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Past articles by Renae:

'Is it Cake?' | Iowan creating tasty treats inspired by everyday objects on Netflix show

Des Moines baker and self-described "weirdo" Andrew Fuller is crafting stunning designs for season one of the new show hosted by SNL comedian Mikey Day. → Read More

Iowa Senate passes bill banning transgender girls from girls' sports; now awaits Gov. Reynolds' signature

The legislation would apply to women and girls at public schools, accredited non-public schools and colleges in the state. → Read More

Gov. Reynolds signs into law first bill of 2022

The law increases state K-12 education funding by 2.5%. → Read More

Gravity, Iowa? Town of 154 name-dropped in Super Bowl ad

Mayor Charles Ambrose hopes that exposure can help the Taylor County town as it struggles financially. → Read More

Gov. Reynolds announces $38 million from American Rescue Plan will go to water infrastructure projects across Iowa

Up to $11 million will go to the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville, "a lightning bolt" for the venue. The remainder will go to Des Moines and Sioux Center projects. → Read More

Staff, students, parents ask Iowa Board of Regents for more COVID mitigation measures in open letter

This comes after the board said it would not be changing its COVID guidance for the upcoming semester. → Read More

Iowa launches coalition to end human trafficking

Membership in Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking is open to any business or nonprofit in the state. → Read More

Which cities, states have mask or vaccine mandates?

Those looking to travel to these cities or states should be aware of their face mask and vaccination requirements. → Read More

Gov. Reynolds asks Supreme Court to block vaccine mandate for large businesses

Reynolds said she is "very disappointed in the 6th circuit panel decision." → Read More

Carlisle basketball player arrested after punching Nevada player on opening night

The 17-year-old was charged with a Class C felony and was taken into custody, but has since been released on bond. → Read More

What we know | Timeline of Rachel Reuter death investigation, suspect charged with murder

Court documents detail the investigation timeline of when, where and how a Mount Ayr, Iowa man killed a 30-year-old woman from Cassville, Wisconsin. → Read More

2nd inmate pleads guilty to murdering Anamosa prison staffers, sentenced to life in prison

Michael Dutcher was sentenced Wednesday to consecutive life terms for murdering Lorena Schulte and Robert McFarland. This follows the guilty plea of Thomas Woodard. → Read More

'Not an equal education': Parents of kids with disabilities sue over Iowa ban on mask mandates

A group of 11 parents filed a federal lawsuit arguing the law discriminates against students with disabilities. → Read More

Field of Dreams game memorabilia auctioned off for a good cause

Memorabilia from the 2021 MLB Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees were auctioned off to benefit MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center. → Read More

Iowa athletes in the Paralympic games

Jessica Heims, Matt Stutzman, Josh Turek, Erin Kerkhoff and Justin Phongsavanh all have Iowa ties. → Read More

Thomas Woodard sentenced to life in prison for Anamosa staff killings

Thomas Allan Woodard Jr. was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing Robert McFarland and Lorena Schulte at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. → Read More

Despite state law, Iowa City issues mask mandate

Iowa City enacted a mask mandate Thursday despite a state law banning local governments from requiring face coverings. → Read More

Iowa State Fair names best new food for 2021

Cluckin' Coop's chicken egg salad with Indian fry bread took home the blue ribbon for best new food at the 2021 Iowa State Fair. → Read More

WATCH LIVE: 2021 Iowa State Fair Opening Ceremonies

After the pandemic hiatus, the Iowa State Fair will officially be back at 9 a.m. Thursday. → Read More

Answering your questions about the 2021 Iowa State Fair

From enhanced security measures to ticket prices, Local 5 has all the information you should know before walking through the gates. → Read More