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Branstad to step down as US Ambassador to China

The U.S. ambassador to China will step down early next month, ending a three-year tenure marked by a trade war and increasingly bitter relations between the world’s two largest economies. Former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad,…
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Thomas waives jury trial

The retrial of an Ottumwa woman accused of killing her five-year-old daughter will not be decided by a jury.  Kelsie Thomas waived her right to a trial by jury Thursday (9/10).  That means a judge…
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Nebraska court ruling will allow vote on casino gambling

BY RADIO IOWA CONTRIBUTOR RADIO IOWA - The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled residents should be able to vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling and two initiatives to regulate casinos. The ruling supports…
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Main Street Trick or Treat Parade canceled for this year

COVID-19 has played a trick on Oskaloosa trick or treaters.  The Main Street Trick or Treat Parade scheduled for Thursday, October 29 has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.  In a statement, Oskaloosa Main Street said because of the many people who normally…
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More than a dozen Iowa Pizza Huts have closed

BY O. KAY HENDERSON At least 15 of the Pizza Hut restaurants in Iowa have been closed, following the announcement in July that up to 300 locations around the country would be closing. The company that…
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Coronavirus update

A Wapello County resident has died from coronavirus.  As of late Tuesday morning (9/8), the pandemic total in Iowa from COVID-19 was 1173.  There have also been another 345 positive tests for COVID-19 for a…
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Labor Day weekend travel

Labor Day weekend is coming up.  This is traditionally the last big travel weekend of the summer.  Mark Peterson of Triple-A Iowa says traveling will be easier on your wallet than it was a year…
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August ends up as one of the driest months in the record book

BY MATT KELLEY RADIO IOWA -  August of 2020 will be remembered for one of Iowa’s worst-ever weather disasters, but the just-ended month is also going down as one of the state’s tenth driest Augusts on…
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Walk to End Alzheimer's update

Here’s an update to a story the No Coast Network has been following.  Saturday’s (8/29) Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Ottumwa raised $10,600 and counting.  The top-fundraising team was Team Mary’s Mission, which raised over…
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Johnson County Auditor awaits ruling on absentee ballot request forms

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA - Two Iowa judges have now ruled in favor of the Republican Party and President Trump’s campaign and nullified at least 55,000 absentee ballot request forms from voters in Woodbury…
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