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Midwest Governors on PR blitz against “pink slime”

Midwest Governors on PR blitz against “pink slime”

by Matt Marquardt – SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad joined four other midwest governors Thursday in touring a beef processing plant in South Sioux City, Nebraska.…

Mason City woman arrested for attacking boyfriend with pepper spray

Mason City woman arrested for attacking boyfriend with pepper spray

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman was arrested last night on a domestic violence charge. Samantha Suzanne Schrader, 19, allegedly sprayed her boyfriend with pepper spray yesterday at their home…

Survey says Iowa employers optimistic on job growth

A report from an employment selection company say that Iowa employers are somewhat optimistic about job growth in the near future.  The report focused on small and medium sized businesses.…

King, Latham, Boswell Ask USDA to Set the Record Straight on Finely textured beef

Editor’s note: BPI in Waterloo, Iowa is the country’s largest producer of “lean finely textured beef.”  Some have called the product “pink slime.”  The product is treated with ammonium oxide…

Op-ed: Expel Tornquist from landfill board (by Peter Children)

Op-ed: Expel Tornquist from landfill board (by Peter Children)

I just finished watching the video concerning the discussion on the 28E agreement which as been in place for forty years, this is between Mason City and the Landfill of…

Gun owners debate Trayvon Martin shooting online

By Henry Pierson Curtis, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — In the roiling national debate over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, one group has been conspicuously quiet: gun owners.…

New jobless claims fall to four-year low

New jobless claims fall to four-year low

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — New claims for unemployment benefits dipped last week to their lowest level in four years in the latest sign of the continued,…

Keeping the B-2 up to date

By Rick Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Say you own a 20-year-old car and intend to drive it beyond the year 2050. It will need some fixing. A…

Conservatives have lost faith in science, study shows

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – (MCT) As the Republican presidential race has shown, the conservatives who dominate the primaries are deeply skeptical of science — making Newt Gingrich, for…

Senate approves funding for workforce agency

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Moving with due speed, the Iowa Senate voted 48-1 Wednesday to restore status quo funding for the Iowa Workforce Development needed to keep…

Iowa DOT small equipment auction April 14

AMES, Iowa – March 29, 2012 – A public auction of small equipment and miscellaneous items will be held by the Iowa Department of Transportation on its grounds in Ames Saturday,…

Branstad, Vilsack refute smears aimed at beef product

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Hy-Vee Food Stores reversed a decision to take “lean finely textured beef” off its shelves Wednesday, after receiving feedback from customers and…

Early warmth brings spate of cycle accidents

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – March’s record-breaking warmth has brought motorcyclists out early, resulting in a string of fatal accidents in Eastern Iowa. “People aren’t watching for motorcycles in March,”…

Capitol Digest, 3-28-2012

Capitol Digest, 3-28-2012

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Wednesday, March 28, 2012: JUDGE BOWER INVESTITURE: Iowa Appellate Court Judge Thomas N. Bower…

Jet Blue pilot suspended, charged after meltdown

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — Federal authorities on Wednesday charged a Jet Blue pilot whose midair meltdown on a New York-to-Las Vegas flight forced his co-pilot…

Mother charged in toddler’s accidental shooting death

By Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Second-degree manslaughter charges have been filed against a mother and her boyfriend in connection with the accidental shooting of the woman’s toddler…

Couple who fled home after Spike Lee tweet hire Morgan law firm

By Jeff Weiner, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — A couple who say they were forced to leave their home after director Spike Lee re-tweeted their address to his Twitter…

Western troops take steps to avoid fratricide by Afghan troops

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — U.S. and NATO soldiers have been ordered to take extraordinary precautions against being shot by Afghan troops, including designating “guardian angels”…

Chicago Man Convicted of Distributing Child Pornography During Undercover FBI Investigation of “Boy Lovers” Group

CHICAGO—A federal jury today convicted a Crest Hill man of distributing and possessing child pornography, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Robert…

Boy bands are back, and they’re doing big business

By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of glow sticks luminesced over the sold-out crowd at Gibson Amphitheatre on a recent Friday night. Prepubescent girls snapped…

