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Dems speak out on Supreme Court’s ruling favoring Obamacare

Dems speak out on Supreme Court’s ruling favoring Obamacare

MASON CITY – Local Democratic leaders and other advocates held a press conference today at the Cerro Gordo County Courthouse praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that largely upheld President…

Mother, daughter sue Mason City School District over bullying

Mother, daughter sue Mason City School District over bullying

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A mother and daughter are suing the Mason City School District after a troubling year at the high school. Heather Conti and her…

Holder touts record in speech to Latino group

The Orlando Sentinel – BAY LAKE, Fla. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Central Florida on Thursday preaching civil rights, voting rights and justice but saying nothing about…

Sandusky continues to collect pension while in prison

By Anne Danahy, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky may be in prison, but that hasn’t brought an end to his pension payments. The convicted child molester retired…

Soldier killed, 2 wounded in Fort Bragg shooting

McClatchy Newspapers, (MCT) – FORT BRAGG, N.C. — One soldier was fatally wounded and two others injured in a shooting at Fort Bragg on Thursday afternoon. During a unit safety…

N. Carolina State Bar investigates supporter of woman at center of Duke lacrosse case

By Virginia Bridges, McClatchy Newspapers – DURHAM, N.C. — The North Carolina State Bar is investigating whether an advocate for Crystal Mangum’s release engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.…

Police arrest escaped convict who was on the run for 31 years

By Casey Grove, McClatchy Newspapers – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Ending a fugitive’s 31-year run, Seldovia police arrested a man on the lam from Wyoming since 1981 while he ate dinner…

Zimmerman will be back in court Friday to seek bail

By Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — The judge who threw George Zimmerman back in jail four weeks ago, stopping just short of calling…

Passengers, flight crew in China foil hijack attempt, police say

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Passengers and flight crew helped foil a hijacking attempt Friday in the restive Chinese province of Xinjiang, the official New China…

Audit: Halt University of Iowa flood recovery projects

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — A federal office has recommended reversing replacement decisions on three University of Iowa flood recovery projects, but UI officials today stressed that…

Jobless claims edge lower; latest GDP reading unchanged

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — New jobless claims edged down last week, but the good news was tempered by another upward revision of data for the…

Consumer Confidential: Citibank has you checked off for security service

By David Lazarus, Los Angeles Times – Julian Bermudez noticed something new on his latest Citibank credit card bill. Down at the bottom, right beside where he’s supposed to fill…

Delaware first to approve full-service casino gambling online

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times – If you love casino gambling and live in Delaware, it won’t be long before you’ll no longer have to make your way to…

Local man escapes attempted rape charge

Local man escapes attempted rape charge

MASON CITY – Following negotiated guilty plea agreements to lesser charges, an assault with intent to commit sexual abuse charge has been dismissed at a plea change hearing for 21-year-old…

Wetland Enhancement Project Complete at Zirbel Slough

Wetland Enhancement Project Complete at Zirbel Slough

By Mike Webb, Natural Resource Manager – Wildlife – Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board (CGCCB) in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recently…

Foreign spying against US companies on the rise, FBI says

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Driven in part by the global financial crisis, foreign intelligence services, corporations and computer hackers have stepped up efforts to steal…

Pratt & Whitney guilty of breaking arms embargo with China

By Edmund H. Mahony, Mara Lee and Christine Dempsey, The Hartford Courant – BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — United Technologies Corp. agreed to pay $75 million in fines and subsidiary Pratt &…

Ruling jolts health stocks

By Walter Hamilton and Andrew Tangel, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Health care stocks swung wildly as investors scrambled to figure out how the Supreme Court’s ruling on…

Nadal stunned in second-round shocker at Wimbledon

By Bill Scott – LONDON — Czech Republic player Lukas Rosol dealt world No. 2 player Rafael Nadal his worst loss in seven years at a major as the No.…

Dwyane Wade out of Olympics, knee surgery needed

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel – MIAMI — When it comes to the London Olympics, the Miami Heat’s presence will be limited to a Big Two, if that. Agent Henry…

