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Murder solicitation sends Clear Lake man to prison for 5 years

Murder solicitation sends Clear Lake man to prison for 5 years

MASON CITY – Alan Cannon of Clear Lake was sentenced to 5 years in prison on Monday for soliciting the murder of a young girl. Cannon, 31, entered one voluntary negotiated…

“Talent Act” would encourage high achieving students

“Talent Act” would encourage high achieving students

WASHINGTON – Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland have introduced legislation to make certain the needs of high-ability students are included in…

Bar owner cited for operating while intoxicated

Bar owner cited for operating while intoxicated

MASON CITY – A local bar owner has been cited for operating while intoxicated. On March 10th at about 7:08 PM, David Alan Despenas, 46, of Mason City was arrested…

3rd trial starts for alleged kid killer

BALTIMORE, March 11 (UPI) — A Baltimore man accused of killing three children by slashing their throats was in court Monday for the start of his third trial in the…

Iowa Transportation Commission Approves Grant for Marshalltown

AMES, Iowa – March 12, 2013 – Today, the Iowa Transportation Commission approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy (RISE) grant application submitted by the city of Marshalltown. Up to $237,616…

In wake of North Liberty shooting, sheriff blames Iowa’s “inflexible gun permit law”

NORTH LIBERTY – In the wake of a shooting Sunday in a small Iowa town just north of Iowa City, a sheriff is blaming Iowa’s “inflexible gun permit law” for…

7 injured in shootings in Kansas City, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 11 (UPI) — Seven people, including one juvenile, were injured in two shootings in Kansas City, Mo., prompting calls for a solution to violence in the…

Report Details the Impact of Right-Wing Organization ALEC in Iowa Legislature

Report Details the Impact of Right-Wing Organization ALEC in Iowa Legislature

Des Moines, Iowa — A new report was released today, entitled ALEC Exposed in Iowa: How Corporate Influence Subverts our Democratic Process. The report provides research about the background of…

Branstad and Reynolds commend Paul Ryan for offering a balanced, sustainable budget

Branstad and Reynolds commend Paul Ryan for offering a balanced, sustainable budget

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today commended Congressman Paul Ryan for offering a budget that will balance and is sustainable. “I applaud Paul…

White House rips Ryan budget plan

White House rips Ryan budget plan

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., proposed a plan he said will balance the budget by 2023 but the White House said “the math…

Latinos support strict gun control laws

Latinos support strict gun control laws

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) — Latinos of all political persuasions support stricter gun control laws, creating another headache for Republicans trying to win them over, a new polls finds. The…

HSI seeks public’s help locating a child predator

HSI seeks public’s help locating a child predator

NEWARK, N.J. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) urgently needs the public’s help to locate a suspected child predator. HSI special agents are attempting to…

Supervisors hold weekly meeting

Supervisors hold weekly meeting

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors met for its regular weekly meeting on Tuesday morning. Jay Urdahl was absent. No road report was given. Job descriptions…

“Neighborhood Hero” helps others dig out

“Neighborhood Hero” helps others dig out

by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – At age 80, Paul Kitner, of 15394 Winnebago Ave., was out in his skid loader for four hours Monday afternoon…

Marble, White, May Earn Big Ten Postseason Recognition

Marble, White, May Earn Big Ten Postseason Recognition

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Roy Devyn Marble, sophomore Aaron White, and senior Eric May have earned Big Ten men’s basketball postseason accolades. The Big Ten announced…

Health Department Recognizes Groundwater Awareness Week

(Mason City) – The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is recognizing National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10- 16, 2013. “Although most people know very little about it, groundwater…

Lockheed Martin training Saudi Arabian pilots to fly fighter jets

Lockheed Martin training Saudi Arabian pilots to fly fighter jets

ORLANDO, Fla., March 11 (UPI) — Pilot and maintenance training systems for F-15SA aircraft are to be provided to the Saudi air force by Lockheed Martin, the U.S. firm announced.…

D.C. drive-by shooting attack wounds 11

WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) — Drive-by shootings by men in two cars on a Washington street corner Monday left 11 people wounded, District of Columbia police said. Officers said the…

