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New efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes could save $1 billion annually on consumer energy bills

New efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes could save $1 billion annually on consumer energy bills

WASHINGTON – A new set of standards agreed upon last week by politicians and other agencies will set new standards for energy efficiency for pay-TV set-top boxes that will result…

Only 40% of Americans attended church last week, poll says

WASHINGTON – Was church a part of your holiday season? For many Americans, the apparent answer was “no.” According to a new poll from Gallup, only 40% of Americans attended…

Would you help the homeless?

Would you help the homeless?

MASON CITY – How far would you go to help a homeless person during the holidays? On Christmas Eve at about 1:21 PM, Mason City police were dispatched to the…

Mason City man violates recent no-contact order, back in jail

Mason City man violates recent no-contact order, back in jail

MASON CITY – A Mason City man recently arrested for felony domestic assault was arrested again on Christmas morning for violating a court-imposed no contact order. Joshua Joe Jennings is…

Special operations kandak detain four, clears Khogyani

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces detained four suspected insurgents during a village clearing operation in Khogyani district Dec. 24. Commandos with 1st Special Operations Kandak arrested the…

Don’t touch that dial: Jail birds’ fight over TV remote leads to new charges

Don’t touch that dial: Jail birds’ fight over TV remote leads to new charges

MASON CITY – A man in jail since August facing felony charges of burglary and attempted murder had new charges added this week after a jailhouse scuffle. According to jailers…

UPDATED: Cops visit same North End house 7 times in one week

UPDATED: Cops visit same North End house 7 times in one week

MASON CITY – Police were busy keeping the peace at a North End house this week. Records indicate that Mason City police officers visited 718 North Tyler Avenue five times…

No. 14 ISU to battle Boise State for championship

No. 14 ISU to battle Boise State for championship

AMES – Iowa State faces Boise State Wednesday in the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (CT) with ESPN2 broadcasting the…

Two Mason City parks may be designated historic places

Two Mason City parks may be designated historic places

MASON CITY – On Thursday, January 2, 2013, the Mason City Historic Preservation Commission will discuss and vote on a recommendation to nominate both Parker’s Woods Park and East Park…

Obama signs executive order giving military 1% pay raise

Obama signs executive order giving military 1% pay raise

WASHINGTON – Military personnel and civilian workers received a 1% pay raise on Monday after President Obama signed an executive order adjusting certain rates of pay beginning in 2014. Last…

Statement by Sec. of Defense Hagel on sexual assault prevention and response

Statement by Sec. of Defense Hagel on sexual assault prevention and response

From the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel – Eliminating sexual assault in the military is one of the Department of Defense’s highest priorities.  We welcome President Obama’s continued leadership on…

State of Iowa submits appeal to FEMA for denial of disaster aid

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad today announced the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) submitted an appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for…

University of Iowa police receive report of sexual assault

University of Iowa police receive report of sexual assault

From the UI Department of Public Safety – On the morning of Dec. 21, the University of Iowa Police received a report from a student that either during the late…

Branstad, other governors write letter to Obama in support of strong renewable fuel standard

Gov. Branstad brings bipartisan group of six governors together in support of RFS; Letter sent to President Obama, Administrator McCarthy and Sec. Vilsack calling for reconsideration on the EPA’s proposed…

Syrian air assaults against civilians condemned

Syrian air assaults against civilians condemned

WASHINGTON – The White House issued a statement Monday condemning the “ongoing air assaults” by the Syrian government against civilians, which have reportedly killed more than 300 people, many of…

South Sudanese leadership urged to curb escalating violence

South Sudanese leadership urged to curb escalating violence

NEW YORK – Amid ethnically targeted killings, arbitrary detentions, rising displacement and now the discovery of mass graves, the United Nations human rights chief today urged the South Sudanese leadership…

Grassley joins effort to exempt small family farms from OSHA regulations

Grassley joins effort to exempt small family farms from OSHA regulations

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley joined 42 other senators in requesting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to stop what they call unlawful regulations on small family farms. In…

Preparations for upcoming Syria peace conference ‘on track,’ says UN chief

NEW YORK – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that preparations for the long-awaited international conference aimed at achieving a political solution to the crisis in Syria are moving ahead, and…

Sen. Grassley to kick off 99-county tour

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will begin holding meetings with Iowans in every county again next year with meetings in Floyd and Chickasaw counties on Friday, Jan. 3. “Representative…

Senate provision doubles forest service air tanker fleet

WASHINGTON – Earlier this week, the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014, which included language by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) transferring…

Use of checks in payment transactions continues to decline

CLEVELAND, OH – The 2013 Federal Reserve Payments Study, released last week, shows that card payments – credit and debit – now account for more than two-thirds of all noncash…

