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Iowa blindsided by veto of bi-partisan tax cut for working Iowans and their communities

Iowa blindsided by veto of bi-partisan tax cut  for working Iowans and their communities

Statement by Senator Joe Bolkcom, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee: “I don’t how the Governor can sleep tonight after vetoing a bi-partisan tax cut that would have…

Homicide, other violent crimes in the workplace declined in 2009

Law enforcement officers, security guards and bartenders had highest rates of workplace violence WASHINGTON – More than 572,000 nonfatal violent crimes-rape, robbery, or assault-occurred against persons age 16 or older…

U.S. jail population continues to decline

U.S. jail population continues to decline

WASHINGTON – The U.S. local jail inmate population has declined for the second consecutive year, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. The jail population declined by…

Ragan, Steckman weigh in on bill limiting state investments in Iran

Ragan, Steckman weigh in on bill limiting state investments in Iran

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed bill HF 484 into law on Wednesday, April 20. The bill prohibits investments (such as those for IPERS) made with state dollars, from being spent…

Lake Mills man wins $50,000 in lottery

Lake Mills man wins $50,000 in lottery

DES MOINES, Iowa ñ A Lake Mills man won the top prize of $50,000 playing the lottery’s “Sizzling 7’s” instant-scratch game. Jim Fjelstad claimed his prize Tuesday at the Iowa…

MCPD to participate in Prescription Drug Take Back

MCPD to participate in Prescription Drug Take Back

From the MCPD: Once again this year the Mason City Police Department, working in conjunction with the D.E.A. (Drug Enforcement Agency), will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back that…

Trolley Trail between Mason City and Clear Lake now open

Effective April 21, 2011, the Trolley Trail between Mason City and Clear Lake has been swept and is open for the season excluding the section 800’ west of the Eisenhower…

Interview with K9 Search and Rescue Specialist Robin Habeger

Interview with K9 Search and Rescue Specialist Robin Habeger

Q: Can you tell a little about yourself and how you got involved with K9 search and rescue?A: I started in SAR with my first dog, Talyn because he needed…

Fiscal track record shows Branstad demand for two-year budget will create chaos

Fiscal track record shows Branstad demand for two-year budget will create chaos

Statement by Senate Leader Mike Gronstal: “Governor Branstad is insisting that making budget appropriations two years in advance is more important than any other issue before the Legislature. He’s placing…

Fraud in energy markets to be monitored

Fraud in energy markets to be monitored

WASHINGTON ñ Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the formation of a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force Working Group to focus specifically on fraud in the energy markets.|WASHINGTON ñ Attorney…

Fennelly Named Head Coach of USA World University Games Team

Fennelly Named Head Coach of USA World University Games Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ñ Iowa State women’s basketball head coach Bill Fennelly has been named head coach of the 2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team. |COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.…

From the Capitol to You

From the Capitol to You

From Rep. Sharon Steckman. As I look back on this week, I find that I don’t have much to report. Several bills were brought up for debate, but they concerned…

New organization preserves U.S. Customs Service history

New organization preserves U.S. Customs Service history

Long before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), there was ICE’s legacy agency, the U.S. Customs Service. Created more than 220 years ago, the U.S. Customs Service was established when…

Senate Democrats offer bold budget reform to preserve Iowans’ priorities, address Governor’s concerns

Senate Democrats offer bold budget reform to preserve Iowans’ priorities, address Governor’s concerns

DES MOINES ñ In an effort to break the budget gridlock at the Iowa Capitol, two Senate Democratic leaders offered a bold budget reform today designed to address the budgetmaking…

Mason City Clinic Proudly Presents Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping

Mason City Clinic Proudly Presents Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping

Mason City Clinic proudly presents Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping as it takes the stage at the North Iowa Community Auditorium for two performance, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00…

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event planned for last week in April

The North Iowa Domestic & Sexual Abuse Community Coalition will sponsor their Third Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes the last week of April 2011. Inspired by the old…

Fox Sports Southwest Interview with Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhodes

Fox Sports Southwest Interview with Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhodes

It didn’t take long for Paul Rhoads to make a lasting impact in Ames. Upon his arrival in 2009, Rhoads delivered on his promise of a bowl appearance in his…

Hawkeyes Prevail Over Cyclones

Hawkeyes Prevail Over Cyclones

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa softball team used a sixth inning sacrifice fly to claim a 4-3 victory over Iowa State Wednesday night at Pearl Field in…