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For Twins’ Revere, sports is a family affair

For Twins’ Revere, sports is a family affair

By Jim Souhan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – FORT MYERS, Fla. — When Minnesota Twins outfielder Ben Revere decided to strengthen his throwing arm this winter, he sought out the people, places…

Syrian authorities block aid convoy from entering Baba Amr sector of Homs

By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian authorities blocked an aid convoy from entering the former rebel enclave of Baba Amr in the city…

Tornadoes rake Midwest, South; 3 die in hard-hit southern Indiana

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — At least three people were killed Friday in southern Indiana when tornadoes plowed through the region, officials reported. The deaths were…

Iowa Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Burglary and Stalking

Iowa Sheriff’s Deputy Charged with Burglary and Stalking

Dubuque, IOWA – Officers with the Dubuque Police Department received a report from a local citizen regarding allegations against Dubuque County Sheriff’s Deputy James Doyle, 47 years. Based on the…

Prevalence of problem gambling in Iowa remains low

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is March 4th through 10th. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness of the potential negative consequences of gambling and to honor the successes achieved in…

BRIEF: Juveniles allegedly try to start fire at Austin, MN medical center expansion site

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – Police turned over a 9-year-old and 10-year-old to their parents late Thursday after they allegedly tried to start fires at the construction site near…

BRIEF: Fight at Albert Lea high school appears on web

Tim Engstrom, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – A group of juvenile boys face citations of disorderly conduct Tuesday as a result of a fight in a restroom at Albert Lea High…

Dave on Demand: The television week in review

By David Hiltbrand, The Philadelphia Inquirer – It had to happen sooner or later. The proliferation of amateur singing contests on TV eventually drained our great nation’s pool of vocal talent.…

As many as 10 injured in Alabama by apparent tornadoes

By Richard Fausset and Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — Apparent tornadoes destroyed homes, damaged a prison and injured about 10 people in Alabama on Friday as the South…

Congress needs image boost? Try term limits, new lawmakers urge

Congress needs image boost? Try term limits, new lawmakers urge

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Barely a year in office, a number of freshman lawmakers have an answer to Congress’ poor image: term limits. The newcomers are…

Obama calls Sandra Fluke to express ‘support’ after Limbaugh comments

By Kim Geiger and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama weighed in Friday on a mounting controversy over radio provocateur Rush Limbaugh’s crude comments about…

Farmington man, 30, accused of exposing himself to children in four incidents

Maricella Miranda, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A 30-year-old man is accused of exposing his genitals to children and attempting to lure them into his vehicle at least four times…

A welcome increase in interracial marriages

MCT FORUM – By Akilah Bolden-Monifa Thankfully, Americans are increasingly accepting interracial marriage. It wasn’t until 1967 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in Loving v. Virginia, that laws banning interracial…

Obama presses his case on gas prices

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – NASHUA, N.H. — As rising gas prices are putting pressure on politicians to act, President Barack Obama called on Congress to vote quickly to…

Rick Santorum tries to undercut Newt Gingrich in Georgia

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – DALTON, Ga. — Rick Santorum swept into the home turf of Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich on Thursday with a full-bore family-values pitch to…

Mitt Romney turns to energy in North Dakota stop

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – FARGO, N.D. — Campaigning in the state with the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, Mitt Romney pivoted to energy policy Thursday — accusing President Barack…

Gingrich mines for votes in the South to break back into race

By William Douglas and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – DALTON, Ga. — While Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum flew to Washington state ahead of its Republican presidential caucuses Saturday, Newt Gingrich…

Burning through cash, Romney campaign turns its attention to small donors

By Matea Gold and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — After locking up much of the Republican establishment’s heavyweight fundraisers, Mitt Romney is going after the little guy. “Donate…

Character a major concern for some top cornerbacks available for NFL draft

By Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press – INDIANAPOLIS — This year’s NFL draft is sprinkled with good cornerback prospects who have major character concerns. Dre Kirkpatrick had an All-America career at…

Sen. Grassley’s Weekly Video Address: Gas Prices and Domestic Energy Production

During his weekly video address, Senator Chuck Grassley discusses the need to increase production of domestic energy to help lower gas prices and create jobs. Along with other senators, he’s…

King Looks for Good Outcome for Denison Plant

King Looks for Good Outcome for Denison Plant

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement today regarding the recent announcement made by Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. that planned improvements at its Dakota City, Nebraska plant…

