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Water utility launches legal fight to regulate farm drainage

March 18, 2015 DES MOINES — The Des Moines Water Works lawsuit against three counties over high nitrate levels in rivers is part of intensifying efforts by environmental groups around the country to treat... more »»

Israel’s Netanyahu emerges with slight edge after tight race

March 18, 2015 JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country’s opposition leader in parliamentary elections Tuesday, emerging from an acrimonious... more »»

Leprechaun trappers get crafty for contest

March 17, 2015 CONRAD — In recognition of St. Patrick’s Day, two area homes for the elderly are having a contest to see which facility is best equipped to “trap” leprechauns. more »»

Collins’ confession inadmissible?

March 17, 2015 Public defender Scott Hunter asked Judge John J. Haney to rule that a confession suspect Branden M. more »»

Board OKs academic calendar pending legislative action

March 17, 2015 The Marshalltown School Board approved a 2015-16 school calendar at its Monday meeting in a 4-1 vote. The year would start Aug. more »»

First Baptist Church offers Hispanic ministry

March 17, 2015 A church’s main responsibility is serving the needs of its congregation, particularly by being inclusive of its members’ ethnic cultures. more »»

Broad exemption to Iowa open records law shuts down requests

March 17, 2015 IOWA CITY — Did the Iowa State Patrol discipline two supervisors who committed off-duty misconduct? What is a powerful utility executive saying to his bosses at Iowa State University about the... more »»

Police describe battling marathon bombers in escape attempt

March 17, 2015 BOSTON — Three police officers on Monday described an onslaught of gunfire and bombs thrown during a violent confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers days after the deadly attack and one... more »»

Durst heir faces murder charge after broadcast

March 17, 2015 NEW ORLEANS — Robert Durst couldn’t explain away similarities between his handwriting and a letter he said “only the killer could have written” that alerted police to his friend’s shooting 15 years... more »»

Netanyahu promises no Palestinian state if he is re-elected for 4th term

March 17, 2015 JERUSALEM — In a frenzied last day of campaigning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ruled out the establishment of a Palestinian state and vowed to keep building east Jerusalem settlement... more »»

UN says 24 dead in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam

March 17, 2015 AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Relief workers tried desperately on Tuesday to reach Vanuatu’s remote outer islands that were smashed by a monstrous cyclone, as the United Nations reported that 24 people... more »»

Morales trial set for next month

March 16, 2015 The man charged in the mid-January murder of a fellow Marshalltown man is slated to stand trial in just more than three weeks in Fort Dodge. more »»

Student is a leader in the classroom

March 16, 2015 Twelve year-old Hae Paw excels academically and has become a role model for her classmates. Instructor Sally Jansen said her student “is a good example to all the students in my classroom. more »»

Studies boost hopes for new class of cholesterol medicines

March 16, 2015 SAN DIEGO — New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. more »»

Putin: Russia prepared raising nuclear readiness over Crimea

March 16, 2015 MOSCOW — Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year’s tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine’s president, President Vladimir Putin... more »»

Majority of Iowa parents waive teen driving restriction

March 16, 2015 DES MOINES — An effort to improve some teen drivers’ road safety by limiting their number of passengers is having little impact in Iowa, because the majority of parents are signing waivers to opt... more »»

Fight over Keystone XL project doesn’t stall pipeline boom

March 16, 2015 WASHINGTON — In a far corner of North Dakota, just a few hundred miles from the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline, 84,000 barrels of crude oil per day recently began flowing through a new... more »»

With borer spreading, towns sacrifice their leafy canopy

March 16, 2015 DES MOINES — Since she was a child, the giant ash tree that towered over Rebecca Robinson’s small home offered a cool refuge during sultry Midwest summer days. more »»



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