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New ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast features Bristol Palin

By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times – BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Bristol Palin is back. So is Kirstie Alley. ABC on Friday announced the 12 cast members for this fall’s…

Government reports sluggish growth, revises past estimates

Government reports sluggish growth, revises past estimates

By Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a lackluster annualized rate of 1.5 percent from April to June, the Commerce Department reported Friday,…

Romney ‘absolutely convinced’ London ready for Olympic Games

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Looking to move past his withering debut in the British press, Mitt Romney appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning and…

Obama signs bill strengthening US ties with Israel

Obama signs bill strengthening US ties with Israel

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed a measure Friday to strengthen U.S. security ties with Israel, the move coming a day before his…

Arizona defendant killed self in court with cyanide, autopsy says

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – Michael Marin, an outdoor enthusiast and former Wall Street trader, killed himself by swallowing cyanide in an Arizona courtroom moments after he was…

University of Kentucky student accused of emailing Joker picture

By Josh Kegley, McClatchy Newspapers – LEXINGTON, Ky. — A University of Kentucky student pleaded not guilty Thursday to terroristic threatening, a charge that resulted after he allegedly sent a…

Mourners remember 18-year-old victim of theater shooting

Mourners remember 18-year-old victim of theater shooting

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – AURORA, Colo. — The funeral-goers began weeping almost as soon as they stepped into the church. Near the sanctuary entrance was the open…

‘Joker’ sent to mental hospital, had threatened shooting rampage

By Ian Duncan, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A Maryland man who called himself “a joker” and threatened to go on a shooting rampage at his office with an…

Federal authorities to review Anaheim police shootings, mayor says

By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times – ANAHEIM, Calif.—Federal officials have agreed to look into a recent officer-involved shooting in Anaheim after a meeting with the mayor Friday. The…

Syrian forces, rebels gird for battle in key city of Aleppo

By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times – BEIRUT — An impending battle for the northern city of Aleppo could prove to be a decisive moment for both sides in…

Syria’s Aleppo reported tense, awaiting battle; journalists freed from extremists

By David Enders, McClatchy Newspapers – BEIRUT — Syrian aid workers said Friday that they have suspended their work inside Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, in anticipation of a bruising battle…

Certified Nurse Aide Training Offered in Osage Begins August 29

OSAGE – North Iowa Area Community College’s Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) course will be taught in Osage beginning August 29. The course is offered through a partnership between NIACC, the…

Steve King blasts “Meatless Mondays”

Steve King blasts “Meatless Mondays”

Steve King on Thursday blasted the concept of “Meatless Mondays.“ “Meatless Mondays” claims that it is a “non-profit health initiative, encouraging people around the world to go meatless one day…

Energy Demand Likely Sets New Record in Iowa, Minnesota

Energy Demand Likely Sets New Record in Iowa, Minnesota

Preliminary usage data tops 2011 record for IPL and CIPCO CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – July 27, 2012 – Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, announced today…

Grassley: “Vicious attack underway on the right to freedom of speech”

Grassley: “Vicious attack underway on the right to freedom of speech”

Grassley Floor Statement – Attacks on the First Amendment Freedom of Speech – Mr. President, I rise to discuss a very disturbing trend that is occurring in this country.  A…

Backyard chickens feasible in Iowa City, city manager says

Gregg Hennigan, CR Gazette – Why did the chicken cross the road? In Iowa City the answer may soon be, “To get to people’s backyards.” City Manager Tom Markus said…

Ferentz: “There’s a lot of different ways to have success”

Ferentz: “There’s a lot of different ways to have success”

July 26, 2012 THE MODERATOR:  We’re joined by Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz. COACH FERENTZ:  I’m sure, like everybody, really excited to have an opportunity to get back on the…

Ragan: In Iowa, “it’s not just talk” about improving health care

Ragan: In Iowa, “it’s not just talk” about improving health care

From Sen. Amanda Ragan – These days there is a lot of talk about improving health care nationwide. In Iowa, it’s not just talk. We’ve taken big steps toward making…

2 families settle lawsuits with California utility in 2010 pipeline explosion

By Joshua Melvin, San Jose Mercury News – REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Two families that lost a total of five loved ones in the San Bruno, Calif., pipeline explosion have…

Texas’ GOP runoff for US Senate seat becomes tea party battleground

By Anna M. Tinsley, McClatchy Newspapers – DALLAS — Texas is ground zero for the “tea party.” Until the votes are counted and the race is settled Tuesday night, Texas’…

