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Amazon must refund over 1,000 Iowans for unused memberships

Amazon must refund over 1,000 Iowans for unused memberships

DES MOINES – More than one thousand Iowa consumers charged for unused Amazon Prime memberships through online retailer Amazon.com will receive refunds or credits, under an agreement with…

Iranian woman hanged for killing her rapist

Iranian woman hanged for killing her rapist

TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have hanged a woman who killed the man who raped her.…

22 airstrikes conducted Friday and Saturday against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

22 airstrikes conducted Friday and Saturday against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 25, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria Friday and today using bomber aircraft…

Supreme Court rules video conference can’t replace testifying in person

Supreme Court rules video conference can’t replace testifying in person

DES MOINES – Accusers must face an accused drunk driver in person, not via teleconference, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled this week.…

Mason City woman caught drunk driving, can’t wait to leave town

Mason City woman caught drunk driving, can’t wait to leave town

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was caught drunk driving early Saturday, after earlier saying she can’t wait to leave town.…

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

OMAHA – Some are saying a Nebraska county which includes the metro Omaha area may be going too far in asking a series of “screening questions” for any…

NIACC’s Palmeter sets school record with second-place finish at regionals

NIACC’s Palmeter sets school record with second-place finish at regionals

EMMETSBURG – The NIACC cross country program started in 2004. Heading into the 2014 campaign, no female had run a 5-kilometer race under 18 minutes. That changed at…

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas nurse recently diagnosed with ebola has been declared disease free, and on her way home, stopped in Washington to share a hug with…

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

THORNTON – A wanted Clear Lake felon was arrested along with his fiancé at a Thornton residence Friday morning.…

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

SIOUX CITY – A man who committed multiple frauds was convicted by a jury October 23, 2014, after a three-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.…

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

OSAGE – An Osage man was arrested for a second time on drug charges this week, after law enforcement investigations.…

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

OSAGE – Two men wanted since escaping from an Iowa halfway house a week ago have been caught by Osage police. On Friday, October 17, West Union police…

Clear Lake bar burglarized

Clear Lake bar burglarized

CLEAR LAKE – Owners of a Clear Lake bar recently in the news are now the victims of a burglary.…

Pro-marijuana Independent U.S. Senate candidate stops in Mason City (video)

Pro-marijuana Independent U.S. Senate candidate stops in Mason City (video)

MASON CITY – Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stewart stopped in Mason City Friday as part of his second tour of the state, promoting his platform and looking…

Poll: Branstad cruising to victory

Poll: Branstad cruising to victory

DES MOINES – In his race for reelection, Iowa’s long-time governor, Terry Branstad, has a…

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  • BREAKING NEWS: A Cedar Rapids elected official has lost a slander suit for damaging a man's business. City must pay $140K in damages.
  • Mason City football wraps up season with 59-0 loss to Waukee. Other scores: Waverly - Shell Rock 14, Charles City 12 (but CC makes playoffs) Clear Lake 42, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0
  • Governor Terry Branstad said he expects approximately 600 people to be on the payroll when Iowa Premium Beef in Tama reopens in less than two weeks.
  • Be vigilant: Mason City police were dispatched to the Culvers restaurant Thursday for a report from an employee that someone cut the lock off his bicycle and stole it when he was at work. ALSO: Mason City police were dispatched to 118 Mission Drive to speak with a subject whom paid a contractor to install a new fence August 1st and she had not herd from him since. Officer directed her to civil court.
  • FDA warns public about use of decorative contact lenses for Halloween, saying the devices could be dangerous and harmful.
  • Des Moines Register backs Jim Mowrer over Steve King in race for Congress: "House needs Jim Mowrer's approach to service."
  • Officials confirm a New York doctor who worked in Guinea, Africa now has Ebola. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "We can't say that this is an unexpected circumstance."
  • FOLLOW UP: After investigating, NIT has determined that there is one city employee in particular who is taking long lunch breaks, sometimes up to two hours at a time, on a regular basis. This employee works on the third floor and has several employees beneath him. NIT has questioned MC Human Resources Director Perry Buffington and he would neither confirm nor deny the situation: "I am not able to respond with any specific information that might be part of confidential personnel records of an employee. We do have City personnel policies specifically pertaining to work breaks, personal appearance/dress code and a code of ethics. An updated copy of our personnel policies were provided to all City employees last October after the City Council approved a comprehensive revision to our Personnel Policy Manual. The Human Resource Department receives questions occasionally from supervisors and employees on the interpretation of those policies, and we provide feedback to them to assure consistency in our employment practices."
  • It is being widely reported now that U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst is cancelling all interviews with newspaper editorial boards, across the state, in the days leading up to the election.
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Crime