Singer Bobby Brown charged with 3 misdemeanors in DUI case

By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles city attorney’s office charged singer Bobby Brown on Wednesday with three misdemeanor counts following his drunken-driving arrest in…

Arab leaders expected to back UN peace plan for Syria

By Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers – BAGHDAD — With its own initiatives having failed, the Arab League is expected Thursday to back a U.N.-led peace plan during a meeting in Iraq,…

TSA officers charged with trashing South Beach hotel room, shooting gun

By David Smiley, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — Miami Beach police say two Transportation Security Administration officers partied a little too hard Tuesday night, trashed their South Beach hotel room and…

Navy workers plead guilty in cash-for-contracts scam

By W.J. Hennigan and Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Four Navy civilian employees and three defense contractors have pleaded guilty to corruption charges related to a cash-for-contracts…

Police video shows Zimmerman in handcuffs, but not bloody

By Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Sanford, Fla., police marched a handcuffed George Zimmerman into police headquarters the night he shot and killed Trayvon…

Gingrich ‘at the end of his line,’ major donor says

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Casino titan Sheldon Adelson, who has almost single-handedly bankrolled a “super PAC” backing Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign, now believes Gingrich is “at…

Former President George H.W. Bush endorses Mitt Romney

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney heads to Texas on Thursday to accept the formal backing of former President George H.W. Bush — another prominent figure…

In Iowa speech, Biden targets Romney on outsourcing

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden contrasted the Obama administration’s efforts to boost domestic manufacturing with what he said was Mitt Romney’s track…

Senate begins probe of Army’s handling of PTSD cases

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Fearing that the Army may be mishandling the matter, the top senator on the veterans affairs panel said Wednesday that she has begun…

Florida Man Indicted on Federal Charges Involving Extortion and Child Pornography

JACKSONVILLE, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill announced that Joshua Jay Williamson (24, Jacksonville), made his initial appearance in federal court today in Jacksonville after having been indicted by a…

Florida AG Pam Bondi force behind health care challenge

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Blessed with sound-bite sensibilities in an all-male scrum of long-winded gray suits, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi stood out in Washington this week…

Two D.C. Men Sentenced to 30 and 35 Years in Prison for Conspiracy to Kidnap a Bank Employee

GREENBELT, MD—Chief U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Jeffery Edelen, age 42; and Kendall Taylor, a/k/a “Shamsideen Salaam,” age 40, both of Washington, D.C., today to 30 and 35…

Several Individuals Charged in Texas in Murder-for-Hire Plot and Drug Conspiracy

LAREDO, TX—Several men have been arrested and charged in a conspiracy related to drug trafficking and/or an attempted murder-for-hire plot, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Kevin Corley, 29, and…

Supreme Court wraps up arguments over health care law

Supreme Court wraps up arguments over health care law

By Michael Doyle and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The future of health care hangs in the balance, as do some political fates, with the conclusion Wednesday of Supreme…

Wood chip pick up and spring updates

Wood chip pick up and spring updates

The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board ROW Vegetation Management staff will be giving away a portion of its stockpile of wood chips at Lime Creek Nature Center April 9-13.  Chips…

Davenport Man Sentenced to 160 Months for Possession of Crack Cocaine With Intent to Distribute and Possession of a Firearm In Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

DAVENPORT, IA — On March 23, 2012, Eldonte Lamar Kirk, age 26, of Davenport was sentenced to 160 months imprisonment for possession of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, with intent…

Illinois and Groce have a deal

By Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Despite an increasingly complicated negotiation process, multiple sources confirmed to the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday night that Ohio’s John Groce has been…

AMC treads carefully as it opens the second season of ‘The Killing’

AMC treads carefully as it opens the second season of ‘The Killing’

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — After last year’s season finale of “The Killing” generated howls of indignation, the show’s blindsided creative team began worriedly plotting to…

Harkin Announces $390,000 for Three Iowa Fire Departments

Harkin Announces $390,000 for Three Iowa Fire Departments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that three Iowa fire departments have been awarded a total of $391,512 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to…

Misconduct in Stevens case was an anomaly, Justice Department says

By Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that its misconduct in the case against then-Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens was an isolated incident and…

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