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Iowa Senate approves Medicaid expansion (VIDEO)

Iowa Senate approves Medicaid expansion (VIDEO)

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate approved Medicaid expansion Monday, 26-23. “First step to doing right by uninsured, working Iowans!” Democrats tweeted soon after the vote.  The vote on Senate…

Teen to face murder charge after shooting baby in face

BRUNSWICK, Ga., March 25 (UPI) — A 15-year-old suspected in the shooting death of a baby in Brunswick, Ga., was told by a judge Monday he will be charged with…

Couple accused of putting child in oven

NASHVILLE, March 25 (UPI) — A Nashville couple were jailed after being accused of routinely putting their 5-year-old child in an oven to punish him, officials said. Lavelldo Washington, 34,…

Pa. sheriff indicted for blogger threats

BEAVER, Pa., March 25 (UPI) — A Pennsylvania sheriff was indicted Monday on 11 misdemeanor charges, including allegations he used his service revolver to threaten an Internet journalist. Beaver County…

Meteor storm shaped early solar system

BOULDER, Colo., March 25 (UPI) — Movement of the solar system’s giant outer planets created a massive meteor storm that rocked the inner solar system 3.9 billion years ago, researchers…

Market upswing erodes Monday

NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes dropped Monday after investors took a second glance at a bailout deal for Cyprus. Stocks followed European markets higher in early…

North Dakota tightens restrictions of abortions

North Dakota tightens restrictions of abortions

The state of North Dakota has drastically tightened restrictions on abortions performed in that state, set to enact a law that some are calling “the most extreme in the nation.”…

Tubby Smith Relieved of Coaching Duties at Minnesota

University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague announced today that head basketball coach Tubby Smith has been relieved of his coaching duties, effective immediately. A national search for the…

Taliban leader “Tamim” killed on March 18th, U.S. military confirms

Taliban leader “Tamim” killed on March 18th, U.S. military confirms

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 25, 2013 – Afghan and coalition military officials today confirmed that two key Taliban leaders in Afghanistan’s Helmand province were killed in recent operations. Taliban leader Tamim…

City considering transition to single driver sanitation service at cost of $1.43 million

City considering transition to single driver sanitation service at cost of $1.43 million

MASON CITY – The Mason City Council will hold a work session on Tuesday night and look at the possibility of a major change to the city’s sanitation pick-up service.…

Mercy plans to design new suite of cardiovascular procedure and recovery rooms

Mercy plans to design new suite of cardiovascular procedure and recovery rooms

From mercynorthiowa.com – MASON CITY — A team of community partners, architects, physicians and healthcare associates of Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa designed the future of cardiovascular care March…

Human Rights Commission approves 2 new board members

Human Rights Commission approves 2 new board members

MASON CITY – The Mason City Human Rights Commission approved two new board members at a special meeting last week. The board approved Mayor Eric Bookmeyer appointments of Matt Dodge…

Ragan and another legislator receive “Uncommon Public Service” award

Ragan and another legislator receive “Uncommon Public Service” award

(DES MOINES) – The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association in West Branch has awarded the annual Hoover Uncommon Public Service Award to State Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City and…

Market upswing crumbles Monday

NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) — U.S. stock indexes dropped Monday morning after investors took a second glance at a bailout deal for Cyprus. Stocks followed European markets higher in…

Waldorf’s Student Art Show to feature debut works from 13 students

Waldorf’s Student Art Show to feature debut works from 13 students

Forest City, Iowa – The Student Art Show opened in the Waldorf College Art Gallery on Monday, March 18 featuring the work of 13 Waldorf College students. An artist reception…

Mason City man pleads guilty to domestic assault causing injury

Mason City man pleads guilty to domestic assault causing injury

MASON CITY – A Mason City man plead guilty to domestic assault causing injury after an incident last month. Brady Joe Hunt, 32, was arrested following an incident on Maple…

Harkin Statement on the Budget Resolution Approved by the U.S. Senate (VIDEO)

Harkin Statement on the Budget Resolution Approved by the U.S. Senate (VIDEO)

This budget says, loudly and clearly: Our No. 1 priority is to fight for a stronger middle class WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today issued the following statement…

Harkin Announces More than $166,000 in Economic Development for Iowa

Harkin Announces More than $166,000 in Economic Development for Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) last week announced that three council of governments in Iowa have received a total of $166,500 from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s…

Harkin Statement on the Third Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Harkin Statement on the Third Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

WASHINGTON—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, released the following statement on the third anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act:…

Grassley begins meetings in 30 North Iowa communities today; in Mason City Tuesday

Grassley begins meetings in 30 North Iowa communities today; in Mason City Tuesday

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley this morning began a series of meetings with Iowans in 30 communities, as the Senate is in a two-week break for Easter. Grassley’s meetings include…

King Presents Medals to Vietnam War Veteran Roger Baldwin

King Presents Medals to Vietnam War Veteran Roger Baldwin

Washington, DC- Congressman Steve King released the following statement last week after honoring Vietnam War Veteran Roger Baldwin with medals he had not formally received for his service. Baldwin served…

King on ObamaCare: We Need to Get Our Freedom Back

King on ObamaCare: We Need to Get Our Freedom Back

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the third anniversary of ObamaCare on Saturday, March 23, 2013: “Let’s repeal ObamaCare,” said King. “Let’s take…

Non-emergency ER visit may be appropriate

Non-emergency ER visit may be appropriate

SAN FRANCISCO, March 23 (UPI) — Patients treated in U.S. hospitals for non-emergencies are blamed for increased healthcare costs but U.S. researchers say their visits may be appropriate. Lead author…

Family sues over wrong body in casket

CHESAPEAKE, Va., March 24 (UPI) — A Virginia funeral parlor faces a lawsuit for allegedly putting the body of the wrong man in the casket for a funeral. The family…

Iraq refuses to halt Iranian arms flights to Syria

BAGHDAD, March 24 (UPI) — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Sunday rebuffed a U.S. call for Iraq to stop Iran from using Iraqi airspace in sending weapons to Syria. Secretary…

Funeral services scheduled for Estherville soldier killed in Afghanistan

Funeral services have been scheduled for Estherville, Iowa native Staff Sgt. Steven P. Blass. Blass, 27, serving on active duty in the U.S. Army, died March 11, near Kandahar, Afghanistan,…

NRA: Background checks won’t stop mass shootings

NRA: Background checks won’t stop mass shootings

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) — The National Rifle Association chief said background checks wouldn’t have stopped some mass shootings because the suspects were “unrecognizable” to the system. NRA Executive Vice…

Prison gang suspected in Clements death

DENVER, March 24 (UPI) — The killing of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements may be linked to a white supremacist gang, sources told The Denver Post. Law enforcement is trying…

Pregnant woman attacks bike messenger

SEATTLE, March 24 (UPI) — A pregnant woman in Seattle allegedly used a stun gun to attack a bike messenger in a fit of road rage, police say. The incident…

Blinking combats computer vision syndrome

DALLAS, March 24 (UPI) — Working all day in front of a computer screen can result in eye fatigue but a U.S. optometrist says breaks and blinks helps combat computer…

U.S. military diet changes boost nutrition

NATICK, Mass., March 25 (UPI) — The U.S. military is following the general population in getting heavier, with the obesity within the military currently at 13 percent, a researcher says.…

Statue of Cresco native Dr. Norman E. Borlaug to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building

Statue of Cresco native Dr. Norman E. Borlaug to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol building

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds today highlighted the work progress of the seven-foot statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug being created by artist, Benjamin…