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US travel warning on Mexico is more precise on violent areas

By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The U.S. State Department has issued an updated travel warning for tourists planning to visit Mexico, adding information on drug violence…

Average movie ticket price up to record $7.93 in 2011

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The average movie ticket price in the U.S. climbed to an annual record of $7.93 in 2011, up from $7.89 the…

Stocks extend gains on Greek progress

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch – NEW YORK — U.S. stocks closed higher for a third day Thursday, with technology shares up the most, after Greece said it had an austerity deal…

Showing anti-Muslim documentary to cops is unacceptable

By Nermeen Arastu – The New York Police Department is sorely in need of independent oversight. The NYPD’s use of an anti-Muslim propaganda film, “The Third Jihad” — and the…

Mohawk girls win conference bowling title

Mohawk girls win conference bowling title

CIML Conference Meet Results: 1st place all conference Rebecca Broerman with a 430 two game series 3rd place all conference Samantha Radcliff with a 401 two game series 4th place…

Westboro Church to picket Powell boys’ funeral

By Stacia Glenn, McClatchy Newspapers – TACOMA, Wash. — A notoriously anti-gay church plans to picket Saturday’s funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell and will be counterprotested by Occupy Seattle. Margie…

Marines posed with Nazi SS symbol in Afghanistan

By Abby Sewell and Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Marine Corps is dealing with fallout from the revelation that a group of Marines based at…

Cruise ships banned from releasing sewage along Calif. coast

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Cruise ships and large commercial vessels will be barred from releasing sewage within three miles of the California coast under a…

10 states granted waivers from ‘No Child Left Behind’ requirements

WASHINGTON, DC — President Barack Obama will announce today that ten states that have agreed to implement bold reforms around standards and accountability will receive flexibility from the burdensome mandates…

Hawkeye football ticket prices climb

Hawkeye football ticket prices climb

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The cost for tickets to home games of the University of Iowa football team will increase $2 per game for the general public and UI faculty…

Council OK’s demolition of house

Council OK’s demolition of house

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A house with a dubious past has been OK’d for demolition. The city council approved a plan to have a house located at…

Panthers Stumble at Wichita State, 82-57

Panthers Stumble at Wichita State, 82-57

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State Shockers scored an 82-57 win over the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team on Wednesday in Koch Arena. The Panthers fell to 16-10 overall…

‘Iowa’s Creative Corridor’ new regional brand for 7-county area

George C. Ford, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A two-year rebranding effort involving more than 1,500 people has produced a new name, Iowa’s Creative Corridor, for the region formerly known…

Interview with Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

Interview with Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz

COACH FERENTZ:  First of all, just welcome to everybody.  Sorry this is the first time I’ve had a chance to say something publicly about Ken O’Keefe.  Just want to take…

Mason City police make stalking arrest

Mason City police make stalking arrest

MASON CITY – On February 8th, 2012, Mason City Police were called to the 600 block of South Polk to investigate a suspicious person. Officers arrived and arrested Charles Johnson,…

Secrets revealed on the new ‘Twilight’ DVD

By Sharon Hoffmann, McClatchy Newspapers – When it comes to driving a speedboat, Robert Pattinson is not nearly as suave as vampire Edward Cullen. And you might think Kristen Stewart is…

Mansfield’s 21 Leads Iowa State Past Missouri, 65-52

Mansfield’s 21 Leads Iowa State Past Missouri, 65-52

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lauren Mansfield hit on 5-of-8 3-point attempts and finished with a season-high 21 points to lead Iowa State (14-8 overall, 5-6 Big 12) to its fifth win…

Ferentz names Parker as Defensive Coordinator

Ferentz names Parker as Defensive Coordinator

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – Phil Parker, defensive backfield coach at the University of Iowa the past 13 seasons, has been named defensive coordinator.  In addition, Darrell Wilson and Reese…

‘Vow’ co-stars McAdams and Tatum make the lovin’ look easy

‘Vow’ co-stars McAdams and Tatum make the lovin’ look easy

By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers – LOS ANGELES — Although they’re just co-stars in the new tear-jerker romance “The Vow,” if you didn’t know any better it’d be easy to think…

