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Judge approves plea bargain with Kropf brothers

CORRECTED (Jared Kropf faces only one count of willful injury, not two) On Tuesday, May 8th, Senior Judge Paul Riffel approved an application to amend class “C” felony charges of…

Mason City man gets prison for 4th domestic abuse conviction

Mason City man gets prison for 4th domestic abuse conviction

A Mason City man will serve up to 5 years in prison following sentencing in class “D” felony 3rd or subsequent domestic abuse assault case. 37-year-old Robert Michael Ferch was…

Charges Filed in Sac County Sex Abuse Investigation

Sac County, IOWA — Law enforcement in western Iowa have arrested and charged a 17 year old Sac County resident for the alleged sexual assault of a family member. On…

Supervisors told that “millions” of dollars to be moved to new accounts

Supervisors told that “millions” of dollars to be moved to new accounts

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors received an update from Treasurer Pat Wright on investment changes that are being readied at this time. She said Tuesday that interest rates…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for the city of Eagle Grove

AMES, Iowa – May 8, 2012 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Local Development grant application submitted by the city of Eagle Grove.…

Iowa Transportation Commission approves grant for Webster County

AMES, Iowa – May 8, 2012 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) Immediate Opportunity grant application submitted by Webster County. Up to $1,238,130…

Tiger Woods unfazed by speculation about his game

By Jeff Shain, The Orlando Sentinel – PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Nick Faldo wonders if Tiger Woods has lost his self-confidence. Lee Trevino questions a lack of feel. The…

US approves 3,675 new natural gas wells in Utah

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Obama administration has approved a new natural gas drilling project in Utah that is designed to support more than…

In latest jab, Obama offers Congress a ‘to-do’ list

In latest jab, Obama offers Congress a ‘to-do’ list

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Taking another jab at his favorite punching bag, President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered Congress a “to-do” list for the year,…

International sting operation brought down underwear bomb plot

International sting operation brought down underwear bomb plot

By Brian Bennett and Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The successful blocking of an ambitious al-Qaida plot to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner was an international sting operation…

Cuban-American lawmakers want to meet with Ikea officials

By Juan O. Tamayo, McClatchy Newspapers  – MIAMI — The six Cuban-Americans in the Congress on Tuesday demanded “an urgent meeting” with the head of Ikea in North America to…

Defense challenges witness who turned on Edwards

By Anne Blythe, McClatchy Newspapers – GREENSBORO, N.C. — The political theater of the John Edwards trial turned to psychological drama Tuesday as defense attorneys used question after question to…

Auto bailout issue dogs Romney in Michigan

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – LANSING, Mich. — Mitt Romney is making a play for his native Michigan, which last voted for a Republican for president nearly a…

Waterloo Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to the FAA

DES MOINES—Fahad Nabeel Hussein Al-Daous, age 33, from Waterloo, Iowa, appeared in federal court in Des Moines on Friday, May 4, 2012 and pled guilty to one count of making…

A Dose of Reality for the White House on Judicial Nominations

Prepared Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary On the Nominations of Jacqueline Nguyen, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Kristine…

“Fed Up North Iowa” making changes

The much-publicized Facebook group Fed^ North Iowa is making changes today. One major change is a switch from a “group” to a “page” using the Facebook platform.  “We are switching over to…

South Korea: Confiscated capsules contain human flesh

By Jung-Yoon Choi and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times – SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean customs said it had confiscated more than 17,000 “health” capsules smuggled from China that…

Clinton presses Pakistan to ‘do more’ in fight against terrorism

By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – NEW DELHI — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrapped up a three-day visit to India Tuesday, downplaying differences over Iran, stressing the shared…

Maurice Sendak, author of ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ dies at 83

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times  – LOS ANGELES — Maurice Sendak, the children’s book illustrator and author whose unsentimental approach to storytelling revolutionized the genre and whose best-known…

Omaha Man Convicted of Wire Fraud

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announce the following information for the attention of the media: David Lane Musk, age 53 of Omaha, Nebraska,…