Cubs learning from Fenway makeover

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – While Anthony Rizzo’s debut signals the start of the rebuilding project, the Cubs’ renovation plans for Wrigley Field remain on hold while the Ricketts…

Phelps happy to win by a comfortable margin for a change

By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun – OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps added a third second event to his London lineup lineup Thursday night, powering ahead in the final leg…

Royce White lands with Rockets

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – His college coach’s NBA connections paid off for Minnesota’s own Royce White in Thursday night’s draft, but it was Fred Hoiberg’s friendship with…

NBA draft first-round analysis

By Blair Kerkhoff, McClatchy Newspapers – First-round analysis 1 New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis, 6-10, Kentucky, Fr. Davis’ shot-blocking is most impressive. But he needs to get stronger. 2 Charlotte…

Timberwolves performed pre-draft maneuverings

Timberwolves performed pre-draft maneuverings

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – A year ago, the Timberwolves got busy on draft night, parlaying the 20th overall pick into five cascading trades that ultimately brought them…

Man cited after vehicle rollover Wednesday evening

Man cited after vehicle rollover Wednesday evening

WORTH COUNTY  -Emergency responders were dispatched to a vehicle rollover Wednesday evening at 410th Street and Lilac Avenue at about 7:31 PM. The male driver said he was okay, but…

High cropland prices in Midwest sow fortune and worry

High cropland prices in Midwest sow fortune and worry

By Jennifer Bjorhus and Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Mick Schmiesing strides into the local rec center in a plaid shirt, Massey Ferguson tractor cap and old…

European summit makes little progress on ways to deal with EU debt

By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Newspapers – BRUSSELS — Leaders of the deeply divided European Union met into the early hours of Friday in search of a common response to the…

Student loan plan a ‘good deal’ for students, taxpayers

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A plan for a one-year extension of the break college students get on Stafford Direct Loan interest payments is a win…

Court ruling could widen health coverage disparities among states

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in his drive for a national health care overhaul, strove to provide a new guarantee that all…

Chicago Fed president pessimistic about economy

Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune – The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago gave a pessimistic outlook Wednesday for the U.S. economy, forecasting slower growth that does not bode…

Gov. Branstad names members of the Iowa Public Information Board

Gov. Branstad names members of the Iowa Public Information Board

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad on Thursday named the 9 members of Iowa’s new Public Information Board, which was established this year in Senate File 430 to ensure Iowans have…

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff today (Friday) to honor fallen Vietnam War airman

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad is ordering all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012, until 8 a.m. on…

Governor Branstad, Members of Congress, and State leaders release statements on University of Iowa Hancher Voxman Clapp and Art Building East Facilities

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, Members of Congress, Board of Regents President Craig Lang, and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Administrator Mark Schouten today released the below statements…

BRIEF: Man found guilty of attempting to hire hit on Mount Vernon police chief

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who attempted to hire a person to kill the Mount Vernon Police chief was found guilty by a jury Thursday…

News Corp.’s Murdoch details plans to split company

By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch outlined plans to split the media conglomerate’s publishing and entertainment operations into two publicly…

Highland Park Golf Course Joins Facebook

MASON CITY – Staff with the Highland Park Golf Course is excited to announce the addition of their Facebook page. Citizens are invited to visit and ‘like’ their Facebook page…

Packers offensive lineman Dietrich-Smith expected to be valuable backup

Packers offensive lineman Dietrich-Smith expected to be valuable backup

By Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — Versatility, reliability, work ethic, commitment, resilience — these are the things for which up-and-coming lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith would like…

Iowa seeks relief from No Child Left Behind

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass has asked the U.S. Department of Education for a one-year freeze of a…

How about the Anheuser-Busch Iowa Football Performance Center?

Mike Hlas, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – As TheGazette.com’s Marc Morehouse reported Wednesday in this post, there are a lot of “donor opportunities” for the University of Iowa’s new…

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