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U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

WASHINGTON – As teens and others flock to tanning beds and ignore warnings about avoiding exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet rays, the rate of skin cancer in America…

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

CLEAR LAKE – A man convicted of breaking into cars was chased through the streets of Clear Lake Monday night before being caught and arrested.…

NIACC athletic department announces 2014 hall of fame class

NIACC athletic department announces 2014 hall of fame class

MASON CITY – The NIACC athletic department is pleased to announce the hall of fame class of 2014. The class includes football coach Dick Ramsey, men’s basketball player…

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

MASON CITY – An expensive pavement marking program has empowered bike-riders to take to the streets, and the Mason City Blue Zone program is warning all citizens to…

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

MASON CITY – A man who undertook a violent burglary last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.…

Study: Ultraviolet cleaning reduces hospital superbugs by 20 percent

Study: Ultraviolet cleaning reduces hospital superbugs by 20 percent

WASHINGTON – Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD)…

Over a quarter of all Iowans with a credit file have debt in collections

Over a quarter of all Iowans with a credit file have debt in collections

NIT – Tens of millions of Americans have fallen behind on their debts and are being chased by bill collectors to make good on their obligations, and Iowans…

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

MASON CITY – He stabbed a man in the face, and got a cot at Mason City’s busiest bed ‘n breakfast, the Beje Clark Inn. Now, he’s been…

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

MASON CITY – A Mason City man and woman were arrested after they scuffled in a bar as the RAGBRAI party was wrapping up last week. Minda Rochelle…

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MASON CITY – A Mason City man pled guilty Monday to a charge of eluding police and recently pled guilty to essentially causing trouble at the RAGBRAI fest…

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

SPENCER, IA – A Spencer man with a felonious history of drug possession dared to free himself from a squad car after he was arrested. According to the…

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City caught a youth who they believe fired a handgun in the popular downtown area.…

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

MASON CITY – A convicted meth dealer once sent to the revolving door Beje Clark halfway house for dealing meth is headed back there.…

Atheists lose court battle in attempt to remove World Trade Center cross

Atheists lose court battle in attempt to remove World Trade Center cross

NEW YORK – A famous Christian cross erected at the site of the 2001 terrorist attack in New York and then placed in a museum will not be…

Study: Sloppy anesthesiologists spreading germs in surgery

Study: Sloppy anesthesiologists spreading germs in surgery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal…


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News Briefs

  • The last surfing member of the Enola Gay - the airplane that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima - has died. Theodore Van Kirk died July 28th at the age of 93.
  • U.S. has determined that Russia is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty after it tested missiles that were banned under the treaty.
  • National Geographic went to - of all places - Osage, Iowa - to study "the new face of hunger" in America. "Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from," National Geographic explained. "We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: One-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat. One in eight Iowans often goes hungry, with children the most vulnerable to food insecurity."
  • Popular ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith was suspended from the network for a week Tuesday by the network. Smith made comments last Friday on national TV that left the impression that some woman may be responsible for causing domestic violence against them. A severe backlash has ensued, and the network decided on the one week suspension after Smith apologized Monday. "I accept ESPN's Decision. See you all next Wednesday. God Bless!" Smith tweeted Tuesday night.
  • Median Household Income Is Down $2,000 during the “Recovery.” As of May 2014, U.S. median household income is down by $2,061 from June 2009, when the Obama “recovery” began. Source: CBS MoneyWatch.
  • Mason City's RAGBRAI website - ragbraimasoncity.com - has been restructured and is now a post-event info resource. It has a news archive, photo gallery, and a page encouraging RAGBRAI visitors to come back to Mason City on vacation.
  • Americans' outlook for the economy plummeted to an eight-month low, according to a new poll from Gallup.
  • Republicans bragged Tuesday that GOP Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen from Hiawatha, took second place in the "Night of Destruction" bus race during the Jackson County Fair Sunday. "Kraig Paulsen is not only bold at the State Capitol," said Republican Party of Iowa chairman Jeff Kaufmann. "He's also bold, bad and bumpin' on the race track."
  • Americans are much more likely now than they were 30 years ago to say drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family. Those who acknowledge having alcohol-related family problems are less likely to say they drink.
  • The city of Marion has named a female Fire Chief. There are now two in the state of Iowa.
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Crime

