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Iowa legislature passes bill today that could “reduce disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans”

Iowa legislature passes bill today that could “reduce disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans”

DES MOINES – Today, the Iowa legislature passed a bill that one Senator says will “reduce disproportionate incarceration of African-Americans” due to nonviolent drug offenses. Iowa Senator Rob Hogg said…

Iowa, Nebraska Senators seek answers as to was monitoring illegal alien charged in drunk driving death of Iowa woman

Iowa, Nebraska Senators seek answers as to was monitoring illegal alien charged in drunk driving death of Iowa woman

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate delegations from Iowa and Nebraska are seeking details on the Obama Administration’s decision to place an unaccompanied minor immigrant in the care of his older…

Target slammed by conservative Christian group with petition to boycott their stores

Target slammed by conservative Christian group with petition to boycott their stores

MINNEAPOLIS – Target’s transgender bathroom policy has raised the ire of a conservative Christian activist group, which has secured over 600,000 signatures from people pledging to boycott the retailer. The…

Trump responds to new strategy from Cruz and Kasich to block his GOP nomination

Trump responds to new strategy from Cruz and Kasich to block his GOP nomination

This weekend, the Ted Cruz and and John Kasich presidential campaigns announced they are colluding to stop Donald Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination. “Kasich campaign will marshal campaign…

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

Legislative update from Rep. Linda Upmeyer

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – Late nights at the Capitol filled our week as we continued to put the final pieces of the budget together.  We completed a significant amount…

Legislative update from Rep. Todd Pritchard

Legislative update from Rep. Todd Pritchard

From Rep. Todd Pritchard – The Army has a long standing policy that after a unit completes an exercise or operation it conducts an AAR or After Action Review. Usually…

Senator Ragan works for more oversight of Medicaid

Senator Ragan works for more oversight of Medicaid

Remarks on HF 2460, the Health and Human Services Budget by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee: Thank you Madam President This year’s…

City of Mason City expense report, April 21, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, April 21, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/21/2016 Payee Description Amount —– ———— ACTIVE911 INC PHONE EXPENSE 423.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS INC OFFICE SUPPLIES 285.46 AGVANTAGE FS INCMATERIAL 1,605.00 ALICE TRAINING INSTITUTE…

World leaders sign landmark Paris climate accord

World leaders sign landmark Paris climate accord

NEW YORK – As world leaders gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York this morning to officially sign the Paris Agreement on climate change – the landmark accord that…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – It has been a long hard week with two sessions lasting until just short of midnight. We are debating and voting on most of the…

Grassley votes to defund “poorly conceived” Waters of the U.S. rule

Grassley votes to defund “poorly conceived” Waters of the U.S. rule

WASHINGTON, D.C – Sen. Chuck Grassley has fought the ill-conceived Waters of the U.S. rule at every opportunity. The Environmental Protection Agency has lost in the courts over overstepping its…

Ernst co-sponsors bill that would prevent shutdown of Guantanamo Bay prison and disclose list of detainees who are released

Ernst co-sponsors bill that would prevent shutdown of Guantanamo Bay prison and disclose list of detainees who are released

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), along with 12 additional senators recently introduced the Detainee Transfer Transparency Act, legislation that would require the Secretary of Defense…

Music legend Prince dead at age 57

Music legend Prince dead at age 57

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Music legend Prince has was found dead this morning at the age of 57. His music was iconic of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. He sold millions…

World Meningitis Day: My Meningitis Story

World Meningitis Day: My Meningitis Story

By: Bethany Bjorklund RN, BSN, Immunization Nurse Every year on April 24th, we recognize World Meningitis Day. Meningitis can affect anyone, anywhere, any time! It does not discriminate against age,…

University of Iowa Football Media Conference

University of Iowa Football Media Conference

University of Iowa Football Media Conference Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Greg Davis Phil Parker GREG DAVIS: We finished our 13th practice of spring 2016, and you know, as I’ve told…

Ernst supports bipartisan comprehensive energy reform bill

Ernst supports bipartisan comprehensive energy reform bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst today voted to support the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012), a comprehensive energy reform bill. The bill amends the Energy Conservation and…

Prestage Foods of Iowa Project FAQ

Prestage Foods of Iowa Project FAQ

The following Frequently Asked Question list was submitted to NIT by city hall in Mason City: Q. How long has Mason City been working on this project? A. North Iowa…

Opinion: “No Thank You Prestage!”

The following opinion piece was posted by Rep. Sharon Steckman to social media, and written by Mason City resident Ann McGregor: Sharon Wille Steckman Letter from Ann McGregor No Thank…

Target Stores: “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity”

Target Stores: “We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity”

Statement released today by Target: Recent debate around proposed laws in several states has reignited a national conversation around inclusivity. So earlier this week, we reiterated with our team members…

Opinion: Legislation needed to address inadequate and ineffective mental health services throughout Iowa

Opinion: Legislation needed to address inadequate and ineffective mental health services throughout Iowa

The following opinion piece discusses the merits and need of passing Senate File 2318 with a solution to address inadequate and ineffective mental health services throughout Iowa: Anyone reading this…

New legislation would give county supervisors power to raise mental health levy

New legislation would give county supervisors power to raise mental health levy

DES MOINES – Mental illness has become a scourge of society, and the Iowa legislature is pondering a bill that would give county supervisors the power to raise funding to…

