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Pool report from Vice President Xi’s tea reception in Muscatine

(MUSCATINE) – The following message is a Pool report from Xi Jinping’s visit to Muscatine, Iowa written by Owen Fletcher of The Wall Street Journal. People in the room at…

Fire destroys home near Plymouth

Fire destroys home near Plymouth

by Matt Marquardt – PLYMOUTH, IA – Local fire departments responded to a house fire southeast of Plymouth, Iowa Wednesday afternoon. The house, located at 22500 Ulmus Avenue, suffered major…

Branstad toasts Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

Branstad toasts Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad this evening offered a toast to Vice President Xi Jinping, and the long-lasting friendship between Iowa and China. Following Gov. Branstad’s toast, Vice…

China, US politely air differences during Xi’s visit

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, that country’s likely next leader, urged the United States on Wednesday to reduce its “misunderstanding and suspicion” of…

Mason City man sentenced to prison on domestic abuse assault conviction

Mason City man sentenced to prison on domestic abuse assault conviction

MASON CITY – On Monday, February 13th, 38-year-old David Alberto Muniz was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison by District Court Judge, Christopher C. Foy on one…

Op-ed: Public speaking (by Peter Children)

There are lessons in life that surrounds us all, most of which we never see or recognize.  Case in point; Turncoat’s speech delivered at his first North Iowa Landfill board…

Report: Chicago leads nation in corruption

By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Chicago area logged the most public corruption convictions of any federal jurisdiction in the United States during the past 36 years, according…

Many prisoners trapped in cells during ‘horrific’ Honduras fire

By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times – MEXICO CITY — Authorities said Wednesday that a fire at a prison in central Honduras killed at least 272 trapped inmates, and perhaps more…

Capitol Digest 2-14-2012

Rod Boshart – CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012: WELCOME TO IOWA: Gov. Terry Branstad welcomed a Chinese…

Iowa House panel adopts gun rights language, but not what backers wanted

Iowa House panel adopts gun rights language, but not what backers wanted

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette – DES MOINES – A constitutional amendment protecting Iowans right to bear arms was approved by a House committee, but it wasn’t the one supporters…

Iowa City to consider zoning changes in university neighborhoods

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY – Iowa City is considering changes to its zoning code to limit the number of large apartment buildings cropping up in neighborhoods near…

Man Indicted on Federal Charges of Pointing a Laser at In-Flight Aircraft

ST. LOUIS—The United States Attorney’s Office announced last week that Brian David Monday was indicted for allegedly pointing a green laser beam into the cockpit of an airplane and a…

Travel Iowa: Decorah’s B&B on Broadway worth the short drive

Travel Iowa: Decorah’s B&B on Broadway worth the short drive

by Matt Marquardt – DECORAH, IOWA – A beautiful home in historic downtown Decorah, Iowa, makes for the perfect short-drive getaway. Decorah is a small, bustling college town located in…

Branstad, other dignitaries to wine and dine Chinese Vice President tonight… see the menu

Branstad, other dignitaries to wine and dine Chinese Vice President tonight… see the menu

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released the full menu slated for tonight’s welcome dinner with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping. The menu…

Tax assistance site open for Spanish-speaking persons

Tax assistance site open for Spanish-speaking persons

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Tax assistance for Spanish-speakers and other limited English speakers is now available. The site is at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 120 1st…

Scalia defends his originalist view

By Alexandra Chachkevitch, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday touted his approach to interpreting the federal Constitution that focuses on the original intent of…

Why gay marriage is inevitable

MCT FORUM – By Michael Klarman, Los Angeles Times – The year 2012 is shaping up as a big one for same-sex marriage. Last week, the Washington state legislature passed a bill…

Regulators weigh public comments on ‘Volcker rule’

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Regulators are confronting some 15,000 public letters attempting to influence the final shape of one of the most controversial elements of…

Apple led sales of electronics in 2011

By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Apple products accounted for 19 percent of all U.S. spending on consumer electronics during the holiday shopping season last year, helping…

American workers protest, says the airline is ‘Blaming Labor AgAAin’

American workers protest, says the airline is ‘Blaming Labor AgAAin’

