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Chinese computer criminals invade global cyber systems, feds say

Chinese computer criminals invade global cyber systems, feds say

WASHINGTON- Since at least 2014, Chinese cyber actors associated with the Chinese Ministry of State Security have hacked multiple U.S. and global managed service and cloud providers, top federal officials…

Trump to put more poor people to work to get their food stamp benefits

Trump to put more poor people to work to get their food stamp benefits

WASHINGTON – At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a proposed rule (PDF, 300 KB) intended to move more able-bodied recipients of…

Feds announce “historic action” to confront illegal immigration from Mexico

Feds announce “historic action” to confront illegal immigration from Mexico

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced historic action to confront the illegal immigration crisis facing the United States.  Effective immediately, the United States will begin…

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russians for meddling in elections and use of chemical weapons

U.S. slaps sanctions on Russians for meddling in elections and use of chemical weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the federal Departments of State and the Treasury took joint action against Russia’s continued and blatant disregard for international norms in U.S. election meddling and use…

Chief Operating Officer of Waukee Schools, Eric Rose, arrested on felony charges

Chief Operating Officer of Waukee Schools, Eric Rose, arrested on felony charges

WAUKEE, IOWA – Waukee Community School District’s suspended Chief Operating Officer, Eric Rose, has been arrested on felony charges after a state audit uncovered alleged tens-of-thousands of dollars in mis-spending and…

Department of Homeland Security announces “walls work” and miles of new barrier going up on Southern U.S. border

Department of Homeland Security announces “walls work” and miles of new barrier going up on Southern U.S. border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Department of Homeland Security announced this week that “walls work” and miles of new barrier are being erected on the Southern U.S. border right now. Department of Homeland…

ICE worksite enforcement investigations in FY18 surge

ICE worksite enforcement investigations in FY18 surge

WASHINGTON – Criminal investigations, business audits and arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and auditors surged in fiscal year 2018 compared to…

U.S. soldier sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS

U.S. soldier sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army formerly stationed at Schofield Barracks, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for attempting to…

Waukee school district accused of spending tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements”

Waukee school district accused of spending tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements”

DES MOINES – A school district in the suburbs of Des Moines is accused of blowing tens-of-thousands of dollars on “improper disbursements” like fancy lounge chairs for the Superintendent’s office…

American priest accused of sexually abusing multiple minor Filipino boys

American priest accused of sexually abusing multiple minor Filipino boys

CINCINNATI – An American priest from Cincinnati has been charged by a federal criminal complaint for allegedly sexually abusing minor boys.  The charges follow an international investigation that spanned two…

Trump official says U.S. postal service on “unsustainable financial path”

Trump official says U.S. postal service on “unsustainable financial path”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the Task Force report on the United States Postal System.  The report, United States Postal System: A Sustainable Path…

Violent Iowa carjacker faces decades in prison after robbing cell phone store

Violent Iowa carjacker faces decades in prison after robbing cell phone store

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who carjacked an eighteen-year old woman at gunpoint and carried a loaded handgun during the robbery of a Cedar Rapids cell phone store was…

1 million electric vehicles now on U.S. roads

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – (November 30, 2018) – Electric vehicles (EV) have hit a critical milestone of over 1 million EVs on the road. As demand increases that number is…

Iowa Assistant United States Attorney retiring from military service after 35 Years

Iowa Assistant United States Attorney retiring from military service after 35 Years

CEDAR RAPIDS – Assistant United States Attorney and Army Reserve Major General Patrick J. Reinert, age 57, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will retire from military service this week after thirty-five…

U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada announced

U.S. trade deal with Mexico and Canada announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has reached an agreement with Mexico and Canada in the renegotiation of the North American Free…

Former president George H.W. Bush has passed away; flags to fly at half-staff

Former president George H.W. Bush has passed away; flags to fly at half-staff

George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the united States, has passed away. Current president Donald J. Trump said, “President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful life. Whenever…

GM to lay off upwards of 14,000 workers; President Trump threatens punishment

GM to lay off upwards of 14,000 workers; President Trump threatens punishment

DETROIT – General Motors said today it would close 5 production plants and shed nearly 14,000 workers to “accelerate its transformation” and in response, President Donald Trump promised punishment. Tuesday,…

Iowa’s Auditor says state saved $126 million after privatizing Medicaid

Iowa’s Auditor says state saved $126 million after privatizing Medicaid

DES MOINES – State Auditor Mary Mosiman on Monday released a report on a review of Medicaid savings estimates as a result of the Iowa Department of Human Services (Department)…

Iowa couple sentenced to prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl

Iowa couple sentenced to prison for selling heroin laced with fentanyl

CEDAR RAPIDS – A married Iowa couple who worked together to sell heroin on a daily basis were each sentenced on November 19, 2018, to federal prison terms. Dino Harrington,…

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia

Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia

The following is a statement released by the White House and President Donald Trump on November 20, 2018, regarding America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia: America First! The world is a…

Opinion: Kushner and Philipson: “Criminal Justice Reform: We Can Improve Expensive, Ineffective System by Lowering Recidivism”

Opinion: Kushner and Philipson: “Criminal Justice Reform: We Can Improve Expensive, Ineffective System by Lowering Recidivism”

“The costs of criminal activity are unacceptably high, but the reforms supported by the president promise to reduce costs and cut down on recidivism.” Criminal Justice reform: We can improve…

