mlambrecht

Powerball Winner a Welcome Mystery for Zephyrhills, Fla., Residents

The search is on in Zephyrhills, Fla., for the lucky person who entered a Publix supermarket in recent days and purchased the winning Powerball ticket worth $590.5 million. Today is the earliest the ticketholder can ...

Yahoo Buys Tumblr Social Network Service for $1.1 Billion

Yahoo is investing big-time in the social media. The company announced today that it has purchased Tumblr, the popular blogging and social media network, for $1.1 billion. “I’m delighted to announce that ...

Tornadoes in Midwest Kill 1 With More Severe Weather Due Today

At least one person died after a series of tornadoes ripped across the Midwest Sunday, injuring dozens while leaving a path of devastation in a region that is expected to see more severe weather later today. A ...

Jodi Arias’ Attorneys Say They Cannot Proceed in Death Penalty Phase

The death penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial was cut short today after Arias’ defense attorneys erupted in confrontational arguments with the judge and prosecutor and said they could not continue defending ...

As more and more wind turbines pop up across the state and country, researchers at Iowa State University are studying a new way to build the towers that hold them up into the sky. Grant Schmitz, a graduate student ...

Many Iowa drivers soon will be able to go on-line to renew their license — for eight years rather than just five under a bill Governor Terry Branstad signed into law Wednesday. Drivers with vision problems or ...

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley, a Democrat from Waterloo, says the IRS scandal has taken the focus off of its legitimate duty to investigate non-profit groups that are breaking the rules. “I have made it very clear ...

There’s not much public action so far today at the statehouse, but Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal says legislators meeting in private are making progress. “All over the place,” Gronstal says, “every ...

At Least 6 Dead After Tornadoes Rip Through North Texas

At least six people were killed and dozens more injured after tornadoes ripped through parts of North Texas destroying homes, officials said. More than 100 homes suffered damage in the Rancho Brazos subdivision near ...

Susan Powell Tip Renews Search for Her Body

Cadaver dogs and cops searched an Oregon farm for a third day today on a tip that they might find the remains of missing Utah mom Susan Powell. So far the search has failed to turn up any signs of the woman who ...

Jodi Arias Hearing Awash in Tears as Travis Alexander’s Family Speaks

Jodi Arias cried through the first day of  death penalty hearing today as the siblings of her slain ex-boyfriend told the jury they didn’t want to “see (their) brother’s murderer anymore.” ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa News) – The police departments in the state’s largest city and several of its suburbs are holding a weapons take-back program that begins today. The Urbandale Police Department is ...

Gators, Gila Monster, Snakes Pulled From Wisc. Home

Authorities and zoologists in Wisconsin removed a throng of exotic reptiles being housed in an urban residence this week — including a Gila monster, crocodiles and snakes — as shocked neighbors looked on. ...

Leila Fowler 911 Call Released; Brother Appears in Court

In the 911 call from the day 8-year-old Leila Fowler was stabbed to death, her father’s girlfriend, who was not home, didn’t appear to know that Leila had been hurt. She told the operator Leila was ...

O.J. Simpson Cheerfully Takes the Stand in Bid For New Trial

More than four years after he choked back tears at his sentencing, O.J. Simpson addressed a Las Vegas court today sounding cheerful and confident in his bid to a win a new trial. He bantered with bailiffs during ...

Jodi Arias Victim ‘Suffered Enough for Two Lifetimes,’ Prosecutor Argues

(ABC News) – Jodi Arias was “especially cruel” when she stabbed, slashed, and shot her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, prosecutor Juan Martinez argued in court today as he asked the jury to move the ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News) – New records were set for high temperatures across Iowa on Tuesday afternoon. Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik, at the National Weather Service, says it was exceptionally hot across ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News) – Iowa is about to send a new crop of job-hunting high school and college graduates into the marketplace, and some will find success much faster than others. Susan McBroom, a ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News) – Quad Cities-based Deere and Company set another earnings record in the second quarter, and it’s also an all-time high for any quarter. Deere says net income totaled nearly ...

A Democrat in the Iowa Senate has filed the paperwork to form an exploratory committee for a campaign for governor. Jack Hatch of Des Moines served 12 years in the Iowa House and is currently in his 11th year in the ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News) – Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says two big stories out of Washington, D.C. in the past few days show the federal government is becoming “a threat to freedom and liberties.” In ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News) – Time is running out at the statehouse to extend a state tax break which makes ethanol-blended gasoline cheaper than pure petroleum. Jim McNulty at the Iowa Department of Revenue ...

(Courtesy Iowa Radio News) – The Iowa Senate Ways and Means Committee this morning passed legislation that preserves the current price advantage for ethanol-blended gasoline. The state tax on a gallon of ...

Philly Abortion Doc Guilty in 3 Babies’ Deaths

A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa) – A first look at a new state requirement finds only two of Iowa’s 99 counties have achieved gender balance on their appointed boards and commissions. Diane Bystrom is the director of ...