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Thousands rally at Mall of America, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot”

Thousands rally at Mall of America, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot”

BLOOMINGTON, MN – 3000 community members including families, clergy, and youth peacefully gathered Saturday at the Mall of America rotunda to sing songs and chant demanding an end…

Iowa man rescued from car, trapped on icy river

Iowa man rescued from car, trapped on icy river

JEUSUP, IOWA – Emergency rescuers helped a man out of his car after he lost control of the vehicle, drove down an embankment and ended up on top…

Iowa land values drop but are still high; Cerro Gordo down over 13%

Iowa land values drop but are still high; Cerro Gordo down over 13%

AMES – A report from Iowa State University says Iowa land values have dropped off from historic highs in 2013. Since 1941, Iowa State University has conducted an…

Persons under supervision of correctional systems in U.S. falls to lowest level since 2003

Persons under supervision of correctional systems in U.S. falls to lowest level since 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The number of persons under the supervision of adult correctional systems in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 2003, it was…

Charles City woman guilty of theft, then arrested by MCPD for drugs

Charles City woman guilty of theft, then arrested by MCPD for drugs

MASON CITY – A Charles City woman who recently plead guilty to theft charges was caught Mason City by police and now faces a drug charge. Ay Sue…

UPDATED: Mason City settles discrimination lawsuit brought by Lionel Foster

UPDATED: Mason City settles discrimination lawsuit brought by Lionel Foster

MASON CITY – NIT has confirmed that a settlement has been reached between the city of Mason City and Lionel Foster, who sued Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and other…

Iowa sex offender accused of trying to entice minors

Iowa sex offender accused of trying to entice minors

FORT DODGE – An Iowa man already convicted of lascivious acts with a child now stands accused of trying to entice minors using his computer. Kevin Lee McDonald,…

Waterloo cops chase two suspects after gun fire

Waterloo cops chase two suspects after gun fire

WATERLOO – Two male suspects were arrested by Waterloo police Friday night after they witnessed gunfire in a residential neighborhood. According to the Waterloo police department, on Friday…

Ackley man crashes car after pursuit by trooper

Ackley man crashes car after pursuit by trooper

WATERLOO – A young Ackley man who law enforcement described as “mentally challenged” crashed a stolen car after a pursuit. Saturday morning around 8:00 AM, a state trooper…

Clear Lake man loses life after truck accident

Clear Lake man loses life after truck accident

HUMBOLDT COUNTY – A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Clear Lake man last week. On Wednesday, December 17 just before 2:00 PM, Richard Goscinski, age 39,…

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

CEDAR RAPIDS – An armed man entered a Cedar Rapids bank Friday afternoon and demanded cash. ​The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a late afternoon bank robbery…

First of 4 flood homes in Mason City moved

First of 4 flood homes in Mason City moved

MASON CITY – After some delays, one flood home has been moved from the East Park area to its new location on East State Street. A Forest City…

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

IOWA CITY – Fritz the cat seems to have lived a horrible existence.  First he was allegedly tortured by his owner’s roommate.  Now, Iowa City cops say Fritz’s…

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

IOWA CITY – An Iowa man accused of beating his roommate’s cat so badly that it lost sight in one eye has pleaded not guilty and a trial…

Another raise recommended for county elected officials

Another raise recommended for county elected officials

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board recommended Thursday that elected officials get another raise. The board considered two scenarios; a 1.5% raise on July 1,…

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  • Twenty-three percent of Americans, on average, were satisfied with the way things were going in the U.S. in 2014. That is similar to the averages in the past three years, but well below the historical norm of 38%.
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Watercooler

U.S. State Department condemns North Korean cyber-attack

U.S. State Department condemns North Korean cyber-attack

From the U.S. State Department – The United States condemns North Korea for the cyber-attack…

Chamber of Commerce blocks bill that would make corporate settlements public

Chamber of Commerce blocks bill that would make corporate settlements public

WASHINGTON – Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wasn’t happy Thursday when the Chamber of Commerce used…

President Obama explains new policy with Cuba

President Obama explains new policy with Cuba

From President Barack Obama – Yesterday, after more than 50 years, we began to change…

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Crime

Persons under supervision of correctional systems in U.S. falls to lowest level since 2003

Persons under supervision of correctional systems in U.S. falls to lowest level since 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The number of persons under the supervision of adult correctional systems in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 2003, it was…

