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INDIANOLA, Iowa — With the city manager’s job on the line, the city council held a special meeting Monday Night to decide his fate. It was expected that a decision would be made about the employment status of Ryan Waller, as the city council met to review the results of an external investigation over claims of possible wrongdoings and to hear recommendations from the city attorney.

The meeting started at six o’clock and then the council immediately went into a closed session. A group of local residents that showed up to support City Manager Ryan Waller was asked to leave the room at that time.

One of those supporters is a man by the name of Bob Kling – a city council candidate – who believes Waller is doing a good job. Kling, who’s running for ward 2 against incumbent Brad Ross, says this is why he’s running; to prevent these kinds of disputes from happening. Kling and the others that showed up for the special meeting said for years Indianola has been run by a good ol’ boys’ club, and a bunch of micro-managing incompetents, and that Waller came in and shook things up, and some on the council didn’t like that.

“Personally, I think we have, from my experience with the city manager, we have one of the best city managers in the metro, and to the true leaders in this community, he`s been a breath of fresh air,” said Kling. “So, I`m here to show my support for him. because I want to find out for sure: is this just a witch hunt and what`s actually going on?”

WHO reached out to the city manager, the mayor, the city council, and the city attorney for comment, but did not hear back from them.

URBANDALE, Iowa  —  The winter can bring a rise in house fire calls, and this week one local department will get some extra training before the season.

The Urbandale Fire Department will conduct a training burn on Wednesday. The house at 15808 Meredith Drive will be part of a controlled burn. As a safety precaution, Meredith from 156th to 160th will be closed to traffic from 7 p.m. until around 11 that night. Once training is completed, the road will be reopened.

Fire officials say neighbors can expect to notice smoke in that area during the training.

In this week’s Murphy’s Law, Keith Murphy praises this year’s Iowa State football team, while encouraging Cyclone fans to enjoy the ride.

The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away, and that’s what’s Bugging Andy.

AMES – There’s no doubt anymore, Iowa State is good, really good.  The 25th ranked Cyclones upset #4 TCU Saturday afternoon 14-7 at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cyclones jumped out to a 14-0 halftime lead, and the defense was able to put out fires all over the field to secure the victory.  Brian Peavy, and Marcel Spears each had huge interceptions, while JD Waggoner recorded a fumble recovery.

Kyle Kempt threw for 203 yards and 2 TD’s, while David Montgomery rushed for 74 yards.

The win moves Iowa State to 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12 in a tie for first in the conference.

ISU hits the road next week to take on #22 West Virginia, although the Mountaineers won’t be ranked 22nd much longer, as they lost to Oklahoma State on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES – One lucky Dodgers fan managed to pay just $9 a ticket for a game in the World Series — for which tickets which usually start around $900 — thanks to a StubHub glitch.

Jordan Benedict walked into Game 2 of the World Series, one of the priciest sporting events of the year, for the same amount people pay for a drink. In fact, Benedict paid more for parking than the game.

“I’m the luckiest person for that to happen, and for StubHub to make it a possibility for me,” Benedict told KTLA.

But it almost didn’t happen.

Doubting that his purchase would be honored, Benedict said he called StubHub to confirm and was told an error had occurred, and that his money would be refunded – but no tickets would be issued.

Apparently, StubHub customer service decided later to take a different approach, however, because when he called back he received a far better offer. He says the conversation went like this:

“We’re going to honor the value you paid for these tickets and give you two other tickets in a similar place in the stadium, in the right-field pavilion and you’re going to be able to go to the game, is that OK? I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s phenomenal, that’s amazing, thank you so much!'”

Things did not go as well for San Gabriel resident Jack Feria, however. He also initially bought tickets for $9 a piece, but then he said StubHub sent him this message, “We’ve canceled the following order, you won’t receive the tickets. We’re sorry it didn’t work out.”

Feria said he was stunned and that he felt like it wasn’t his fault that their system had malfunctioned.

In the end, StubHub gave him a $50 voucher and he shelled out $900 a ticket to go to the game. As disappointing as it was, Feria said he had been saving for a while and wasn’t going to miss the game.

“Dodgers is in our blood,” Feria said.

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  According to Forbes,Greater Des Moines is the fifth best place for business and careers.

The annual ranking compares the business climates of the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. by population. Those metro areas are rated on 14 metrics related to job growth, cost of doing business and living, income growth, quality of life, and education of the labor force.