Florida Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sex Trafficking of Minors and Production of Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – James Mozie of Oakland Park, Fla., was sentenced today to life in prison on charges of sex trafficking of minors and production of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney…

Ragan: Education budget boosts key job creation efforts

Ragan: Education budget boosts  key job creation efforts

(DES MOINES) On Monday, May 7, the Senate voted 28-19 and the Iowa House voted 92-5 for a bipartisan, compromise education budget that includes key job creation measures strongly supported…

Knott and Klein on Lott IMPACT Award Watch List

Knott and Klein on Lott IMPACT Award Watch List

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State linebackers Jake Knott and A.J. Klein have been named to the 2012 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. The award is presented annually to the college…

Mason City man not happy with credit union policy

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A Mason City man asked NIT to look into a policy of his credit union which requires its customers to remove hats and…

Vikings cut kicker Ryan Longwell

Marcus R. Fuller, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The Vikings showed Monday, May 7, why they picked a specialist for the first time in almost a decade in last…

Op-ed: Truth is the yard stick (by Peter Children)

We live in a country where we can openly express ourselves, where we need not fear the truth.  Truth is the yard stick by which our words are measured, criticism…

When debt collectors call, know your rights

By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times – Debt collectors calling? You have rights. —The debt collector must tell you — within five days of initial contact — the amount…

St. Paul reaches agreement to pay resident $86,500 in federal police brutality suit

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. The city of St. Paul has reached an agreement to pay resident Deshun Carter $86,500 to settle a federal police brutality lawsuit. The agreement…

Super PAC that is supporting Romney has accepted funds from federal contractors

By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential bid has accepted more than $1.2 million from federal government contractors, in apparent defiance of…

Is James Vandenberg one of the Big Ten’s top five offensive players?

Is James Vandenberg one of the Big Ten’s top five offensive players?

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com’s senior Big Ten blogger and someone who has been a good friend to the Hlog, is inadvertently giving this blog some material…

Ron Paul continues delegate offensive, wins big in Nevada, Maine

Kim Geiger, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Intent on taking his presidential campaign all the way to the GOP convention this summer, Texas Rep. Ron Paul has mounted an offensive in key caucus states,…

Madoff’s family, daughters-in-law sued for $255.3 million

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The trustee representing victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is now seeking $255.3 million from the investment adviser’s family. Irving H.…

Overdraft fees still surprise consumers, survey finds

By Jeff Gelles, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Nearly two years after the Federal Reserve began requiring banks to get customers’ permission before subjecting them to controversial overdraft practices, many…

Ask the Experts: Who pays bills left by deceased?

By Claudia Buck, McClatchy Newspapers – From unpaid debts to power of attorney forms, this week’s questions on financial affairs run the gamut. Here with the answers is Michelle Goff,…

ABC News and Univision launch joint news venture

By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — ABC News and Univision plan to launch a 24-hour English-language news network targeting U.S. Latinos, the fastest-growing segment of…

Bank of America braces for dual onslaught from shareholders, protesters

Bank of America braces for dual onslaught from shareholders, protesters

By Andrew Dunn, McClatchy Newspapers – CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Shareholders making their way to Bank of America Corp.’s annual meeting Wednesday in uptown Charlotte may find themselves weaving through scores of…

Fortune 500: Minnesota remains corporate powerhouse

Tom Webb, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Most of Minnesota’s corporate giants have slid a few notches in the latest Fortune 500 ranking, released Monday, May 7. Of the 19…

Accused molester takes the stand, denies abusing girls

Michael R. Sisak and Elizabeth Skrapits, The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Robert Caravella shook his head left to right and back again Tuesday in Luzerne County Court as his attorney…

Protesters demand authorities do more against sex offenders

Sam Brattain, The Herald Bulletin, Anderson, Ind. – ANDERSON, Ind. — Christina Paschal’s arms trembled as she spoke into a microphone outside the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. “My daughter will never…

4 years after Wall Street crash, regulation of financial markets still spotty

4 years after Wall Street crash, regulation of financial markets still spotty

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Almost four years after America’s financial near-collapse, regulators are now empowered to police financial markets as never before. Yet some of…

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