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UPDATE: Rockford woman no longer missing

UPDATE: Rockford woman no longer missing

CHARLES CITY – A Rockford woman was reported missing Wednesday. Shannon Cleghorn, age 30, was reported missing to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office in Charles City on December 30, 2015.…

Grand Jury indicts man for conspiring with shooter in San Bernardino terrorist attack

Grand Jury indicts man for conspiring with shooter in San Bernardino terrorist attack

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA – A California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring with and helping purchase guns for shooters who terrorized and killed 14 people in…

Wrestling: Hawkeyes crown 3 champions, win team title at Midlands Championships

Wrestling: Hawkeyes crown 3 champions, win team title at Midlands Championships

EVANSTON, Ill. – The University of Iowa wrestling team won three individual titles and scored a team total of 152 points to win the 53rd annual Midlands Championships on Wednesday…

Iowa sending National Guard help to flood-stricken Missouri

Iowa sending National Guard help to flood-stricken Missouri

DES MOINES – In cooperation with the Governor of the state of Iowa and Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, approximately 45 members and 20 vehicles from the Iowa Army…

Grassley promises votes on judicial nominees after Senate convenes in January

Grassley promises votes on judicial nominees after Senate convenes in January

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley said today that two Iowans who have been nominated by President Barack Obama for federal judgeships will be voted on by the full Senate early…

Senator Grassley to be in North Iowa area early next month

Senator Grassley to be in North Iowa area early next month

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley will hold nine town meetings in Iowa Jan. 6 through Jan. 8 as part of his annual 99-county meetings. With these meetings, Grassley will begin…

Buckley’s 19 points lead Cyclones to first conference win

Buckley’s 19 points lead Cyclones to first conference win

MANHATTAN, Kansas – The Iowa State women’s basketball team (9-3 overall, 1-0 Big 12) earned a hard-fought win on the road at Kansas State (10-2, 0-1 Big 12), 84-79, to…

Mason City councilman Bill Schickel joins Chris Christie campaign

Mason City councilman Bill Schickel joins Chris Christie campaign

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Presidential campaign of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced this week that Mason City councilman Bill Schickel has joined their campaign. Former Iowa GOP co-chair, Mason…

Armed robbery reported in Charles City

Armed robbery reported in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – Police in Charles City reported an armed robbery this week. On December 27 at about 6:45 AM, officers with the Charles City police department responded to the…

CDC: Drug overdose deaths hit record numbers in 2014

CDC: Drug overdose deaths hit record numbers in 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths, including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in…

Mason City police seek thief

Mason City police seek thief

MASON CITY – Police in Mason City are seeking the help of the public in catching a thief. On December 5, 2015, the Mason City Police Department took a report…

Northern Iowa man charged with felony domestic assault

Northern Iowa man charged with felony domestic assault

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Charles City woman arrested for assault, pleads guilty to child endangerment

Charles City woman arrested for assault, pleads guilty to child endangerment

CHARLES CITY – A Charles City woman was arrested for assault the day after she was sentenced for child endangerment. On December 16, 2015 at about 4:16 PM, Charles City police were…

Garner man jailed on arrest warrant

Garner man jailed on arrest warrant

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Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz wins another coach of the year award

Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz wins another coach of the year award

IOWA CITY, IOWA – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz has been named the recipient of the 2015 Dodd Trophy. The announcement was made Wednesday by the Bobby…

Man pleads guilty to defacing Islamic center and burning the Qur’an

Man pleads guilty to defacing Islamic center and burning the Qur’an

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E-cigs “dramatically” safer than regular ones, Iowa Attorney General says

E-cigs “dramatically” safer than regular ones, Iowa Attorney General says

DES MOINES – Iowa’s Attorney General confirmed what many already knew: The e-cigarette is much safer than the common, combustible cigarette known to cause cancer. In a recent statement, Attorney…

Iowa makes history with huge win over #1 Michigan State

Iowa makes history with huge win over #1 Michigan State

IOWA CITY – First time in team history, the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated a number one ranked team at home, as they beat Michigan State Tuesday night. Mike Gesell shot 7-of-10…

Iowa man carrying stun gun arrested after Mason City police called several times

Iowa man carrying stun gun arrested after Mason City police called several times

MASON CITY – An Iowa man was in Mason City recently allegedly causing a number of disturbances as he carried a stun gun, leading to his arrest. On Dec. 20,…

Editorial: Take your life back!

