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Obama administration presents national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released an ambitious national plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The plan was called for in the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), which…

“Explosion” at Soy Energy plant leaves no one injured; former employees warn of danger

“Explosion” at Soy Energy plant leaves no one injured; former employees warn of danger

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – It appeared that no one was hurt in an apparent explosion at Soy Energy LLC, located at 4172 19th St. SW. At…

In Des Moines stop, Romney says Obama started ‘prairie fire of debt’

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney unleashed a scathing attack on President Obama’s economic policies Tuesday, blaming Obama for creating a “financial…

Indians’ Lowe blanks Twins despite no strikeouts

Indians’ Lowe blanks Twins despite no strikeouts

By Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal – MINNEAPOLIS — Is there anything more satisfying than watching your team hit three home runs in the same inning? Sure, watching your team hit…

Cubs fall to Cardinals to end road trip

Cubs fall to Cardinals to end road trip

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – ST. LOUIS — Discussing the Cubs’ roller-coaster season Tuesday morning in Busch Stadium, Bryan LaHair suggested the team was taking “baby steps.” If that sounds…

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving accepts Rookie of the Year award with emotional speech

By Jason Lloyd, Akron Beacon Journal – INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kyrie Irving had three months to write his acceptance speech. Just like his performance on the court, he nailed it. Irving…

Law enforcement officers remember their fallen

Law enforcement officers remember their fallen

By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Capt. Jennifer Horton, of the Fresno County, Calif., Sheriff’s Department, stood erect in the near-shadow of the U.S. Capitol early Tuesday. Her hand…

Iowa Baseball Rallies to Win at Creighton

Iowa Baseball Rallies to Win at Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. — The University of Iowa baseball team earned a 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Creighton on Tuesday in its final road game of the season. The Hawkeyes trailed 4-0…

Harkin Joins Bipartisan Group of More Than 40 Senators in Urging Floor Action on Farm Bill

Harkin Joins Bipartisan Group of More Than 40 Senators in Urging Floor Action on Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)  today joined a bipartisan group of 44 Senators in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch…

Grassley Seeks Response from NASA to Allegations Over Ames Research Center, Moffett Federal Airfield

Grassley Seeks Response from NASA to Allegations Over Ames Research Center, Moffett Federal Airfield

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is asking the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to respond to allegations from whistleblowers regarding the agency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett…

Manchester Murder Suspect In Custody

Manchester Murder Suspect In Custody

Clayton County, IOWA — Murder suspect, 17 year old Isaiah Sweet is in police custody while awaiting his initial appearance at 1:00 PM today at the Clayton County Courthouse. On…

Mason City Moto held first show Sunday at North Iowa Events Center

Mason City Moto held first show Sunday at North Iowa Events Center

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Twenty-Seven Racers showed up for the Inaugural Mason City Moto Races, Sunday, for dirt bike and Quad racing. It was…

“Mr. 1% isn’t looking out for Iowa’s 99%”

Iowa AFL-CIO President Ken Sagar on the Mitt Romney Campaign Visit to Des Moines: (Des Moines IA.) As Mitt Romney visits Iowa and cities across the Midwest working people, retirees,…

Austin, MN assault suspect changes plea to guilty

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A rural Austin man who authorities said repeatedly struck a woman last March changed his plea to guilty Monday and was convicted. Nicolas…

EU forces mount first attack on Somali pirates’ onshore bases

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times – JOHANNESBURG — With an estimated 300 hostages currently in the hands of Somali pirates, the first attack on a pirate land base by…

NIACC baseball: Tillo, Peterson named 1st-Team All-Region

NIACC baseball: Tillo, Peterson named 1st-Team All-Region

MASON CITY, Iowa – Sophomores Nick Tillo and Tyler Peterson will end their NIACC baseball careers by receiving 1st-Team All-Region XI honors. Tillo, a left fielder from Sioux City, led…

Fire captain demoted after Facebook rant about Trayvon Martin case

By Diana Moskovitz, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — A Miami-Dade fire captain has been demoted down to firefighter as punishment for a rant, posted on his personal Facebook page, about…

Ron Paul says he’s not suspending presidential bid

Ron Paul says he’s not suspending presidential bid

Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — One day after announcing that he would no longer campaign in states that have yet to hold primaries, officials with Ron…

Supervisors hear economic development plan

Supervisors hear economic development plan

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Supervisors heard an economic development plan from North Iowa Corridor Director Brent Willett today at their regular meeting. Willett said…