Joey Woody Inducted into MVC Hall of Fame

Former University of Northern Iowa track star Joey Woody became the first Panther student-athlete inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame Friday in St. Louis. The ceremony took…

Update on accidental shooting of father by 4 year-old

Update on accidental shooting of father by 4 year-old

MASON CITY – From the Mason City Police Department: Christopher Upenieks, age 29, has been charged with the following crimes after his four year-old son allegedly shot him in the…

Elsworth downs NIACC men, 80-64

Elsworth downs NIACC men, 80-64

MASON CITY, Iowa – The NIACC’s men’s basketball team ended its season with its fourth straight loss in a 80-64 win by Ellsworth Community College on Thursday night. Sophomore Chris…

NIACC women lose to Ellsworth, 66-55

NIACC women lose to Ellsworth, 66-55

MASON CITY, Iowa – Despite leading for most of the night, the NIACC women struggled offensively on Thursday night during a 66-55 loss to Ellsworth Community College. Kika Greenlee (Fr.,…

Three Individuals Charged with 1998 Racially-Motivated Murders of Two Men in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON –  The Justice Department announced today that Ross Hack, 40, Leland Jones, 31, and Melissa Hack, 37, have been charged with first degree murder and firearms offenses in relation…

Justice Department Settles Landlord-Tenant Case Under Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced that it had reached a settlement resolving allegations that Empirian Property Management Inc. refused to terminate residential leases entered into by active duty…

Police Officer Arrested on Civil Rights and Obstruction Charges Involving Use of Force

WASHINGTON – A Ripley, Tenn., police officer was arrested today on federal civil rights and obstruction of justice charges, the Justice Department announced.   Stephen Michael Kirkpatrick, 47, was indicted on two…

Oregon Man Convicted for Helping Thousands Steal Internet Service

WASHINGTON – A Redmond, Ore., man was convicted yesterday of seven counts of wire fraud by a federal jury in Boston, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice…

Kadyn’s Law Unanimously Approved By Senate

Kadyn’s Law Unanimously Approved By Senate

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate has approved a bill known as Kadyn’s Law that strengthens the penalties for drivers who violate school bus traffic laws. The bill, Senate File…

Geithner Op-Ed: ‘Financial Crisis Amnesia’

Geithner Op-Ed: ‘Financial Crisis Amnesia’

WASHINGTON – In an op-ed to be published in the March 2, 2012 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner (pictured) discusses the perils of financial crisis…

Tornado’s impact: 5 deaths on 1 street

Tornado’s impact: 5 deaths on 1 street

By Ryan Haggerty, Alissa Groeninger and Ted Gregory, Chicago Tribune HARRISBURG, Ill. — Nowhere in this town of about 9,000 felt the heartbreak of six lives lost in Wednesday’s tornado more…

Lawsuit seeks injunction to block City of Coralville’s Von Maur deal

Dave DeWitte, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A large group of Johnson County businesses and property owners filed suit Thursday to block an incentive-laden deal by the City of Coralville…

Opinion: Avoid another costly war

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – Last week, when Iran cranked up its rhetorical — and actual — stance against countries that it sees as enemies, it provoked a new flurry…

Just the Facts: Government Investments in Private Companies, the Tax Code and Taxpayers’ Interests

By: Emily McMahon Recent press reports have glossed over a number of central facts when describing how federal tax laws were applied to companies that received government assistance during the…

Iowa business leaders more optimistic in latest quarterly survey

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – A group representing Iowa’s biggest employers found an improved outlook on business prospects in its latest quarterly survey of members. The Iowa Business Council said…

Real Estate Q&A: The 4 keys to mortgage modification

By Gary M. Singer, Sun Sentinel – QUESTION: My dad passed away four years ago, and my mom was scraping by working at a department store until recently, when she had…

Syrian forces overrun rebel enclave in Homs

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — Syrian forces overran a longtime rebel enclave in the battleground city of Homs, the government said Thursday, as the United Nations…

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ targeted for its green credentials

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ targeted for its green credentials

By Emily Rome, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.” So declares the environmentally minded title character in Dr. Seuss’ children’s book…

Mason City School Nurse Named as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses

Patricia Niver, Mason City Community School District Nurse, has been selected to receive the “100 Great Iowa Nurses” designation. The “100 Great Iowa Nurses” program recognizes outstanding nurses whose exceptional…

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