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Batting for his future

May 24, 2015 Every day, Juan Barrios wakes up. Then he prays. He implores God to give him strength. In the face of deportation to his home country, Venezuela, faith and family sustain him. more »»

From Asia to Iowa

May 24, 2015 In the summer of 2002 an exotic beetle was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit. Argilus planipennis Fairmaire or the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is now making its way toward Marshall County. more »»

Marshall County Farm Bureau to hold farm-education event

May 24, 2015 Farm and conservation stations will be set up at Grimes Farm and Conservation Center next week to teach non-farming adults what goes into the lifestyle. more »»

Ferguson school marks 100 years

May 24, 2015 FERGUSON — Decades of school memories will be re-lived when alumni of the old Ferguson school return to the town where they spent their youth to celebrate their school’s 100th anniversary early next... more »»

MPD food drive, fingerprinting event May 30

May 24, 2015 The Marshalltown Police Department is teaming up to “arrest” hunger in the community as well as keeping kids safe. more »»

Islamic State group claims Saudi mosque suicide attack

May 24, 2015 CAIRO — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more “black days” loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the... more »»

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

May 24, 2015 WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the... more »»

Ohio patrolman acquitted in 2 deaths amid 137-shot barrage

May 24, 2015 CLEVELAND — A white patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of... more »»

Veterans frustrated by presidential debate on Iraq war

May 24, 2015 Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. more »»

2 people chained to Shell ship north of Seattle

May 24, 2015 BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Two people have chained themselves to a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s exploratory oil drilling plans and currently moored in Washington state. more »»

PM: Greece will not accept ‘humiliating’ bailout terms

May 24, 2015 ATHENS, Greece — Greece is ready to accept a “viable and long-lasting” deal with lenders but not on “humiliating terms,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his ruling Syriza party on Saturday. more »»

Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43

May 24, 2015 ECUANDUREO, Mexico — The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. more »»

Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

May 24, 2015 LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the... more »»

At Mideast forum, officials seek world’s help

May 24, 2015 SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan — Mideast-weary though it may be, the international community has a duty and an interest in helping the countries of the region both rebuff violent extremists and fix the... more »»

Pipeline operator defends its shutdown procedure

May 24, 2015 LOS ANGELES — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a... more »»

‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

May 24, 2015 DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and right... more »»

An audience of iPads

May 23, 2015 Fifth grader Emmanuel Gonzalez, has been playing his clarinet in Mr. Sibbel’s class for almost a year. But his band instructor isn’t his only teacher. more »»

A color burst!

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Iowa River Trail signs stolen

May 23, 2015 A $500 reward is being offered by Trails, Inc. more »»

Remembering the nation’s war dead on Memorial Day

May 23, 2015 From Beaman to Garwin to State Center, Central Iowans have many opportunities Monday to pause and reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. more »»

Feeding mouths, feeding souls

May 23, 2015 In answering the call to the priesthood, Rev. more »»



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