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Statement by the President on the School Shooting in Newtown, CT

Statement by the President on the School Shooting in Newtown, CT

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 3:15 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller.  I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf…

UPDATED: No “bodily injury” in domestic assault with strangulation, so no felony charge

UPDATED: No “bodily injury” in domestic assault with strangulation, so no felony charge

UPDATED: Dec. 14th 4:20 PM – Cerro Gordo County Attorney Carlyle Dalen confirmed that Bryon Sletton of Mason City was charged in district court Friday with an aggravated misdemeanor regarding the…

President Obama orders US flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, CT (video)

President Obama orders US flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, CT (video)

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As a mark…

Update: Westbound Iowa 122 in Mason City will be open to traffic at 4 p.m. on Dec. 15

MASON CITY, Iowa – Dec. 14, 2012 – Road work to repair sewer lines along the westbound lanes of Iowa 122, as well as the Iowa 122/South Virginia Avenue intersection…

Op-ed: Shootings are predictable

Op-Ed by Otis Lewis – AMERICA has lost respect for human life! It really is this simple and these shootings are all predictable! It starts with removing “prayer in school”,…

Progress Iowa calls on Congress to get back to work, and follow the same rules of recess every 7-year-old has to follow

Des Moines, Iowa – In response to Congress going on recess without resolving the fiscal cliff and ending the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans, Progress…

UPDATE: 18 children among at least 24 dead in elementary school shooting Friday in Connecticut

The Hartford Courant newspaper reported Friday morning that a shooter had shot and killed several people, including up to 18 children, at an elementary school. The Courant reported that the…

Branstad to pursue state-federal partnership in implementing Obamacare

Branstad to pursue state-federal partnership in implementing Obamacare

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today submitted a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to inform the Federal government that Iowa will avoid a costly…

Good samaritan puts out car fire at daycare

Good samaritan puts out car fire at daycare

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – On December 8th at around 9:00 am, authorities responded to a call of a car on fire at the Charlie…

Former Des Moines Police Officer Sentenced for Excessive Use of Force and Obstruction of Justice

DES MOINES, IA—On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, former Des Moines Police Department Officer Mersed Dautovic was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for violating…

Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, 12/13/2012

Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, 12/13/2012

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:08 P.M. EST MR. CARNEY:  Good afternoon.  Thanks for being here at the White House.  I have no announcements, so let’s go straight to…

Manly woman charged with serious assault for allegedly punching bartender

Manly woman charged with serious assault for allegedly punching bartender

MASON CITY – A Manly woman was arrested this week on a warrant for serious assault causing injury. Julie Ann Hove, 41, was picked up by Cerro Gordo County sheriff’s…

Mason City organizations become Blue Zones Worksites

Mason City organizations become Blue Zones Worksites

MASON CITY – Some Mason City businesses and organizations have achieved designation as Blue Zones Worksites. North Iowa Area Community College, First Citizens National Bank,  Principal Financial Group, and Cerro…

Ragan to focus on job creation in 2013 session’s legislative committees

Ragan to focus on job creation in 2013 session’s legislative committees

MASON CITY – State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City will help shape the work of the 2013 session of the Iowa Legislature through her work on several Iowa Senate…

Rice drops out of consideration for Secretary of State

Rice drops out of consideration for Secretary of State

Statement by the President on Ambassador Rice’s decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State: Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to…

NIC/Corn Bowl boys challenge set for Saturday at NIACC

MASON CITY – The boys North Iowa Conference/Corn Bowl Conference Challenge is set for Saturday in the NIACC gym. A total of eight games between the two conferences will be…

Unemployment insurance claims drop slightly

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the week ending December 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 343,000, a decrease of 29,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of…

Harkin, other lawmakers Urge Action in Bangladesh Factory Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to President Obama, a group of lawmakers led by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today urged action in response to the recent fire in the…

Don’t miss the Snow Wonder benefit auction for sledding hill this Saturday

Don’t miss the Snow Wonder benefit auction for sledding hill this Saturday

MASON CITY – The Snow Wonder benefit auction is Saturday, December 15 from 9-12. This benefit auction is for the Georgia Hanford Park sledding hill . A live auction and…

Missouri man pleads guilty to conspiracy role to assist more than 100 illegal aliens obtain fraudulent driver’s licenses for profit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An employee at a contracted state license office pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiracy to unlawfully assist more than 100 illegal aliens obtain fraudulent…

Manure applicators: Follow state law

Manure applicators: Follow state law

DES MOINES – Most animal and crop producers know there is greater potential for runoff and nutrient loss following winter manure application. State law, however, sets some dates when producers…

UI Baseball: Hawkeyes Sign 5, Including 4 Top 500 Players

UI Baseball: Hawkeyes Sign 5, Including 4 Top 500 Players

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head baseball coach Jack Dahm announced the signing of a five-player recruiting class Thursday.  Four of the five players are ranked in the…

MN Man Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Two Young Girls

MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 60-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced for sexually abusing two young girls. United States District Chief Judge Michael J. Davis sentenced Dean Earl Wilkens to…

Former Police Officer Indicted and Arrested on Civil Rights Charges for Sexually Assaulting Woman While Transporting Her to Jail

WASHINGTON—Bryan Benson, a former Anderson, California, police officer, was arrested today on charges of deprivation of civil rights for sexually assaulting a woman while transporting her to jail and of…

Harkin Announces More than $3.4 Million for Calhoun Rural Electric Cooperative

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that the Calhoun Rural Electric Cooperative has been awarded $3,410,137 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Program (HMP.) The…

Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Carry Loaded Gun onto Plane

SACRAMENTO, CA—Harold E. Waller, 45, of Circle, Montana, pleaded guilty today to one count of attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed, dangerous weapon, United States Attorney Benjamin B.…

Wood mulch available on request

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board Roadside Management staff is continuing with annual tree and brush removal efforts within county road right-of-ways near Mason City and Clear…

Tech Q&A: With spam, it’s better not to give or receive

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – QUESTION: Recently I’ve been unable to send emails from my home email address. In addition, my incoming email contains several notices of undeliverable emails…

NIACC’s Sala signs with Campbellsville University

MASON CITY – NIACC sophomore shortsop Reynaldo Sala signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Campbellsville University, a NAIA school in Campbellsville, Ky. Sala, who is from…

IKEA denies knowledge of possible Cuba prison labor

By Juan O. Tamayo, The Miami Herald – MIAMI — Furniture giant IKEA reported Friday that its investigation found no evidence the company knew of the possible use of Cuban…

Chinese college students flock to U.S.

Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune – When Zipeng “Frank” Jiang arrived in the U.S. for the first time, he was a 16-year-old Chinese honors student with big dreams, limited English skills and…

Former U.S. Congressman Sentenced to Year in Prison in Tax Case Related to Scam that Sold Unregistered Securities in Internet Firms

LOS ANGELES—A former United States Congressman has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison in a tax fraud case related to his failure to disclose to…