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Two women whisked from smoke-filled house Monday evening

Two women whisked from smoke-filled house Monday evening

MASON CITY – Two women were helped to safety Monday evening by a passer-by and a neighbor before firefighters arrived on the scene. Around 4:30 PM Monday, a call for…

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

Mason City woman pleads guilty to second offense drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City woman is serving jail time for her second conviction for operating while intoxicated. Officers arrested Brianna Marie Hansen-Simmer, age 21, last July for operating…

Nuclear safety, Iran and DPR Korea among pressing issues for UN atomic watchdog

NEW YORK – The United Nations atomic energy chief today highlighted some of the most pressing issues on the agenda of his agency, ranging from nuclear safety to verification of…

Senate approves ban on adults who allow drinking parties for minors

Senate approves ban on adults who allow drinking parties for minors

DES MOINES – The Iowa Senate on Monday voted 48-0 to approve a bill that would make it illegal for an adult to knowingly allow an underage drinking party to…

Former MC city administrator Moerman surpasses Brent Trout’s pay

Former MC city administrator Moerman surpasses Brent Trout’s pay

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – A former Mason City city administrator now working in Waukee is set to get a healthy pay bump, the Des Moines Register reported Monday. Moerman…

Thanks to Willet, Bookmeyer, other poor leaders, M.C. left off list of Iowa towns “best suited for economic expansion and continued growth”

Thanks to Willet, Bookmeyer, other poor leaders, M.C. left off list of Iowa towns “best suited for economic expansion and continued growth”

Editorial by Matt Marquardt – NIT – Beaten again. Left out in the cold. Bamboozled. That is what self-serving, unimaginative, sold-out leadership – and a populace asleep at the wheel…

Border patrol agents intercept three smuggling attempts during last four days

San Diego – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested seven individuals this weekend who were involved in three separate human and drug smuggling events in the east and north county of…

Hey lazy Americans: Soon, you won’t have to get out of your car to refuel

Hey lazy Americans: Soon, you won’t have to get out of your car to refuel

NIT – Lazy Americans, things just keep getting easier for you. Europeans – who are much less fat than Americans – are preying on the slothful lifestyles of Americans, with…

White House and USDA: “classrooms should be healthy places where kids aren’t bombarded with ads for junk food”

White House and USDA: “classrooms should be healthy places where kids aren’t bombarded with ads for junk food”

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announce proposed school wellness standards and roll out of breakfast and lunch programs for schools that serve low…

EPA finalizes tighter vehicle and fuel standards to reduce emissions

EPA finalizes tighter vehicle and fuel standards to reduce emissions

WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…

Domestic abuse charges dismissed against Mason City man, then arrested for public intox

Domestic abuse charges dismissed against Mason City man, then arrested for public intox

MASON CITY – A Mason City man who was charged with aggravated domestic assault on Christmas day had that charge (and another) thrown out by a judge, before he was…

Iowa #1, Iowa State #4 in wrestling dual meet attendance

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa wrestling program led the nation in attendance for the eighth consecutive season according to annual Division I attendance report released Tuesday by Roby…

Ukrainian official: no Russian troops have entered Ukraine across northern border

Ukrainian official: no Russian troops have entered Ukraine across northern border

KHARKIV, Ukraine. March 3 (Interfax) – A senior Ukrainian border guard official said on Monday that no Russian Armed Forces had entered Ukraine across its northern border. “We are conducting…

State launches teacher leadership program in 39 districts

State launches teacher leadership program in 39 districts

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck today announced the first group of Iowa school districts selected to…

Offender escapes Iowa work release facility

Offender escapes Iowa work release facility

SIOUX CITY – Eddie Sandoval-Rouillard was placed on escape status after failing to return to the Sioux City Work Release Facility from an assigned program meeting. Sandoval-Rouillard was transferred to…

Film ‘Salmon Fishing in Yemen’ to be shown at MacNider Museum on March 8th

Film ‘Salmon Fishing in Yemen’ to be shown at MacNider Museum on March 8th

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s 2014 winter film series, Films in February, Movies in March (Some in January, Too), ends on Saturday, March 8 at 2…

Hundreds of Keystone pipeline protestors arrested in DC (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON – Protesters against the Keystone Pipeline XL were arrested in a peaceful protest after strapping themselves to the White House fence and blocking sidewalks in a sit-in, the Associated…

Liquid methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin seized by border patrol

El Paso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the El Paso port of entry made multiple drug seizures this weekend. The…

G-7 leaders condemn Russian offensive in Ukraine

WASHINGTON – Leaders of seven of the largest industrialized nations in the world on Sunday condemned the Russian offensive in Ukraine that threatens a major conflict. We, the leaders of…

First Lady Michelle Obama to travel to China March 19-26, 2014

WASHINGTON – The First Lady will travel to China from March 19-26, 2014. She will be visiting Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26.…

New Mexico border patrol nets four drug busts this weekend

Santa Teresa, New Mexico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry were very busy this weekend. Officers at the New Mexico border…

27 sex offenders and 15 gang members arrested in February by border patrol

Edinburgh – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector arrested 27 convicted sex offenders, who were illegally present in the United States, and 15 members of notorious…