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Jack-knifed semi blocks traffic on 19th Street SW Friday afternoon

Jack-knifed semi blocks traffic on 19th Street SW Friday afternoon

by Jody Spear and Kelley Meyer – MASON CITY – Around 4:50 pm Friday, a report of a semi blocking traffic on 19th Street SW was called in. The semi…

Statement on the President’s Nomination of Senator John F. Kerry to Succeed Clinton as Secretary of State of the United States

Press Statement Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State Washington, DC December 21, 2012 Today, I spoke to Senator John Kerry and congratulated him on his nomination to be the next…

U.S. and China Conclude 23rd Session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Wednesday marked the conclusion of the 23rd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and United States Trade Representative…

National Rifle Association calls for armed guards in schools

In a press conference Friday, National Rifle Association Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for armed guards in schools. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is…

President responds to petition on reducing gun violence

President responds to petition on reducing gun violence

In the days since the tragedy in Newtown, Americans from all over the country have called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence, and hundreds of thousands…

Iowa DOT issues a road condition update

Iowa DOT issues a road condition update

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 21, 2012; 12:45 p.m. update – The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that road crews are out actively clearing remaining road blockages, blading off packed…

Obama to nominate Kerry for Secretary of State

Obama to nominate Kerry for Secretary of State

CNN is reporting Friday that President Barack Obama will nominate Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Kerry is a former presidential candidate who lost…

Big Blue pit to be stocked with trout January 19th

Big Blue pit to be stocked with trout January 19th

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will continue its popular winter trout stocking on Jan. 5, with a release planned for North Prairie Lake, in Cedar Falls. The DNR has…

McCaffery: “We’re playing better defense”

McCaffery: “We’re playing better defense”

Teleconference with Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery, Dec. 21, 2012 – Aaron White’s shot is a little bit off, but of course knowing Aaron he is probably shooting 3,000 times…

Blizzard: Great for Some, A Hassle for Others

Blizzard: Great for Some, A Hassle for Others

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – An electrical fire was reported around 1:00 pm at 326 21st St SE. The Mason City Fire Department said that…

HSI’s national search for ‘Jane Doe’ ends with arrest of Florida woman

HSI’s national search for ‘Jane Doe’ ends with arrest of Florida woman

WASHINGTON — The nationwide search for a “Jane Doe” suspected child pornographer, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ended with the arrest of an Okaloosa…

Bookmeyer slowly killing Human Rights in Mason City

Bookmeyer slowly killing Human Rights in Mason City

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – There are many ways to die. You can die quickly, as in a beheading; you can die a little more slowly by starving yourself; or…

Convicted felon picked up Thursday on warrants

Convicted felon picked up Thursday on warrants

MASON CITY – A convicted felon was picked up Thursday on a warrant for his arrest. Nicholas Jon Wilmarth was picked up by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Deputies at about…

Ragan: “Many reasons to look forward to 2013”

Ragan: “Many reasons to look forward to 2013”

From State Senator Amanada Ragan: As 2012 comes to an end, I want to thank everyone who shared their concerns, ideas and hopes with me. You’ve made a positive difference…

Massachusetts State Representative Stephen Smith Agrees to Plead Guilty to Voter Fraud Charges

BOSTON—A state representative in the Massachusetts General Court has agreed to plead guilty to civil rights violations and resign his elected position for his role in submitting fraudulent absentee ballot…

Iowa DOT issues Friday morning travel update

Iowa DOT issues Friday morning travel update

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 21, 2012: 8 a.m. update – The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that travel conditions are slowly beginning to improve in the state. However, many…

Interstate 35 from Ames to Mason City reopened

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 21, 2012 – The Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting that Interstate 35 from Ames to Mason City, both northbound and southbound, is reopened to traffic.…

Former Bank Executive Arrested for Assisting Olympus Corporation in Several-Hundred-Million-Dollar Accounting Fraud

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Federal…

U.S. pastor arrested, held in Iranian jail

A 32-year-old Iranian Christian pastor who is a U.S. citizen has been imprisoned without notice of any formal charges while visiting his family in Iran. Saeed Abedini and his wife…

Peter Madoff, Former Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Managing Director at Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 10 Years in Prison

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Peter Madoff, the former chief compliance officer and senior managing director of Bernard L. Madoff…

Former Rwandan Planning Minister Convicted of Genocide

Today, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) convicted Augustin Ngirabatware, a former government minister in Rwanda, of genocide, incitement to commit genocide, and rape as…

Lucious on Cousy Award Watch List

Lucious on Cousy Award Watch List

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior point guard Korie Lucious is on the watch list for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate point guard.…

Attorney, Clergyman Will Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison for $56 Million Ponzi Scheme

KANSAS CITY, MO—David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Webster Groves, Missouri attorney and clergyman will spend the rest of…

Benghazi Attack, Part II: The Report of the Accountability Review Board

Testimony William J. Burns Deputy Secretary Thomas Nides Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Opening Remarks Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Washington, DC December 20, 2012 DEPUTY SECRETARY…

Colin Murphy Invited to Speak at American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting

Clear Lake, Iowa – Colin Murphy announced today that a paper entitled Admissibility of Unconfirmed Accelerant-Detection Canine Alerts has been accepted for presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Science’s 65th Annual Scientific…

Union Members present petitions to Latham

STATEMENT FROM KEN SAGAR, PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR, AFL-CIO: As part of the ongoing effort by the unions in Iowa, around 500 petitions were delivered to Congressman…

Harkin: Hands Off Medicaid!

Harkin: Hands Off Medicaid!

By Senator Tom Harkin – As President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner continue negotiations on the so-called ‘fiscal cliff,’ I have one simple message: hands off Medicaid! Federal health…

Facebook testing the charging of fees to send messages

Facebook announced on their website on Thursday that it is testing the charging of fees to its members to send messages. Apparently, Facebook says that at times, some messages from…

Benghazi: The Attack and the Lessons Learned

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS: Thank you. Mr. Chairman, Senator Lugar, members of the committee, thank you for this opportunity. Secretary Clinton asked me to express how much she regrets not being able…

National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding

Below is a link to the President’s plan for how the Federal Government will responsibly share and safeguard information that enhances national security and protects the safety of the American…

Statement by the White House Press Secretary

The President’s main priority is to ensure that taxes don’t go up on 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses in just a few short days. The…