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  • Iowa Supreme Court: No life without parole for teen killers May 27, 2016
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court is banning life prison sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder. The court ruled 4-3 Friday that the punishment amounts to cruel and unusual punishment under the Iowa Constitution. Justices ruled in the case of Isaiah Sweet, who was 17 when
  • Iowa Supreme Court upholds sex offender civil commitment May 27, 2016
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to rule on the constitutionality of a state program that holds sex offenders in custody after they serve prison sentences. The court upheld Friday the civil commitment of 46-year-old David Taft who was convicted in 1987 for lascivious acts with a minor and molested
  • Iowa Supreme Court denies further review of Mason City burglary case May 27, 2016
    MASON CITY — The Iowa Supreme Court says it will not review the case of a Detroit man who entered an Alford plea has part of a Mason City burglary case. 45-year-old Anthony Hopkins received a two-year suspended prison sentence and was fined in March 2015 after entering an Alford plea to a reduced charge
  • 78th edition of the North Iowa Band Festival continues tonight May 27, 2016
    MASON CITY — The 78th edition of the North Iowa Band Festival continues tonight and through the weekend in downtown Mason City. Band Festival coordinator Colleen Frein says tonight’s activities start at 5 o’clock with the carnival, marketplace and concessions opening along with the car cruise-in and exhibit. Entertainment on the stage at Central Park
  • Memorial Day weekend means many will have boats out for first time this year May 27, 2016
    DES MOINES — Many Iowa boat owners will be hitting a lake or river for the first time this year over the Memorial Day weekend. Susan Stocker, a boating law administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is hoping it’ll be a safe season on the state’s waterways. “Our boat accident rate has been

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