Editorial: Take your life back!

By: Penny McCaslin, Tobacco Program Coordinator Thirty five years ago I didn’t have the knowledge about tobacco’s health effects that I do today.  All I knew was my Dad was…

Trump announces: “I will spend big” on election now

Trump announces: “I will spend big” on election now

NEW YORK – Donald Trump remains in the lead in most polls for the Republican nomination for President, but is seeing some slippage. Now, he says he is ready to…

Three Iowa men charged with 30 hunting violations

Three Iowa men charged with 30 hunting violations

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Former Iowa prison guard sent to prison for using drugs and having guns

Former Iowa prison guard sent to prison for using drugs and having guns

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Iowa legislator lectures white people on their “privilege”

Iowa legislator lectures white people on their “privilege”

DES MOINES – An Iowa Democratic legislator offered a lecture for people with white skin Monday night, saying that “white privilege exists and it doesn’t make you a bad person”,…

Drunk driver arrested after collision

Drunk driver arrested after collision

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ISIS terrorists defeated in key Iraqi city of Ramadi

ISIS terrorists defeated in key Iraqi city of Ramadi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the help of U.S. resources, Iraqi forces have driven much of the murderous ISIS terrorist group from the city of Ramadi, marking a key gain in…

Iowa drug user guilty of federal crime for buying a shotgun

Iowa drug user guilty of federal crime for buying a shotgun

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Weed and weapons lead to prison time for Iowa man

Weed and weapons lead to prison time for Iowa man

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Clinton and Obama named most-admired in poll

Clinton and Obama named most-admired in poll

PRINCETON, N.J. – Two Democratic politicians – Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama – were named in a poll as this year’s runaway winners as the most admired public figures.…

U.S. allies Japan and Korea finally settle “comfort women” issue

U.S. allies Japan and Korea finally settle “comfort women” issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A painful sticking point between two U.S. allies has been settled, as Japan must pay off Korea for enslaving women and girls for decades to satisfy the…

Iowa State’s Burton named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Iowa State’s Burton named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State junior Deonte Burton has been named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week following his performance in the Cyclones’ win at nationally-ranked Cincinnati last Tuesday. Burton,…

State patrol: Woman dies after grabbing steering wheel of vehicle as it entered road shoulder

State patrol: Woman dies after grabbing steering wheel of vehicle as it entered road shoulder

GREENE COUNTY, IOWA – An Iowa woman lost her life after authorities say she grabbed the steering while trying help the driver of a car she was riding in that…

Feds take first steps in transition to new education law

Feds take first steps in transition to new education law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Education took the first steps toward implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which President Obama signed into law this month to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary…

U.S. high school graduation rate hits new record high; Iowa on top at 90%

U.S. high school graduation rate hits new record high; Iowa on top at 90%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Iowa led the nation with a graduation rate of 90% of in the 2013-2014 period as the overall graduation rate in the United States hit a record…

Statewide program to help victims of domestic abuse launches Jan. 1

DES MOINES — Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that his office is now accepting applications for people interested in participating in the Safe at Home program. Safe at Home is…

Chris Christie adds several North Iowans – and Clear Lake mayor – to his campaign

Chris Christie adds several North Iowans – and Clear Lake mayor – to his campaign

MORRISTOWN, NJ – He’s hovering around 4-5% in the polls, but Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie added dozens of people to his campaign last week – including several from North Iowa –…

Former Mason City man arrested after trashing store in Greene

Former Mason City man arrested after trashing store in Greene

GREENE, IOWA – A former Mason City man who faced plenty of trouble in that community was arrested Christmas Day after damaging a store in Greene in Butler county. According…

Former Maryland governor O’Malley works crowds in Iowa

Former Maryland governor O’Malley works crowds in Iowa

KEOTA, Iowa — It is a crisp December afternoon on the campaign trail and Democratic candidate for president Martin O’ Malley is facing a tough crowd. A very tough crowd.…

Cancer takes life of Iowa prisoner, convicted of murdering his wife

Cancer takes life of Iowa prisoner, convicted of murdering his wife

CORALVILLE, IOWA – A man convicted of murder died in an Iowa prison. Dennis Duane Richards, an inmate assigned to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center Hospice Care Unit, died…

Iowa tight end to miss Rose Bowl game

Iowa tight end to miss Rose Bowl game

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – University of Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz announced Sunday that senior tight end Jake Duzey will not participate in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 when…

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