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Iowa officials go to Virginia to discuss slain cousins case
EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa investigators have gone to Virginia to consult national experts on the unsolved 2012 abduction and killing of two young cousins....
Iowa House panel to revisit divorce bill involving inmates
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Members of a House panel say they will revisit a bill that would help a person divorce an imprisoned spouse....
Official: No clear opening date for Fort Madison prison
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The head of Iowa's corrections department says he still doesn't know when the long-delayed Iowa State Penitentiary will open....
3 Omaha residents suspected in Iowa, Nebraska cattle thefts
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Three Omaha residents are suspected of raiding cattle under the cover of night from farm pens in western Iowa and northeast Nebraska, authorities said....
Sioux City man in prison for child's death granted appeal
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Court of Appeals says a Sioux City man serving a 50-year prison sentence on a child endangerment conviction may pursue an appeal based on his claim that police violated his right to remain silent....
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GOWRIE - Two games on Friday resulted in two wins on Friday for the Newell-Fonda Mustangs. The wins over Southeast Valley were just the latest in a mid season streak that has taken the Twin Lakes Conference by storm and...
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Author on Buddy Holly case (01/26/15)
I am a writer/researcher who has been studying and writing about Buddy Holly's ill-fated 1959 Winter Dance Party tour for over twenty years. I have published three books on the tour on which Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson from Alta, Iowa were killed...Entitled "Dancing As If There's No Tomorrow," these three books have taken a hard look at the Dance Party shows sequentially by tour date. ...
Keep Buddy Holly crash investigation alive (01/26/15)
In response to your story "Could new investigation clear Buddy Holly pilot?" (www.stormlakepilottribune.com/story/2158033.html): I was the emcee of the Winter Dance Party in 1959. It was only two years ago that my wife and I were able to bring ourselves to visit the crash site... and even then we shed some tears! I agree 100% that the investigation be re-opened. AND...what could not be addressed back because no one knew enough about it to explore the possibility... "wind sheer."...
Two things missing from Raccoon River lawsuit meetings (01/22/15)
I just spent two days in Sac, BV and Calhoun counties. I attended Bill Northey's three presentations. Board members Melinda Coogan, Sara Thompson, Liz Blessington and past board member Kenny Bentsen also attended some of the sessions. Bill Northey did as good a job as could be expected. ...
Comparing Farm Bureau to KKK? (01/20/15)
Recently Tom Fiegen, a possible challenger to me for the Senate Democratic nomination, made a disturbing comment on his Facebook Page. In response to a Des Moines Register article, he said: "Farm Bureau is the environmental equivalent of the Klu (sp) Klux Klan." I have the utmost respect for the Iowa Farm Bureau, and completely renounce the comparison by Mr. Fiegen as not representative of the Democratic Party or hopefully the ultimate nominee...
Marriage and voices (01/20/15)
On Friday the Supreme Court announced it will take up same sex marriage. While marriage equality has gained attention in recent years, the movement is older than many Americans realize. During slavery, African American couples were barred from marriage. ...
Schools on wing and a prayer (01/20/15)
The Iowa State Education Association's (ISEA) priorities for Iowa students have always been clear. Every student, regardless of ZIP code is entitled to a secure, healthy and robust educational environment so they are able to learn. This means funding must be adequate, equitable and sustainable and 6 percent State Supplemental Aid (SSA) for the FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 school years is absolutely necessary to meet this goal...