American soldier hazed, called racial slurs, commits suicide

By David Zucchino – FORT. BRAGG, N.C.—Pvt. Danny Chen was so distraught over racial slurs and harsh treatment by his sergeant in Afghanistan that he spoke one day last fall…

25-year-old murder conviction of two Detroit brothers tossed out

By Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — Raymond Highers, wearing bright yellow Wayne County Jail scrubs, folded his hands Thursday and clamped his eyes shut when it became…

Council discusses “top priorities” at work session

Council discusses “top priorities” at work session

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – City Administrator Brent Trout updated the City Council Tuesday on progress that has been made on its goals or “top priorities” for 2012. Despite giving…

Law enforcement groups urge tougher background checks on all gun buyers

Law enforcement groups urge tougher background checks on all gun buyers

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Despite the tough political climate for federal gun-control legislation, a coalition of law enforcement groups on Thursday called for background checks…

South Federal gains new pet store

South Federal gains new pet store

MASON CITY – Animal Answers Petshoppe has relocated from Clear Lake to Mason City. Owner Shari Hampton (pictured) is excited about her new location. “I’m real happy with my new…

20 questions for … journalist Dan Rather

20 questions for … journalist Dan Rather

PopMatters.com – Dan Rather began his career in the 1950s as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, the Associated Press and several Texas radio stations before moving on to TV…

Focus turns to state investigator in UCLA lab death case

By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Criminal proceedings against University of California, Los Angeles chemistry professor Patrick Harran took a bizarre turn Thursday when the defense…

Vigil held on Denver campus for 3 victims of theater shooting

Vigil held on Denver campus for 3 victims of theater shooting

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – DENVER — After the words of comfort ended and the doves fluttered away, the mourners gathered at a college campus here were asked…

Romney kicks off overseas trip with diplomatic gaffe

Romney kicks off overseas trip with diplomatic gaffe

By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers – LONDON — Mitt Romney had hoped a visit to the Olympics would advertise his own past glory and kick off an overseas trip designed…

House votes to postpone IRS rule on foreign deposits in US banks

House votes to postpone IRS rule on foreign deposits in US banks

By Mark K. Matthews, The Orlando Sentinel – WASHINGTON — A new IRS rule designed to find tax cheats got a thumbs-down Thursday from the U.S. House, which moved to…

Former Company President Indicted for Employee Deaths and Environmental Violations

WASHINGTON – Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services LLC (PACES) and its former president Matthew L. Bowman have been charged with conspiracy to illegally transport hazardous materials, resulting in the…

Recommendations for Tree Watering During Drought Conditions

From Iowa DNR – DES MOINES ― As drought conditions continue, Iowans are concerned about the amount of water their yard trees need. Drought conditions can lead to tree decline,…

Former Employee of a Financial Institution Pleads Guilty for Role in Municipal Bonds Conspiracy

WASHINGTON — A former financial institution employee pleaded guilty today for his participation in a conspiracy related to municipal bonds, the Department of Justice announced. According to the plea proceeding…

Inmate Sentenced for Conspiring with Jailer to Assault Another Inmate

Phillip Oliver, 46, an inmate at the Muskogee County Jail (MCJ) was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Muskogee, Okla., to one year and a day followed by one…

Grassley: “Drugs are poison”

Grassley: “Drugs are poison”

From Sen. Chuck Grassley – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is the sponsor of legislation enacted earlier this month that bans the chemicals used to make a dangerous synthetic drug called…

Obit: Arlene J. Winkowitsch, 75

Obit: Arlene J. Winkowitsch, 75

Arlene J. Winkowitsch, 75, of Dumont, Iowa, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the Dumont Wellness Center. Graveside inurnment services will be held at a later date at Brooks Presbyterian…

Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Scheming Investors Out of $7 Million

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 37-year-old Colorado man pleaded guilty to scheming investors out of $7 million. Evan Matthew Flaxman, of Silverthorne, Colorado, pleaded guilty to one count of…

Private-eye tip led to absentee-ballot probe

By Scott Hiaasen and Christina Veiga, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The latest investigation of potential absentee ballot fraud in Miami-Dade County was triggered by a private investigator who went…

Waterloo police make 2nd arrest, recover sawed off shotgun

On Sunday, July 22, 2012 at approximately 3:34 AM, Waterloo Police patrolling in the area of E.4th Street and Adams Street heard several gunshots on Adams Street. As officers arrived…

Charles City Learning Center utilizes grant for new cribs

Charles City Learning Center utilizes grant for new cribs

FLOYD COUNTY, July 26, 2012 – On a recent morning at TLC (The Learning Center) amidst a cacophony of children’s voices at mid-morning recess, several babies could be found in…

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