According to the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines’ strength in placing in the top five stems from a cost of doing business that is 15% below the national average, and Des Moines is leading the Midwest in gross domestic product, population growth, and employment growth.

Des Moines has also received other recent accolades, including #9 Best City for Quality of Life by NerdWallet, #1 Minor League Sports Market by SportsBusiness Journal, and #1 Best Place for Millennials to Live in the Midwest by Growella.

“Our businesses use this to recruit,” said Eugene Meyer, Greater Des Moines Partnership President. “We use it to promote Greater Des Moines. These rankings are due to the hard work of our businesses, our private non-profit groups, our local government, everybody working together. This is a very friendly place to do business. I think you would go talk to the Facebooks, Microsofts, Apples of the world, you know, that’s why they’re here. That’s why several other businesses have expanded here.”

DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Court records show a fatal stabbing this week first started as a dispute over money.

Michael Bell Jr. is charged with first degree murder following a stabbing on Wednesday. He is currently being held in the Polk County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Bell admitted he took several weapons to the scene of the crime in the 1100 block of Euclid Avenue. The report states he was confronting Jerry Martin about a dispute over $50.

Two eyewitnesses claim Bell stabbed Martin multiple times with a weapon. Martin later died in the hospital.

Bell is being held on a $1 million bond.

ANKENY, Iowa — Three of the state’s most dangerous intersections are in Ankeny, and the Iowa Department of Transportation says those intersections are in need of safety improvements.

The rankings are based on five years of data: from 2012 through 2016. Out of a list of 200 potential safety improvement locations that were identified based on the data, three of the top ten are in Ankeny.

Ankeny has seen its population more than double in the last 15 years, to just over 60,000. And as growth happens and population and traffic volume increases, traffic patterns change. According to Ankeny’s Public Works Director, Mark Mueller, that might explain why the design at the intersection at Ankeny Boulevard and First Street may have made sense 10 or 15 years ago, whereas it doesn’t anymore.

“The primary issue is we have two westbound left-turn lanes and only one eastbound left-turn lane, and so we`ve got a little bit of a site distance issue and an offset in those turn lanes, which, looking at the crash data, shows that the primary crashes there are from that offset nature of the left-turn lanes,” said Mueller.

Mueller says the city is working on a solution.

“The good news with that intersection is next year, we are going to be improving that to make just one westbound left-turn lane,” said Mueller.

But that’s not the only problematic intersection in town.

Ankeny Boulevard and Southeast Magazine Road, and Ankeny Boulevard and Third Street are also on the Iowa DOT’s top 10 list of intersections in need of safety improvements.

“We actually rank them based on three factors,” said Steve Gent, Office of Traffic and Safety Director at Iowa DOT. “The first one is the sheer number of crashes, and then we also do crash rate, which is the number of crashes divided by volume, and then the third is the severity of the crashes.”

And based on that criteria, the intersections in Ankeny need a lot of work.

“This list is not about pointing fingers at anybody,” said Gent. “It`s really about getting the information out there to the cities, to the counties, and just to everybody, because the more people who care about these crashes and care about these locations, then things get done and safety improvements get made.”

WAUKEE, Iowa – The high school football playoffs start on Friday and one Waukee player will be playing his final game, win or lose.
Because Waukee runs on a quarter educational system, Senior kicker Ben Lang is graduating early and Fridays game vs Centennial will be his last to play in.
Ben’s story goes well beyond football and school. Ben was actually born in Russia, lived there till the age of 12. When he was 9, the Russian government took him away from his mother because he was being neglected. Ben then spent 3 years in an orphanage before his day of adoption finally came.

In April of 2011 Ben made his way to the US to be part of the Lang family.
Obvious struggles with language, social skills, and rules followed but Ben stayed busy participating in wrestling, and soccer along with football. Earlier this month he also became an Eagle Scout.
After high school Ben will enlist in the marines, saying he wants to protect the country that he loves and gave him so much.

Coincidentally, Ben isn’t the only Waukee football player adopted from Russia. Senior Sam Markey was adopted when he was 6, and it was the Markey’s who hosted Ben on a visit through Camp Hope and introduced him to the Lang’s. Ben and Sam are very good friends, Sam will also enlist in the marines.

Waukee plays at Centennial Friday night at 7pm.