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Candidate for governor Jack Hatch calls for minimum wage hike Saturday in Des Moines

Candidate for governor Jack Hatch calls for minimum wage hike Saturday in Des Moines

DES MOINES – Jack Hatch, candidate for Governor, joined the call for an increase in the minimum wage at the federal and state level today at the Raygun company in…

Hawkeyes set school record in women’s 4×400-meter relay

Hawkeyes set school record in women’s 4×400-meter relay

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — One week after breaking into the program’s all-time top 10, the University of Iowa women’s 1,600-meter relay broke the school record by more than one second Saturday…

Voters in Afghanistan finishing historical election today

Voters in Afghanistan finishing historical election today

KABUL – Millions of Afghans took to the polls today in a historic vote in presidential and provincial council elections, braving Taliban threats and recent attacks. This election marks the…

Wanted Alden woman nabbed by cops in Mason City

Wanted Alden woman nabbed by cops in Mason City

MASON CITY – A wanted woman from Hardin county was caught early Saturday in Mason City. Krista Jolene Huston, age 19 of Alden, Iowa, had been given a deferred judgement…

One person airlifted to hospital after accident Saturday morning near Rockwell

One person airlifted to hospital after accident Saturday morning near Rockwell

RURAL CERRO GORDO COUNTY – One person was injured and hospitalized after an accident south of Rockwell Saturday morning. Around 6:20 am, Saturday morning, emergency crews were dispatched to Partridge…

USDA, EPA partner to improve access to clean water, improved infrastructure in U.S.-Mexico border region

USDA, EPA partner to improve access to clean water, improved infrastructure in U.S.-Mexico border region

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency today announced a joint initiative to improve access to clean water and wastewater infrastructure for U.S. communities along…

Dubuque man who set his apartment on fire while he cooked meth sentenced to prison

Dubuque man who set his apartment on fire while he cooked meth sentenced to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who caused a fire while attempting to manufacture methamphetamine in his Dubuque apartment was sentenced today to six and one­‑half years in federal prison. Jeremiah…

Iowa man who received child pornography sentenced to 16 years in prison

Iowa man who received child pornography sentenced to 16 years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who received child pornography was sentenced today to sixteen years in federal prison. Jason Smith, age 21, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence after…

Unrepentant Iowa “flim flam artist” sentenced for fraud, money laundering, tax evasion

Unrepentant Iowa “flim flam artist” sentenced for fraud, money laundering, tax evasion

CEDAR RAPIDS – A former investment broker was sentenced today, to more than nine years in federal prison. Randy Beltramea, age 49, from Marion, Iowa, received the prison term after…

Former Iowa man who attempted to entice minor sentenced to prison

Former Iowa man who attempted to entice minor sentenced to prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who attempted to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity was sentenced April 3, 2014, to over twelve years in federal prison. Michael Glawe,…

Ask the Governor – April 4, 2014 (video)

Ask the Governor – April 4, 2014 (video)

DES MOINES – Gov. Branstad answers questions regarding Home Base Iowa, bullying, and economic development. httpv://youtu.be/uiT1kpZAOGE…

Police seek accused domestic abuser who skipped his jury trial this week

Police seek accused domestic abuser who skipped his jury trial this week

MASON CITY – A man accused of domestic assault is now wanted by police after failing to show up Tuesday for trial. Bryon Sletton, age 48, failed to show up…

Drake football team working on defense at spring practices

Drake football team working on defense at spring practices

DES MOINES – Drake University football wrapped up its first week of spring practices on the Drake Stadium turf and head coach Rick Fox feels the Bulldogs are laying the…

Army cracks down on grooming standards and tattoos

Army cracks down on grooming standards and tattoos

By Rhonda Apple, Pentagram Staff Writer JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – In 1963, folk-rock singer Bob Dylan wrote and recorded “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” expressing upheaval and social change…

Authorities shut down incomplete drug tunnel at Mexican border

Authorities shut down incomplete drug tunnel at Mexican border

NOGALES, Ariz. — U.S. and Mexican authorities shut down an incomplete drug smuggling tunnel Friday afternoon, following a multi-agency investigation by the Nogales Tunnel Task Force, which is led by U.S.…

Casey’s recognizes off-duty DCI agent’s heroism in stopping hold-up

Casey’s recognizes off-duty DCI agent’s heroism in stopping hold-up

DES MOINES – On Friday, April 4, 2014, Casey’s General Store President and CEO Mr. Robert Myers recognized Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Shelby McCreedy for her selfless actions of…

Iowa pharmacist charged with tax evasion, fraud, and drug diversion

DES MOINES, IA – On April 2, 2014, an indictment charging Mark Graziano, part owner of Bauder Pharmacy, and A. Michael Enloe, was unsealed following the defendants’ arraignment, announced United…

Clear Lake man busted for second drunk driving offense

Clear Lake man busted for second drunk driving offense

MASON CITY – A Clear Lake man was arrested for his second drunk driving offense early Friday in Mason City. A Cerro Gordo deputy conducted a traffic stop Friday at…

US soldiers assist Afghan forces with security during this weekend’s presidential elections

US soldiers assist Afghan forces with security during this weekend’s presidential elections

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan – On March 13, 2014, 1st Platoon, 849th Mobility Augmentation Company (MAC), a National Guard unit from Litchfield, Minnesota, helped to clear a route in…

Ag Secretary Vilsack announces rural schools payments of over $300 million to be distributed to 41 states

Ag Secretary Vilsack announces rural schools payments of over $300 million to be distributed to 41 states

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Friday that over $300 million will be paid to 41 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in support of local schools and…

Track: Cyclones notch 12 PR’s at Stanford Invite & Tiger Classic

Track: Cyclones notch 12 PR’s at Stanford Invite & Tiger Classic

AMES, Iowa – Members of the Iowa State track and field team put on career performances at both the Stanford Invitational and Tiger Track Classic Friday. In total, 12 student-athletes…

Track: 4 Hawkeyes hit personal-bests at Stanford Invite

Track: 4 Hawkeyes hit personal-bests at Stanford Invite

STANFORD, Calif. – University of Iowa juniors Kevin Lewis, Shannon Maser, and Rachel Price, and freshman Kevin Docherty set personal records Friday night at the Stanford Invitational. Lewis placed ninth…

Names of Fort Hood soldiers killed on April 2, 2014 released

Names of Fort Hood soldiers killed on April 2, 2014 released

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials have released the names of three Soldiers who were killed during a shooting here April 2. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson  Sgt.…

UN deplores ‘abhorrent’ attack on international journalists in Afghanistan

UN deplores ‘abhorrent’ attack on international journalists in Afghanistan

KABUL – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) strongly condemned the “abhorrent” attack on two international journalists working for the Associated Press today which left one dead and…