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Supervisors approve Red Power economic deal

Supervisors approve Red Power economic deal

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors finalized their economic development agreement with Red Power at Tuesday morning’s meeting. The deal is the first Tax Increment…

Waterloo Police Investigate Fatality

Waterloo Police are investigating a fatality that occurred in the early morning hours today in the area of Washington Street and West Mullan Avenue. Shortly after 4 am Monday, April…

Waterloo Officers Seize Handguns During Traffic Stop

On March 25, 2012 Officer with the Waterloo Police Department’s Violent Crimes Apprehension Team encountered a fight in the 200 block of Broadway St.  Officers identified one of the suspect…

Hanlontown City Council member arrested for domestic assault

Hanlontown City Council member arrested for domestic assault

by Matt Marquardt – NORTHWOOD – A Hanlontown City Council member was arrested for domestic assault over the weekend. Jacob J. Jackson, 38, of Hanlontown was arrested on April 1…

Guillen suspended five games; Marlins manager ‘sorry to all the people I hurt’

By Joseph Schwerdt, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen five games for comments he made about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. “The Marlins acknowledge…

Ragan: Iowa Senate approves bold education reform

Ragan: Iowa Senate approves bold education reform

(Des Moines) On Monday, April 9, the Iowa Senate approved bold, comprehensive education reform. Senate File 2284 would raise academic standards, help educators improve, and use innovation to increase student…

Suicide bombers kill at least 16 in Afghanistan

By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — Suicide bombers in western and southern Afghanistan killed at least 16 other people Tuesday, including several policeman, in…

Branstad encourages party to come together and support Mitt Romney

Branstad encourages party to come together and support Mitt Romney

Gov. Terry Branstad today endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Branstad says it is time for the party to come together and devote their attention to…

Vision Iowa Board to meet at Park Inn Hotel Wednesday morning

Vision Iowa Board to meet at Park Inn Hotel Wednesday morning

MASON CITY – The Vision Iowa Board is coming to Mason City Wednesday morning. The board will meet at the Historic Park Inn Hotel at 10 a.m. There is a…

UPDATED: Freeze warning still in effect

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has kept a freeze warning issued for much of Iowa. The warning is in effect from 3 am to 9 am Wednesday. A…

“Prescribed burn” conducted today at Lime Creek

“Prescribed burn” conducted today at Lime Creek

MASON CITY – Staff of the Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board conducted a prescribed burn today at the Lime Creek Conservation Area. View more photos here.…

Santorum suspends presidential campaign

Santorum suspends presidential campaign

————— By William Douglas, The Philadelphia Inquirer – WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who shocked the political world by emerging from the back of the Republican presidential pack to pose…

At least 150,000 North Koreans in nightmarish gulags, report says

By Emily Alpert, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — North Korea keeps at least 150,000 people locked up in hidden gulags where they are forced to work behind barbed wire…

James Van Der Beek spoofs himself in a new ABC comedy

By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — It would turn out to be a classic teen TV drama moment: Dawson Leery, the eternal idealist of late ‘90s adolescent…

Guillen shows remorse as Cuban outrage builds, to address Castro issue on Tuesday

By Craig Davis and Brenda Medina, Sun Sentinel – PHILADELPHIA — An off day from baseball may prove to be the most difficult — and most important — day of Ozzie…

NFL’s Goodell upholds suspensions against Saints personnel

By Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday upheld the original suspensions he slapped on New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and…

Timberwolves routed by Suns

Timberwolves routed by Suns

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman had a message for his team before Monday’s game with Phoenix. To summarize: There were precious few…

Guillen suspended five games; Marlins manager ‘sorry to all the people I hurt’

By Joseph Schwerdt, Sun Sentinel – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Miami Marlins suspended manager Ozzie Guillen five games for comments he made about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. “The Marlins…

EEOC asks appeals court to rehear CRST case

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asked a federal appeals court Monday to reconsider its ruling involving CRST Expedited of Cedar Rapids that it said could…

Branstad hopeful for Iowa property tax relief this year

Branstad hopeful for Iowa property tax relief this year

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he is “very hopeful” the 2012 legislative session will produce significant property tax reform and relief. The GOP governor told…