Charles City woman guilty of theft, then arrested by MCPD for drugs

Charles City woman guilty of theft, then arrested by MCPD for drugs

MASON CITY – A Charles City woman who recently plead guilty to theft charges was caught Mason City by police and now faces a drug charge. Ay Sue…

Iowa sex offender accused of trying to entice minors

Iowa sex offender accused of trying to entice minors

FORT DODGE – An Iowa man already convicted of lascivious acts with a child now stands accused of trying to entice minors using his computer. Kevin Lee McDonald,…

Waterloo cops chase two suspects after gun fire

Waterloo cops chase two suspects after gun fire

WATERLOO – Two male suspects were arrested by Waterloo police Friday night after they witnessed gunfire in a residential neighborhood. According to the Waterloo police department, on Friday…

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

Cedar Rapids bank robber caught hours after heist

CEDAR RAPIDS – An armed man entered a Cedar Rapids bank Friday afternoon and demanded cash. ​The Cedar Rapids Police Department responded to a late afternoon bank robbery…

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

Iowa man accused of 18 counts of sexual abuse after police see videos of the assaults

IOWA CITY – Fritz the cat seems to have lived a horrible existence.  First he was allegedly tortured by his owner’s roommate.  Now, Iowa City cops say Fritz’s…

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

Iowa man who beat cat into blindness pleads not guilty, trial set

IOWA CITY – An Iowa man accused of beating his roommate’s cat so badly that it lost sight in one eye has pleaded not guilty and a trial…

FBI: North Korea definitely behind attack on Sony Pictures

FBI: North Korea definitely behind attack on Sony Pictures

WASHINGTON – The Federal Bureau of Investigation today offered this update as to its investigations and status into the attack on Sony Pictures by the North Korean government:…

MCPD reports three home burglaries overnight

MCPD reports three home burglaries overnight

MASON CITY – This ain’t Mayberry anymore. Lock your doors is essentially the message police conveyed in a news release sent Friday morning after at least three burglaries…

Iowa man jailed for vandalizing outhouse

Iowa man jailed for vandalizing outhouse

ARLINGTON, IA – Iowa law enforcement investigated a vandalized outhouse and were able to make an arrest. On December 17th, 2014 at approximately 5:58 PM, deputies with the…

World

Thousands rally at Mall of America, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot”

Thousands rally at Mall of America, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot”

BLOOMINGTON, MN – 3000 community members including families, clergy, and youth peacefully gathered Saturday at the Mall of America rotunda to…

ISIL leadership killed in airstrikes, Pentagon confirms

ISIL leadership killed in airstrikes, Pentagon confirms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Pentagon spokesman confirmed Thursday that leaders of the terrorist group ISIL have been killed due to military…

Iowa man injured by shotgun while deer hunting

CARROLL COUNTY, IA – A Carroll man was injured last weekend when he was hit by a shotgun slug while deer…

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba, “extends a hand of friendship”

Obama moves to normalize relations with Cuba, “extends a hand of friendship”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama said Wednesday that the ongoing policy of treating Cuba like a terrorist nation has failed, and…

Politics

Branstad makes appointment to Employment Appeal Board

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed James Strohman to the Iowa Employment Appeal Board. Strohman’s term on the Iowa Employment Appeal Board begins Friday,…

Another raise recommended for county elected officials

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Compensation Board recommended Thursday that elected officials get another raise. The board considered two scenarios; a 1.5% raise on July…

Business

Iowa land values drop but are still high; Cerro Gordo down over 13%

AMES – A report from Iowa State University says Iowa land values have dropped off from historic highs in 2013. Since 1941, Iowa State University has conducted…

International visitors spent $18.5 million for trips to U.S. this year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that international visitors spent $18.5 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States…

Crime

Persons under supervision of correctional systems in U.S. falls to lowest level since 2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The number of persons under the supervision of adult correctional systems in the United States has fallen to its lowest level since 2003, it…

Charles City woman guilty of theft, then arrested by MCPD for drugs

MASON CITY – A Charles City woman who recently plead guilty to theft charges was caught Mason City by police and now faces a drug charge. Ay…

Watercooler

U.S. State Department condemns North Korean cyber-attack

From the U.S. State Department – The United States condemns North Korea for the cyber-attack targeting Sony Pictures Entertainment and the unacceptable threats against movie theatres and…

Chamber of Commerce blocks bill that would make corporate settlements public

WASHINGTON – Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren wasn’t happy Thursday when the Chamber of Commerce used its powerful lobby to block her bill that would make corporate settlements…