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Big Ten Approves Friday Hy-Vee Heroes Game

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Administrators Council of the Big Ten Conference has approved the Iowa and Nebraska recommendation to move the Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 football game to Friday, Nov.…

NIACC sports weekly update

NIACC sports weekly update

MEN’S BASKETBALL What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team (18-10 overall, 5-7 in the ICCAC) hosts Ellsworth (16-10, 8-4) on Wednesday in its final regular season home game. Game time…

Slick and Snowy Iowa Roads in Tonight’s Forecast

AMES, Iowa – Feb. 26, 2013 – 9 p.m. – As snow continues to fall over central and eastern Iowa overnight, Iowa Department of Transportation crews will continue working to…

Kerry Comments on Kuwait’s National Day and Liberation Anniversary

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 26, 2013 The United States has long valued its friendship and cooperation with Kuwait, and I am pleased to congratulate…

NIACC cross country academic honor

NIACC cross country academic honor

NIACC men’s cross country team has 10th best GPA MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s cross country team ranked 10th among all NJCAA teams with a team grade point average…

NIACC women, men host Ellsworth Wednesday

NIACC women, men host Ellsworth Wednesday

MASON CITY – The NIACC women’s basketball team (17-12, 10-5) hosts Ellsworth (11-17, 4-10) in its final regular season game Wednesday. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in the NIACC…

MCHS Principal Jumper to take new post within district

MCHS Principal Jumper to take new post within district

MASON CITY – Mason City High School Principal TJ Jumper will be taking an administrative post within the district starting next school year, he said today via email. “It is…

Yahoo! cancels work-at-home policy

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 26 (UPI) — U.S. Internet giant Yahoo! said it was ordering its employees who have been working at home to report back to their company offices. In…

Funeral held for Mindy McCready

FORT MYERS, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) — About 400 mourners attended Mindy McCready’s funeral Tuesday in the late country singer’s hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., People.com reported. McCready intentionally shot…

Grassley Questions Vilsack on Meat Inspector Cuts Due to Sequestration

Grassley Questions Vilsack on Meat Inspector Cuts Due to Sequestration

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley is leading a group of senators asking U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about the department’s discussion of furloughing meat inspectors due to the…

Teen gets 35 years in school shooting

BALTIMORE, Feb. 26 (UPI) — A teenage Maryland boy has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for shooting a student in a high school cafeteria last fall. Robert Gladden…

Origin of Russian meteor identified

MEDELLIN, Colombia, Feb. 26 (UPI) — Scientists say they have reconstructed the path of the meteor that exploded over Russia Feb. 15 and identified its likely origin within our solar…

Iowa man who threatened to shoot people at a mall gets 180 months in prison

DAVENPORT, IA – On February 15, 2013, T. Wayne Allen, Sr., of Davenport, IA, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Chief United States…

Iowa Senate subcommittee approves Medicaid expansion

Iowa Senate subcommittee approves Medicaid expansion

DES MOINES – Iowa Senate Democrats reported last Thursday that a subcommittee of the Iowa Senate’s Human Resources Committee voted in favor expanding Medicaid to cover 150,000 Iowans who would…

Courthouse Bomber Sentenced to 55 Years (VIDEO)

Courthouse Bomber Sentenced to 55 Years (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO—B. Donny Love Sr., 44, was sentenced today to serve 55 years in federal prison and pay $325,000 in restitution to the General Services Administration, based on his conviction…

Supervisors hold regular meeting Tuesday morning (VIDEO)

Supervisors hold regular meeting Tuesday morning (VIDEO)

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met for its regular Tuesday meeting today. County Engineer Mary Kelly had nothing to report. A public hearing was held…

First and Second ladies implore governors to help soldiers re-enter workforce

Washington, D.C. – As part of their Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden addressed the National Governors Association and renewed their call on governors to…

Powerful storm expands northeastward into Iowa

AMARILLO, Texas, Feb. 26 (UPI) — A complex but powerful winter storm, after pounding the High Plains, expanded northeastward from Missouri to Iowa and Illinois. Hundreds of flights were canceled…

FBI: ‘Most Wanted’ scam suspect caught

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — A U.S.-born Nigerian alleged to have stolen $44 million from U.S. banks in a fraud scheme has been captured after four years on the loose,…

Computer thieves target Cerro Gordo Courthouse; employee data comprimised

Computer thieves target Cerro Gordo Courthouse; employee data comprimised

MASON CITY – Cerro Gordo County Treasurer Pat Wright confirmed today that an attempt to access and divert funds from a bank used by the county took place last Tuesday.…

NABE survey: ‘Sequester’ likely to occur

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 25 (UPI) — The $85 billion in looming U.S. spending cuts will likely occur, most economists, analysts, academics and policymakers said in a survey released Monday. Twenty-nine…

Kepler spacecraft helps astronomers find tiny planet beyond our solar system

Kepler spacecraft helps astronomers find tiny planet beyond our solar system

AMES, Iowa – An international team of astronomers has used nearly three years of high precision data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft to make the first observations of a planet outside our solar…

ISU Economics Scientist: Federal spending cuts would be a blow to Iowa’s economy

ISU Economics Scientist: Federal spending cuts would be a blow to Iowa’s economy

AMES, Iowa – Federal spending cuts will have a direct impact on Iowa’s economy if Congress does not act by the March 1 sequestration deadline. Dave Swenson, associate scientist in…

Harkin Statement on White House Sequestration Report

Harkin Statement on White House Sequestration Report

Report illustrates need to avert cuts; find balanced approach to budgeting WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) on Monday issued the following statement on the White House report unveiled…

Air fares for business expected to climb

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — A stronger global economy means a climb in airline rates for business travelers for U.S. domestic and for international flights, a trade group said.…

Supreme Court Justices appalled by racist question

Supreme Court Justices appalled by racist question

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to review a Texas drug case but two justices said they were appalled by the racist language of a…

School bus driver allegedly stole bus

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 25 (UPI) — A Tennessee school bus driver accused of stealing and selling a school bus is no longer approved to drive for the school district, officials…

U.S. egg industry improves efficiency, environmental impact, according to Iowa State researcher

U.S. egg industry improves efficiency, environmental impact, according to Iowa State researcher

AMES, Iowa – The U.S. egg industry is operating at much greater efficiency while leaving a smaller environmental footprint than it did 50 years ago, according to a first-of-its-kind study…

Pay day loan payments scrutinized

NEW YORK, Feb. 24 (UPI) — Though not directly involved in the $13 billion pay day loan industry, major American banks are facing scrutiny for how they handle them, officials…

China’s PMI shows growth slowing

BEIJING, Feb. 25 (UPI) — China’s non-manufacturing sector expanded in February, but at a slower pace than the previous month, a key business index indicated. A flash estimate of China’s…

Treasury gradually unloads GM stock

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) — The U.S. Treasury Department said it realized $156.4 million from sales of General Motors stock in January. The department is expected to unload its approximately…

Large fragment from Russian meteor found

CHELYABINSK, Russia, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Scientists say they have recovered the largest fragment yet found, weighing about 2.2 pounds, of the meteor that exploded over Russia Feb. 15. It’s…

‘Romantic’ balloons lead to arrest

DANIA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 25 (UPI) — The Florida Highway Patrol said a man seen releasing a dozen heart-shaped Mylar balloons with his girlfriend was charged with a felony. The…

McCaffery: “The challenge before this team is where do we go from here” (VIDEO)

McCaffery: “The challenge before this team is where do we go from here” (VIDEO)

IOWA CITY – Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery held a press conference Monday at Carver Hawkeye Arena and talked about his team’s close loss to Nebraska last Saturday and how…