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UPDATED: School board planning session abruptly cancelled

UPDATED: School board planning session abruptly cancelled

MASON CITY – The Mason City Community School District Board of Education was to hold its annual planning session on Saturday, August 18, 2012. At 7PM Friday evening of August…

Mohawks thumped by Ames, 24-7 in opener

Mohawks thumped by Ames, 24-7 in opener

MASON CITY – Ames High beat Mason City 24-7 Friday night in the season opener for both teams. Mason City lead early 7-0 but Ames scored the last 24 points.…

Semi-truck accident in Iowa results in loss of 28 hogs, no other injuries

Mike Mendenhall, Newton Daily News, Iowa – SULLY — Highway T22 was closed to traffic for an hour-and-a-half Thursday as the Iowa State Patrol and emergency and clean-up crews responded to…

Iowa law enforcement reflect on Obama visit

Duane Nollen, The Oskaloosa Herald, Iowa – OSKALOOSA — Both Oskaloosa Police Chief John “Jake” McGee and Mahaska County Sheriff Paul DeGeest agree that President Barack Obama’s visit to Oskaloosa Tuesday…

Chris Brown and Drake slapped with $16M suit for club brawl

Marc Beja, amNewYork, New York – Chris Brown and Drake started and escalated a drunken “melee” two months ago at a SoHo club and should pay for their violent antics, according…

Crash near Riceville injures 2 Mason City residents Friday afternoon

Crash near Riceville injures 2 Mason City residents Friday afternoon

RICEVILLE – According to an Iowa State Patrol crash report, three people were hurt after a head on collision on Highway B17 a few miles west of Riceville. At 1:12…

Iowa Unemployment Rate at 5.3 Percent

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.3 percent in July from a revised June rate of 5.1 percent. The state’s jobless rate stood at 6.0…

Harkin Applauds Court’s E15 Decision

Harkin Applauds Court’s E15 Decision

WASHINTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection…

Hope Solo says Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her during ‘DWTS’

By Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Soccer star Hope Solo almost made it to the top three during her time on “Dancing With the Stars” last…

Analysts ask if Facebook’s Zuckerberg is ‘in over his hoodie’

By Walter Hamilton and Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The deepening slide in Facebook Inc.’s stock is fueling talk once considered implausible on Wall Street and in…

Facebook stock near half of public offering value

Kimberly Ginfrida, Florence Morning News, S.C. – Facebook’s stock has come a penny short of hitting $19 for the first time, meaning it has nearly lost half of its market value…

Branstad, Alliant tout $345 million system at Ottumwa Generating Station

Mark Newman, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – OTTUMWA — The governor, the CEO of Alliant Energy and the state director of economic development were at the Ottumwa Generating Station Thursday talking about…

Reality TV star Joey Kovar found dead

By Carlos Sadovi, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Joey Kovar, a native of Evergreen Park, Ill., who appeared in the television shows “Real World: Hollywood” and “Celebrity Rehab 3,” was found…

In Israel, debate rages over Netanyahu’s threats to attack Iran

By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times – JERUSALEM — Whether serious or a bluff, Israel’s public threats to attack Iran’s nuclear development program are widely credited for bringing U.S. pressure and…

Afghan policeman kills 2 Americans

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times – KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan policeman fatally shot two American troops Friday, bringing the number of U.S. forces killed in such “insider” shootings to…

Eddie Murray settles charges in insider trading probe

Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun – Orioles Hall of Famer Eddie Murray has agreed to pay $358,151 to settle charges that he illegally profited from an insider trading scheme involving former…

Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting During Undercover Narcotics Operation Near Iowa City

Johnson County, IOWA — During the evening of August 16, 2012, two members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force were involved in a shooting in Johnson County, Iowa. At…

DCI Investigating Under Cover Narcotics Operation that Ended in Officer Involved Shooting

Johnson County, IOWA — This evening, Thursday, August 16, 2012 two members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force were involved in a shooting incident in Iowa City, Iowa. At…

Neighbor: Iowa City shooting victim not resident

Vanessa Miller, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa – A man killed Thursday evening during an undercover drug investigation outside Iowa City limits did not live in the mobile home park…

Automated license plate readers not coming to Mason City yet

Automated license plate readers not coming to Mason City yet

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – A relatively new crime fighting tool won’t be used in Mason City- yet. Automated license plate readers, typically affixed to a patrol car,…

