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Interest groups voice strong support for Iowa gas tax hike

Interest groups voice strong support for Iowa gas tax hike

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A poll conducted earlier this month found that a majority of Iowans oppose increasing the state gas tax, but there was little evidence of…

Capitol Digest 2-13-12

Capitol Digest 2-13-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012: EAT YOUR VEGGIES: The Iowa Department on Aging is…

Branstad praises Iowa House Republicans for passage of property tax reform

Branstad praises Iowa House Republicans for passage of property tax reform

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today praised Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives for taking a bold step on behalf of Iowa homeowners, small business owners and…

Supervisors set date for public hearing on budget

Supervisors set date for public hearing on budget

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Supervisors held their regular weekly meeting Tuesday and held a short budget hearing as well. Click here to see…

BRIEF: US Supreme Court justice robbed at machete-point

Anne Walters – WASHINGTON — US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his wife were robbed during a vacation on the Caribbean island of Nevis by an intruder armed with…

Interview with Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery

Interview with Iowa Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery

February 14, 2012: Q.  Matt Gatens is leading free throw shooting two years in a row, a pretty remarkable stat.  When you have a guy that solid, are you surprised…

Iowa State 2012 football schedule finalized

Iowa State 2012 football schedule finalized

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State announced its 2012 football schedule Tuesday after Big 12 officials finalized the league portion of the slate. The Cyclones’ 2012 conference schedule will include five…

Op-ed: Voter ID leads to discrimination (by Peter Children)

The Globe brought out their big gun recently in a guest editorial. I know Todd Blodgett, been in his company a couple of times and found him to be very…

Latham responds to White House plan to close Central Iowa military base

Congressman Tom Latham responds to the White House plan to close the Des Moines-based 132nd F-16 Fighter Wing and his meeting this week with Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Watch…

UPDATED: One Vehicle Accident With Injury in Mason City

UPDATED: One Vehicle Accident With Injury in Mason City

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, the Mason City Police Department and Mason City Fire Department and Ambulance were dispatched to an accident with…

MCPD asks for precautions

MCPD asks for precautions

From the Mason City Police Department: The Mason City Police Department has observed an increasing number of pedestrians walking within their neighborhoods.  As a reminder to keep people safe while…

Investigators continue search for human remains in ‘Speed Freak Killers’ case

By Kim Minugh and Melody Gutierrez, McClatchy Newspapers – LINDEN, Calif. — Should the rains hold off, investigators are expected to return to rural San Joaquin County on Tuesday to pull…

Romney courts Arizona primary voters, slams Obama’s budget plan

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – MESA, Ariz. — Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama’s budget proposal on Monday, arguing that the president has failed to keep campaign promises to…

Santorum meets with gay-marriage foes in Washington state

By Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA, Wash. — Within an hour of Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signing a same-sex-marriage bill into law Monday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was…

Three explosions shake Bangkok; Iranian link suspected

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — Three explosions reportedly linked to Iranian nationals rattled downtown Bangkok Tuesday, a day after an Israeli diplomatic vehicle was bombed in…

Seoul protesters want China to release North Korean defectors

By John M. Glionna and Jung-Yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — Angry demonstrators staged a rally on Tuesday near the Chinese embassy here to protest China’s state…

Houston was found underwater in hotel bathtub

By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston was found underwater in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, but investigators said they…

Heaviest 2013 defense budget cuts would fall on troops

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon sought to show Monday that it had made tough spending decisions in its fiscal 2013 budget proposal, the brunt…

Snow and drizzle causing accidents all over the area

Snow and drizzle causing accidents all over the area

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Many accidents were reported starting at 3:30 p.m. Monday. An accident with injuries was called into the Mason City Police Department and Fire…

100 years of American politics

MCT FORUM, By Thomas V. DiBacco – You can thank the reformers of the early 20th century for today’s winding road of presidential primaries. Fed up with the way party bosses…

On the Money: Those miles might be deductible

By Chuck Myers, McClatchy-Tribune News Service – You may have heard that the federal tax code allows for a mileage deduction when an automobile is used for business purposes. But did…

iPads seized in China over trademark row

By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — An obscure Chinese company’s battle with Apple Inc. over who has rights to the iPad name took another unlikely turn after authorities…

Consumer agency to release sample mortgage statement

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week will unveil a prototype for a new monthly mortgage statement for consumers designed to clearly…

EU approves Google’s bid to buy Motorola

By Benjamin Pimentel, MarketWatch – SAN FRANCISCO — The European Union on Monday approved Google Inc.’s bid to buy Motorola Mobility, in a major boost to the Internet giant’s effort to…

Cyber crooks target those looking for love

By Claudia Buck, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It started so sweetly. She was a lonely Yuba City, Calif., widow, looking for conversation online. He was an Auburn, Calif., architect,…

Iowa man sentenced for gun offense

DAVENPORT, IA – On February 10, 2012, Zachery Damon Clain, age 20, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for being a prohibited person in possession of firearms, announced United…