Iowa rodeo clown guilty of marijuana conspiracy

CEDAR RAPIDS – A professional rodeo clown who grew marijuana for over six years was convicted by a jury on March 8, 2013, after a three-day trial in federal court…

Poll: Americans back nuke reductions

PRINCETON, N.J., March 11 (UPI) — A majority of Americans, 56 percent to 38 percent, said they support reductions in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, a Gallup poll released Monday…

Space station to get special telescope

CHICAGO, March 11 (UPI) — NASA says it’s giving $4.4 million to five U.S. universities to help the agency build a telescope for deployment on the International Space Station in…

Woods tightens race for No. 1 in golf

VIRGINIA WATER, England, March 11 (UPI) — Tiger Woods pulls closer to Rory McIlroy this week in the battle for the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings. Woods…

Coach accused of using team to get dates

SEATTLE, March 11 (UPI) — A high school softball coach resigned from his job with Seattle Public Schools after being accused of using his team of girls to find him…

Depeche Mode plans N. American tour

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) — British electronic band Depeche Mode announced plans Monday for a North American concert tour this summer. The group is to kick off its tour…

Report: Ravens trade Boldin to 49ers

BALTIMORE, March 11 (UPI) — The Baltimore Ravens have traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick, The Baltimore Sun reported Monday. The…

U.S. Marshals Selling Rita Crundwell Jewelry, Other Jewelry, Watches, Gold Bullion, Coins from Criminal Cases Nationwide

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service is selling 351 lots of jewelry, including that of convicted former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., Rita Crundwell, and other fine jewelry, watches, gold bullion…

Pakistan-Iran pipeline defies U.S.

ISLAMABAD, March 11 (UPI) — Construction of a natural gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan began Monday on the Pakistani side, with the United States warning it could lead to…

Poll: Congress still has low approval

Poll: Congress still has low approval

PRINCETON, N.J., March 11 (UPI) — Americans’ dismal view of Congress dipped to 13 percent in early March from 15 percent a month ago, results of a Gallup poll released…

Still no verdict in ‘Cannibal Cop’ case

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) — A federal jury in New York Monday ended a third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the so-called Cannibal Cop case. New…

Navy jet crash kills three in Wash. state

HARRINGTON, Wash., March 11 (UPI) — A U.S. Navy jet based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station crashed in Washington state, Monday, killing all three crew members on board, officials…

3rd trial starts for alleged kid killer

BALTIMORE, March 11 (UPI) — A Baltimore man accused of killing three children by slashing their throats was in court Monday for the start of his third trial in the…

North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team art and writing contest program held

MASON CITY – The award program for the eighth annual North Iowa Diversity Appreciation Team (NIDAT) art/writing contest was held at the Music Man Square on Thursday, March 7, 2013.…

2,160 pounds of rattlesnakes captured

SWEETWATER, Texas, March 11 (UPI) — Participants in the annual, three-day Sweetwater Rattlesnake RoundUp in Texas caught more than a ton of snakes, organizers said. More than 30,000 people attended…

Judge rejects Jew-free jury request

NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) — A federal judge in New York City Monday rejected a lawyer’s request for a Jew-free jury to decide the fate of his client, an…

4.7 quake rattles Southern California

ANZA, Calif., March 11 (UPI) — A 4.7-magnitude earthquake rattled Southern California Monday and was followed by at least 100 aftershocks, seismologists said. The 9:56 a.m. temblor, initially reported to…

Nearly 3,000 dead pigs found in river

SHANGHAI, March 11 (UPI) — Nearly 3,000 dead pigs found floating in China’s Huangpu River in Shanghai died from porcine circovirus, Shanghai Agriculture Committee said Monday. The committee posted its…

North Korea warned again

NEW YORK, March 12 (UPI) — The United States will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state, U.S. national security adviser Tom Donilon warned. In a prepared speech for…

Dad, baby shot during diaper changing

CHICAGO, March 12 (UPI) — A father and his infant daughter were shot Monday afternoon while he was changing her diaper in a minivan parked on Chicago’s South Side, police…