Regents want to avoid a higher tuition increase for next year

Diane Heldt – CR Gazette – DES MOINES — State regents told lawmakers Wednesday they want to avoid discussion of a higher tuition increase for next fall as they work…

Op-ed: More character assassination from the Globe (by Peter Children)

More gibberish, more mumbo-jumbo rhetoric with underlining character assassination. How many times will the Globe continue to throw the three former councilmen under the bus? Why should I be surprised…or…

Charges filed in last week’s bank robbery

Charges filed in last week’s bank robbery

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Mason City police have a suspect in custody in a bank robbery that occurred February 3rd. Mason City police say they have developed…

Mason City burglar heading to prison

Mason City burglar heading to prison

MASON CITY – On Monday, January 6th, 35-year-old James Lewis Whitehill was sentenced to three 5 year prison sentences to be served consecutively. District Court Judge, Stephen P. Carroll sentenced…

Commercial property tax relief plan moves to full Iowa House

Commercial property tax relief plan moves to full Iowa House

James Q. Lynch – CR Gazette – DES MOINES – A retooled version of a property tax bill melding elements of earlier proposals from Republicans and Gov. Terry Branstad in…

New Main Street Communities Announced

February 9, 2012 (Des Moines, IA) – Governor Terry Branstad today announced that three Iowa communities were selected to join the Main Street Iowa program: Chariton, Jefferson and Lansing.  The announcement…

White House: ‘Absolutely firm,’ but willing to talk, on birth control

By Erika Bolstad and Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The White House insisted Wednesday that the president’s commitment to contraceptive access for women is “absolutely firm,” even as Republicans…

Donors turn to Santorum ‘super PAC’ after upset victories

By Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A day after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum scored a trio of upset victories, a “super PAC” working on behalf of the…

Protesters use high-wattage tactic of ‘glitter bombing’

By Rob Manker, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Each of the four remaining contenders for the Republican presidential nomination has sparkled at one point or another during the campaign. We’re talking,…

Florida leads US in shark attacks

By Gary Taylor, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Even though it had fewer shark bites reported in 2011 than any year since 2004, Volusia County, Fla., continues to be…

Judge tosses out lawsuit seeking freedom for orcas at SeaWorld

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A federal judge in San Diego on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that had…

Santorum will find different landscape when he returns to Missouri for caucuses

By Jake Wagman and Bill Lambrecht, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — Rick Santorum scored his best night of the primary season on Tuesday, securing victories in three states, including…

Study Tracks Walleye Population at Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – For the past 21 years, every walleye caught during the April gillnetting season at the Iowa Great Lakes received a unique alpha numeric tag, gave up…

Coal group tries to block climate scientist’s lecture at Penn State

By Anne Danahy, McClatchy Newspapers – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann’s upcoming talk at the university has been the target of a coal and gas interest…

Five Democratic ‘super’ PACs may seek joint operation

By Peter Stone, Center for Public Integrity – WASHINGTON — Five Democratic “super” political action committees are reaching out to party mega-donors seeking $1 million to $10 million contributions, now that…

Gay-marriage bill passes Washington House, heads to governor for her signature

By Andrew Garber, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Legislation legalizing gay marriage is on its way to the governor after passing the Washington House by a 55-43 vote. Gov.…

Iowan charged for series of suspected burglaries

Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – An Iowa man was charged in Mower County Court on Monday for a series of attempted burglaries in Austin during the past three weeks. Paul…

Georgia-Pacific to close Monticello container board plant

Dave DeWitte – CR Gazette – The ax fell Wednesday for about 45 employees at Monticello’s longtime Georgia-Pacific plant. Georgia-Pacific notified employees Wednesday that it will wind down operations over…

Rockwell Collins gets big order from China Eastern Airlines

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – China Eastern Airlines has ordered Rockwell Collins avionics for 50 new Airbus A320 aircraft. The order includes at least nine separate Rockwell Collins systems, including…

With Ferentz, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt

Mike Hlas, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY — Last month, Florida head coach Will Muschamp hired Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease to take the same job with…

NIACC men lose to Southwestern, 90-77

NIACC men lose to Southwestern, 90-77

CRESTON, Iowa – The NIACC men’s basketball team could not overcome foul troubles and a 48-30 halftime deficit in a 90-77 loss to Southwestern on Wednesday night. NIACC (13-12, 4-5…

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