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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…

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman pleaded guilty to domestic abuse assault this month and is serving a 2 day jail term. Nadia Noel Contreras, age 38,…

Small child injured after being struck by car in Mason City

Small child injured after being struck by car in Mason City

MASON CITY – Police said Tuesday that they are investigating an incident Monday evening where a woman struck a 2-year-old child with her car. According to police, on…

Governor applauds Senate passage of anti-bullying bill

Governor applauds Senate passage of anti-bullying bill

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today applauded the Iowa State Senate for passing Senate File 345, a bill that works…

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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

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…

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

Mason City woman guilty of domestic abuse

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman pleaded guilty to domestic abuse assault this month and is serving a 2 day jail term. Nadia Noel Contreras, age 38,…

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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…

Airstrike kills 29 in Yemen

YEMEN – More than two dozen people injured in an airstrike today at a displaced persons camp in northern Yemen have…

Minneapolis police call off search for missing woman

Minneapolis police call off search for missing woman

MINNEAPOLIS – A missing woman who was being searched for was discovered to have entered the Mississippi River. A 22-year-old University…

Politics

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…

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich to headline Working Families Summit in Ames

AMES – Former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will keynote a Working Families Summit scheduled for May 16 in Ames. National labor leaders also will speak, including…

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

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…

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…

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.…