Democrats Warren, Speier and O’Rourke question Defense Secretary Mattis on deployment of military personnel to border

Democrats Warren, Speier and O’Rourke question Defense Secretary Mattis on deployment of military personnel to border

WASHINGTON, DC – Some top Democratic politicians are concerned by a report that claims deployment of over 5,000 soldiers to the U.S.-Mexican border is an “Expensive Waste of Time…and Morale…

Iowa law enforcement officers honored for commitment to drug abuse prevention

Iowa law enforcement officers honored for commitment to drug abuse prevention

DES MOINES – Three law enforcement officers from Iowa are being honored by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa and the Drug Enforcement…

Iowa man accused of murdering his grandma

Iowa man accused of murdering his grandma

DES MOINES – An Iowa man is accused of murdering his grandma, investigators say. On June 26, 2018, co-workers of Cheryl Stowe contacted the Monona County Sheriff’s Office and requested…

CDC warns eaters to avoid romaine lettuce

CDC warns eaters to avoid romaine lettuce

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we…

U.S. forces conduct airstrikes in Africa, killing up to 37 possible terrorists

U.S. forces conduct airstrikes in Africa, killing up to 37 possible terrorists

DEBATSCILE, SOMALIA – U.S. forces conducted two airstrikes in Somalia on Monday, killing 37 al Shabab fighters. In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted two (2)…

Grassley says he will opt for Chairmanship of Senate Finance Committee, leave Judiciary Committee

Grassley says he will opt for Chairmanship of Senate Finance Committee, leave Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today announced that he will opt to serve as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance during the 116th Congress when committees are…

Iowa State asks Board of Regents for permission to construct $90 million “sports performance center”

Iowa State asks Board of Regents for permission to construct $90 million “sports performance center”

AMES – The Iowa State Athletics Department asked for final approval from the Board of Regents on Thursday, Nov. 15, to begin construction of a $90 million, 110,000-square foot, sports…

State seeks penalties against Belle Plaine, Iowa man for asbestos, burning violations

State seeks penalties against Belle Plaine, Iowa man for asbestos, burning violations

DES MOINES — The state of Iowa seeks thousands of dollars in penalties against a Belle Plaine man for illegally burning trailer homes containing asbestos. The pile of debris smoldered…

Iowa Attorney General gathering information on clergy abuse

Iowa Attorney General gathering information on clergy abuse

DES MOINES – Iowa’s Attorney General Tom Miller said this month that his office is gathering information on clergy abuse and meeting with bishops and survivors of abuse. The Iowa…

Man who shot two dead at grocery store last month in Kentucky charged with federal hate crimes

Man who shot two dead at grocery store last month in Kentucky charged with federal hate crimes

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – Gregory A. Bush, 51, was indicted this week by a federal grand jury on hate crime and firearm charges arising out of the racially motivated murder of…

Famous porn star lawyer Avenatti, battling President Trump, arrested for domestic abuse

Famous porn star lawyer Avenatti, battling President Trump, arrested for domestic abuse

LOS ANGELES – The famous porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has been battling President Trump for months and even tested waters for a Presidential run, has been arrested for…

Black campaign worker arrested in Iowa after refusing to talk to police (videos)

Black campaign worker arrested in Iowa after refusing to talk to police (videos)

WEST DES MOINES – Police in West Des Moines today attempted to explain how late in October, a black campaign worker was stopped, detained and frisked by police after he…

Report says U.S. is losing military advantage over Russia and China and could be beaten in war

Report says U.S. is losing military advantage over Russia and China and could be beaten in war

WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s arch-rivals Russia and China are closing the military gap and could challenge or even defeat the U.S. in a war, a new report for Congress warns.…

Grassley will be Senate Pro Tempore for 116th Congress – third in line for Presidency

Grassley will be Senate Pro Tempore for 116th Congress – third in line for Presidency

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate Republican majority of the upcoming 116th Congress unanimously nominated Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who was first elected to serve Iowans in the U.S. Senate…

Iowa prison inmate Henry Whitfield dies

Iowa prison inmate Henry Whitfield dies

CORALVILLE – Henry Lee Whitfield was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 6:27 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018 in a hospice room of the Iowa Medical and Classification…

Iowa’s “Bachelor” Chris Soules cops a plea after running down farmer

Iowa’s “Bachelor” Chris Soules cops a plea after running down farmer

BUCHANAN COUNTY, IOWA – Iowa farm boy Chris Soules, who starred in “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars”, has struck a plea deal for his involvement in a fatal…

Home Base Iowa businesses receive national recognition from U.S. Dept. of Labor

Home Base Iowa businesses receive national recognition from U.S. Dept. of Labor

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds congratulated two Home Base Iowa businesses on Friday after they were selected to receive 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration awards. The U.S. Department…

Meth use “surging” in Iowa, according to state report

Meth use “surging” in Iowa, according to state report

DES MOINES – A state report says there is a spike in methamphetamine usage in Iowa. Recent developments, several of them encouraging, point to a possible shift in the opioid…

Second federal conviction for possessing a gun and drugs nets Iowa felon over thirty years in prison

Second federal conviction for possessing a gun and drugs nets Iowa felon over thirty years in prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who tossed a loaded semi-automatic pistol and a bag of marijuana into a wooded area near the I-380 and Glass Road interchange in Cedar…