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Hoiberg hires new assistant coach at ISU

Hoiberg hires new assistant coach at ISU

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced today the return of T.J. Otzelberger to his staff as assistant coach. Otzelberger spent seven seasons as…

Aredale woman sentenced to federal prison for perjury

Aredale woman sentenced to federal prison for perjury

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa woman who committed perjury while testifying in federal proceedings was sentenced on March 31, 2015 to six months in federal prison. Ashley Tufte,…

Steve King glad U.S. can give military equipment to Egypt now

Steve King glad U.S. can give military equipment to Egypt now

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama informed Egyptian President al-Sisi this week that he will lift executive holds that have been in place since October 2013 on the delivery…

Senator Robert Menendez indicted for conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud 

Senator Robert Menendez indicted for conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert Menendez, a U.S. Senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts…

Mason City man charged with felony willful injury

Mason City man charged with felony willful injury

MASON CITY – Police responded to a rental house on North Monroe Avenue Monday evening after a report of an assault. Mason City police were called to 21…

Iowa Falls bank teller admits to embezzling $144K

Iowa Falls bank teller admits to embezzling $144K

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman and former bank employee who stole more than $140,000 from her former employer pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Teresa…

Iowa’s high school graduation rate tops 90 percent

Iowa’s high school graduation rate tops 90 percent

DES MOINES – Iowa’s four-year graduation rate has climbed statewide for the fourth year in a row while dropout rates continue to fall, according to figures released today…

Man wanted for sex crimes against child returned to Iowa

Man wanted for sex crimes against child returned to Iowa

INDEPENDENCE, IA – An Iowa man is in jail, accused of a stack of sex crimes involving a child. On Friday, March 27, 2015, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies…

Illinois felon who came to Iowa to buy gun sent to federal prison

Illinois felon who came to Iowa to buy gun sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Illinois man who purchased a handgun and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in Marion, Iowa, was sentenced to more than three years in…

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

MASON CITY – Law enforcement raced to the Cultural Crescent to arrest a man allegedly intoxicated who was threatening his neighbors. Mason City police and Cerro Gordo deputies…

Extreme fire danger across Iowa today

Extreme fire danger across Iowa today

DES MOINES – High winds and dry conditions have created a virtual state of emergency in Iowa today, as officials are warning of extreme fire danger. High winds,…

Clear Lake now taking apps for police chief

Clear Lake now taking apps for police chief

CLEAR LAKE – The city of Clear Lake is moving ahead with the search for a permanent police chief. Interim Chief Rex McChesney passed away in December of…

President Obama commutes sentences of 22 drug offenders, including 3 from Iowa

President Obama commutes sentences of 22 drug offenders, including 3 from Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama granted commutations of sentence to 22 individuals, including three from Iowa. According to the White House, the President is “building on…

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man has been charged with sexual assault in Mason City nearly a year after the alleged crime was committed. Mason City police…

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man received a deferred judgement in a felony burglary case. Daniel Franken, age 24, was originally charged with felony second degree burglary…

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Report: China executes more people than the rest of the world put together

Report: China executes more people than the rest of the world put together

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real…

Republicans scoff at education compromise offered by Dem’s

Republicans scoff at education compromise offered by Dem’s

DES MOINES — In an effort to break a lengthy logjam at the Capitol, Democratic…

McDonald’s workers at company-owned stores to get raises

McDonald’s workers at company-owned stores to get raises

CHICAGO – McDonald’s USA today announced enhanced benefits for employees at its company-owned restaurants, including…

Liberals blame ‘Terrible Trio’ for thwarting raise for 181,000 Iowans

Liberals blame ‘Terrible Trio’ for thwarting raise for 181,000 Iowans

DES MOINES – Liberals want a minimum wage increase, and there’s a bill in the…

North Iowa Corridor hires wife of Cerro Gordo Supervisor Casey Callanan

North Iowa Corridor hires wife of Cerro Gordo Supervisor Casey Callanan

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Corridor, funded with tax dollars from Mason City, Clear…

Nancy Pelosi ecstatic that U.S. will work with U.N. to cut greenhouse gas emissions

Nancy Pelosi ecstatic that U.S. will work with U.N. to cut greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement today following an announcement by…

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: “Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again”

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: “Let’s turn attention to responsibly funding Iowa schools again”

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs after sending School Start Date compromise…