Mason City woman caught drunk driving, can’t wait to leave town

Mason City woman caught drunk driving, can’t wait to leave town

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was caught drunk driving early Saturday, after earlier saying she can’t wait to leave town.…

Federal court sentences former U of Iowa Hospital employee on mail fraud charges

Federal court sentences former U of Iowa Hospital employee on mail fraud charges

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Jennifer Robyn Whitmore-Meier, age 37, of Avon, Colorado, was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge James E. Gritzner to…

Iowa businessman accused of mis-labeling beef for export

Iowa businessman accused of mis-labeling beef for export

CEDAR RAPIDS – The owner of Iowa-based Midamar Corp. has been indicted on fraud charges related to his beef exporting business. William B. Aossey, Jr., 73, of Cedar…

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

Wanted Clear Lake man caught in Thornton

THORNTON – A wanted Clear Lake felon was arrested along with his fiancé at a Thornton residence Friday morning.…

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

Storm Lake man found guilty of fraud in federal court

SIOUX CITY – A man who committed multiple frauds was convicted by a jury October 23, 2014, after a three-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.…

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

Osage man arrested again on drug charges

OSAGE – An Osage man was arrested for a second time on drug charges this week, after law enforcement investigations.…

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

Osage police catch two wanted men who escaped halfway house

OSAGE – Two men wanted since escaping from an Iowa halfway house a week ago have been caught by Osage police. On Friday, October 17, West Union police…

Clear Lake bar burglarized

Clear Lake bar burglarized

CLEAR LAKE – Owners of a Clear Lake bar recently in the news are now the victims of a burglary.…

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

Mason City man in jail again for violating no-contact order

MASON CITY – A Mason City man is back in jail for violating a no-contact order for a second time. A protected party reported on October 22 that…

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

Iowa man with loaded shotgun talked into surrendering

MANCHESTER, IA – A man was making threats with a loaded shotgun in a small Iowa town before he was talked into surrendering.…

World

Iranian woman hanged for killing her rapist

Iranian woman hanged for killing her rapist

TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have hanged a woman who killed the man who raped her.…

22 airstrikes conducted Friday and Saturday against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

22 airstrikes conducted Friday and Saturday against ISIL in Syria, Iraq

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 25, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in…

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

Good idea? Nebraska county to screen 911 calls for possible Ebola exposure

OMAHA – Some are saying a Nebraska county which includes the metro Omaha area may be going too far in asking…

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

Obama hugs nurse who had Ebola

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Texas nurse recently diagnosed with ebola has been declared disease free, and on her way home, stopped…

Politics

Pro-marijuana Independent U.S. Senate candidate stops in Mason City (video)

MASON CITY – Independent U.S. Senate candidate Rick Stewart stopped in Mason City Friday as part of his second tour of the state, promoting his platform and…

Poll: Branstad cruising to victory

DES MOINES – In his race for reelection, Iowa’s long-time governor, Terry Branstad, has a…

Business

Amazon must refund over 1,000 Iowans for unused memberships

DES MOINES – More than one thousand Iowa consumers charged for unused Amazon Prime memberships through online retailer Amazon.com will receive refunds or credits, under an agreement…

NIACC now lists job opportunities on its web site

MASON CITY – In response to an overwhelming number of requests by employers who want to reach North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) alumni with their job…

Crime

Mason City woman caught drunk driving, can’t wait to leave town

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was caught drunk driving early Saturday, after earlier saying she can’t wait to leave town.…

Federal court sentences former U of Iowa Hospital employee on mail fraud charges

DAVENPORT, IA – On October 23, 2014, Jennifer Robyn Whitmore-Meier, age 37, of Avon, Colorado, was sentenced by United States Chief District Court Judge James E. Gritzner…

Watercooler

Supreme Court rules video conference can’t replace testifying in person

DES MOINES – Accusers must face an accused drunk driver in person, not via teleconference, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled this week.…

Two sent to hospital after collision Thursday afternoon

MASON CITY – Two men were taken to Mercy Hospital Thursday afternoon after a two-car accident outside Mason City.…