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Vikings stadium: Vote expected Monday

Doug Belden, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The original Vikings stadium bill will get a vote on the floor of the Minnesota House on Monday, Speaker Kurt Zellers said…

Capsule reviews of feature films

The Philadelphia Inquirer – ACT OF VALOR 1 1/2 stars. This action film’s claim to fame is that it stars active-duty Navy SEALs. The problem is that these stoic warriors…

3 prostitutes acquitted of rape charges in Zimbabwe

By Jan Raath – HARARE, Zimbabwe — Three sex workers accused of raping 17 men in Zimbabwe were freed on Thursday after a magistrate found no evidence against them. The…

Suspect in mail bomb threats admits guilt, apologizes

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Five years after his arrest for mailing two inoperable pipe bombs and letters laced with violent threats to investment firms, John Tomkins…

Sen. Mark Kirk released from rehab center

Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Sen. Mark Kirk has been released from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he had been recovering from a stroke, according to a statement from…

Bin Laden ordered squads to try to attack Obama’s aircraft

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden ordered terrorist teams in mid-2010 to blow up the planes of President Barack Obama and Gen. David H.…

Marshals to oversee care of ex-comptroller’s horses

By Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The U.S. Marshals Service will oversee care of Rita Crundwell’s champion halter horses as the former Dixon, Ill., comptroller answers to charges…

Brian Thomsen: Perfect Example of a Midwest Farmer

Brian Thomsen: Perfect Example of a Midwest Farmer

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – Brian Thomsen, a typical Iowa farmer, was busy last week. After getting his chores done, early Thursday morning, he began…

Angels’ Weaver spins a no-hitter on the Twins

By Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times – ANAHEIM, Calif. — A season that started so disappointingly for the Los Angeles Angels was quickly forgotten among the roaring crowd of 27,288…

Twins manager Gardenhire says his team played like Little Leaguers

By Landon Hall, The Orange County Register – ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Minnesota Twins have the worst record in baseball, with the worst pitching staff. And they got steamrolled by…

What is the truth about Fed ^ North Iowa?

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I have just become aware of a new Facebook group called “Fed^ North Iowa.”  I learned about it after State Representative Sharon Steckman “recommended” a…

State Treasurer Fitzgerald opinion: Student Loan Interest Rate

State Treasurer Fitzgerald opinion: Student Loan Interest Rate

As state treasurer, I have always advocated for saving for college. Since the 1998 launch of College Savings Iowa, Iowa’s 529 plan, my efforts in raising awareness about this important…

Op-ed: Wrong guy, wrong place (by Peter Children)

I try to read the blogs to get a feel for the pulse of those writing them.  In order to do this effectively you must be able to discern those…

Agreement on education budget reached

Agreement on education budget reached

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette- DES MOINES — The only official action by the Iowa Legislature on Wednesday was approval of a resolution honoring the 1937 Melrose High School boys’…

Feds charge more than 100 Medicare fraud suspects across US

By Jay Weaver, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — If you thought Medicare fraud had faded as a crime, think again. Consider these robust numbers: On Wednesday, federal authorities charged 107 suspects…

Transition Center’s annual fundraiser to be held Friday night

Transition Center’s annual fundraiser to be held Friday night

The North Iowa Transition Center (NITC) is a non-profit organization located in Mason City, dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness, their families, and the…

Justice Department launches civil rights inquiry into Montana sex assaults

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — The U.S. Justice Department’s decision to open a civil rights investigation into the handling of sexual assault cases in Missoula, Mont., follows…

Jobless claims fall sharply after three weeks of increases

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The picture of the U.S. job market got a little brighter Thursday. After three straight weeks of elevated readings, first-time jobless…

I more than ‘like’ you: Company diversifies Facebook buttons

I more than ‘like’ you: Company diversifies Facebook buttons

By Wendy Lee, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Sure, you can “like” a store on Facebook, but you can’t easily tell all your friends you “want” that new pair of…

