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President Obama arrives in South Korea

President Obama arrives in South Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – President Obama arrived in the Republic of ‪‎Korea‬ on Friday, his second stop on a four-country trip to ‪‎Asia‬. The President met with South Korean President…

Iowa Senate passes anti-cronyism bill along party lines

Iowa Senate passes anti-cronyism bill along party lines

DES MOINES – A divided Iowa Senate Friday passed a bill designed to prevent cronyism in hiring practices in state government of the kind that has plagued Governor Terry Branstad’s…

Stabbing in “Indian Country” leads to murder charge

Stabbing in “Indian Country” leads to murder charge

CEDAR RAPIDS – Jonathan Curtis Youngbear, age 20, from the Meskwaki Nation Settlement, Iowa, has been charged with first degree murder within “Indian Country.” The charge is contained in an…

Gov. Branstad appoints John J. Haney District Court Judge

Gov. Branstad appoints John J. Haney District Court Judge

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today appointed John J. Haney District Court Judge in the Second Judicial District (2B). Haney, of Marshalltown, earned his law degree from the…

Gov. Branstad signs four bills into law

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today signed the following bills into law: House File 499: an Act permitting the use of crossbows to hunt deer and providing penalties. House…

Branstad slams Iowa House Democrats “playing politics” with Iowans lives, jobs

Branstad slams Iowa House Democrats “playing politics” with Iowans lives, jobs

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today expressed disappointment that Iowa House Democrats decided to play politics with the “Connect Every Iowan Act” jeopardizing Iowans’ livelihood and jobs in…

Disney says no expanded universe in new Star Wars films

Disney says no expanded universe in new Star Wars films

For over 35 years, the Expanded Universe has enriched the Star Wars experience for fans seeking to continue the adventure beyond what is seen on the screen. When he created…

VIDEO: How sanctions were applied against Russia

VIDEO: How sanctions were applied against Russia

VIDEO FROM US STATE DEPARTMENT: An overview of the steps that have led the United States and the international community to apply sanctions on those responsible for violating Ukraine’s sovereignty.…

Minneapolis scraps “Columbus Day” for “Indigenous People’s Day”

Minneapolis scraps “Columbus Day” for “Indigenous People’s Day”

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis city council this morning passed a resolution changing the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in that city. Supporters of the change said that…

Pet adoption event to be held Saturday at Petco in Mason City

Pet adoption event to be held Saturday at Petco in Mason City

MASON CITY – The Humane Society of North Iowa is hosting a pet adoption event Saturday in Mason City. The event begins at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 26 at the…

High school records fall on Thursday at Drake Relays

High school records fall on Thursday at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two high school state records fell during the second day of the 105th running of the Drake Relays on Thursday at historic Drake Stadium. Linn-Mar sophomore…

Numerous firearms, electronics and military uniforms stolen in burglary

Numerous firearms, electronics and military uniforms stolen in burglary

STORM LAKE – A residence in the Buena Vista county town of Albert City was recently burglarized, and two arrests were made, police reported. According to Buena Vista County Sheriff…

Waterloo man in critical condition after being stabbed in back; one arrested

Waterloo man in critical condition after being stabbed in back; one arrested

WATERLOO – Police in Waterloo are investigating a stabbing incident Thursday that left one man hospitalized. Police reported that on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at approximately 2:38 PM, officers were…

Iowa legislature supports funding increase for universities

Iowa legislature supports funding increase for universities

DES MOINES – The Joint Senate and House Education Appropriations Committee approved this week a 4 percent funding increase for each of Iowa’s public universities. The board also approved $2.6…

Kerry: US is “ready to act” against Russian aggression in Ukraine

Kerry: US is “ready to act” against Russian aggression in Ukraine

Remarks late Thursday from US Secretary of State John Kerry: It has now been a week since the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine met in Geneva. We…

Mason City man arrested again for public intoxication

Mason City man arrested again for public intoxication

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was back in a jail cell Friday morning on a charge of aggravated public intoxication, even as he awaits trial on the same charge…

FDA proposes new regulations for E-Cigarettes; Sen. Harkin welcomes the move

FDA proposes new regulations for E-Cigarettes; Sen. Harkin welcomes the move

WASHINGTON – The multibillion-dollar e-cigarette industry is not regulated, but the Food and Drug Administration is seeking to change that. The proposed rules would extend the federal government’s regulatory authority…

Sen. Ragan: Help for Iowans in need, more sunshine in government

Sen. Ragan: Help for Iowans in need, more sunshine in government

From Senator Amanda Ragan – A core Iowa value is taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves. This week the Iowa Senate voted for a Health &…

Iowa DNR takes enforcement actions

Iowa DNR takes enforcement actions

DES MOINES — The DNR has taken the following enforcement actions: Administrative Orders Responsible parties have 30 days to appeal the order or 60 days to pay the penalty. Linn…

DNR says more slow, steady rains are needed in Iowa

DNR says more slow, steady rains are needed in Iowa

DES MOINES – Above normal rainfall was received over the last two weeks — the statewide average was 2.3 inches compared to the normal 1.7 inches. However, more slow steady…

Senators Harkin, Warren, Durbin and Congressman Miller Call on Education Dept. to Prohibit Harmful Banking Practices Targeting College Campuses

Senators Harkin, Warren, Durbin and Congressman Miller Call on Education Dept. to Prohibit Harmful Banking Practices Targeting College Campuses

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, this week joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressman George Miller…

Officers identified in Iowa Falls shooting that took man’s life

Officers identified in Iowa Falls shooting that took man’s life

IOWA FALLS – On Thursday, April 17, 2014, at approximately 1:20 p.m. the Iowa Falls Police Department responded to an emergency call of an armed, suicidal man at 413 College…

Iowa State researchers contribute to global effort to sequence peanut genome

AMES, Iowa – A team of USDA and Iowa State University researchers has helped to sequence the genomes of the two closest relatives of the cultivated peanut, an advancement that…

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving

Mason City man arrested for drunk driving

MASON CITY – A Mason City man was arrested for drunk driving early Friday morning. Paul Curtis Hillestad, age 65, was stopped by police after midnight Friday morning. Police determined…

Violence in eastern Ukraine prompts UN call for immediate de-escalation

Violence in eastern Ukraine prompts UN call for immediate de-escalation

NIT – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate…

Steven Gettel will lead Iowa School for the Deaf and Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School

COUNCIL BLUFFS – The Board of Regents announced today the selection of Steven J. Gettel to serve as Superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, and…