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Servantez apologizes to Solberg

MASON CITY – At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, former council candidate Sandy Servantez offered an apology to fourth ward council member Janet Solberg.…

Overtime bill pits needs of high-tech employers vs. workers

By Franco Ordonez, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — High-tech workers across the country could see smaller paychecks under an industry-led campaign to revise labor laws to further limit overtime benefits. Some…

Wal-Mart’s new food label tells shoppers what’s Great For You

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In case you can’t tell which foods at Wal-Mart are healthful, the world’s largest retailer will make it obvious right on…

Stocks gain on hopes for Greece

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rose Tuesday, sending the Dow industrials to their highest close since 2008, as Greece reportedly neared accord on budget cuts, job…

Student debt pushing more people toward bankruptcy, lawyers say

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Student-loan debt is pushing an increasing number of young people and their parents toward bankruptcy, according to a survey released Tuesday.…

Zuckerberg’s focus drives Facebook’s ascent

By Mike Swift, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — When Mark Zuckerberg showed up to rent Judy Fusco’s Los Altos, Calif., house in the fall of 2004, soon…

At Nebraska, Smith and his Gophers get another look at what they’re missing

By Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – LINCOLN, Neb. — Some look at a college basketball practice facility and see a necessary part of a successful puzzle. Others see an effective…

WADA: New human growth hormone doping test close to introduction

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — An improved test method for human growth hormone doping could be in place for the London Olympics in summer, World Anti-Doping Agency general secretary David Howman said…

Stern says he’s open to an NBA return to Seattle

By Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — NBA Commissioner David Stern says he is open to the league returning to Seattle, revealing he has met with the San Francisco…

Two car accident Monday night

Two car accident Monday night

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – At approximately 7:00 p.m., Monday, the Mason City Fire Department and Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a call of an…

Rescuers search for missing after deadly Philippines earthquake

By Girlie Linao – MANILA, Philippines — Rescuers dug through debris and mud in the central Philippines Tuesday in search of nearly 100 missing a day after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake…

Appeals court strikes down Calif. ban on gay marriage

By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News – SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Proposition 8, finding that California’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because…

Another arrest made in connection with Iowa meth-making operation

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – KEOKUK – An investigation into an elaborate meth-cooking operation in a home that netted five people the past few days has resulted in…

Former Alburnett city clerk pleads guilty to embezzling money from city

Trish Mehaffey, CR Gazette – A former Alburnett city clerk pleaded guilty Tuesday to embezzling more than $37,000 from the city between 2006 and 2009. Amber Ransom, formerly Amber Franklin,…

Economic development committee aims to coordinate regents, state efforts

Diane Heldt, CR Gazette – A new state Board of Regents Economic Development Committee can be a way to better coordinate efforts to boost Iowa’s economy and to discuss more consistent…

Senate approves 4 percent boost in state education aid

Senate approves 4 percent boost in state education aid

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Democrats who control the Iowa Senate voted 26-23 on Tuesday to provide a 4 percent increase in per-pupil state aid funding to Iowa’s public K-12 school…

Obama refunds donations linked to family of Johnson County fugitive

Erin Jordan, CR Gazette – President Barack Obama’s campaign is returning about $200,000 in contributions collected by family members of a former University of Iowa student leader turned Mexican casino…

Contador stripped of Tour title

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – Alberto Contador, for a brief time Lance Armstrong’s cycling teammate, had his 2010 Tour de France title taken away and a two-year ban for…

Representative Steckman to Visit Mason City

Representative Steckman to Visit Mason City

Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Sharon Steckman of Mason City has announced that she will visit Mason City multiple times in February and March.  Steckman will be at the Listening…

Films in February, Movies in March Continues at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

Films in February, Movies in March Continues at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2012 Winter Film Series, Films in February, Movies in March, continues this Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. withPage One: Inside The…

Gov. Branstad, Sec. Northey pleased Department of Labor rethinking onerous regulation on farmers

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commended the United States Department of Labor after learning that the department has begun to reconsider…

Erb recognized as top recruiter

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa running backs coach Lester Erb has been recognized by Rivals.com as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation.  The honor…

Mason City police warn of mail scam

Mason City police warn of mail scam

MASON CITY – Mason City police are warning of a mail scam involving insurance.  Police said that residents in Cerro Gordo county are receiving a mailing soliciting for waterline insurance…

Op-ed: Vision of auditorium (by Peter Children)

I can see a central auditorium being built here; if I close my eyes I can see the ice rinks, I can here the squeal of the blades as they…

Bowling scores: 2-3-2012 through 2-6-2012

Early Bird Mixed 2/03/12 (4 person team) High team scratch game – Budweiser 743 High team scratch series – Budweiser 2,064 High Individual games 1. Tim Lewis 245 2. Phil…

Editorial: Another business flees the streetscape

Editorial: Another business flees the streetscape

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Another business has left downtown Mason City. Lillian’s, formerly located at 16 South Federal Avenue, has packed up and moved to Clear Lake. “I…

One injury in motorcycle accident Monday

One injury in motorcycle accident Monday

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Monday evening, at approximately 4:45 pm, a car/motorcycle accident was called into the Mason City Fire Department. The accident took place at the…

Adele is poised for Grammy coronation

By Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune – No artist owned 2011 quite like Adele, and she’s poised to sweep the major awards at the Grammys next weekend (8 p.m. EST Feb. 12…

Miami upsets No. 7 Duke

By Nate Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers – DURHAM, N.C. — In the game before the big game, the Duke Blue Devils ran into a feisty Miami team that showed no fear inside…

Redbox, Verizon join forces for streaming movie rentals

By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Betting that a combination of Internet streaming and kiosk DVD rentals can give consumers the most complete package in a fractured…

The U.S. Constitution: Built to Outlast Power Grabs

The U.S. Constitution: Built to Outlast Power Grabs

From Senator Charles Grassley – The U.S. Constitution says the President shall address Congress “from time to time” to report on the state of the union.   The annual address gives…

Ron Paul sticks with strategy of ignoring delegate-rich prizes in favor of caucus states

By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times – PAHRUMP, Nev. — Ron Paul is warming up the crowd as he heads into what could be the most important stretch of…

Iowa state auditor praises, criticizes Branstad budget plan

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – State Auditor David Vaudt gave high marks Monday to Gov. Terry Branstad and the split-control Legislature for shrinking a “spending gap” to $139 million and…

O’Keefe says goodbye

Marc Morehouse, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — Thirteen years fills up a handful of boxes. Ken O’Keefe’s had them stacked outside of his office Monday morning. After 13 years…

Jesse Jackson Jr. says ticket purchase for girlfriend was not an ethics violation

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., said Monday that he did not violate House ethics rules when he had a longtime friend and fundraiser…

Chicago man pleads guilty to supporting terror group

By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Chicago cab driver of Pakistani descent pleaded guilty Monday to sending cash to a Kashmiri nationalist group with ties to al-Qaida. Raja…

Alliant expects power plant decision by mid-summer

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Alliant Energy expects to reach a decision by the end of June whether to build another power plant or pursue another path to meet its…

Egypt publishes names of 43 to be prosecuted for allegedly violating foreign funding laws

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Egyptian state media Monday published the names of 43 people accused in a politically explosive investigation of pro-democracy groups, saying they are…

Jury selection begins in trial of Va. lacrosse player accused of killing ex-girlfriend

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun – CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — One by one, potential jurors in the murder case against George W. Huguely V, who is accused of beating his former…

Romney favored, Santorum lurking as 3 states vote Tuesday

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republicans in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri will vote for presidential candidates Tuesday, and while Mitt Romney is favored to win, many conservatives appear…

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