Minneapolis bridge jump is third such death in a week

Elizabeth Mohr, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Hennepin County authorities pulled a man’s body from the Mississippi River Tuesday, May 15, after he was seen jumping off the Franklin…

Rep. Steve King to be in Mason City May 22

Rep. Steve King to be in Mason City May 22

MASON CITY – Rep. Steve King will be in Mason City on May 22. Cerro Gordo County Republican Chairman John Rowe confirmed that King will be back in Mason City…

Manly Public Library to Hold Plant Sale Fundraiser

Manly Public Library to Hold Plant Sale Fundraiser

MANLY, IA – The Manly Public Library is having a starter plants and baked goods sale on May 19, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm. Karen Crimmings, trustee board…

Deferred judgment handed down in bribery case

Deferred judgment handed down in bribery case

19-year-old Brittlyn Marie Minert was the driver of a vehicle pulled over by members of the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department on Hwy 122 in Clear Lake in the evening…

WGolf: Eckenrod in top half of NJCAA National field

WGolf: Eckenrod in top half of NJCAA National field

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alexandria Eckenrod (Fr., Mason City, IA) leads a trio of NIACC golfers after the first day of the 2012 NJCAA Women’s National Tournament held at the…

CG Health Senior Health Clinic Schedule

CG Health Senior Health Clinic Schedule

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Heath offers Senior Health Clinics to county residents age 55 and older.  There is no charge. However, contributions are encouraged in order to…

Ex-detective accused of rape to blame attack on antidepressant

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for a former Westminster, Calif., police detective will try to convince a jury that he was under the influence of…

Alliant preparing to file natural gas rate hike request this month

Alliant preparing to file natural gas rate hike request this month

Dave DeWitte, CR Gazette – Alliant Energy will soon propose a rate increase averaging 4-6 percent for its natural gas customers in Iowa. The company’s Interstate Power and Light utility…

Nineteen-Year Police Veteran Convicted in Puerto Rico for Role in Providing Armed Security for Drug Transaction

WASHINGTON – A 19-year veteran of the Police of Puerto Rico was convicted today by a federal jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for her role in providing security for…

Steckman: Highlights of the 2012 legislative session

Steckman: Highlights of the 2012 legislative session

From Rep. Sharon Steckman: We wrapped up the 2012 legislative session on May 9th with progress towards creating jobs and growing Iowa’s skilled workforce. When politics and partisanship were set…

Man claims to know answers in 1970s Michigan child killer case

By David Ashenfelter, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — He wants people to believe he has managed to accomplish what hundreds of state, local and federal investigators couldn’t: crack the Oakland…

Waterloo Woman Sentenced After Federal Conviction For Attempting To Pass Counterfeit Currency

DAVENPORT, IA- On May 10, 2012, Rena Shannell Kirk, age 38, from Waterloo, Iowa was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to passing or attempting to sell…

Lakers’ World Peace weathers Thunder fans’ wrath

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – OKLAHOMA CITY — The boos cascaded upon him when he walked onto the court for warmups. They intensified when he was introduced before the…

‘The Dictator’ quality falls between ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’

‘The Dictator’ quality falls between ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno’

By Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune – For most of its quick and extremely dirty running time, the new Sacha Baron Cohen offender “The Dictator” wages war with itself, crude nonsense up…

A backlash is brewing over salty talk in films

By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — At first, the email rants from readers expressing their distress about Hollywood’s increasing reliance on foul language were a mere trickle.…

Has America fallen out of love with Johnny Depp?

Has America fallen out of love with Johnny Depp?

By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Vampire movies are fading. Tim Burton has taken an odd left turn. “The Avengers” was going to be an unstoppable force…

Indians slip past Twins

Indians slip past Twins

By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — After looking overmatched for seven innings against Cleveland starter Jeanmar Gomez on Monday night, the Twins rallied to tie it in the…

Cubs’ luck better than Dempster’s

Cubs’ luck better than Dempster’s

By Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune – ST. LOUIS — No run support, bullpen failures and bad luck conspired to keep Ryan Dempster winless through his first five starts, despite a miniscule…

Sixers find their late game in Game 2 win over Celtics

Sixers find their late game in Game 2 win over Celtics

By Bob Cooney, Philadelphia Daily News – BOSTON — All season, through the ups of a 20-9 start to the downs of pretty much the remainder of the season, when the…

Tired Lakers are short on time

Tired Lakers are short on time

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – OKLAHOMA CITY — The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t look so great Monday. The news gets only worse for them. They have three games in…

Key senator calls for hearings on JPMorgan trading loss

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, has called for a hearing on the $2-billion trading loss…

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