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Capitol Digest 4-12-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Thursday, April 12, 2012: REJECTED: Iowa Senate Democrats blocked the confirmation of a…

Feds seized 22 guns from Texas strip club owner

Federal agents seized 22 guns, bulletproof vests and nearly $150,000 in cash from the home of the Arlington strip club owner arrested this week in an alleged murder-for-hire plot targeting…

Cubs beat Cards 9-5

Cubs beat Cards 9-5

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – ST. LOUIS — Ian Stewart’s long wait finally came to an end Friday in the first inning of a 9-5 Cubs victory over the Cardinals…

Human Bones found in Henry County Determined to be Female Remains

Henry County, IOWA — On March 17, 2012, at approximately 5:10pm, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible human remains being found along Old Hwy 34, near…

Griffin leads Clippers to first win over Timberwolves this season

Griffin leads Clippers to first win over Timberwolves this season

By Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times – MINNEAPOLIS — The Los Angeles Clippers finally got one over on the Minnesota Timberwolves. (PHOTO: Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul, right, grabbed a rebound away…

International nuclear talks with Iran begin

By Paul Richter, Tribune Washington Bureau – ISTANBUL, Turkey — World powers began potentially crucial talks with Iran on Friday over its disputed nuclear program, even as Western officials appeared to…

With rocket in pieces, concern now turns to what North Korea will do next

With rocket in pieces, concern now turns to what North Korea will do next

By Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIJING — After the embarrassment of a much-publicized rocket launch ending in explosion, North Korea offered a new puzzle Friday for international observers: What will…

MCPD cautions GM car drivers: Thieves want your catalytic converters

MCPD cautions GM car drivers: Thieves want your catalytic converters

MASON CITY – The Mason City Police Department is cautioning citizens to be aware that numerous reports of stolen catalytic converters, typically from General Motors cars, have occurred throughout Mason…

Defamation case against Casey Anthony can proceed to trial, judge rules

By Amy Pavuk, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — The defamation case filed by a Florida mother against Casey Anthony can proceed to trial, an Orange County Circuit Court judge…

Trout, Willett, Bookmeyer pushing “welfare for the rich”

Trout, Willett, Bookmeyer pushing “welfare for the rich”

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – Beware, Mason City taxpayers. Mayor Eric Bookmeyer is again on the rampage with your tax dollars.  His latest scheme, exposed at last night’s council work…

Nick Diaz fights to clear his name in Nevada

By Carlos Arias, The Orange County Register – UFC welterweight contender Nick Diaz is fighting back. Well, actually it’s his lawyer, Ross Goodman, doing the fighting. Diaz still is awaiting his…

Op-ed: Will the real John Lee please stand up (by Peter Children)

WILL THE REAL JOHN LEE PLEASE STAND UP. During the campaign for city council, much was said about John Lee. Things that alluded to; “he’s his own man. No one…

Potential debate over abortion funding looms in Iowa Legislature

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – Iowa lawmakers are girding for the potential of another session shutdown laced with battles over public funding of abortion services. The state budget bill that…

‘Big Four’ is actually a ‘Reduced Four’

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Iowa and Iowa State win. Drake and Northern Iowa lose. No surprise there. After decades of quietly and not-so-quietly wishing they didn’t play both Drake…

Mason City man captured after vehicle, foot pursuit

Mason City man captured after vehicle, foot pursuit

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested early Friday morning after fleeing from an MCPD officer. At 12:23 a.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for an…

Coralville’s bond ratings take hit on hotel costs, TIF reliance

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – A rating agency Tuesday downgraded $194 million of Coralville municipal debt, citing the city’s heavy borrowing against tax increment finance (TIF) funds and need to…

Family at John Edwards’ side as jury selection begins

Family at John Edwards’ side as jury selection begins

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — The scandal that engulfed John Edwards shattered his image as a devoted family man and led to his indictment. But as the…

Bush tax cuts for wealthy must expire: Congress should get this right

By Will Rice – WASHINGTON — You usually can’t reverse a bad decision by simply doing nothing, but that’s exactly the opportunity we have at the end of this year.…

Without an extension and widespread tax reform, America is teetering on economic ruin