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

CLEAR LAKE – A man convicted of breaking into cars was chased through the streets of Clear Lake Monday night before being caught and arrested.…

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

MASON CITY – A man who undertook a violent burglary last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.…

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

Stabber with reservation at Beje convicted of felony meth dealing

MASON CITY – He stabbed a man in the face, and got a cot at Mason City’s busiest bed ‘n breakfast, the Beje Clark Inn. Now, he’s been…

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

Two arrested for fight at MC bar

MASON CITY – A Mason City man and woman were arrested after they scuffled in a bar as the RAGBRAI party was wrapping up last week. Minda Rochelle…

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MC man guilty of causing trouble at RAGBRAI fest, eluding

MASON CITY – A Mason City man pled guilty Monday to a charge of eluding police and recently pled guilty to essentially causing trouble at the RAGBRAI fest…

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

Spencer felon put in squad car escapes before cops subdue him

SPENCER, IA – A Spencer man with a felonious history of drug possession dared to free himself from a squad car after he was arrested. According to the…

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

Iowa City cops catch Eldora Boys’ Home escapee after he fired handgun in downtown area

IOWA CITY – Police in Iowa City caught a youth who they believe fired a handgun in the popular downtown area.…

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

Mason City meth dealer sent back to Beje Clark for probation violation

MASON CITY – A convicted meth dealer once sent to the revolving door Beje Clark halfway house for dealing meth is headed back there.…

UPS driver charged with stealing guns, helping sell them on streets

UPS driver charged with stealing guns, helping sell them on streets

RIVERSIDE, California – A United Parcel Service driver was arrested this afternoon on federal gun trafficking charges for allegedly stealing dozens of guns going through the shipping company’s…

Iowa man and woman charged with bank robbery

Iowa man and woman charged with bank robbery

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two Iowa residents are facing charges in connection with a bank robbery and possession of a firearm.…

World

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

U.S. Surgeon General issues “call to action” to prevent skin cancer

WASHINGTON – As teens and others flock to tanning beds and ignore warnings about avoiding exposure to sunlight and ultra-violet rays,…

End to “horrific terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic forces must stop, UN official says

End to “horrific terrorist acts” in Iraq by Islamic forces must stop, UN official says

UN – The top United Nations official in Iraq called today on the Security Council to demand that the Islamist forces…

UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

UN – The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq’s…

UN-run school in Gaza attacked, at least 15 dead

UN-run school in Gaza attacked, at least 15 dead

UN – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is “appalled” by the news of an attack on a United Nations-run school…

Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz: Congress cannot solve immigration without addressing the cause of it

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the immigration bill unveiled by the House today: “The evidence shows that the…

Senators condemn Hamas for use of human shields

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, filed a resolution with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist…

Business

Business leaving downtown Mason City to “upscale” in Clear Lake

MASON CITY – A business that had been located on the downtown plaza in Mason City is leaving for Clear Lake.…

Women’s homeless shelter relocating

MASON CITY – A women’s homeless shelter in Mason City is relocating.…

Crime

Cops chase Mason City man in Clear Lake before arresting him

CLEAR LAKE – A man convicted of breaking into cars was chased through the streets of Clear Lake Monday night before being caught and arrested.…

Mason City burglar sent to prison for 15 years

MASON CITY – A man who undertook a violent burglary last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday.…

Watercooler

Blue Zones warns MC residents to “look out for sharrows”

MASON CITY – An expensive pavement marking program has empowered bike-riders to take to the streets, and the Mason City Blue Zone program is warning all citizens…

Study: Ultraviolet cleaning reduces hospital superbugs by 20 percent

WASHINGTON – Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection…