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Ground-breaking officially kicks off Council Bluffs stadium renovations

Dignitaries in attendance at Tuesday morning’s ground-breaking ceremony for the Council Bluffs Stadium almost had a muddy reminder of the need for hard surface parking at the athletic complex.

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Wednesday 05/06/2015
Iowa Western celebrates inaugural Venture School grads
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 10:48 am

Iowa Western Community College celebrated it’s first batch of graduates from it’s Venture School program Tuesday afternoon at Looft Hall Conference Center.

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FAMILY's Avoca office dedicated
Posted: May 06, 2015

AVOCA – Officials from FAMILY Inc., the city of Avoca and Pottawattamie County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at FAMILY’s new Avoca office.

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Sixth-graders learn farm safety at new Eastfair event
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:11 pm

AVOCA — Sixth-graders from AHST and Riverside community school districts learned safety lessons Tuesday, thanks to a large group of businesses, volunteers and community organizations.

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Supervisors to study Hancock transfer station use
Posted: May 06, 2015

Back in the mid-1990s, about 2,600 tons of garbage were processed annually at the Pottawattamie County refuse transfer station to be shipped by trucks to an area landfill.

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Red Oak opts not to extend superintendent search
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:15 pm

The Red Oak Community School District should have a new superintendent in place this summer.

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Shot fired during Council Bluffs apartment burglary
Posted: May 06, 2015

Council Bluffs Police are searching for a trio of suspects after a burglary Monday evening during which a shot was fired.

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Letter carriers to collect food
Posted: May 06, 2015

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 23rd Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Saturday.

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Center health fair coming this Friday
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 9:55 am

The Council Bluffs Senior Center’s annual health fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at 714 S. Main St.

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Police: Clarinda Academy teens escape, allegedly drive stolen car to Omaha
Posted: May 06, 2015

CLARINDA – Two students who left Clarinda Academy without permission and allegedly stole a car remain at large.

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Germanwings co-pilot tested descents hours before crash
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

PARIS (AP) — A co-pilot who purposely crashed a Germanwings A320 plane into the French Alps appeared to have rehearsed sending the jet into a deadly descent on another flight just two hours earlier, investigators said Wednesday.

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US warships no longer accompanying commercial ships in Gulf
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says that U.S. Navy warships are no longer accompanying American and British-flagged commercial vessels through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

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Migrants rescued after 12 days at sea; EU eyes seizing boats
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — An Italian rescue patrol picked up nearly 100 migrants who reported being at sea for 12 days as U.N. Security Council members mulled a draft resolution authorizing an EU mission to seize the smugglers' boats that are fueling the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

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Charlie Hebdo receives PEN award at literary gala in NYC
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Under armed security and a cloud of conflicted opinions and emotions, the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was presented a freedom of expression award on Tuesday night from the PEN American Center.

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Branstad denies Iowa inmates' requests for less prison time
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has denied five inmates' requests to lessen the long prison terms they are now serving.

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Charlie Hebdo receives PEN award at literary gala in NYC
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — This year's PEN American Center gala was a defense of free expression, of Charlie Hebdo and of PEN itself.

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Kerry seeks pause in Yemen war as he arrives in Saudi Arabia
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen's war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring countries bracing for a mass exodus of refugees. He was to hold further talks Thursday, too.

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Attorney: Suspect in son's dismemberment is 'doting' mother
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The defense attorney for a Michigan woman charged in her adult son's murder and dismemberment has described her to a jury as a doting mother.

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GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A congressional investigation has found that significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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Israel's Netanyahu reportedly close to forming coalition
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm

JERUSALEM (AP) — With the clock ticking toward a midnight deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday inched closer toward a deal to form a new government as he rushed to work out the details of an emerging agreement with his final coalition partner.

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DA: Sheriff's story raises questions about shooting of woman
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:46 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor says he has fundamental questions about a Georgia sheriff's account of conducting "police training exercises" when he accidentally shot a female real estate agent inside a model home for sale in a subdivision well outside his jurisdiction.

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Woman spread feces on co-worker's chair, mouse; no jail time
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia lab worker has pleaded guilty to spreading contaminated feces on a co-worker's computer mouse and desk chair, but she won't see any jail time.

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Man pleads not guilty to stalking actress Sandra Bullock
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man arrested inside Sandra Bullock's home has pleaded not guilty to stalking the Oscar-winning actress.

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US stocks falling after weak jobs data; oil prices rise
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks fell broadly in afternoon trading Wednesday after the release of weak U.S. economic reports and mixed corporate earnings results. Yields on U.S government bond yields rose to their highest level in two months and oil prices continued to climb. Eight of the 10 industry sectors of the Standard and Poor's 500 index were lower, led by telecommunications companies.

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State official: Clinton email practices 'not acceptable'
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department assistant secretary said Wednesday it's "not acceptable" for any agency employee to conduct government business on a private email server as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did.

