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Mason City to observe “Dump the Pump Day” with free rides

MASON CITY – Mason City Public Transit and Paratransit will join with other public transportation systems in Iowa and across the nation to participate in the seventh annual National Dump…

Bartz: Many legislators continue to work even after session ends

Bartz: Many legislators continue to work even after session ends

From Iowa Senator Merlin Bartz – Yes, you are correct in thinking that the 2012 Legislative Session was completed weeks ago. Interestingly enough, in some respects, the job of some…

Semi loaded with wind turbine equipment blocks traffic today in Mason City

Semi loaded with wind turbine equipment blocks traffic today in Mason City

From NIT reader JoAnn Hardy: A wind tower truck loaded with a piece of a wind tower was mistakenly led into town by his pilot car.  Old GPS.  Giant load…

Duluth mayor declares state of emergency due to flooding

Andrew Krueger and John Myers Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune, Minn. – Mayor Don Ness has declared a state of emergency in the city of Duluth, citing “significant damage, debris…

Mason City Council does its business as usual

Mason City Council does its business as usual

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – The Mason City Council met Tuesday evening. Mayor Eric Bookmyer recognized a local high school sports star.  Newman Catholic’s Gabe Dunn was recently…

Wednesday’s $241 Million Powerball Jackpot Won In Cedar Rapids

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa Lottery player who bought a ticket at a Cedar Rapids supermarket won Wednesday’s $241 million Powerball jackpot, becoming the state’s biggest lottery winner to…

Harvin wants Vikings to consider trading him

Kent Youngblood and Dan Wiederer, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Percy Harvin’s power play reached its second stage when, a day after expressing his unhappiness at Vikings mini-camp, it was revealed…

BLOG: L.A. Now: Justin Bieber: D.A. to decide if singer will face charges

BLOG: L.A. Now: Justin Bieber: D.A. to decide if singer will face charges

Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times – Los Angeles County prosecutors are reviewing an altercation between pop star Justin Bieber and a photographer at a Calabasas shopping mall to determine whether…

Mankato council to consider gay marriage question

Dan Linehan, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn. – MANKATO  – The Mankato City Council will soon discuss whether to weigh in on the debate about the proposed constitutional amendment banning…

Coral Ridge Mall sues over property assessment increase

Gregg Hennigan, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – IOWA CITY – The owner of Coral Ridge Mall is suing a Johnson County board over a nearly 53 percent increase in…

U.S. Senate battles over sugar subsidy

U.S. Senate battles over sugar subsidy

Colby Itkowitz, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. – WASHINGTON — Candy-makers like The Hershey Co. and Bethlehem’s Just Born say the federal government’s sugar policy isn’t a sweet deal. Their…

High-pressure youth sports carry high price

John Keilman, Chicago Tribune – My son has played organized sports since he was 3, and so far it has been great. He has made lots of friends, gotten plenty…

Gymnast Gabrielle Douglas adjusts well to spring to the top

By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — When Gabrielle Douglas teetered, then wobbled, then fell off the balance beam at the USA gymnastics national championships in St.…

Iowa man charged with attempted murder after striking co-worker with torque wrench

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Des Moines County prosecutors filed serious charges Monday against a West Burlington man, alleging he struck a co-worker in the head with…

More details emerge in Friday shooting in Burlington

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Several witnesses reportedly have told police of hearing a gunshot shortly after a fight broke out between 10 to 20 people Friday…

Reception to be held at NIACC for Senator Jack Kibbie

Reception to be held at NIACC for Senator Jack Kibbie

MASON CITY – The North Iowa Area Community College President and Board of Trustees invite the public to a reception honoring Iowa Senator Jack Kibbie for his longstanding support of…

Cig causes car to combust Tuesday evening

Cig causes car to combust Tuesday evening

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 6:30 PM Tuesday evening, the Mason City Fire Department responded to a report of a car fire at the…

Senators Urge President to Address Ag Export Issue with Russia

Senators Urge President to Address Ag Export Issue with Russia

WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ben Nelson of Nebraska today released a letter asking President Obama to prioritize Russia’s compliance with scientific standards set for international trade…

Mason City pair arrested in connection with burglary

Mason City pair arrested in connection with burglary

MASON CITY – Mason City police responded to a residence in the 300 block of 15th Street SE Wednesday morning at 12:37 AM on a report of a possible burglary…