Indiana University: Religious Freedom Restoration Act is “unnecessary”

Indiana University: Religious Freedom Restoration Act is “unnecessary”

NIT – In the wake of the Indiana state government passing a law that allows…

Community baby shower to assist at-risk mothers, babies

Community baby shower to assist at-risk mothers, babies

From Ozzie Ohl, the “One Man Think Tank”: Each year in north Iowa, many babies…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – As you are all well aware, the Department of Human…

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Crime

Aredale woman sentenced to federal prison for perjury

Aredale woman sentenced to federal prison for perjury

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa woman who committed perjury while testifying in federal proceedings was sentenced on March 31, 2015 to six months in federal prison. Ashley Tufte,…

Senator Robert Menendez indicted for conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud 

Senator Robert Menendez indicted for conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert Menendez, a U.S. Senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts…

Mason City man charged with felony willful injury

Mason City man charged with felony willful injury

MASON CITY – Police responded to a rental house on North Monroe Avenue Monday evening after a report of an assault. Mason City police were called to 21…

Iowa Falls bank teller admits to embezzling $144K

Iowa Falls bank teller admits to embezzling $144K

CEDAR RAPIDS – A woman and former bank employee who stole more than $140,000 from her former employer pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. Teresa…

Man wanted for sex crimes against child returned to Iowa

Man wanted for sex crimes against child returned to Iowa

INDEPENDENCE, IA – An Iowa man is in jail, accused of a stack of sex crimes involving a child. On Friday, March 27, 2015, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Deputies…

Illinois felon who came to Iowa to buy gun sent to federal prison

Illinois felon who came to Iowa to buy gun sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Illinois man who purchased a handgun and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in Marion, Iowa, was sentenced to more than three years in…

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

Drunk man arrested after threatening neighbors

MASON CITY – Law enforcement raced to the Cultural Crescent to arrest a man allegedly intoxicated who was threatening his neighbors. Mason City police and Cerro Gordo deputies…

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

MINNEAPOLIS – Police last night in south Minneapolis discovered a man dead on a boulevard with gunshot wounds. Around 10:42 PM, officers responded to the 2200 block of…

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

Mason City man charged with sexual assault nearly a year after alleged crime took place

MASON CITY – A North Iowa man has been charged with sexual assault in Mason City nearly a year after the alleged crime was committed. Mason City police…

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

Clear Lake man who broke into Mason City woman’s house gets deferred judgement

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man received a deferred judgement in a felony burglary case. Daniel Franken, age 24, was originally charged with felony second degree burglary…

World

Cali governor orders first ever statewide mandatory water reductions

Cali governor orders first ever statewide mandatory water reductions

SACRAMENTO – Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown…

Steve King glad U.S. can give military equipment to Egypt now

Steve King glad U.S. can give military equipment to Egypt now

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama informed Egyptian President al-Sisi this week that he will lift executive holds that have been in…

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

Street sensors alert police to gunfire, where they find man shot dead

MINNEAPOLIS – Police last night in south Minneapolis discovered a man dead on a boulevard with gunshot wounds. Around 10:42 PM,…

Scarcity of water to be major concern as century progresses

Scarcity of water to be major concern as century progresses

NEW YORK – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity…

Politics

Cali governor orders first ever statewide mandatory water reductions

SACRAMENTO – Following the lowest snowpack ever recorded and with no end to the drought in sight, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced actions that will…

Steve King glad U.S. can give military equipment to Egypt now

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama informed Egyptian President al-Sisi this week that he will lift executive holds that have been in place since October 2013 on the…

Business

Economic Development Board approves awards to support almost $75 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion…

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing expansion

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced a plan to purchase a 33,400 sq. ft. building in Waverly, Iowa, for expansion of the Company’s subassembly operations.…

Crime

Aredale woman sentenced to federal prison for perjury

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa woman who committed perjury while testifying in federal proceedings was sentenced on March 31, 2015 to six months in federal prison. Ashley…

Senator Robert Menendez indicted for conspiracy, bribery and honest services fraud 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert Menendez, a U.S. Senator, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted…

Business

Economic Development Board approves awards to support almost $75 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion…

Winnebago purchases Waverly building for manufacturing expansion

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced a plan to purchase a 33,400 sq. ft. building in Waverly, Iowa, for expansion of the Company’s subassembly operations.…