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Clear Lake man injured in one vehicle accident Wednesday

Clear Lake man injured in one vehicle accident Wednesday

CLEAR LAKE – A Clear Lake man was injured in one vehicle accident Wednesday on the Avenue of the Saints. Chris Templeton, 51, was southbound on I-35 at 11:05 PM…

Police release information on Oglesby assault and arrest

Police release information on Oglesby assault and arrest

Mason City police have released the following information regarding a Wednesday arrest of Troy Oglesby, 44, of Mason City (see story from yesterday for more information): On July 4, 2012…

KC Man Sentenced to 87 Years in Prison for Two Armed Bank Robberies, Resulting in Death of Security Guard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced today for his role…

3 Hawkeyes garner preseason recognition

3 Hawkeyes garner preseason recognition

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa defensive backs Micah Hyde and Tanner Miller were named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Defensive Back Trophy Watch List. In addition,…

Garret Joyner found in Utah, chased by Utah State Police

Garret Joyner found in Utah, chased by Utah State Police

UPDATE: Missing teen Garret Joyner has been found in Utah. The Utah State Patrol said today that Garret was spotted on Interstate 70 just outside Salina, Utah.  After an attempt…

Lynnville, Iowa teen accuses early-morning burglar of sexual abuse

Mike Mendnenhall, Newton Daily News, Iowa – A Lynnville teen told authorities she was forcibly fondled early Saturday morning after she woke to find a 42-year-old man rummaging through bags…

Explosion mars Burlington fireworks

Michael Anderson, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – A large explosion cut the West Burlington fireworks display short last night when falling ash ignited a pyrotechnic array along the ground.…

Nine Boat Operators Charged with BWI During Operation Dry Water

DES MOINES – The June 22-24 boating safety check, Operation Dry Water, made contact with more than 540 vessels and nearly 2,100 boaters, producing nine boating while intoxicated charges and…

Pennsylvania bars Harrisburg bankruptcy; incinerator project was “ruinous”

By Maggie Clark, Stateline.org – The financially strapped city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, will have to wait until at least November 30 before it can file for bankruptcy — that’s the decision…

Op-ed: Health care system a sieve of untold misery (by Peter Children)

Health Care System; this is an area that defies description.  It is unbelievably huge, billions of dollars flow through this sieve of untold misery. From the hospital front door to…

Heat causing trouble on local roadways

Heat causing trouble on local roadways

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – Shortly before 5:00 PM Wednesday, an NIT reader said said that Highway 122 was starting to buckle in some places. Between the Mason…

Mason City man’s home invaded, hit with sledgehammer, charged with terrorism

Mason City man’s home invaded, hit with sledgehammer, charged with terrorism

MASON CITY – A Mason City man got a rude awakening Wednesday morning. According to family members, Troy Oglesby, 44, (pictured at bottom) was asleep at his home at 1614…

Alliant Energy to initiate Appliance Cycling in all of Iowa today

Alliant Energy to initiate Appliance Cycling in all of Iowa today

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 5, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today it will cycle air conditioners for all participating Iowa customers.…

2012 could end up being warmest year in Iowa history

Steve Gravelle, CR Gazette – Iowa has missed the extreme weather experienced by much of the country, but this is shaping up to be the warmest year in state history,…

Overdue bills on credit cards, consumer debt, drop to 2007 level

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — The portion of consumers with payments overdue on credit cards, auto loans and other debt dropped in the first three months of…

Judge orders Twitter to hand over ‘Occupy’ protester’s tweets

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Be careful what you tweet. Those 140-character missives may be used against you in a court of law. On Saturday, Criminal…

Fewer workers cross border, creating US farm labor shortage

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — On more than 10,000 acres of drained swampland in western New York, Maureen Torrey’s family farm grows an assortment of vegetables in the…

Former Oakland Raider faces three more murder charges

By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Anthony Wayne Smith, a former Oakland Raiders defensive end who is awaiting a retrial for his alleged role in the…

Supreme Court health care ruling allows states to cut off Medicaid to those now enrolled

Supreme Court health care ruling allows states to cut off Medicaid to those now enrolled

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News – WASHINGTON — Starting in 2014, things could get worse for people on Medicaid: Not only might some states opt out of increasing the number…

Country must ‘come together,’ Romney says

By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times – WOLFEBORO, N.H. — On a day that seemed limned from an earlier, simpler America, Mitt Romney marched in an Independence Day parade near his…

Episcopal Church leaders set to consider blessing rite for same-sex couples

By David O’Reilly, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — Sixteen fractious years after it allowed the ordination of homosexuals, the Episcopal Church appears poised to adopt a blessing rite for same-sex…

President to visit Cedar Rapids Tuesday

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS — Signaling the continuing — and, perhaps, growing — importance of Iowa to his re-election effort, President Barack Obama will make a…

Judge OK’s reduced charge in Mason City robbery case

Judge OK’s reduced charge in Mason City robbery case

On Monday, July 2nd, District Court Judge DeDra L. Schroeder approved a 2nd degree robbery charge against 34-year-old Joshua Kelly Winders to be amended to 1st degree theft as part…

Buy One, Get One Free at NIACC

Buy One, Get One Free at NIACC

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is offering a free class to adult students who return to college. All you have to do is pay tuition and…

DOT: Medical exemption allowing window tinting no longer being granted

DOT: Medical exemption allowing window tinting no longer being granted

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Administrative Rule 761 IAC 450.7(3) takes effect July 4, 2012. The rule eliminates the provision that allowed the Iowa Department of Transportation to grant a medical…

South Africa’s Pistorius the first double-amputee runner to participate in Olympics

By Helen Livingstone – JOHANNESBURG — Track runner Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday became the first double-amputee to take part in the Olympics, after South Africa selected him for their 2012…

Wild’s two huge free-agent signings: Parise and Suter

By Michael Russo, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – ST. PAUL. Minn. — In one of the most monumental days in Minnesota hockey history — and indisputably Wild history — the hometown team…

GM, Chrysler, Nissan and VW post big sales gains in June

By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — If consumer confidence is lagging, it’s not hurting enough to stop people from buying cars. Most of the major automakers posted…

GM considers resuming paid Facebook advertising

By Nathan Bomey, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — General Motors is discussing the prospect of reauthorizing paid Facebook advertising, the automaker confirmed Tuesday. GM abruptly abandoned Facebook ads this spring…

Construction workers toil on 4th to ready MC schools

Construction workers toil on 4th to ready MC schools

MASON CITY -Work continues on the Mason City schools at the High School / John Adams campus. Workers were spotted toiling in the blazing heat on the Fourth of July,…

800-pound shark caught off California coast

By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The fish was so big, it was too heavy for the scales. It was so big, in fact, that it couldn’t…

CIA cracks down on sex harassment

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Spurred by complaints from women working for the CIA in war zones, the spy service is stepping up efforts to enforce what…

Military base closures, mergers save less money than Pentagon projected

By Adam Ashton, McClatchy Newspapers – TACOMA, Wash. — The round of military base closures and realignments that resulted in the merger or Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base in…

Alleged drug cartel figure is arrested in Los Angeles area

By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — In Mexico, the media called her la bonita (“the pretty one”) or la chula ( “the beautiful one”)…

Local Entrepreneur Donates $12,000 to NIACC’s Pappajohn Center

Local Entrepreneur Donates $12,000 to NIACC’s Pappajohn Center

MASON CITY – John Collins, owner of American Crane Inc. (ACI) in Garner, IA, donated $12,000 to the NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to be used toward curriculum and training…

Lakers get Steve Nash from Suns

By Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers added their point guard of the future by taking one of the best ever, plucking Steve Nash…