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Branstad appoints 6 Mason City citizens to boards and commissions

Branstad appoints 6 Mason City citizens to boards and commissions

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad this week announced appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions, and executive branch department directors. The following appointees’ term begins on…

Unemployment lower in all 50 states in 2014

Unemployment lower in all 50 states in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time since 1984, unemployment fell in every state last year. In 2014, annual average unemployment rates declined in all 50 states and…

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who distributed child pornography pled guilty on March 2, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. William Smith, age 33, from Jesup,…

Former CIA Director Patreus enters guilty plea to giving highly classified secrets to his lover

Former CIA Director Patreus enters guilty plea to giving highly classified secrets to his lover

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former CIA Director David Patreus has pleaded guilty in a case where he gave out top secret information about the United States to a woman…

Mischievous Manly man caught for third time in a month driving without a license

Mischievous Manly man caught for third time in a month driving without a license

MASON CITY – A rural Worth county man who was paroled from prison in 2012 after serving nearly 6 years behind bars has been caught for the third…

Meth cooks sent to prison for years

Meth cooks sent to prison for years

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two Dubuque men who were responsible for an apartment fire caused by a failed methamphetamine cook were each sentenced today to lengthy stays in federal…

Iowa wins 5th straight game, beats Indiana in road contest

Iowa wins 5th straight game, beats Indiana in road contest

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The Iowa Hawkeyes are playing their best basketball of the season at the exact right time after a convincing road victory over the Indiana Hoosiers,…

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan legislation that would allow Congress to review and vote…

Mason City man faces probation revocation in marijuana dealing case

Mason City man faces probation revocation in marijuana dealing case

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who police say was dealing marijuana and later got a deferred judgement in that case is accused of violating his probation.…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to a possible deal with Iran over its…

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal alien who assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen, obtained a U.S. passport, and voted in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced today…

Seth Tuttle named Larry Bird MVC Player of Year

Seth Tuttle named Larry Bird MVC Player of Year

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 2015 MVC Larry Bird Player of the Year is senior Seth Tuttle of the University of Northern Iowa. Tuttle, the MVC’s active leader…

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who unlawfully re-entered the United States after having been deported following his convictions in Iowa for child endangerment and domestic abuse assault…

Iowa Senators propose medical cannabis reform

Iowa Senators propose medical cannabis reform

DES MOINES – Several members of the Iowa Senate today released an Iowa proposal for medical cannabis reform. If it becomes law, the legislation would allow Iowans who…

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

MASON CITY – A man who previously pleaded guilty to felony drunk driving is behind bars after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Chase Christopher Penfold, age…

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Watercooler

Potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says people sent to prison come out gay

Potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says people sent to prison come out gay

NIT – Dr. Ben Carson, potential Republican presidential candidate, says homosexuality is a choice because…

Labor leader: Unfair trade policies zapping manufacturing jobs in Iowa

Labor leader: Unfair trade policies zapping manufacturing jobs in Iowa

Letter to the Editor from John Herrig, President Iowa State Council of the Machinists –…

Grassley blasts use of private email to conduct government business

Grassley blasts use of private email to conduct government business

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on government…

City of Mason City – Calendar Year 2014 Salary List

City of Mason City – Calendar Year 2014 Salary List

MICHAEL L ADAMS $44,857.88 JACOB E ADAMSKI $1,603.14 GARY D AKINS $57,043.18 NANCY J ALEXANDER…

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Crime

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who distributed child pornography pled guilty on March 2, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. William Smith, age 33, from Jesup,…

Former CIA Director Patreus enters guilty plea to giving highly classified secrets to his lover

Former CIA Director Patreus enters guilty plea to giving highly classified secrets to his lover

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former CIA Director David Patreus has pleaded guilty in a case where he gave out top secret information about the United States to a woman…

Mischievous Manly man caught for third time in a month driving without a license

Mischievous Manly man caught for third time in a month driving without a license

MASON CITY – A rural Worth county man who was paroled from prison in 2012 after serving nearly 6 years behind bars has been caught for the third…

Meth cooks sent to prison for years

Meth cooks sent to prison for years

CEDAR RAPIDS – Two Dubuque men who were responsible for an apartment fire caused by a failed methamphetamine cook were each sentenced today to lengthy stays in federal…

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

Illegal alien who lived in Hampton and voted in presidential election sent to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An illegal alien who assumed the identity of a U.S. citizen, obtained a U.S. passport, and voted in the 2012 presidential election was sentenced today…

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

Mexican man deported twice and returned to commit violent crimes in U.S. sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Mexican man who unlawfully re-entered the United States after having been deported following his convictions in Iowa for child endangerment and domestic abuse assault…

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

Felonious drunk driver back behind bars

MASON CITY – A man who previously pleaded guilty to felony drunk driving is behind bars after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Chase Christopher Penfold, age…

Kossuth county man arrested for felony domestic assault

Kossuth county man arrested for felony domestic assault

ALGONA – A Kossuth county man was taken to jail after a domestic incident in a rural North Iowa town. Kossuth county deputies were called to a Fenton,…

MC woman guilty in hit-and-run incident skips court and is jailed

MC woman guilty in hit-and-run incident skips court and is jailed

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman found guilty in 2012 of leaving the scene of an accident that caused a person to be injured failed to show…

Mom ‘n son to take trip up the river for selling dangerous drugs

Mom ‘n son to take trip up the river for selling dangerous drugs

CEDAR RAPIDS – A mother and her son who were convicted of selling synthetic cannabinoids (commonly known as “K2”) and synthetic cathinones (commonly known as “bath salts”) from…

World

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

Senate to debate bill requiring Congressional approval of any agreement with Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding bipartisan legislation that…

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to…

Death toll in eastern Ukraine crosses 6,000, UN says in new report

Death toll in eastern Ukraine crosses 6,000, UN says in new report

GENEVA – The estimated number of people killed in eastern Ukraine since April 2014 has now passed the 6,000 mark, in…

Nine people dead after shooting rampage in Missouri

Nine people dead after shooting rampage in Missouri

TYRONE, MISSOURI – Nine people are dead after a small-town Missouri man went on a shooting rampage. On the evening of…

Politics

Branstad appoints 6 Mason City citizens to boards and commissions

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad this week announced appointments to fill Iowa’s boards and commissions, and executive branch department directors. The following appointees’ term begins…

Potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says people sent to prison come out gay

NIT – Dr. Ben Carson, potential Republican presidential candidate, says homosexuality is a choice because many people “go into prison straight — and when they come out,…

Business

Unemployment lower in all 50 states in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the first time since 1984, unemployment fell in every state last year. In 2014, annual average unemployment rates declined in all 50 states…

Radon gas in your home can be deadly; test your home now

AMES, IA – You may not be aware, but radon gas is one of the deadliest carcinogens found in our environment, according to Iowa health officials. “It…

Crime

Iowa man pleads guilty to distributing child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who distributed child pornography pled guilty on March 2, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids. William Smith, age 33, from…

Former CIA Director Patreus enters guilty plea to giving highly classified secrets to his lover

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former CIA Director David Patreus has pleaded guilty in a case where he gave out top secret information about the United States to a…

Watercooler

Potential presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson says people sent to prison come out gay

NIT – Dr. Ben Carson, potential Republican presidential candidate, says homosexuality is a choice because many people “go into prison straight — and when they come out,…

Labor leader: Unfair trade policies zapping manufacturing jobs in Iowa

Letter to the Editor from John Herrig, President Iowa State Council of the Machinists – Fifteen years ago, there were more than 250,000 manufacturing jobs in Iowa,…