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Fish Kill Investigated in Hancock County

BRITT – A fish kill in Hancock County west of Britt is being investigated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Approximately one-and-a-half to two miles of the headwaters of…

Stocks rise as Bernanke signals easy-money policy

By Laura Mandaro, MarketWatch – SAN FRANCISCO — Major stock indexes erased a week’s worth of losses Monday, surging after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signaled the central bank is committed…

Branstad rethinking neutrality in GOP race

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad indicated today that he may well endorse a candidate in the GOP presidential race after next week’s Wisconsin primary.…

Harkin Announces $83,000 to Assist Homeless Veterans in Iowa

Harkin Announces $83,000 to Assist Homeless Veterans in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Davenport Housing Commission has been awarded $83,870 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs…

MN Senate agrees to shift $430 million out of reserves to pay portion of money owed schools

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The Republican-led Senate approved a bill that would start paying back the $2.4 billion owed to Minnesota public schools, despite criticism that it…

Twin Cities student plans ‘porn prom’ after school nixes porn star dates

Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – If Mike Stone can’t bring his porn-star dates to prom, then he has an idea – an alternative “porn prom.” “It would be…

Austin, MN housing authority worker who watched porn in tenant’s home and then exposed himself sentenced

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald – An Austin Housing and Redevelopment Authority worker who exposed himself to a female tenant after watching a pornographic film in her home last November was…

Former Boy Scouts leader surrenders in child-porn case

Rafael A. Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – A former Boy Scouts leader surrendered in a Broward courtroom Monday to begin serving a prison sentence for 100 counts of possession…

Kentucky man indicted on 22 counts of child pornography

By Deborah Highland, Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky. – March 26–A 24-year-old Bowling Green man could be looking at spending the next 20 years behind bars if he is convicted…

Iowa City burglary suspect arrested

Iowa City burglary suspect arrested

On March 23, 2012 at approximately 12:08 a.m., Iowa City Police Officers responded to 212 E Bloomington Street for a female reporting she had just found an unknown male coming…

Squad car accident injures Waterloo police officer

From the Waterloo Police Department: On Monday, March 26, 2012, at approximately 8:34 AM, a Waterloo Police car was involved in an accident at Commercial Street and West 18th Street.…

Iowan struck and killed by semi

From the Waterloo Police Department: On March 25, 2012, at approximately 9:15 PM, Waterloo Police responded to US Highway 20 eastbound near the Highway 63 exit on report of a…

Car and moped accident kills one in Waterloo on Sunday

From the Waterloo Police Department: On Sunday, March 25, 2012 at approximately 1:15 PM, Waterloo Police responded to an motor vehicle accident at Fletcher Avenue and University Avenue. Upon arrival,…

New York Fugitive Arrested After Fleeing Cross Country

Austin, TX – David Robert Wampler, 40, whose last known address was Livonia, New York was arrested today by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in downtown Austin. Wampler was…

U.S. Marshals Task Force Tracks Down Child Sexual Predator After Almost 2 Years on the Run

Akron, OH – On Saturday, at approximately 4:30 in the morning, the York Police Department in South Carolina arrested 38 year old Antwain Price for failing to register as a…

Largest Heroin Bust in Michigan History Nets Seven Additional Defendants

(Detroit, MI) – Nine individuals have been charged in a first superseding indictment with violating various federal drug laws which include conspiracy to distribute 69 kilograms of heroin and 10 kilograms…

State lawmakers aiming for compromise in Week 12

State lawmakers aiming for compromise in Week 12

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says each legislative session has its own unique character, and this year’s General Assembly has been like driving…

Iowa’s Fran McCaffery among Big Ten’s lowest-paid men’s basketball coaches

Iowa’s Fran McCaffery among Big Ten’s lowest-paid men’s basketball coaches

Scott Dochterman, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — With new Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles earning a reported $1.4 million per season, Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery now ranks near…

It’s a familiar final four on the floor for NCAA tournament

By Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times – Next weekend’s Final Four in New Orleans has everything except something to hug. There are no lovable nicknames, or coaches named “Shaka,’ or teams…

Treasury Report: Now is the Key Time to Invest in Infrastructure

​Investments in Transportation Projects Create Jobs in Sectors Where Nearly 90 Percent of Jobs Have Middle-Class Wages WASHINGTON – A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Treasury with…

