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Failures, money may be motivation for NIACC President Dr. Debra Derr leaving North Iowa

Failures, money may be motivation for NIACC President Dr. Debra Derr leaving North Iowa

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – NIACC President Dr. Debra Derr may be on her way out of North Iowa. Derr is listed as a candidate and one of three finalists…

Steve King Challenges ICE Director on release of “over 2,000 illegal aliens” (VIDEO)

Steve King Challenges ICE Director on release of “over 2,000 illegal aliens” (VIDEO)

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following video of his questioning of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton on Tuesday during a Judiciary Committee hearing. Congressman…

Harkin Announces More than $7 Million for Flood Protection in Polk County

Harkin Announces More than $7 Million for Flood Protection in Polk County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Polk County has been awarded a federal grant of $7,044,750 from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP.)  The funding…

Lawsuit Over Key Interest Rate Increases Pressure on Treasury for Fixes

M E M O R A N D U M To:    Reporters and Editors Re:    Freddie Mac lawsuit over interest rate Da:    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Sen. Chuck Grassley of…

Grassley Statement During Senate Floor Debate, Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution

Grassley Statement During Senate Floor Debate, Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution

Watch video: httpv://youtu.be/vvHs_o4POfA Over the ten years I was Chairman or Ranking Member of the Finance Committee, I worked with several Budget Committee chairmen.  They were Senator Domenici, Senator Nickles,…

Grassley on Ending Meat and Poultry Inspector Furloughs due to sequester

Grassley on Ending Meat and Poultry Inspector Furloughs due to sequester

From Senator Charles Grassley – Senator Chuck Grassley made the following statement after an amendment to transfer $55 million in existing agriculture funds to the Food Safety Inspection Service in…

Grassley Blasts Administration for “Misleading” American People on Release of Illegal Immigrants

Grassley Blasts Administration for “Misleading” American People on Release of Illegal Immigrants

From Sen. Charles Grassley – WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley took to the Senate floor today to condemn the Obama Administration’s misleading information about its release of thousands of illegal…

NFL approves Vikings’ stadium loan

NFL approves Vikings’ stadium loan

MINNEAPOLIS, March 20 (UPI) — The National Football League approved the Minnesota Vikings’ request for a $200 million loan for a new stadium, team vice president Lester Bagley announced. “It’s…

NCAA: Wichita State 73, Pittsburgh 55

SALT LAKE CITY, March 21 (UPI) — Malcolm Armstead scored 22 points Thursday in pacing No. 9-seeded Wichita State to a 73-55 victory over No. 8 Pittsburgh in the NCAA…

NCAA: St. Louis 64, New Mexico State 44

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 21 (UPI) — Dwayne Evans had 16 first-half points Thursday in boosting fourth-seeded St. Louis to a 64-44 NCAA Tournament second-round romp over New Mexico State.…

NCAA: Michigan State 65, Valparaiso 54

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 21 (UPI) — Derrick Nix scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds Thursday in helping third-seeded Michigan State whip Valparaiso 65-54 in an NCAA Tournament second-round…

NCAA: Memphis 54, St. Mary’s 52

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 21 (UPI) — Joe Jackson had 14 points, including a late free throw, as sixth-seeded Memphis escaped Thursday with a 54-52 NCAA Tournament second-round game over…

NCAA: Butler 68, Bucknell 56

LEXINGTON, Ky., March 21 (UPI) — Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points Thursday in helping the No. 6-seeded Butler Bulldogs to a 68-56 NCAA Tournament second-round win over Bucknell. Butler (27-8)…

Butler, Xavier, Creighton to new Big East

NEW YORK, March 20 (UPI) — Butler, Xavier and Creighton and their basketball programs will join the reconstituted Big East Conference, the schools announced Wednesday in New York. The three…

Movement restricted at Iowa State Penitentiary

Movement restricted at Iowa State Penitentiary

From Fred Scaletta, Assistant Director, Iowa Department of Corrections, in response to AFSCME statement that situation is “critical” at Iowa State Penitentiary – FORT MADISON – The Iowa State Penitentiary…

Suspicious package delays classes at Mason City High School 2 hours

Suspicious package delays classes at Mason City High School 2 hours

MASON CITY – The Mason City High School and Alternative School started classes two hours late Thursday morning.  No other campuses were affected by this delay. A message from the…

Congress approves bill to fund gov’t

Congress approves bill to fund gov’t

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) — The House Thursday approved a short-term funding measure that keeps the U.S. government running until the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. House passage…

Lebanese forces scramble to border

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 21 (UPI) — The Lebanese military stormed locations along its eastern border with Syria in response to alleged rebel and weapons movement, a security official said. The…