By Thomas J. Donohue – WASHINGTON — The IRS deadline for filing 2011 tax returns is upon us. Would you think I’m crazy if I said you should enjoy it?…

Car design hinders use of child safety seats, report says

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Child safety seats are difficult to properly install in cars, according to an insurance industry research group, because of the design…

99% Spring – Iowa Summit to Confront Corporate Power

DES MOINES – Community, faith and labor organizations from all around the country have issued a joint call for a renewed movement of direction targeting the nation’s most abusive corporations,…

MN father accused of whippings, stomping on 2-year-old son’s head

David Chanen, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A man is accused of stomping the head of his 2-year-old son and repeatedly whipping the child, according to charges filed Wednesday. Deryl Young Jr.,…

Warm March across US shatters records

By Renee Schoof, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The weird warmth of March brought out the tank tops and shorts in many parts of the country. In fact, it was the…

Trade deficit shrinks, raising hopes for GDP

By Ruth Mantell, MarketWatch – WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in February for the largest percentage drop since May 2009, according to a government report released Thursday that led…

BRIEF: Report: Wind power capacity rose 31% in 2011

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Iowa remained one of the leading states in a rapidly expanding wind power industry in 2011, according to a trade group’s annual report. Wind power…

Director says ‘Cabin in the Woods’ was no day at the beach

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Writing the TV series “Lost” and the sci-fi thriller “Cloverfield,” Drew Goddard made a reputation as the man to see for familiar-seeming…

Former Nets star Williams to get his freedom

By John Brennan, The Record (Hackensack N.J.) – HACKENSACK, N.J. — Jayson Williams, the former all-star center for the Nets, is expected to become a free man Friday — 10 years…

Man who fatally beat dorm roommate is sentenced

By Andy Furillo, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — They said it was “reasonable.” They said it was “fair.” But don’t ask Gerald and Elizabeth Hawkins if the deal that sent…

Keep our kids safe – do not pass a stopped school bus

Keep our kids safe – do not pass a stopped school bus

AMES, Iowa – Recently, several motor vehicle crashes with school buses have prompted the Iowa Department of Transportation to remind motorists of when it is illegal to pass a stopped…

2 shot dead at Coast Guard station in Kodiak, Alaska

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE— Two U.S. Coast Guard members have been shot to death at a communications station in Kodiak, Alaska, and officials have placed the large…

Nebraska lawmakers move ahead on finding new route for Keystone pipeline

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — The on-again, off-again Keystone XL pipeline gained new traction this week in Nebraska. State legislators authorized the state Department of Environmental Quality…

AFL-CIO forms ‘super PAC’ to motivate voters

By Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A “super PAC” created by an influential labor organization will focus its efforts on motivating voters on the ground, rather than financing…

Santorum says he quit campaign because money ran out

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Rick Santorum said Thursday that he ended his presidential bid because he ran out of money, his campaign was in debt…

‘Three Stooges’ is only rival for ‘Hunger Games’ at box office

By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — There’s only one rival that may be able to trip up the seemingly unstoppable “The Hunger Games” at the box office…

Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore computers, dies at 83

By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times – Jack Tramiel, the tough and aggressive Commodore International founder who brought millions of people into the world of personal computers in the late 1970s…

North Korea satellite launch fails quickly after liftoff

By Barbara Demick And Jung-Yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea failed in its much-hyped effort to launch a satellite into space Friday, undercutting its claims…

Former Osage standouts sign with NIACC

OSAGE, Iowa – Two Osage Green Devils will be NIACC Trojans next basketball season. Samantha Rogers and Jessica Rogers became the fourth and fifth signees for Coach Kelli Terrell’s team…

Skogen commits to NIACC

MASON CITY, Iowa – Mason City High School’s third all-time leading scorer Sam Skogen has signed to play for NIACC men’s basketball and coach Mark Mohl next season. Skogen, a…

Man sentenced to 12 years for setting teen on fire

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Curtis E. Reed, who set his girlfriend’s son ablaze after an early-morning altercation last summer, was sentenced Thursday in Ramsey County District Court to 12…

BRIEF: South Dakota ranks No. 1 in wind power

David Shaffer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – South Dakota, a land of prairie breezes, has jumped to No. 1 among states in the share of electricity it gets from wind power. It…

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