City continues water main flushing

City continues water main flushing

MASON CITY – The City of Mason City Water Division is flushing water mains in the northwest quadrant of town, all areas west of Federal Avenue and north of Highway…

Haji Bagcho, One of World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers, Convicted on Drug Trafficking, Narco-Terrorism Charges

An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban was convicted today by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of conspiracy, distribution of heroin for importation…

Upmeyer: “Another productive week at the Capitol”

Upmeyer: “Another productive week at the Capitol”

From Rep. Linda Upmeyer – Another productive week at the Capitol is under our belts. We continue to work hard on behalf of all Iowans as we wind down the…

Iowa Baseball Beats Northwestern, Takes Series

Iowa Baseball Beats Northwestern, Takes Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa baseball team defeated Northwestern Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game set at Duane Banks Field, 3-1. The Hawkeyes (9-11, 2-1)…

Iowa State’s Jordan Railey and Tavon Sledge To Transfer

Iowa State’s Jordan Railey and Tavon Sledge To Transfer

AMES, Iowa- Iowa State head men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed Friday that sophomore Jordan Railey and freshman Tavon Sledge will transfer. Both have asked for and been granted their…

Op-ed: Tornquist and Bookmeyer looking for revenge on landfill (by Peter Children)

Payback time. In the council work session packet laying out the council’s agenda for tomorrow night it states that there will be a review of the City’s 28E agreement with…

Police investigate assault at Burke’s Bar

Police investigate assault at Burke’s Bar

MASON CITY – Mason City police and ambulance were summoned to Burke’s Bar, 1221 North Federal Avenue, late Sunday night for an apparent assault. Witnesses said that an older man was…

Minnesota man sentenced for armed robbery of convenience stores

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 21–year–old Inver Grove Heights man was sentenced in connection with the June 14, 2011, armed robberies of SuperAmerica stores…

LOL in Iowa

From the Iowa Department of Public Health: Poor health is no laughing matter; but good health just might be. Research has shown a good laugh can improve sleep, lower blood…

Man gets 35 years for murder after fiery assault

Defendant Already Was Serving Prison Term on Related Charges WASHINGTON – Vasile Graure, 41, was sentenced today to a prison term of 35 years on a charge of felony murder…

Mason City accountants says his book is now a best-seller

Mason City accountants says his book is now a best-seller

Mason City, IA – Eric Levenhagen, CPA CTC, principal at ProWise Tax & Accounting, LLC in Mason City, IA, is proud to announce the release of a book he co-authored…

Softball: No. 14 Kirkwood drops NIACC twice

Softball:  No. 14 Kirkwood drops NIACC twice

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC softball dropped to 6-8 overall and 0-4 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference after losing two games to No. 14 Kirkwood 21-3 and 13-5…

Baseball: Trojans gain Sunday split with Iowa Central

Baseball: Trojans gain Sunday split with Iowa Central

MASON CITY, Iowa – NIACC baseball may have lost game one of Sunday’s doubleheader against No. 17 Iowa Central, 7-5, but ended the weekend series with a bang in the…

NIACC women’s golf places two in top-10

NIACC women’s golf places two in top-10

PANORA, Iowa – The NIACC Trojan women’s golf team wrapped up the two-day Iowa Intercollegiate Golf Tournament with two top-10 finishers. Alexandria Eckenrod (Fr., Mason City, IA) shot 83 in…

Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier, eight Afghans in southern Afghanistan

By Ali Safi, McClatchy Newspapers – KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb exploded in Kandahar province on Saturday night, killing a U.S. soldier, seven Afghan police officers and an Afghan translator,…

Obama urges North Korea, Iran to drop nuclear programs

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – SEOUL, South Korea — President Barack Obama on Monday made a direct appeal to the leaders of North Korea and Iran, urging them to…

Third Chicago-area high school student in three months struck, killed by train

By Erin Meyer, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The third Lake Forest High School student struck and killed by a Metra train in the Chicago area since the beginning of the…

‘Hunger Games’ devours market with a record $155 million

By Amy Kaufman and Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Lionsgate hit a bull’s-eye this weekend with “The Hunger Games,” as the story of expert archer Katniss Everdeen…

A daunting Obama ground game awaits Romney

By Matea Gold and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As he moves unceasingly toward the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has cast himself as the only GOP candidate…

Massive beef recall in Canada crosses border into U.S.

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — A massive beef recall in Canada has crossed the border, leading the Seattle branch of a major food distributor to recall 16,800…

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