Mason City woman arrested after passing out drunk in road

Mason City woman arrested after passing out drunk in road

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman found herself in jail after police found her passed out drunk in the road Sunday afternoon. Mason City police responded to a phone…

Gov. Branstad to give Waverly students tour after White House cancelation

Gov. Branstad to give Waverly students tour after White House cancelation

(DES MOINES) –  Gov. Terry Branstad today announced he will give students of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Waverly, Iowa, a tour of Terrace Hill and a “behind the scenes”…

Labor group: Situation at Iowa penitentiary is “critical”

Labor group: Situation at Iowa penitentiary is “critical”

DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan released the following statement regarding the security situation at the Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) in Ft. Madison: “The security situation…

Explosion kills Afghanistan district chief

TALOQAN, Afghanistan, March 21 (UPI) — A roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan Thursday killed Abdul Manan Hakimi, the district chief for the Eshkamesh district, authorities said. Hakimi’s two security guards…

Shell owes Iran $2.3 billion

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 21 (UPI) — The estimated $2.3 billion payable to the National Iranian Oil Co. can’t be settled because of sanctions imposed on Iran, Royal Dutch Shell…

Iran encouraging high voter turnout

TEHRAN, March 21 (UPI) — Iranians need to honor the call from the Iranian supreme leader and turn out for June presidential elections, the cultural and guidance minister said. Iran…

Brown released from jail after 9 hours

LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) — Singer Bobby Brown was released from a Los Angeles jail nine hours after he began serving his 55-day sentence for driving under the influence,…

Russia tests air-defense in Asian region

MOSCOW, March 21 (UPI) — The Russian military deployed more than 500 weapons systems and 50 aircraft to a region near Mongolia for air-defense drills, the government said. The Russian…

Report: ‘Tonight’ show moving back to NYC

NEW YORK, March 21 (UPI) — NBC plans to move “The Tonight Show” from Burbank, Calif., to Manhattan with Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno no later than fall 2014, The…

U.S. weekly jobless claims rise slightly

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless benefits claims rose 2,000 to 336,000 in the week that ended last Saturday. Initial claims for unemployment benefits…

Canadian House passes transgender protection bill

OTTAWA, March 21 (UPI) — The House of Commons in Canada has narrowly approved a bill that would make violence against transgender people a hate crime. The bill would make…

Mississippi passes ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ bill

JACKSON, Miss., March 21 (UPI) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a measure preventing counties, districts and towns from enacting rules that limit portion sizes. The law was dubbed the…

Statoil prioritizes Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS, March 21 (UPI) — The focus on leases in the central Gulf of Mexico highlights an investment drive for North American oil, Norwegian energy major Statoil said. The…

Chinese solar company in bankruptcy

BEIJING, March 21 (UPI) — The Chinese government may intervene in the bankruptcy of solar panel company Wuxi Suntech but the industry is downsizing, a government official said. Suntech, a…

N.Y. couple accused of babysitting plot

JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 21 (UPI) — A New York man and his girlfriend were arrested for allegedly plotting to start a babysitting business as a cover to sexually abuse…

North Korea threatens U.S. military bases

North Korea threatens U.S. military bases

PYONGYANG, North Korea, March 21 (UPI) — North Korea threatened on Thursday to attack U.S. bases in Japan and Guam in retaliation for U.S. training missions over the Korean Peninsula,…

NIACC sports weekly release

NIACC sports weekly release

From the NIACC Athletic Department – BASEBALL What’s next: The NIACC baseball team is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Marshalltown Community College on Thursday. The Trojans are scheduled open…

National Ag Day celebration held

National Ag Day celebration held

by Jody Spear – MASON CITY – The Mason City Chamber of Commerce celebrated Ag Day Wednesday morning at the North Iowa Events Center’s All Season’s building with their 31st…

Iowa wins first round NIT game over Indiana State, 68-52

Iowa wins first round NIT game over Indiana State, 68-52

IOWA CITY – The Iowa Hawkeyes played in front of a sold-out crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena crwod Wednesday night as they beat Indiana State 68-52. Iowa advances to the second…

HSBC accused of money laundering again

BUENOS AIRES, March 21 (UPI) — Argentina on Tuesday filed charges accusing British bank HSBC with helping clients launder money and evade taxes, court papers say. Prosecutors said the bank…

Supreme Court shakes up copyright law

Supreme Court shakes up copyright law

WASHINGTON, March 21 (UPI) — The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled foreign buyers of books, movies and other products can resell them in the United States over the copyright owners’ objections.…

U.S. probes bribery claims at Microsoft

SEATTLE, March 21 (UPI) — U.S. software giant Microsoft Corp. is the subject of federal investigations into possible bribery and kickback schemes, sources told The Wall Street Journal. The U.S.…

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