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Statement by the President on the Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

Tonight, our country has lost a true American hero with the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye.  The second-longest serving Senator in the history of the chamber, Danny represented the people…

United States Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, dies

United States Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, 88, dies

United States Senator Daniel K. Inouye, World War II veteran, Medal of Honor recipient and Hawaii’s senior Senator, passed away from respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today…

A Day of Thunder on the Syrup event held for second straight year (video)

A Day of Thunder on the Syrup event held for second straight year (video)

MASON CITY – For the second year, Terrence Prochaska organized the A Day of Thunder on the Syrup in the All Season’s Building at the North Iowa Events Center Friday…

Drug Dealer Sentenced to Death for Murdering Three People in 2005

WASHINGTON—U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton today sentenced Azibo Aquart to death for murdering three Bridgeport, Connecticut residents on August 24, 2005, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of…

Training exercise to be conducted Tuesday at Iowa capitol building

Training exercise to be conducted Tuesday at Iowa capitol building

Des Moines, IOWA — Tomorrow afternoon, December 18, 2012, the Iowa Department of Public Safety in partnership with many local, state and federal partners, will execute a training exercise at…

Profound statement: Grassley says American culture is “less civil now than it has been”

Profound statement: Grassley says American culture is “less civil now than it has been”

Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa Following the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut Monday, December 17, 2012 “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers should be…

NIACC weekly athletics update

NIACC weekly athletics update

MEN’S BASKETBALL What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team plays at No. 11 (NJCAA Division I) Indian Hills (13-1) in Ottumwa Tuesday in its final game before the holiday break.…

White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 12/17/12

White House Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 12/17/12

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:17 P.M. EST MR. CARNEY:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Thanks for being here.  I think as you know, the President and Speaker of the House…

Supervisors buy motor grader, accept response to union proposals

Supervisors buy motor grader, accept response to union proposals

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday morning for their regular weekly meeting. The board agreed to the purchase of a motor grader from Ziegler…

Lt. Gov. Reynolds Leads Bipartisan Group of Lieutenant Governors in Support of Wind Production Tax Credit

(DES MOINES) – Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today released a letter sent by a bipartisan coalition of lieutenant governors from eight states to congressional leaders supporting the Wind Production…

Harkin: Newtown Tragedy Brings Issues of Gun Violence, Mental Health to Forefront

Harkin: Newtown Tragedy Brings Issues of Gun Violence, Mental Health to Forefront

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement on the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. “We grieve as a nation…

Cyclone’s top running back out of bowl game with injury

Cyclone’s top running back out of bowl game with injury

AMES – Yahoo Sports is reporting Monday that Iowa State’s top running back, Shontrelle Johnson, was “severely injured in practice.” Yahoo reported that Coach Paul Rhoads said Johnson was in…

Iowa’s Mike Gesell Named B1G Freshman of the Week

Iowa’s Mike Gesell Named B1G Freshman of the Week

PARK RIDGE, Ill. – – University of Iowa guard Mike Gesell was named Big Ten Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week. The announcement was made today by the Big Ten…

U.S. designates man as a terrorist

The Department of State designated Michel Samaha as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224. Samaha, a former Lebanese Minister of Information and Tourism, was…

Man Charged with Robbing Four Banks

BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned a 13-count indictment charging Clifford B. Smith, 32, formerly of Buffalo, New…

U.S. concerned about civilian casualties in weekend Syrian fighting

U.S. concerned about civilian casualties in weekend Syrian fighting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States is deeply concerned by reports that dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed or wounded in Yarmouk, an area of Damascus home…

Big Ten prepares for bowl season

Big Ten prepares for bowl season

That Time of Year Again:  The Big Ten will send seven conference teams to bowl games, marking the 14th straight year that six or more Big Ten programs have earned…

What is best way to curb gun violence?

What is best way to curb gun violence?

President Barack Obama said Sunday night to mourners in Newtown, Connecticut, and to the nation, that something must be done about the gun violence plaguing America. But what can a…

Ejim Named Big 12 Player of the Week

Ejim Named Big 12 Player of the Week

IRVING, Texas – Melvin Ejim’s 21-point, 11-rebound performance vs. Drake on Saturday earned him Big 12 Player of the Week honors, announced today by the league office. Ejim received the…

“School readiness safety plan” being looked at by Branstad, others

“School readiness safety plan” being looked at by Branstad, others

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds were joined today at a press conference by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) Administrator Mark…

Vigil to be held Tuesday in remembrance of shooting victims

MASON CITY – A candle light vigil in remembrance of the Connecticut shooting victims will be held Tuesday, December 18th at the North Iowa Youth Center. The event will start…

Generosity of community leads to sledding hill fundraiser success

Generosity of community leads to sledding hill fundraiser success

MASON CITY – Things are progressing extremely well on the Georgia Hanford Park sledding hill thanks to the recent Snow Wonder benefit auction on Saturday. Project originator Ozzie Ohl told…

President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone” (video)

President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone” (video)

President Obama was in Newtown, CT on Sunday to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting there on Friday. The president met with the families of…

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos’ Lunar Impact

PASADENA, Calif. – The lunar twins of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission have each completed a rocket burn that has sealed their fate. The burns modified the…

Pelosi to GOP on Middle Class Tax Cuts: ‘Just Do It’

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement Friday on the urgent need to extend the middle class tax cuts and avert the fiscal cliff: “Christmas is…

Woman employs “viral justice” after boyfriend beats her with bat (video)

CNN affiliate WDAF reports on “viral justice” after a woman posted a photo of her injuries to Facebook, blaming her boyfriend.…