.