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Woman in DuPont economic espionage case pleads guilty
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:46 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A woman accused along with her husband and former DuPont engineers of stealing trade secrets and selling them to China has pleaded guilty to a related charge.

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Grand jury taking testimony in probe of Schock's spending
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A grand jury is taking testimony as part of a federal investigation into former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock's expenses.

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Pharmaceutical firm wants lethal injection drugs returned
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:00 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A drugmaker has asked states to return supplies of the company's drugs that could be used for lethal injection.

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1 buffalo dead, another still missing after Arkansas escape
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:46 pm

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A buffalo has been found dead in Hot Springs, leaving only one animal still missing of the six that escaped a farm and roamed the central Arkansas city two weeks ago.

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Democrats fail to oust NY Senate's GOP leader after arrest
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:46 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Republican leader of New York's state Senate has survived a largely symbolic effort by Democratic lawmakers to oust him from his position after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

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NFL finds Patriots employees probably deflated balls
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that quarterback Tom Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.

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Texas gay discrimination bill opens complex father-son split
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:36 pm

HOUSTON (AP) — Beau Miller and Patrick Summers have been dating for four years, but last December was the first time they spent Christmas at Miller's parents' home.

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Burundian opposition leader arrested as protests continue
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:36 pm

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundian Police have arrested an opposition leader after he attended a meeting of foreign ministers from the East African Community who were seeking a solution to the unrest in the country triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to run for a third term.

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Sanders hires Obama veterans to lead 2016 digital operations
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:36 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is hiring veterans of President Barack Obama's highly regarded digital operation for his 2016 White House campaign.

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Couple wants to sell nearly century-old Iowa movie theater
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:36 pm

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — A couple looking to retire wants to sell a Sibley movie theater after running it for more than 50 years.

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Striking Zimbabwean nurses refuse to work night shift
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:36 pm

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Nurses in Zimbabwe are refusing to work the night shift in the southern African nation's public hospitals and clinics in a nationwide strike over salaries.

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Study: Top tech firms bypassing Asian workers for exec jobs
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:17 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Yahoo and other major technology companies are far more inclined to hire Asians as computer programmers than to promote them to become managers or executives, according to a study released Wednesday.

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Hot Chocolate singer Errol Brown dies at 71 in the Bahamas
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:17 pm

LONDON (AP) — Errol Brown, the lead singer of the band Hot Chocolate, has died in the Bahamas, his manager said Wednesday. He was 71.

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Iran says it will release seized Maersk ship after fine paid
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:17 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Marshal Islands-flagged cargo vessel seized by Iranian forces as it traversed the Strait of Hormuz last month likely will be released in two days after a fine is paid, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.

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New standardized tests bring technical challenges, concern
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:17 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania.

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Official: 'Significant' 63K-gallon brine spill reaches lake
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:01 pm

POWERS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A state Department of Health official says about 63,000 gallons of saltwater have leaked from a pipeline in northwest North Dakota and that some has reached a lake via a tributary.

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Former House Speaker Jim Wright dies at age 92
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright, the longtime Texas Democrat who became the first House speaker in history to be driven out of office in midterm, has died at age 92.

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Greece makes IMF payment amid signs of bailout progress
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:01 pm

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Cash-strapped Greece scraped together a 200 million-euro ($222 million) repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Wednesday amid signs its long-stalled bailout negotiations were making some progress.

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3,000 Nigerian refugees from Boko Haram deported from Niger
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 12:17 pm

GAIDAM, Nigeria (AP) — An official and witnesses say Niger troops have deported more than 3,000 Nigerian fishermen and refugees escaping Boko Haram.

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4 arrested in Connecticut synthetic marijuana investigation
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 11:45 am

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have arrested four people while investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about a dozen people, including five who were hospitalized.

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Judges have questions on Christie's pension contributions
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 1:22 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top court had tough questions Wednesday about the stance of Gov. Chris Christie's administration on a 2011 law that overhauled the state public worker pension system, with one justice asking if it amounted to a "bait and switch."

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Fort Dodge man accused of using fake check to buy 2 cars
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 11:45 am

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Fort Dodge man gave a Storm Lake car dealer a fake check of more than $70,000 in an attempt to buy two vehicles.

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Belarus requires the idle to pay for not working
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 11:30 am

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Under a new measure in Belarus, people who work less than half the year will have to pay the government for their idleness.

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Lexus flagship: A car or a haven?
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 11:30 am

It's misleading to call the 2015 Lexus LS 460 a car, or even a luxury sedan.

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Iowa ALS group reveals plans for ice bucket challenge funds
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 11:58 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Months after videos of people dumping buckets of icy water over their heads flooded the Internet, the Iowa chapter of the ALS Association has announced how it plans to use funds raised during the campaign.

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