Haitian infant with birth defect receives surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Cindy Hadish, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — Worried about her baby’s failing health, a young Haitian mother entrusted her daughter to an Iowa City couple to secure the medical…

Humane Society asks for help finding home for “incredible friend”

Humane Society asks for help finding home for “incredible friend”

MASON CITY – Today, the Humane Society of North Iowa is asking the public to help find a home for “Wally,” a dog that is at the shelter for the…

Mason City Council to hold work session Thursday

Mason City Council to hold work session Thursday

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will hold a work session Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. The following is on the agenda: 1. Review the City Attorney…

Freedom of speech limited at private-sector workplaces

By Diane Stafford, McClatchy Newspapers – It’s an election year. People talk politics in the workplace. And why not? We have freedom of speech. Well, not necessarily. You may be…

The Buffett Rule: A Basic Principle of Tax Fairness

The Buffett Rule: A Basic Principle of Tax Fairness

The White House today released  a corrected copy of a new White House report on the economic case for the Buffett Rule, a principle of fairness that ensures that millionaires…

More companies use services to check job applicants’ pasts

By Diane Stafford, McClatchy Newspapers – KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Human resources professional Suzanne Johnson used to pick up the phone, call a company “and get honest feedback about an…

Generation Y finds diminishing returns on promises for future

By Alfred Lubrano, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Throughout the presidential campaign, each of the candidates has invoked the American Dream. The venerable notion that hard work leads to…

Beware the office vampires

By Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune – Every workplace is required by federal law to employ at least one individual who is spectacularly irritating. That’s an incontrovertible (made-up) fact. Whether you’re…

Credit unions push to ease small-business lending cap

By Andrew Dunn, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the time came late last year for David Settle to refinance a loan on his heating and air conditioning company’s…

Lending for small businesses is on the rise

By Andrew Dunn, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Pue family business lives by its line of credit. Air compressors need to be bought and sold, stacks of metal…

Thompson signs with NIACC

Thompson signs with NIACC

FOREST CITY, Iowa – Forest City all-conference player Connor Thompson has signed to play women’s basketball at NIACC starting in the fall. Thompson was 2nd-Team All-North Iowa Conference this past…

NIACC softball sweeps Riverland

NIACC softball sweeps Riverland

AUSTIN, Minn. – NIACC softball completed the season sweep of Riverland Community College with 16-4 and 12-0 wins on Monday afternoon. Jessica Robinett (Fr., Maxwell, IA) only gave up one…

Capitol Digest 4-9-12

Capitol Digest 4-9-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Monday, April 9, 2012: JUDICIAL SELECTION UPHELD: A United States Court of Appeals…

Report says Iowa’s rivers among most polluted

Report says Iowa’s rivers among most polluted

Report from Environment Iowa Research and Policy Center – Des Moines, Iowa — Industrial facilities dumped over 6.2 million pounds of toxic chemicals into Iowa’s waterways, according to a new report…

14 jurors selected in trial of suspect in slayings of Jennifer Hudson relatives

By Jason Meisner and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — With his fate hanging in the balance, William Balfour now knows most of the people who will decide whether…

Consumer watchdog proposes crackdown on mortgage companies

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday will consider a host of new rules that would force the nation’s mortgage servicers to provide…

Fire in vacant Philadelphia building kills 2 firefighters

Fire in vacant Philadelphia building kills 2 firefighters

By Troy Graham, Mike Newall and Allison Steele, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The old Thomas W. Buck Hosiery building, dominating nearly a full block in the Kensington neighborhood of…

Gingrich, campaigning in North Carolina, says he’s not going away

Gingrich, campaigning in North Carolina, says he’s not going away

By Rob Christensen, McClatchy Newspapers – RALEIGH, N.C. — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign Monday began morphing into less of a pursuit of the presidency and more into an effort…

Obama faces pressure over same-sex marriage

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who has fended off questions about his position on same-sex marriage for nearly a year and a half…

New Masters champion Watson honed shotmaking skills by letting imagination run free

By Jeff Shain, The Orlando Sentinel – AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson’s mind runs at about 300 mph, far faster than that jump-out-of-your-shoes swing the lefty uncorks on the tee. He…

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