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Op-ed: NIACC needs a drug dog (by Peter Children)

I admit I am no longer privy to current recruiting practices at NIACC; however I once was, and I stand by every word I wrote. “ONCE THE GENIE IS OUT…

House fire on 2nd Street NW leaves residents, pets unharmed

House fire on 2nd Street NW leaves residents, pets unharmed

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Close to 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Niko Bombella called the Mason City Fire Department from outside his parents house, 1121…

No Triple Crown threat this year

By Clark Spencer, McClatchy Newspapers – ELMONT, N.Y. — Spectacular Bid stepped on a safety pin the morning of the race. Pleasant Colony expended precious energy when he was frightened…

Win puts Heat in NBA Finals while loss could spell end of Big Three

Win puts Heat in NBA Finals while loss could spell end of Big Three

By Barry Jackson, McClatchy Newspapers – And so now, it comes to this. One game. One game for the Heat to keep alive its hopes of hoisting a championship trophy…

Twins edge the Cubs in 10 innings

By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins on Friday faced a five-man infield twice in the late innings, which means the other team…

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers still driving to be Super

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers still driving to be Super

By Tyler Dunne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – GREEN BAY, Wis. — The stories are legendary from old friends and coaches. The latest came at a friendly wiffle ball game in…

No injuries in six car pileup in Clear Lake Friday

No injuries in six car pileup in Clear Lake Friday

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – CLEAR LAKE – Early Friday afternoon at approximately 12:45 PM, there was an accident called into the Clear Lake/Ventura Police Department involving six…

Survivor says Syrian village had been warned not to shelter anti-Assad activists

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – NEAR HAMA, Syria — A massacre that took as many as 80 lives in Qubeir may have had its origins in a warning that…

Private sector ‘doing fine’? Romney pounces on Obama remark

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Aware that the lagging economic recovery could dull President Barack Obama’s re-election chances, Democrats have taken solace in a potential…

No charges will be filed in Connecticut fire that killed 5

By Christine Dempsey, The Hartford Courant – STAMFORD, Conn. — Madonna Badger and her boyfriend, Michael Borcina, finished wrapping presents about 3:30 a.m. on Christmas Day in a detached garage…

Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe intel leaks on cyber warfare

Holder appoints two prosecutors to probe intel leaks on cyber warfare

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. appointed two top federal prosecutors to “lead criminal investigations” into the recent leak of U.S.…

No human flesh found in stomach of homeless man’s attacker, autopsy finds

By David Ovalle, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The world is calling Rudy Eugene, who chewed off a homeless man’s face, a cannibal — but an autopsy shows there was…

Chicago cabdriver sentenced to prison for donation to terrorist group in his native Pakistan

By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Chicago cabdriver who gave a few hundred dollars to a nationalist group in his native Pakistan was sentenced Friday to seven…

Appeals court upholds conviction in BART shooting case

By Paul T. Rosynsky and Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News – SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California appeals court on Friday upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a former…

Conservatives convene, bask in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s victory

By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Basking in neighboring Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall-election victory, conservatives convened on the outskirts of President Barack Obama’s hometown Friday to tout…

Police: Creflo Dollar choked, slapped daughter

By Christian Boone and Shelia M. Poole, Atlanta Journal-Constitution – ATLANTA — Even before controversial megachurch pastor Creflo A. Dollar Jr. released a statement Friday denying he assaulted his 15-year-old…

Group searches L.A. County beaches for tsunami debris

Group searches L.A. County beaches for tsunami debris

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The search for debris from the Japanese tsunami — already making landfall in Canada, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest —…

Iowa Energy Costs Soar To $13.8 Billion

Iowa Energy Costs Soar To $13.8 Billion

Senator Hogg calls for new state energy policy focused on efficiency and conservation to cut costs National Wildlife leader says Keystone XL pipeline is not a solution and would hurt…

Ragan: Nobody’s giving up on cutting property taxes

Ragan: Nobody’s giving up on cutting property taxes

From Sen. Amanda Ragan: Cutting property taxes is long overdue here in Iowa, and it would be a great way to create local jobs. Senate Democrats have taken the advice…

Steckman: Business Assistance & Job Creation Efforts

Steckman: Business Assistance & Job Creation Efforts

From State Rep. Sharon Steckman: The State of Iowa supports business growth through direct financial assistance and tax incentives. During the 2012 Legislative Session, the legislature expanded the High Quality…

Senators Call for Iowa Healthcare Summit

Hatch & Bolkcom call on Iowa leaders to immediately continue bipartisan work when U.S. Supreme Court rules on Affordable Care Act DES MOINES, June 7, 2012 — At a Statehouse…

Bill Fennelly Announces Organizational Changes Within His Staff

Bill Fennelly Announces Organizational Changes Within His Staff

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State women’s basketball head coach Bill Fennelly today announced several organizational changes within his staff. Jodi Steyer, who has been on Fennelly’s bench at Iowa State…

ISU’s Nelson strong fourth in NCAA 10k

ISU’s Nelson strong fourth in NCAA 10k

DES MOINES, Iowa – After earning All-America honors for the third time in the 2011-2012 season, Iowa State distance runner Meaghan Nelson, who finished fourth in Thursday’s NCAA 10,000-meter run…

Golfer Nate McCoy Named Iowa State’s Male Athlete of the Year

Golfer Nate McCoy Named Iowa State’s Male Athlete of the Year

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State golfer Nate McCoy has earned his share of awards and honors in his record-setting senior season on the links in 2011-12. He just added another…

Bob Seger set to enter Songwriters Hall of Fame

By Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — The latest feather in Bob Seger’s rock ‘n’ roll cap will come next week, when the Detroit rocker is inducted into…

‘Game of Thrones’ actor feels the pressures facing the successful show

By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — “Game of Thrones” has the look of a conquering king right now — HBO renewed the series for a third…

Automakers aim to set global standard for electric-car charging

By Yasuaki Kobayashi and Kohei Nakashima, The Yomiuri Shimbun – TOKYO — Major automakers are expected to cooperate to establish a global standard for a fast-charging system for electric vehicles,…

MN Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 29-year-old man was sentenced for possessing a videotape containing child pornography. United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle sentenced Delmarcus…

Hampton band shell re-dedicated Tuesday

Hampton band shell re-dedicated Tuesday

Story by Steve Waechter; photos taken by Barbie Waechter – Hampton, IA – The rededication and Grand Re-Opening of the municipal band shell took place Tuesday, June 5th in Hampton.…

Ex-Iowa sailors salute the ship as it makes its final port call

Ex-Iowa sailors salute the ship as it makes its final port call

By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When the big guns of the battleship Iowa pounded Japanese troops during World War II, John Wolfinbarger could feel it…

M’s throw combined no-hitter at Dodgers, 1-0

M’s throw combined no-hitter at Dodgers, 1-0

By Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — The third no-hitter thrown by the Seattle Mariners in their 35-year history was far from conventional. But shortstop Brendan Ryan wasn’t…

Lane restrictions in both directions of Iowa 122 in Mason City in place until late July

Lane restrictions in both directions of Iowa 122 in Mason City in place until late July

BRITT, Iowa – June 6, 2012 – Replacement of bridge approach sections at the Winnebago River and the Ideal Creek bridge will require shifting all traffic onto the south lanes…

Start Times for Iowa Football

Start Times for Iowa Football

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The first three 2012 University of Iowa football games will start at 2:30 p.m. CT. Iowa will open its season Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois at…