Opinion: Max Weaver: Front line fighter for Mason City

Opinion: Max Weaver: Front line fighter for Mason City

Max Weaver Enigma Front line fighter for Mason City Comes now Max Weaver; mystery, myth, misunderstood, hated, loved, envied, warm hearted, giving and dedicated, opinionated…..resolute. I got to know Max…

Iowa Democrats miffed at Chuck Grassley’s endorsement of Steve King

Iowa Democrats miffed at Chuck Grassley’s endorsement of Steve King

DES MOINES – IDP Communications Director Sam Lau issued the following statement in response to Chuck Grassley’s endorsement of Steve King: “It is fitting that Chuck Grassley, who is refusing…

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

Legislative update from Rep. Sharon Steckman

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – With adjournment day looming on Tuesday of next week, we are beginning to finally put together the various components of the budget which come from…

City of Mason City expense report, April 14, 2016

City of Mason City expense report, April 14, 2016

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 4/14/2016 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ——————- ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 306.08 AHLERS AND COONEY PC NEGOTIATIONS 300.00 AIRGAS USA LLC M/E SUPPLIES 206.50…

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

Legislative update from Senator Amanda Ragan

From Senator Amanda Ragan – Human trafficking uses force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor. It is now a $150 billion industry, and it’s happening in…

Cross burnings investigated in Dubuque

Cross burnings investigated in Dubuque

DUBUQUE, IOWA – Police and elected leaders in Dubuque are reacting to two apparent cross burnings in that city. On April 13, 2016 at approximately 4:41 AM the Dubuque 911…

Tire slashings hit Mason City neighborhood

Tire slashings hit Mason City neighborhood

MASON CITY – Mason City police are searching for clues after a number of people reported their tires were slashed this week. An NIT reader reported that sometime Monday morning…

Waterloo police investigate theft of dozens of Nike Air Jordan shoes

Waterloo police investigate theft of dozens of Nike Air Jordan shoes

WATERLOO – Cops in Waterloo caught two alleged thiefs munching on pancakes after they stole dozens of Nike Air Jordan shoes. On April 2, 2016 at about 9:50 PM, Waterloo…

Justice Department to taxpayers: “Willful failure to comply with tax laws is a crime”

Justice Department to taxpayers: “Willful failure to comply with tax laws is a crime”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the annual tax return filing deadline approaching, the Justice Department’s Tax Division reminds U.S. taxpayers that willful failure to comply with our nation’s tax laws is…

Gov. Branstad joins MidAmerican Energy in announcing $3.6 billion investment in additional wind generation capacity

Gov. Branstad joins MidAmerican Energy in announcing $3.6 billion investment in additional wind generation capacity

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Terry Branstad announced the largest economic development project in the state’s history – Wind XI. Branstad joined MidAmerican Energy Company officials in announcing the major…

Branstad highlights measurable health outcomes for Medicaid patients

Branstad highlights measurable health outcomes for Medicaid patients

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted numerous measureable health outcomes designed for Medicaid patients to increase health and wellness that are now…

Senator Joni Ernst introduces legislation to encourage new generation of agriculture producers

Senator Joni Ernst introduces legislation to encourage new generation of agriculture producers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) this week introduced the Agriculture Students Encourage, Acknowledge, Reward,…

Opinion: Equal Pay Can’t Wait. Hardworking Women Deserve Better.

Opinion: Equal Pay Can’t Wait. Hardworking Women Deserve Better.

Liberal lobbyists at Progress Iowa call on lawmakers to make equal pay a priority and increase salary transparency in the workplace: Hardworking women across Iowa and the entire country deserve…

Steve King and “task force” still “examining” Obama Administration’s “executive overreach”

Steve King and “task force” still “examining” Obama Administration’s “executive overreach”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Task Force on Executive Overreach held a hearing titled, “Executive Overreach in Domestic Affairs Part II – IRS Abuse, Welfare Reform, and Other Issues.”…

Rep. Steckman says water quality plan fails to clean up Iowa’s waterways

Rep. Steckman says water quality plan fails to clean up Iowa’s waterways

From Rep. Sharon Steckman – The House water quality plan was approved last night by a vote of 65-33. Even though I was glad to see water quality finally discussed…

Iowa legislature paves way for resting place for unclaimed remains of veterans

Iowa legislature paves way for resting place for unclaimed remains of veterans

DES MOINES – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill passed by the Iowa legislature that helps provide a final resting place for all veterans. HF 2266 addresses a problem that…

Black Lives Matter activists disrupt Twins’ home opener

Black Lives Matter activists disrupt Twins’ home opener

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Black Lives Matter activists shutdown two intersections surrounding Target Field including light rail at the Twins’ home opener demanding a re-opening of Jamar Clark’s case and an…

Ouch: Sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota reach all-time high in 2015

Ouch: Sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota reach all-time high in 2015

ST. PAUL – Increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis fueled a rise to nearly 26,000 STD diagnoses in Minnesota last year. An all-time high of 25,986 sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were…

Iowa legislature looks to crack down on secret filming of tenants by landlords

Iowa legislature looks to crack down on secret filming of tenants by landlords

DES MOINES – The secret filming of tenants by landlords could be made illegal as the Iowa legislature looks to criminalize that act. The right to privacy exists, even in…

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