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RAGBRAI route, logo and entertainment for Mason City stop announced

RAGBRAI route, logo and entertainment for Mason City stop announced

MASON CITY – In the Southbridge Mall food court, officials presented the Mason City RAGBRAI route, logo and the headlining entertainment for the event as it passes through town on…

Police respond to “large fight” on Monroe Avenue

Police respond to “large fight” on Monroe Avenue

MASON CITY – An area known for trouble had more of it Tuesday evening. NIT received a tip that a large group of people had gathered near the 100 block…

Natural gas prices on the rise

Natural gas prices on the rise

DES MOINES – Natural Gas prices in Iowa were up $.18 this week, closing at $4.75 / MMbtu. Crude Oil Summary The price of global crude oil fell this week…

Iowa’s newest prison will not open on time

Iowa’s newest prison will not open on time

FORT MADISON – The new $130 million Iowa State Penitentiary (ISP) is almost complete, but officials announced that its opening will be delayed unto the geothermal system is working properly.…

Follow missing persons updates in Iowa at new Facebook page

Follow missing persons updates in Iowa at new Facebook page

DES MOINES – The Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse is launching a one-of-a-kind Facebook page. The new Facebook page will be used to publicize high-profile missing person cases, child safety…

Cerro Gordo campgrounds to open May 2

MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board campgrounds will open Friday, May 2, 2014. CGCCB manages three modern campgrounds; Ingebretson Park in Thornton; Linn Grove Park in Rockwell;…

Wanted man caught in Wisconsin, brought to Cerro Gordo county

Wanted man caught in Wisconsin, brought to Cerro Gordo county

MASON CITY – A Wisconsin man is in the Cerro Gordo County Jail after failing to show up in court last November related to a case of felony eluding, felony…

Drake Relays’ pole vault in the mall event to be held today

Drake Relays’ pole vault in the mall event to be held today

DES MOINES – The Pole Vault at Jordan Creek Town Center, a favorite of Drake Relays fans, is back once again this year with some of the top ranked pole…

Discussions continue on post-2014 troop strength in Afghanistan

Discussions continue on post-2014 troop strength in Afghanistan

By Nick Simeone, American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 – Discussions are continuing within the Obama administration on how many U.S. troops could remain as a residual…

Mason City man arrested for sex offender registry violation

Mason City man arrested for sex offender registry violation

MASON CITY – Police arrested a Mason City man Tuesday evening for violation of the sex offender registry. Cerro Gordo deputies went to the home of 26-year-old Christian George Andersen,…

Appeals court rules that US gov’t must release memo related to targeted killings

Appeals court rules that US gov’t must release memo related to targeted killings

NEW YORK – For the first time, a federal appeals court has ordered the government to release a crucial legal memo relating to U.S. targeted killing operations, reversing a lower…

Workers Memorial Day events scheduled in Iowa

Workers Memorial Day events scheduled in Iowa

DES MOINES – Working families, faith leaders, and local officials will gather around Iowa, Friday through Monday, for a vigil to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or…

Grassley seeks IRS answers on inadequate fraud detection system

Grassley seeks IRS answers on inadequate fraud detection system

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on Tuesday asked the IRS to account for an inadequate fraud detection system and delays in implementing a new system.  “Identity theft to…

NIACC volleyball team signs seven players

NIACC volleyball team signs seven players

MASON CITY – The NIACC volleyball team has signed seven players for the 2014 season. Signing with the Lady Trojans are Amber Carter (Nashua-Plainfield), Bailey Walter (Atlantic), Madison Wood (Rockford),…

Feds announce clemency, pardon initiative for federal inmates

Feds announce clemency, pardon initiative for federal inmates

WASHINGTON – As part of the Justice Department’s new clemency initiative, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole announced six criteria the department will consider when reviewing and expediting clemency applications…

Judge Rose sentences meth dealers to prison

Judge Rose sentences meth dealers to prison

MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA – On Friday, April 18, 2014, the last of ten defendants from Marshalltown, Iowa and elsewhere were sentenced on federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges announced United…

US Supreme Court deals affirmative action a stinging blow

US Supreme Court deals affirmative action a stinging blow

WASHINGTON – The US Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a stinging blow to the prospects of affirmative action and its constitutionality. In the state of Michigan, voters in 2006 approved…

Officials announce university tours to raise awareness of campus sexual assault

Officials announce university tours to raise awareness of campus sexual assault

WASHINGTON – In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Department of Justice this week announced a nationwide university tour by top administration officials…

Iowa City adult novelty store robbed Tuesday

Iowa City adult novelty store robbed Tuesday

IOWA CITY – On April 22, 2014 at 10:56pm, Iowa City Police officers were dispatched to Romantix at 315 Kirkwood Av for a robbery that had just occurred. A female…

US says Egypt holding up its end of 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart yesterday that Secretary of State John F. Kerry soon will certify to…

Syria: UN chiefs issue impassioned plea to save besieged civilians

Syria: UN chiefs issue impassioned plea to save besieged civilians

DAMASCUS – Calling urgently on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian officials…

US Attorney General: Justice Department set to expand clemency criteria, will prepare for wave of applications from drug offenders in federal prison

US Attorney General: Justice Department set to expand clemency criteria, will prepare for wave of applications from drug offenders in federal prison

WASHINGTON – In an important step to reduce sentencing disparities for drug offenders in the federal prison system, Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday announced that the Justice Department will…

Manzano, Kampf claim Grand Blue Mile titles in Des Moines

Manzano, Kampf claim Grand Blue Mile titles in Des Moines

DES MOINES – Heather Kampf and Leo Manzano won the USA 1 Mile Road Championships on a beautiful Tuesday evening at the fifth-annual Grand Blue Mile sponsored by Wellmark and Nationwide…

Iowa criminal investigators look of answers in man’s shooting death

Iowa criminal investigators look of answers in man’s shooting death

BEDFORD – On April 23, 2014, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call indicating a shooting had occurred. Authorities arrived on scene and identified the body of an…

Obama Administration Launches Online Veterans Employment Center: One-Stop-Shop Connects Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and their Spouses to Employers

One-Stop-Shop Connects Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, and their Spouses to Employers – At today’s anniversary celebration of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the launch…

Officials say Long-term food production must factor in potential impacts of climate change

Officials say Long-term food production must factor in potential impacts of climate change

NIT – Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO)…

US troops arriving in Poland for exercises

By Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service – WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 – A company-sized element of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team — about 150 soldiers —…

FCC to now allow faster web access at higher cost to internet providers

FCC to now allow faster web access at higher cost to internet providers

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today took steps to provide more spectrum for general consumer use, carrier-grade small cell deployments, fixed wireless broadband services, and other innovative uses,…

Lowe’s home improvement stores agrees to pay $500,000 civil penalty

WASHINGTON – Lowe’s Home Centers, one of the nation’s largest home improvement retailers, has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its more than 1,700 stores nationwide to…

US firm charged with shipping prohibited machinery to Iran

US firm charged with shipping prohibited machinery to Iran

WASHINGTON – A criminal information has been filed against a Pennsylvania firm and its chief officer, charging them with conspiracy to evade export reporting requirements and with attempting to smuggle…

Japanese auto parts maker fined $20 million for price fixing

WASHINGTON – Showa Corp., an automotive parts manufacturer based in Saitama, Japan, has agreed to plead guilty and to pay a $19.9 million criminal fine for its role in a…

Feds tout effort on protecting nation’s resources

WASHINGTON -The Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) this week released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Accomplishments Report, detailing its work alongside other federal agencies, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices,…