Latham: “A Victory for America’s Family Farms”

Latham: “A Victory for America’s Family Farms”

From U.S. Rep. Tom Latham – America’s family farms won a great victory over misguided government regulation last week when the U.S. Department of Labor abandoned plans to pursue mindless…

Crappie Fishing Expected to Pick Up Soon

The timing is just about perfect.  It’s early May and the big crappie bite hasn’t happened yet. If the weather forecast holds, this could be the week crappies begin to…

Capitol Digest 5-2-12

Capitol Digest 5-2-12

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Wednesday, May 2, 2012: STATE MAP GOES QR: In addition to showing roadways,…

At least 34 reported dead in attack on Nigeria cattle market

By Kate Thomas – ABUJA, Nigeria — At least 34 people were reported to have died after gunmen armed with explosives set fire to a cattle market in northeastern Nigeria,…

Small Internet providers fall behind phone companies

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Bil MacLeslie can’t get his own company’s Internet service at home anymore. In March, MacLeslie got a notice from telephone company CenturyLink.…

Panelists say you need culture, leadership to cancel out bullying

Patrick Hogan, CR Gazette – CEDAR FALLS — If there’s one phrase the anti-bullying experts gathered at the University of Northern Iowa on Tuesday said they are tired of hearing,…

Minnesota Vikings’ Joe Webb is solely a QB, and liking it

Minnesota Vikings’ Joe Webb is solely a QB, and liking it

Jeremy Fowler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Webb is embracing his role as a full-time quarterback after serving as a hybrid quarterback/receiver/wildcat option for two seasons.…

Gov. Branstad signs five bills into law

Gov. Branstad signs five bills into law

Gov. Branstad today signed the following legislation into law: House File 563: An Act creating the transparency in private attorney contracts act. House File 2464: An Act relating to Department…

Minnesota Vikings’ Jeremy Simpson: ‘I just made a poor decision’

Jeremy Fowler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Wide receiver Jerome Simpson was looking for a team that believed in him. After extensive research and a lunch with Minnesota Vikings coach…

Silicon Valley finds Washington looking over its shoulder

By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc. and other big tech firms may operate thousands of miles from the nation’s capital but they’re not beyond the…

Ex-boyfriend pleads guilty in fire for attempted murder

The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn. – WALKER – A 23-year-old Akeley man pleaded guilty here after setting fire to the parents’ home of an ex-girlfriend while nine people were inside. Brandon…

Vikings’ Chris Cook: ‘I have to earn trust again’ after legal issues

Jeremy Fowler, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – In his first public comments at the team facility since October, embattled Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook acknowledged that his participation in the…

Harkin Announces $450,000 for Des Moines Airport

Harkin Announces $450,000 for Des Moines Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has granted the Des Moines International Airport $450,000 to rehabilitate a portion…

Gingrich suspends campaign in typical Gingrich style

Gingrich suspends campaign in typical Gingrich style

By Daniel Malloy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ARLINGTON, Va. — Even as he finally acknowledged the end of his presidential ambitions, Newt Gingrich was still thinking big. An American moon colony,…

Testimony focuses on Elizabeth Edwards’ pain

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — Elizabeth Edwards was worried in the summer of 2007 that her husband was continuing to have an extramarital affair after he had…

Romney not likely to pick running mate soon, but tryouts are clearly under way

By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — When Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire joined Mitt Romney for a tour of fishing boats this week,…

13 students charged in hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion

13 students charged in hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion

By Denise-Marie Balona, Dave Weber and Stephen Hudak, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Prosecutors have filed charges against 13 people accused of taking part in the beating death of…

5 dead in Phoenix suburb; local media say white supremacist is among them

By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Five people were found shot to death, including a toddler, at a house in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert on Wednesday…

Bird flu can transmit in mammals, study finds

By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times – In a long-awaited study that helped prompt a contentious debate over the wisdom of conducting research that has the potential to help as well…