Minneapolis cameras track anyone, even its Mayor

Eric Roper, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – On Aug. 3, a mobile camera spotted Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak’s city-owned car on 5th Avenue downtown. On Aug. 7, it found the car…

Iowa Attorney General: Excavators Tied to Major Natural Gas Pipeline Explosions Agree to Maximum Penalties

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Two Iowa excavators have agreed to maximum civil penalties for violating Iowa’s One Call law, in separate cases that led to natural gas explosions in two counties…

Mohawks open season against Ames tonight

Mohawks open season against Ames tonight

MASON CITY – The Mason City Mohawks will open their football season against the Ames High Little Cyclones tonight at Mohawk field at 7 PM. Mason City was 2-7 last…

GOP reserves $1 million of television time in Eastern Iowa

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – CEDAR RAPIDS – A national Republican committee has reserved $1 million worth of television time in Eastern Iowa for the party’s congressional challengers. One…

Authorities confirm man shot near Iowa City

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette – IOWA CITY — A man was shot east of Iowa City on Thursday during a state investigation in Johnson County, according to authorities. Officials would…

Traffic update at MCHS campus

Traffic update at MCHS campus

From Mason City School District: Highway 122 is under construction in front of the high school, and it will take about four more weeks to complete the project.  The new…

Suspect in Iowa home invasion still at-large; considered armed and dangerous

Suspect in Iowa home invasion still at-large; considered armed and dangerous

Leon, IOWA — On August 16, 2012, law enforcement conducted several search warrants in Osceola, Marshalltown, and Urbandale, Iowa in effort to gain more information about a home invasion in…

King: President Obama Continues to Ignore the Line

King: President Obama Continues to Ignore the Line

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the first day that an estimated 1 million illegal aliens will begin to be granted amnesty through an…

Rudd man with “a large quantity of meth” picked up by Cerro Gordo deputy

Rudd man with “a large quantity of meth” picked up by Cerro Gordo deputy

MASON CITY – At about 2:35am, August 16, 2012, a Cerro Gordo County Deputy arrested Michael Jon Frazer, 45, of Rudd, on drug charges. Frazer was stopped and arrested in…

All baby boomers need hepatitis C testing, federal health leaders recommend

By Sandy Kleffman, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — All baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C to help avoid serious liver disease and death, the national…

49ers impressed with Randy Moss

By Cam Inman, Contra Costa Times – SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Randy Moss raced off the 49ers practice field Thursday with a smile. Again. It’s become a daily habit for…

Ryan budget would hurt poor and elderly, critics say

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan will leave sizable footprints on the 2012 presidential race. His controversial plan to overhaul the federal…

Omaha Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Matthew McCann, 24, was sentenced in federal court for distributing child pornography. The Honorable Laurie Smith Camp sentenced McCann to an 80-month…

Boy dead, another missing after being swept downriver in Yosemite

By Kate Mather and Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A second day of searching showed no sign of the 6-year-old boy swept down the Merced River…

Jordin Sparks sparkles in Whitney Houston’s swan song

By Jon Bream, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – “Sparkle” commands attention because it’s the last movie for Whitney Houston and the first for “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks. The film tells…

‘Sparkle’ remake is off-key

By Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee – “Sparkle,” the remake of the 1976 film starring Irene Cara, is like a great song with a bad chorus. Just when it looks…

CNH in Burlington lays off 30

Christinia Crippes, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Case New Holland Corporate Communications said Wednesday its Burlington plant has temporarily laid off about 30 employees. The number amounts to about…

LA Gang Members Among Eight Indicted on Sex Trafficking Charges for Allegedly Prostituting Teenage Girls

RIVERSIDE, CA—A federal grand jury has indicted eight people—four of whom allegedly are members of a South Los Angeles street gang—on charges related to the sex trafficking of teenage girls…

Sawhill departs Iowa football program

IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Thursday that senior defensive lineman John Sawhill will not continue his career with the Hawkeyes. Sawhill (6-foot-3,…

Volleyball Chalk Talk, Cardinal and Gold Match On Saturday

Volleyball Chalk Talk, Cardinal and Gold Match On Saturday

AMES, Iowa – The 10th-ranked Iowa State volleyball team will host its annual Cardinal and Gold scrimmage Saturday following a Chalk Talk session with head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch. Both events…

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