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Federal consumer watchdog sues nation’s largest student loan company for cheating borrowers

Federal consumer watchdog sues nation’s largest student loan company for cheating borrowers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is suing the nation’s largest servicer of both federal and private student loans for systematically and illegally failing borrowers at…

McKesson agrees to pay record $150 million settlement for failure to report suspicious orders of pharmaceutical drugs

McKesson agrees to pay record $150 million settlement for failure to report suspicious orders of pharmaceutical drugs

WASHINGTON, DC – McKesson Corporation (McKesson), one of the nation’s largest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs, agreed to pay a record $150 million civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled…

Strong harvest reported in Iowa and nationwide in 2016

Strong harvest reported in Iowa and nationwide in 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Corn for grain production in Iowa for 2016 is estimated at 2.74 billion bushels, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Production 2016 Summary report.…

Volkswagen agrees to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties in conspiracy to cheat U.S. emissions tests

Volkswagen agrees to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties in conspiracy to cheat U.S. emissions tests

WASHINGTON, D.C. – VW to Pay $2.8 Billion Criminal Fine in Guilty Plea and $1.5 Billion Settlement of Civil Environmental, Customs and Financial Violations; Monitor to Be Appointed to Oversee…

Donald Trump beams as Fiat-Chrysler confirms $1 Billion in new investment and 2,000 new jobs in Ohio and Michigan

Donald Trump beams as Fiat-Chrysler confirms $1 Billion in new investment and 2,000 new jobs in Ohio and Michigan

AUBURN HILLS, MICHIGAN – Fiat-Chrysler today confirmed the next phase of its industrialization plan by announcing a total $1 billion investment in plants in Michigan and Ohio, and the addition…

Air Choice One announces EAS contract renewal for Mason City

Air Choice One announces EAS contract renewal for Mason City

ST. LOUIS, MO – The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently re-selected Air Choice One to provide Essential Air Service (EAS) to Mason City, IA for the next four years. Air…

Ford cancels auto plant in Mexico, will add 700 new jobs in U.S. instead

Ford cancels auto plant in Mexico, will add 700 new jobs in U.S. instead

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – In a major announcement today, Ford Motor Company will not build a new plant in Mexico and will instead invest in and bring 700 new jobs here…

Associates of Iowa dental clinic slapped with $300K settlement for false and unnecessary procedures

Associates of Iowa dental clinic slapped with $300K settlement for false and unnecessary procedures

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CENT Credit Union purchasing and renovating two vacant buildings in Mason City; moving two current locations

CENT Credit Union purchasing and renovating two vacant buildings in Mason City; moving two current locations

MASON CITY – CENT Credit Union is formally announcing the purchase and renovation of two vacant buildings in Mason City for use as CENT locations: The CENTer: CENT has purchased…

Wind turbines may have beneficial effects for crops, according to Iowa State University research

Wind turbines may have beneficial effects for crops, according to Iowa State University research

AMES, Iowa – A multi-year study led by an Iowa State University scientist suggests the turbines commonly used in the state to capture wind energy may have a positive effect…

Trump says businesses who abandon U.S. for financial gain can expect “retribution or consequence”

Trump says businesses who abandon U.S. for financial gain can expect “retribution or consequence”

NEW YORK – President-elect Donald J. Trump had some sobering, tough words for businesses who attempt to abandon the U.S. and fire workers, promising “retribution or consequence” for offenders. “The…

EPA hikes renewable fuel volumes by 6 per cent for 2017

EPA hikes renewable fuel volumes by 6 per cent for 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The EPA finalized volume requirements and associated percentage standards that apply under the RFS program in calendar year 2017 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and…

Chamber of Commerce “pleased” that overtime pay hike blocked for 4 million Americans

Chamber of Commerce “pleased” that overtime pay hike blocked for 4 million Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Roughly 4 million Americans will have less money in their pockets after a federal judge approved a preliminary injunction blocking an Obama administration rule that would have…

Bipartisan bill planned to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable

Bipartisan bill planned to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that they will introduce the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation would make…

FDA approves devices that could prevent recurrent strokes

FDA approves devices that could prevent recurrent strokes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FDA has approved a device made in Minnesota that could reduce the risk to people who suffer from recurrent strokes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

Op-Ed: Pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Op-Ed: Pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

From U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker At many points throughout our history, our nation has faced the choice between economic engagement or isolationism. Today, amid a heated debate over…

Former crooks can look for work at two Iowa job fairs

Former crooks can look for work at two Iowa job fairs

CEDAR RAPIDS and SIOUX CITY—Two upcoming job fairs will provide individuals with a criminal record the opportunity to meet with employers willing to give them a second chance. The “Untapped…

Realtor Rick Mathes to flee Mason City ahead of “economic winter” he predicted

Realtor Rick Mathes to flee Mason City ahead of “economic winter” he predicted

MASON CITY – Rick Mathes, a local realtor who predicted an “economic winter” for Mason City after the Prestage slaughterhouse he strongly supported was turned away, has given up on…

