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Report says FBI investigating Auburn for possible point shaving

By Joel A. Erickson, McClatchy Newspapers – NEW ORLEANS, La. — Auburn sophomore point guard Varez Ward is reportedly at the center of an FBI investigation in an ongoing point-shaving probe,…

Cyclone Women Fall To Kansas State, 67-63

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas State’s Jalana Childs scored a career-high 31 points to give the Wildcats a 67-63 win over Iowa State in a back-and-forth game in quarterfinal action…

Cedar Rapids Man Sentenced For Meth Conspiracy

A man who conspired to sell large quantities of “ice” methamphetamine was sentenced on March 1, 2012, to more than 19 years in federal prison. Ryan Vick, 36, from Cedar…

UNI to cut 23 majors with low graduation rates

UNI to cut 23 majors with low graduation rates

Cedar Falls, Iowa — University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen announced today academic program closures and restructuring that will be submitted to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa…

Gas tax hike sputters forward in Legislature

Gas tax hike sputters forward in Legislature

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Legislative efforts to jump start a sputtering state gas tax proposal got moving Wednesday when a Senate Ways and Means subcommittee pumped…

Nuclear plant debate sets off series of reactions at Capitol

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Consideration of a regulatory framework for a proposed nuclear power plant has set off a large reaction, including competing ads and…

Massachusetts man faces charges of sex tourism

BOSTON – A Shrewsbury, Mass., man has been charged in federal court with engaging in sex with a minor in the Dominican Republic. This investigation is being led by U.S.…

Iowa edges Illinois in Big Ten Tourney opener

Iowa edges Illinois in Big Ten Tourney opener

INDIANAPOLIS – Iowa slipped by Illinois today in the Big Ten Tournament opener, 64-61. Senior Matt Gatens hit clutch free throws down the stretch and scored 20 points on 7-12…

Man charged with bestiality pleads not guilty

GARNER – A LuVerne man who authorities allege performed a sex act on a dog pleaded not guilty on March 1st to a bestiality charge. Steven Schindler, 50, waived his right…

Treasury Announces Public Offering of AIG Common Stock, Agreement with AIG to Repay the Government’s Remaining $8.5 Billion Preferred Equity Investment

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced that it has launched an offering of $6 billion of its American International Group (AIG) common stock. AIG has indicated…

Iowa Couple Sentenced For Possessing Pseudoephedrine

A man and woman who purchased pseudoephedrine pills for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine will each serve time in federal prison. Andrea Stroud, 31, and Kent Bradley Miller, 46,…

Iowa high school graduation rate declines slightly

The graduation rate for Iowa’s class of 2011 declined less than 1 percent from the previous year, according to figures released by the Iowa Department of Education. The state saw…

Timberwolves edge the Trail Blazers with Love

Timberwolves edge the Trail Blazers with Love

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Two things happened — one familiar and one strange — during the Timberwolves’ 106-94 victory over Portland on Wednesday night at Target…

Bucks fall to Bulls and Rose’s buzzer-beater

By Charles F. Gardner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MILWAUKEE — This time the Milwaukee Bucks competed at a high level against the Chicago Bulls, matching them in intensity and spirit.…

Capitol Digest 3-7-12

Capitol Digest 3-7-12

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Wednesday, March 7, 2012: NATIONAL AG DAY: Iowa Secretary of…

Loves continues to transform his game

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love’s evolution from mushy prep star to NBA hard body who this season is learning how to win when the game…

Waterloo Man Convicted On Federal Marijuana, Gun, And Witness Tampering Charges

A Waterloo man who possessed a firearm while selling marijuana, and who intimidated witnesses prior to trial, was convicted by a jury yesterday after a three-day trial in federal court…

Fort Dodge Man Gets 5 Years For Downloading Child Pornography

A man who received child pornography was sentenced March 2, 2012, to 5 years in federal prison. Travis Rudloff, age 24, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, received the sentence after a…

Op-ed: Too long in office (by Peter Children)

Status Quo; as a society we are reluctant to throw things away.  Why is that?  I have at least a half dozen bath robes, yet I wear one each day…

Iowa thief given probation

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Daniel Edward Koehler of Cedar Rapids got the short end of the stick, and it earned him a felony conviction. He even recently…

Marble hopes to bounce back

Marble hopes to bounce back

John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – IOWA CITY – Devyn Marble admitted his hand was a little “tingly.” But the Iowa sophomore guard said the injury he sustained to…

ACLU files lawsuit against city of Clinton

Ben Jacobson, Clinton Herald, Iowa – CLINTON — The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of Citizens for Open Government. The citizens’ group is dedicated to shining…

Iowa City approves $54 million budget

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – The Iowa City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a $54.5 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. The financial plan includes a…

Some plastic surgery getting big lift

By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Breast augmentation may be as popular as ever, but what really has heads turning at the plastic surgeon’s office is the surge in…

Ravi told police he violated roommate’s privacy

By Karen Sudol, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – NEWS BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Dharun Ravi admitted to authorities that he invaded Tyler Clementi’s privacy when he set up a webcam and saw…

New trial ordered in death of inmate forced to wear pink underwear

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “America’s toughest sheriff” is facing a new threat of punishment in the death of a mentally ill jail inmate forced…

Santorum, campaigning in Kansas, voices confidence about prospects

By Steve Kraske, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rick Santorum reacted indignantly Wednesday to an assertion from Mitt Romney’s campaign that it would take an “act of God” for…

FBI says spying has hindered terror fight

By Peter J. Sampson and John P. McAlpin, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — The FBI chief for New Jersey called reporters to his office Wednesday to describe how…

NASA chief says computers are secure despite thefts

By Mark K. Matthews, The Orlando Sentinel – WASHINGTON — NASA Chief Charles Bolden tried to reassure Congress on Wednesday that the space agency’s computers are secure after reports that a…

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, ‘icon’ of the left, ousted in primary contest

By Lisa Mascaro and Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Perhaps no other member of Congress has been willing to try to stop a war, impeach a vice president,…

US military’s ability to stop drug smuggling declines, general says

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Despite intensified counternarcotics efforts over the last five years, the military’s ability to stop drug smuggling into the U.S. from Latin America…

Stem cells may aid organ-transplant patients, study finds

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Patients who are lucky enough to get a transplant for a failed organ usually face a lifetime on anti-rejection drugs, which are…

Peyton Manning has a multitude of options

By Danny O’Neil, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — The speculation the Seahawks could pursue Peyton Manning is becoming a reality. Seattle will be one of the teams trying to land…

Analysis: Who’s to blame in Manning departure? Hard to name one single villain

By Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) – The inevitable but still disorienting news that Peyton Manning will not finish his career with the Indianapolis Colts means someone has to…

United Way to Host Local Hunger Forum

MASON CITY, I.A., March 7, 2012 – United Way of North Central Iowa in partnership with Senator Amanda Ragan will host HUNGER FORUM 2012 to shed light on the food…

Iowa football coaches hold press conference

Iowa football coaches hold press conference

COACH KIRK FERENTZ:  Just welcome to everybody.  Got a young journalist (Julian Vandervelde) back here on the right I see.  Will you put this in Japanese when you write this…

Five Cyclone Wrestlers to NCAA

Five Cyclone Wrestlers to NCAA

AMES, Iowa – Five Iowa State wrestlers will be competing at the 2012 NCAA Championships March 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo. Ryak Finch (125), Luke Goettl (141), Andrew Sorenson (165),…