Iowa State advances to title game of Diamond Head Classic

Iowa State advances to title game of Diamond Head Classic

Courtesy: cyclones.com – HONOLULU, Hawaii – No. 14 Iowa State tied its best start in school history as the Cyclones improved to 10-0 with a 83-60 win over Akron Monday…

Iowa ombudsman “substantiates” complaint against M.C. School District

Iowa ombudsman “substantiates” complaint against M.C. School District

MASON CITY – The State of Iowa Ombudsman Office has found grounds to warn the Mason City School District for violations of open records laws. A concerned citizen – who…

Warrant issued for suspect in locker room theft during CyHawk football game

Warrant issued for suspect in locker room theft during CyHawk football game

AMES – A man is wanted in connection with a locker room theft during the Iowa Hawkeye – Iowa State Cyclone football game that was played in in September. According…

Feds say record numbers signing up for health insurance today

WASHINGTON – The federal government reported this morning that Monday is a “record day so far” at the health care marketplace website – www.Healthcare.gov – as people line up to…

Charles City man among those injured during final weekend of shotgun deer season

DES MOINES – Two Iowa deer hunters sustained non-life threatening injuries during the final weekend of the shotgun deer season. Michael Otto, 50, of Madrid, was treated after sustaining an…

Wanted Waterloo man caught in Nebraska, charged with murder

Wanted Waterloo man caught in Nebraska, charged with murder

WATERLOO – A crime tip helped authorities capture a man wanted in a Waterloo murder case. On Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 6:56 PM, Waterloo Police and Waterloo Fire Rescue…

Mason City teen now missing 4 days

Mason City teen now missing 4 days

MASON CITY –  A local teen has now been missing for four days. According to a report, Sierra R. Jones, age 16 of Mason City, went missing on December 19th. …

Ames police respond to victim with self-inflicted gunshot wound

Ames police respond to victim with self-inflicted gunshot wound

AMES – The Ames Police Department received a call of an accidental shooting that had taken place at 4810 Westbend Drive at 10:31 P.M. on December 20, 2013. When officers…

Iowa Senator urges Iowans to tell Governor Branstad: “No more cuts to mental health services for Iowans”

Iowa Senator urges Iowans to tell Governor Branstad: “No more cuts to mental health services for Iowans”

Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the interim committee on mental health, issued the following statement late last week: “At…

Letter from Branstad, other governors urges feds to clear path for trade and investment

Letter from Branstad, other governors urges feds to clear path for trade and investment

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad has co-written a bipartisan governors’ letter urging President Obama and Congress to make forward progress on three trade agreements that have great potential…

Ames police deal with weather related issues

From the Ames Police Department, December 23, 2013: With the snow and cold and storm, our officers mostly dealt with issues related to weather. The snow ordinance was used and…

Iowa State remains undefeated, beats George Mason 79-67

Iowa State remains undefeated, beats George Mason 79-67

Courtesy: cyclones.com – HONOLULU, Hawai’i – No. 17 Iowa State used a strong end to the first half and start to the second half to pull away from George Mason…

Burglary in progress thwarted by MCPD; wanted man in custody

Burglary in progress thwarted by MCPD; wanted man in custody

MASON CITY – Police reacted quickly to a burglary in progress Monday morning and arrested a local man they found hiding in a shed. According to police, shortly after 2:00…

Changes to Iowa law allows for an eight-year driver’s license

Changes to Iowa law allows for an eight-year driver’s license

AMES – Iowa drivers may have a pleasant surprise when they renew a driver’s license after Jan. 1, 2014. New legislation allows the Iowa Department of Transportation to transition from…

Border patrol agents intercept Mexican national with heroine at California border

SAN CLEMENTE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested a man at the San Clemente, California checkpoint on Interstate 5 for narcotics smuggling yesterday. At approximately 10:30 a.m., agents…

Grassley questions EB-5 visa program

From Sen. Charles Grassley – The EB-5 visa program has been used for decades as a tool to encourage foreign investment and job creation in the United States in exchange…

U.S. Marshals arrest child sexual predator

Norfolk, VA – United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, Robert W. Mathieson, announces the capture of Richard “Andy” Barnett. Mr. Barnett was wanted out of Norfolk, VA…

Man arrested for throwing molotov cocktail at border patrol officers

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Wednesday afternoon apprehended a 39-year-old man after he threw a “Molotov cocktail” at them.…

Excavators in four Iowa counties damaged natural gas lines and an electrical line, failed to provide Iowa One Call notice

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller filed lawsuits against four contractors who allegedly damaged natural gas and electrical lines during excavations without first notifying Iowa One Call. The suits,…