Ford says all production of small cars moving to Mexico

Ford says all production of small cars moving to Mexico

DETROIT, MI – Investors were told today by Ford Motor Company’s CEO that all small car production is heading to Mexico. It has now been widely reported that Mark Fields,…

Iowa dog groomer boots pooch, busts ribs

Iowa dog groomer boots pooch, busts ribs

IOWA CITY – A sordid tale of animal cruelty seems to be playing out in Iowa City, where a young man allegedly kicked a dog left in his care and…

Renovations begin at Target Center in Minneapolis

Renovations begin at Target Center in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Starting now for the next 18 months, construction crews will improve Target Center inside and out, making the building a world-class venue for sports, concerts and other…

Schoneman working to fill two Mason City shopping centers

Schoneman working to fill two Mason City shopping centers

MASON CITY – A local real estate agent is working on a brighter future for two down-and-out shopping destinations. Southport shopping center and Southbridge Mall in Mason City have seen…

Alliant Energy proposes rate increase in Wisconsin

Alliant Energy proposes rate increase in Wisconsin

MADISON, WISCONSIN – Alliant Energy, which serves customers in Wisconsin and Iowa, is proposing to adjust its rates for electricity and natural gas for 2017 and 2018 in Wisconsin in…

Cerro Gordo Health Department employee earns certified infection control credential

Cerro Gordo Health Department employee earns certified infection control credential

MASON CITY – The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. has announced that Karen Crimmings, RN, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Service Manager with the Cerro Gordo…

Dr. Ron Prestage: “Thinly-veiled racism” and “kooks” ruined his hog plant in Mason City

Dr. Ron Prestage: “Thinly-veiled racism” and “kooks” ruined his hog plant in Mason City

MASON CITY – Less than two days after a historic vote by the Mason City council which ended the prospects of his hog slaughterhouse getting built in town, Dr. Ron…

FDA bans e-cig’s for minors

FDA bans e-cig’s for minors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FDA today announced a new regulation restricting youth access to all tobacco products, including e-cigs, hookah and more. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a rule extending its…

HSBC Bank slapped with huge penalty due to sleazy tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Reserve Board on Friday announced a $131 million penalty against HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. and HSBC Finance Corporation for deficiencies in residential mortgage loan…

Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

Police: Beware of fake Iowa auto dealership selling cars

AMES – Police in Ames are warning of an auto dealership with a website that is attempting to sell cars – but the business doesn’t actually exist. According to the…

Girl Scouts of Iowa announces new CEO

Girl Scouts of Iowa announces new CEO

DES MOINES – Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa recently announced that Beth Shelton will be joining the organization as the new Chief Executive Officer. Shelton has extensive experience with non-profits…

Wall Street oversight opponents get win with no extra funding for agency that oversees activities

Wall Street oversight opponents get win with no extra funding for agency that oversees activities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Regulation of Wall Street didn’t advance in the bi-partisan omnibus spending bill passed last week by Congress, as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) got no funding…

Summary of $1.15 trillion bipartisan omnibus spending bill

Summary of $1.15 trillion bipartisan omnibus spending bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The federal government last week released a summary of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the fiscal year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill that totals $1.15 trillion in discretionary spending…

Gov. Branstad signs executive order to address cybersecurity

Gov. Branstad signs executive order to address cybersecurity

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced in their Monday morning press conference that Gov. Branstad has signed Executive Order Eighty-Seven that will combat cybersecurity threats…

Winnebago announces new President and CEO, expansion to Twin Cities

Winnebago announces new President and CEO, expansion to Twin Cities

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael J. Happe as its President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of its board…

Estate gift will allow agency to provide services for animals

Estate gift will allow agency to provide services for animals

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation (FCCF) is excited to announce that the Floyd County (PAWS) Humane Society has started a permanent endowment fund. The endowment fund will…

ISU veterinarian urges pork producers to stay vigilant as Senecavirus strain grows more prevalent

ISU veterinarian urges pork producers to stay vigilant as Senecavirus strain grows more prevalent

AMES, Iowa – A once uncommon virus in pigs that’s appearing this year with greater frequency should keep pork producers and local veterinarians vigilant but is no cause for panic,…

FDA wants to ban indoor tanning for anyone under age 18

FDA wants to ban indoor tanning for anyone under age 18

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Big government interference or just keeping kids cancer-free? That’s the question being asked today after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unleashed proposals to ban indoor…

Iowa unemployment rate drops again

Iowa unemployment rate drops again

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to drop in November, falling to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent in October. “That’s the lowest since 2001 and 6th…

Farmland values fall for second consecutive year

Farmland values fall for second consecutive year

AMES, IOWA – Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre—having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9…

Seminar on gifting and farm estate planning trends scheduled in Charles City

Seminar on gifting and farm estate planning trends scheduled in Charles City

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Community Foundation will hold its annual professional advisor luncheon on January 14, 2016 at The Pub in Charles City. The featured speaker this year…

Getting to know G8 Development, tasked with building hotel in downtown Mason City

Getting to know G8 Development, tasked with building hotel in downtown Mason City

Opinion by Matt Marquardt – So this hotel development in downtown Mason City has always kind of irked me. Ever since Eric the Mayor and his sleazy media (Globe, KIMT,…