By Andrea Ahles, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is “blaming labor agAAin,” the carrier’s workers said as they marched in front of Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth…

List of DVD movie release dates for Feb. 14 and beyond

McClatchy-Tribune News Service – Following is a partial schedule of coming movies on DVD. Release dates are subject to change: ——— FEBRUARY 14: American Teacher — First Run 14: Pianomania…

East State Street Neighborhood Meeting Planned

MASON CITY – A neighborhood meeting has been scheduled to allow property owners an opportunity to acquire information and provide feedback to the City regarding the East State Street Utility…

Ducks rally past Wild

Ducks rally past Wild

By Eric Stephens, The Orange County Register – ST. PAUL, Minn. — Not only did the Anaheim Ducks’ penchant from finding any and every kind way to lose during the first…

Iowa Transportation Commission schedules public input meetings

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 14, 2012 – The Iowa Transportation Commission will conduct four public input meetings around the state during 2012. The meetings will give Iowans opportunities to present…

Big 12 thinks TCU is ready for prime time

By Randy Galloway, McClatchy Newspapers – FORT WORTH, Texas — The Big 12 honchos on Tuesday delivered a strong message, via the new 2012 football schedule, to Fort Frog. That message:…

Lin goes off-Broadway to lead Knicks past Raptors on the road

Lin goes off-Broadway to lead Knicks past Raptors on the road

By Steve Popper, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – TORONTO — In the final moments, the ball wound up in Jeremy Lin’s hands. Naturally. An offensive rebound kicked out to him with…

Bulls outgun Kings, 121-115

Bulls outgun Kings, 121-115

By Jason Jones, McClatchy Newspapers – CHICAGO — The Sacramento Kings might have made the Eastern Conference-leading Bulls uncomfortable late, rallying to cut a 19-point lead to two with 14.8 seconds…

Colts owner says Peyton Manning makes the call on returning

By Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is losing his nerve on ending the Peyton Manning Era. Now he wants Manning to do the…

EU delays Greece bailout decision

By Alvise Armellini and Christine Pirovolakis – ATHENS, Greece — Greece was once again left hanging on Tuesday after eurozone finance ministers postponed for a second time the approval of…

Plans for private funeral for Houston dismay some fans

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Whitney Houston will be mourned by family and friends in a private service Saturday at the Newark, N.J., church where she…

China moves to limit broadcast of foreign TV shows

By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times – BEIJING — Chinese television broadcasters have been ordered to stop showing foreign programs during prime time and limit the total amount of programming from…

Florida Senate rejects expansion of private prisons

By Steve Bousquet, McClatchy Newspapers – TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A massive expansion of private prisons in Florida collapsed in the Senate Tuesday as nine Republicans joined a dozen Democrats in handing…

Doctor whose patients died after he illegally dispensed pain pills gets 4 life terms

By Jonathan Bullington, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Chicago doctor convicted of illegally dispensing pain pills that led to the deaths of four people in Ohio was sentenced Tuesday to…

Illinois could divert tax refunds of city debtors

By Hal Dardick and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to intercept millions of dollars in state income tax refunds this spring from people across…

Hollywood will meet Obama with open wallets

By Richard Verrier and Matea Gold, Tribune Washington Bureau – LOS ANGELES — Despite complaints about his failure to support Hollywood’s position on online piracy, President Barack Obama does not appear…

Pentagon charges former US resident in terror plot

By Carol Rosenberg, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The Pentagon Tuesday announced it had charged a suburban Baltimore high school graduate now at Guantanamo with conspiring to commit terror attacks on…

Whitney Houston death probe focuses on drugs found in her room

By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The investigation into the death of Whitney Houston is shifting to a new phase, with officials focusing on…

Rape charges won’t be refiled against Contra Costa County, Calif., prosecutor

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A Contra Costa County, Calif., sex crimes prosecutor accused of raping a colleague during their lunch hour will not be recharged…

Blagojevich to serve prison sentence in Colorado

By Annie Sweeney and Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve his 14-year sentence at a federal prison in Colorado as he had sought,…

Obama aims to abolish alternative minimum tax

By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — President Barack Obama is combining his proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy with a new effort to lower the levy…

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