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UN calls for urgent response to help thousands in northern Iraq displaced by militants’ advance

UN calls for urgent response to help thousands in northern Iraq displaced by militants’ advance

UN – As Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists continue to overrun areas of northern Iraq, the United Nations has begun coordinating humanitarian assistance for displaced vulnerable…

St. Paul man sentenced for producing child pornogrpahy

St. Paul man sentenced for producing child pornogrpahy

MINNEAPOLIS – United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the sentencing last week of DOUGLAS LUKE ROBINETTE, 27, to 360 months in federal prison. ROBINETTE was indicted on April 9,…

Obama signs act to give VA new money, authorities

By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media Activity – WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 – President Barack Obama today signed into law the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and…

India will help to shape new world order, Hagel Says

India will help to shape new world order, Hagel Says

By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity – WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2014 – India represents one of the most significant countries in the world today that will help…

Sen. Ragan: Investing in student achievement is paying off

Sen. Ragan: Investing in student achievement is paying off

From Senator Amanda Ragan: Students and teachers are heading back to Iowa classrooms for the new school year this month. When they do, the education reforms we have approved over…

Wellmark reports improved quality and cost savings from its Accountable Care Organizations arrangements

Wellmark reports improved quality and cost savings from its Accountable Care Organizations arrangements

DES MOINES, IA – The five initial Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s ACO Shared Savings model have improved their quality scores by over…

Names, charges and update on Monroe Avenue altercation

Names, charges and update on Monroe Avenue altercation

MASON CITY – Mason City police gave an update on the fracas on Monroe Avenue Wednesday night that sent one to the hospital and landed several others in a jail…

Official: U.S. economy strengthening

Official: U.S. economy strengthening

By: Karen Dynan, Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury The U.S. economy continues to strengthen. Last week, we learned that 209,000 jobs were created…

1,000 Afghans who helped U.S. forces during war will get to come to America

1,000 Afghans who helped U.S. forces during war will get to come to America

WASHINGTON – A program for Afghan citizens who helped U.S. forces during the Afghan war will allow special visas for up to 1,000 persons, allowing them to come to America.…

Melee on Monroe: “Like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto” (160+ photos)

Melee on Monroe: “Like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto” (160+ photos)

MASON CITY – The sweet, wet stench of booze wafted through the evening air, so thick that only certain elected officials would appreciate it. The piercing sound of sirens, the…

IRS threatens to seize property of Ron Paul’s political group

IRS threatens to seize property of Ron Paul’s political group

LAKE JACKSON, TX – Former Presidential candidate Ron Paul and his non-profit political lobbying organization are in big trouble with the IRS for not paying a fine, the politician said in…

Minnesota cafe whacks diners with “minimum wage fee”

Minnesota cafe whacks diners with “minimum wage fee”

STILLWATER, MN – A hike in the Minnesota minimum wage that kicked in on Friday, August 1 has prompted a suburban Twin Cities cafe to whack its customers with a…

Veishea abolished at Iowa State

Veishea abolished at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University President Steven Leath today (Aug. 7) announced his decision to permanently discontinue Veishea, supporting the recommendations of the 2014 Veishea Task Force and ending…

Three cited at underage drinking party

Three cited at underage drinking party

MASON CITY – Three teens were cited at an underage drinking party in rural Mason City this week. Cerro Gordo county deputies responded to a call of an underage party…

Sex offender faces another charge of violating registry

Sex offender faces another charge of violating registry

MASON CITY – A violent sex offender now residing in Mason City has been accused of violating the Iowa sex offender registry for the second time since coming to town.…

U of Iowa commits additional funding to sexual assault first response coordinator

U of Iowa commits additional funding to sexual assault first response coordinator

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa continues to make progress on efforts to combat sexual assault on campus and improve support for victims. Starting July 1, UI President Sally…

U of I President: “About a third of our students report having had zero drinks during the previous month”

U of I President: “About a third of our students report having had zero drinks during the previous month”

IOWA CITY – University of Iowa President Sally Mason released this statement on high-risk drinking and the university’s alcohol harm reduction efforts: High-risk drinking poses a risk to the health…

Arraignment set for Charles City woman accused of killing motorcyclist

Arraignment set for Charles City woman accused of killing motorcyclist

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman now  charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter after a fatal car-motorcycle accident last May has a court date set next month. Stephanie…

Twice-convicted Iowa sex offender arrested

Twice-convicted Iowa sex offender arrested

FREDERICKSBURG – An Iowa man twice-convicted of sex crimes against children has been arrested. Lathan A. Schaufenbuel, age 21 of Fredericksburg, was arrested on the evening of July 31, 2014,…