Summit yields little results on European economic front

Summit yields little results on European economic front

By Kathleen Hennessey and Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – LOS CABOS, Mexico — President Barack Obama back-slapped and smiled through another gathering of world leaders this week, but left…

Senators Question President’s Authority to Issue Immigration Directive

Senators Question President’s Authority to Issue Immigration Directive

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is leading a group of senators  in questioning the directive announced last week by President Obama to grant deferred action to illegal immigrants and asking…

Senate approves Grassley amendment to farm bill

WASHINGTON – During debate this afternoon on the 2012 farm bill, senators voted 75 to 24 for Senator Chuck Grassley’s amendment to cap marketing loan gains (amendment #2167). “We should…

The Big Picture: ‘That’s My Boy’ an ominous sign for Adam Sandler

By Patrick Goldstein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — This past weekend, Adam Sandler jumped the shark. His new film, “That’s My Boy,” made a meager $13 million at…

Former band employee charged with embezzling from Pearl Jam

By Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — Pearl Jam’s former chief financial officer allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years from…

Vikings’ Allen wants to keep routine

By Craig Malveaux, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – MINNEAPOLIS — Five months and 16 days — that’s how long Jared Allen had been separated from his Vikings teammates. “When he came…

Peavy superb in complete game, but White Sox fall to Cubs

Peavy superb in complete game, but White Sox fall to Cubs

By Dave Van Dyck, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The Cubs and White Sox found a new bottom at the box office for a second straight night, but that doesn’t…

Pirates thwart Twins, 7-2

By LaVelle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – PITTSBURGH — You look at the Pittsburgh Pirates, see they are last in the majors in runs scored and it’s easy…

Miami takes command of series with 104-98 win over Thunder

Miami takes command of series with 104-98 win over Thunder

By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times – MIAMI — It was an implausible sequence, spanning only a few minutes. LeBron James was cramping so badly midway through the fourth quarter…

Diocese settles sex-abuse case for $2 million

By Greg Hardesty, The Orange County Register – SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange settled a sex-abuse and cover-up lawsuit Monday night with an accuser of…

Neighbor testifies mother of one alleged Sandusky victim talked of money to be made from lawsuit

By Mike Dawson, McClatchy Newspapers – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The mother of the teenager who sobbed as he testified last week about being abused by Jerry Sandusky was called to…

Sandusky’s wife testifies she never saw or heard any suspicious behavior at her home

By Jeremy Roebuck and Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer – BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Dorothy Sandusky took the witness stand Tuesday and answered a question that has dogged her since lurid…

Romney says Rubio is being vetted for vice presidential nomination despite earlier contrary reports

Romney says Rubio is being vetted for vice presidential nomination despite earlier contrary reports

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – HOLLAND, Mich. — In a rare breach of his secretive process for selecting a running mate, Mitt Romney confirmed Tuesday that Florida Sen.…

Swimming to freedom, and into center of fight against modern-day slavery

Swimming to freedom, and into center of fight against modern-day slavery

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — In 2009, Cambodian Prom Vannak Anan dove into a dark sea and away from a life of beatings, unpaid labor and imprisonment…

Sen. Rand Paul introduces air travelers’ ‘bill of rights’

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A senator who was stopped from boarding a flight after refusing a security pat-down has introduced a pair of bills taking…

Durbin urges revamping prison solitary confinement

By Annika McGinnis, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Keeping prisoners locked alone in tiny cells 23 hours a day is inhumane, costly and ineffective, a key U.S. senator said Tuesday…

Light punishment recommended for troops involved in burning Qurans

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A military investigation into Quran-burning at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February is recommending low-level disciplinary action against as…

Consumer bureau builds database to track credit card complaints

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is launching a database that tracks which large banks have had the most complaints about their…

House set to vote Wednesday on holding attorney general in contempt

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Last-minute talks to stave off a House committee vote declaring Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress broke down…

JPMorgan CEO testifies he did not mislead shareholders

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Facing more congressional heat about JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s huge trading loss, Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said he did not mislead…

Lawmakers seek to curb spending on food stamps

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — With one in seven Americans now receiving food stamps, Republicans in Congress are leading efforts to cut back the social safety…

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