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Pat Robertson wants relaxed marijuana laws, more prayer

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Televangelist Pat Robertson was making headlines Tuesday for two vastly different reasons. Reason No. 1: He wants to decriminalize marijuana. Reason…

Romney gets early wins on Super Tuesday, but Ohio vote still looms

Romney gets early wins on Super Tuesday, but Ohio vote still looms

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential primaries in Virginia, Massachusetts and Vermont on Tuesday as he fought to create an aura of inevitability,…

Two arrested after “suspicious” vehicle stopped Saturday on Avenue

RUDD —Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch confirmed today the arrest of two persons after a “suspicious vehicle” was stopped on the Avenue of the Saints near Rudd Saturday evening at…

Branstad vows to fight cuts to Iowa Air National Guard

Branstad vows to fight cuts to Iowa Air National Guard

Gov. Terry E. Branstad today stated he intends to fight the force structure reductions as released today by the United States Air Force. Today’s manpower reductions are in addition to…

USDA Seeks Applications for Economic Development Funding to Create Jobs In Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, March 5, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is seeking applications for loans and grants to help rural businesses create jobs and spur economic development.…

USDA Provides Disaster Recovery Assistance in 20 States

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $19.7 million of financial and technical assistance to help communities rebuild and repair damages caused by flooding, drought and other natural…

Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on New WTO Dispute Against India’s Prohibition on U.S. Poultry

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2012–Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement after U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the U.S. Government is requesting consultations with the Government of…

Get Your Plate in Shape

IDPH reminds Iowans that March is National Nutrition Month – a good opportunity to brush up on proven, healthy ways to achieve wellness. On January 1, 2012, many Iowans dedicated…

Senate Republicans block advancement of transportation bill

By Richard Simon and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In a sign of just how bad congressional dysfunction has gotten, Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked the advancement of…

Former Iraqi official who executed Hussein denied entry into US

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A former senior Iraqi official who pulled the lever to execute Saddam Hussein and helped improve U.S. relations with the Baghdad government…

5 arrested, another confesses in hacking attacks

By Todd Lighty and Wailin Wong, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Five computer hackers were charged Tuesday for crimes related to high-profile cyber attacks against major corporations and government entities. Authorities…

Obama says it wasn’t security concerns that led to moving of G-8 summit

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he was confident in Chicago’s ability to host a gathering of world leaders and played down the…

Woman killed by cannonball while 4-year-old slept nearby

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO—A 4-year-old was sleeping in the mobile home struck by a cannonball that killed a 33-year-old woman in San Diego County, officials said.…

Super Tuesday: 10 states, coast to coast, and it’s all about delegates

Super Tuesday: 10 states, coast to coast, and it’s all about delegates

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential campaign spreads out across 10 states Tuesday — Super Tuesday — a coast-to-coast test that could allow…

Woman found dead in Charles City Monday morning

by Matt Marquardt – CHARLES CITY – Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch confirmed today that a Hugo, Minnesota woman was found dead in Charles City Monday morning at 7:57 a.m.…

Branstad speaks at education hearing, calls for bold reform

Branstad speaks at education hearing, calls for bold reform

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad spoke at the public hearing on education reform Monday night held by the Iowa Legislature. Below are Gov. Branstad’s remarks, as prepared for delivery: Thank…

Supervisors vote themselves 2.5% pay increase

Supervisors vote themselves 2.5% pay increase

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors approved the 2012-2013 budget this morning. The countywide levy decreased .024% from last fiscal year. “We wanted pretty much…

Taxpayer subsidies for rich ex-presidents are cutback targets

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — With ex-presidents earning hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees and book deals, a bipartisan effort is under way in Congress…

Protesters still plan rallies in Chicago despite departure of G-8 summit

By David Heinzmann and John Chase, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Protesters gearing up for Chicago’s spring gathering of world leaders cheered the news that the G-8 summit is being moved…

Rutgers student who secretly videotaped roommate texted friend about ‘viewing party’

By Karen Sudol, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Dharun Ravi texted a high school friend that Rutgers University students were having a “viewing party with a bottle…

Obama moves G-8 summit from Chicago to Camp David

By Bob Secter, Kristen Mack and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHICAGO — Chicago’s star turn on the world stage was cut in half Monday after President Barack Obama made…

Researchers report progress in cancer immunotherapy

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – In a bid to make cancer immunotherapy more effective, researchers report they have succeeded in halting the progress of aggressive melanoma in its tracks…

World powers offer to restart nuclear negotiations with Iran

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — The United States, China, Russia and key European nations have offered to restart talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, the…

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at Northwestern University School of Law

As prepared for delivery Chicago ~ Monday, March 5, 2012 Thank you, Dean [Daniel] Rodriguez, for your kind words, and for the outstanding leadership that you provide – not only for this…

MCPD investigating late night shooting

MCPD investigating late night shooting

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Mason City police were investigating a shooting late Monday night near downtown Mason CIty. (Photo by Jody Spear.) At about 11:16 p.m., officers…

Op-ed: Collusion on the city council (by Peter Children)

Over lunch today the subject of the city council was brought up. I was informed that Turncoat, Solberg and Hickey were all in re-election mode.  Their focus now is to…

Obama, Netanyahu meet on Iran threat, appear to differ on strategy

Obama, Netanyahu meet on Iran threat, appear to differ on strategy

By Paul Richter and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday sought to offer a united front against Iran’s…

Holder asserts U.S. authority to kill citizens deemed terrorists

Holder asserts U.S. authority to kill citizens deemed terrorists

By Richard Serrano and Andrew R. Grimm, Tribune Washington Bureau – CHICAGO — The president has legal authority to target and kill American citizens working with Al-Qaida and its allies overseas,…

Bruising battle with Clippers goes Wolves’ way

Bruising battle with Clippers goes Wolves’ way

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — By the time March has ended the Timberwolves will have become a rare commodity at Target Center. Seriously. The Wolves have 17…

Steckman says job creation plan offered

Steckman says job creation plan offered

From Iowa Rep. Sharon Steckman: The Economic Growth budget bill came to the floor this week. Democrats offered an amendment aimed at strengthening Iowa’s economy and putting people back to…

CBI more realistic for Iowa than NIT, and perhaps more useful

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – I’ve heard several people recently say Iowa’s men’s basketball team could go to the National Invitation Tournament. Ummm, it probably won’t. I understand why that…

Alliant helps Center Point School District build with energy in mind

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The new high school in Center Point is a new example of how energy-efficient planning can really save money. The building was recently finished with help…

Minnesota Man Indicted for Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Aggravated Sexual Contact with a Child

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Wakpala man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and…

Grassley, Kohl Release Nursing Home Quality Study

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Herb Kohl, D-Wis., today released a report urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve oversight of the new…

Ralph McQuarrie, illustrator who created the look of ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 82

By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When director George Lucas hired illustrator Ralph McQuarrie in 1974 to do a series of paintings visualizing scenes from his script…

Poppens, Moody Recognized By Big 12 Coaches

Poppens, Moody Recognized By Big 12 Coaches

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State junior Chelsea Poppens was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first-team, while rookie Nikki Moody was selected to the All-Freshman Team. Poppens, an Aplington,…