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Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat

January 21, 2015 CAIRO — The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked... more »»

Commission approves online voter registration system

January 21, 2015 DES MOINES — Iowa residents with a state driver’s license or photo ID will be able to register online to vote as early as 2016, a state commission decided Tuesday. more »»

Regents approve U of Iowa president’s retirement plans

January 21, 2015 DES MOINES — The board that oversees Iowa’s public universities accepted the resignation of University of Iowa President Sally Mason on Tuesday, with nothing but praise for the job she’s done the... more »»

Proposed bill would ban smoking on casino floors in Iowa

January 21, 2015 DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers in both the House and Senate are proposing legislation that would force casinos to comply with the state’s smoking ba. more »»

Jury selection starts in Colo. theater shooting trial

January 21, 2015 CENTENNIAL, Colo. — The first time James Holmes appeared in court, he wore chains and an orange jail jumpsuit and looked dazed, with his hair dyed a comic-book shade of orange. more »»

Shelling in eastern Ukraine kills at least 6 civilians

January 21, 2015 DONETSK, Ukraine — Shelling in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk killed at least six civilians Tuesday, as fighting intensified between government and rebel forces. more »»

Shiite rebels shell Yemen president’s home, take over palace

January 21, 2015 SANAA, Yemen — Shiite rebels shelled the residence of Yemen’s leader and swept into the nearby presidential palace Tuesday in what a top army commander said was an unfolding coup. more »»

Iowa River Trail funding to use several paths

January 20, 2015 The Marshalltown City Council heard a resolution at its latest meeting for the city to accept $360,000 of federal Transportation Alternative Program Funds (TAP). more »»

Foundation leaders seek district support

January 20, 2015 Bobcats be aware, the Marshalltown Community School District Foundation is eager for “new blood. more »»

Marshalltown plans to showcase Business District in 2015

January 20, 2015 This year is shaping up to be another exciting year for the Marshalltown Central Business District (MCBD). The organization will host the Main Street Iowa Spring Conference March 9-13. more »»

Sodders’ ‘listening posts’ set for Marshalltown, Tama

January 20, 2015 State Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, is hosting three separate town hall listening posts this Friday and Saturday in Tama and Marshalltown. more »»

Celebration of Catholic education next week

January 20, 2015 Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday. The week is a celebration of Catholic education in the United States, and stretches through Jan. 31. more »»

Bake My Day open for business

January 20, 2015 Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood was not at Bake My Day, the new eatery in the Orpheum Theater Center — but his influence was hard to miss. more »»

Sioux City teenager wants to follow in King’s footsteps

January 20, 2015 SIOUX CITY — Seventeen-year-old Xavier Scarlett said he notices eyes following him whenever he enters a store or walks along the streets at nigh. more »»

5 goals from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union

January 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a “Year of Action,” and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the goals he laid out. The smaller ones. more »»

Europe’s police reconsider arms following recent attacks

January 20, 2015 PARIS — One was a young policewoman, unarmed on the outskirts of Paris and felled by an assault rifle. Her partner, also without weapons, could do nothing to stop the gunman. more »»

Murder suspect sought

January 19, 2015 The Marshalltown Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old Marshalltown man, after they say he shot and killed a Marshalltown man late Saturday night. more »»

Friends remember Fisher during candlelight vigil

January 19, 2015 Dozens of local residents turned out Sunday night for a candle light vigil in memory of Dedrikk Fisher, a 20-year old man from Marshalltown who died just one week shy of his 21st birthday. more »»

St. Francis student passionate about animals

January 19, 2015 Nine-year old Brandon Zaldana speaks enthusiastically about his winter break trip to his native Guatemala. more »»



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