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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Iowa Private, Nonprofit Organizations

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private, nonprofit organizations (PNPs) in Iowa, following President Obama’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance (PA) as a result of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred June 14 – 23, 2014, announced Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. PNPs that provide


RAGBRAI Comes To An End in Guttenburg

Hundreds of bicyclists rode to the edge of the Mississippi River for the end of their trek across the entire state of Iowa on Saturday. The ride made several stops along the way including through Forest City. For several bikers, it was a great adventure that they want to do again next year and thereafter.

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Branstad asks Obama for immigration information

Governor Terry Branstad wants the federal government to notify state officials about any immigrant children placed in Iowa. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said this week that 122 children who entered the country illegally and alone were sent to Iowa in the first half of the year. Branstad learned

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Fugitive Who Used Deceased Boys’ IDs Appears in Court

A convicted armed robber who eluded authorities for nearly 41 years after escaping prison has appeared in court in Cedar Rapids on Social Security fraud and identity theft charges. Federal prosecutors say 69-year-old Ronald Dwaine Carnes also faces a firearms possession charge. The charges are contained in an indictment filed Tuesday. Carnes, who’s from Waterloo,

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Feds: Minnesota receives 173 immigrant children

The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7. Texas, New York, Florida

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Man Charged in Death of Peterson’s Son in Court

A man accused of killing the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has pleaded not guilty for an alleged attack on the boy’s mother. Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Patterson was arraigned Thursday in Sioux Falls on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping. He’s accused of attacking the mother of Tyrese Ruffin in June and

Report: Iowa 3rd among states in child well-being

A new national report on the well-being of children ranks Iowa third in the nation, up four places from last year. The Kids Counts report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Iowa ranks first among all states in health, third in economic well-being and seventh in the family and community category. Iowa

Chinese woman in seed corn case released on bond

A Chinese woman charged as part of what federal prosecutors say was a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is free on bond. A federal judge says the case against Mo Yun is weak and there are no reasons to hold her until the Dec. 1 trial as prosecutors had requested.