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NIACC women return to conference action

CEDAR RAPIDS – The NIACC women’s basketball team (8-6 overall, 1-0 in ICCAC) saw plenty of Kirkwood Community College at the Illinois Central tournament in the last week of December.…

NIACC to send 13 wrestlers to the mat Saturday

NIACC to send 13 wrestlers to the mat Saturday

OSKALOOSA – The NIACC wrestling team will enter 13 wrestlers in Saturday’s William Penn Open. Wrestling starts at 9 a.m. NIACC has not wrestled since Dec. 1 when the Trojans…

Human Rights press conference cancelled

Human Rights press conference cancelled

MASON CITY – A press conference regarding the on-going bad blood between Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and Mason City Human Rights that was scheduled for 2 PM Friday at City Hall…

Mason City labor supporter questions Branstad’s tax break to corporations, approval of bonuses to department directors

Mason City labor supporter questions Branstad’s tax break to corporations, approval of bonuses to department directors

MASON CITY – AFSCME Member, Iowa DOT Construction Technician and Mason City citizen Daryl Erickson spoke today on what his union calls Governor Branstad’s “double standard for political appointees and…

House approves $9.7 billion for east coast aid in wake of Sandy

House approves $9.7 billion for east coast aid in wake of Sandy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill to temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program and send aid to the…

Hells Angels Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Conspiracy

COLUMBIA, SC—United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Dan Bifield, a/k/a Diamond Dan, of the Hells Angels’ Rock Hell City Nomad Chapter in South Carolina, pleaded guilty to a racketeering…

‘Jane Doe’ child pornography suspect arrested in Los Angeles Public tips lead HSI special agents to her capture

LOS ANGELES – Just hours after federal authorities made a national announcement appealing to the public for leads in a child pornography case with ties to the Los Angeles area,…

Three Hawkeyes to compete in East West Shrine Game

Three Hawkeyes to compete in East West Shrine Game

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Three senior members of the University of Iowa football program have been invited to compete in the East West Shrine Game. Center James Ferentz, wide receiver…

“Thunder on the Syrup” races will be heating up this weekend

“Thunder on the Syrup” races will be heating up this weekend

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – Preparations are underway for this weekend’s “Thunder on the Syrup” races. “This is our second year of doing A Day of Thunder on…

Wolves get much-needed road win against Nuggets

Wolves get much-needed road win against Nuggets

DENVER – The Minnesota Timberwolves won a big road game Thursday night in Denver, beating the Nuggets 101-97. The win by Minnesota snapped an 8-game home winning streak bu Denver.…

Press conference may tell “real story” behind Human Rights – Bookmeyer duel

Press conference may tell “real story” behind Human Rights – Bookmeyer duel

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – I just received a phone call alerting me to a press conference that will be held today at City Hall regarding what the caller described…

Study: “School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation available”

Study: “School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation available”

AMES, Iowa – Jan. 4, 2013 – The Iowa departments of Transportation and Education are announcing the release of the School Bus Safety Study to the Iowa legislature, as required…

NIACC softball lefty/slapper camp set for Jan. 13

MASON CITY – Openings remain for the NIACC softball lefty/slapper camp, which is set for Jan. 13. The camp, which is for high school players, will be held in the…

Op-ed: Parent dis-satisifed with child care provider

Op-ed by Jessica Symonds of Mason City – As a parent, it is crucial for me to ensure that the childcare used by our family is safe, trustworthy and responsible…

Boehner Addresses the Opening Session of the 113th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Boehner addressed the opening session of the 113th Congress, saying, “The American Dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this…

Speaker Boehner: Too Many Are Still Out of Work, Government Has Too Much Debt

Speaker Boehner: Too Many Are Still Out of Work, Government Has Too Much Debt

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement this morning in response to the latest unemployment report from the U.S. Department of Labor: “Too many Americans…

Pelosi Remarks Before Passing Gavel to Speaker John Boehner

Pelosi Remarks Before Passing Gavel to Speaker John Boehner

January 3, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks in the House chamber following the re-election of Congressman John Boehner of Ohio as Speaker of…

State Fire Marshall: Record number of lives saved by smoke detectors in 2012

State Fire Marshall: Record number of lives saved by smoke detectors in 2012

Des Moines, IOWA — While 42 lives have been lost to fire in Iowa for the year ending 2012, a record number of lives were saved when working smoke alarms…

U.S acknowledges Burma Independence Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged Burma’s Independence Day on Friday, January 4th, 2013: “On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United…

Security Council to give special focus to terrorism and UN peacekeeping

Security Council to give special focus to terrorism and UN peacekeeping

NEW YORK – United Nations peacekeeping and tackling terrorism, issues which are particularly relevant for Pakistan, as well as for the wider international community, will feature prominently in the work…

Harkin’s bill looks to reduce filibuster threat

Harkin’s bill looks to reduce filibuster threat

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, on the first day of the 113th Congress, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced a Senate resolution that preserves the Senate tradition of extended debate and…

Boehner narrowly elected as Speaker of the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. John Boehner of Ohio was re-elected Speaker of the House Thursday in a narrow vote.  It will be his second term. Election of Speaker: The Honorable…

President Declares Disaster for Ohio

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Ohio to supplement state and…

WBB: Cyclones Beat Longhorns In Overtime Thriller

AMES, Iowa – In a see-saw game that needed an extra five minutes to decide, Iowa State made key defensive stands in the last 2:53 of the contest to beat…

Third Deer Positive for CWD at Davis County Hunting Preserve

DES MOINES – A male deer harvested Dec. 15, at the Pine Ridge Hunting Preserve in Davis County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), which is the third…

Fiscal Cliff Legislation Affects Military, Civilian Paychecks

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2013 – The legislation that President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal cliff means changes to military and civilian paychecks,…