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BETHANY CURRIE Resides: Marshalltown Hometown: Three years in Iowa City, two years in Gilman while my dad was band director at the former Southeast Marshall County School District (SEMCO). I grew up in Chicago suburbs FAMILY LIFE Family: My husband is Mike Marquess and my kids are Lily, ...

Court: Iowa not liable in nursing home sexual assault case

DES MOINES — A divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state had no legal responsibility to safeguard a 95-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted by a violent sex offender sent to her nursing home after he was released from state custody. The court concluded that because a ...

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In this Tuesday file photo, U.S. Marine soldiers patrol during the U.S.-South Korea joint Exercise Operation Pacific Reach in Pohang, South Korea. The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review: “Maximum pressure and engagement.”

‘Maximum pressure and engagement’

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review: "Maximum pressure and engagement." U.S. officials said Friday the president's advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, including ...

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, center, stands in the middle as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shake hands after a press conference following their talks focused on Syria in Moscow, Russia, Friday.

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

MOSCOW — Russia, Syria and Iran strongly warned the United States Friday against launching new strikes on Syria and called for an international investigation of the chemical weapons attack there that killed nearly 90 people. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who hosted his Iranian and ...

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Pope Francis presides over the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday in front of Rome's Colosseum, Friday.

Pope speaks of “shame” for humanity’s failings in Good Friday procession

ROME — Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, endured exceptionally tight anti-terrorism checks to pray at the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum, where Pope Francis expressed shame over humanity's failings. Francis, wearing a plain white coat, ...

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This image made from a Thursday, video released by the U.S. Department of Defense shows a plume of smoke rising from a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb strike on an Islamic State militant cave and tunnel systems in the Achin district of the Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan. U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said.

Afghanistan: Massive US bomb killed 36 militants

KABUL, Afghanistan — The biggest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 militants in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Friday, and villagers in the remote, mountainous area described being terrified by the "earsplitting blast." The strike using the Massive ...

Arkansas’ multiple execution plan appears to unravel

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to unravel Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to ...

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A great day for fishing

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS Dog kisses, wet lines and a little bit of sunshine were all pieces of the story at Sand Lake early Wednesday afternoon as many Central Iowans took advantage of the weather to try and pull a lunker out of the deep lake. Fishermen and women will likely get more ...

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Gov. Branstad signed an omnibus firearms bill that expanded Iowa’s gun laws on Thursday.

Gun laws expanded

With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Terry Branstad signed an omnibus firearms bill into law Thursday, and area lawmakers and local law enforcement shared their thoughts on the new law. “I’m happy with the bill in its entirety,” said state Sen. Jeff Edler, R-State Center. “It’s a good ...

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WM school board certifies 2017-18 budget

STATE CENTER — Just over a week after West Marshall Community School District voters approved an increased Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) rate, the West Marshall school board took steps to buy down the general fund levy. “We certified the budget for the 2017-18 school year and ...

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Rent a Football Player

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO For those who cringe at the thought of all the spring yard work you have to do, The Marshalltown Football Support Club has a solution. The “Rent a Football Player” spring cleanup is back for a third year. On Saturday, April 22 and Saturday, May 6, community members can ...

Iowa voter ID bill heads to governor

DES MOINES — Iowa will require voters to show identification at the polls and will reduce its early voting period under a bill finalized Thursday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, a move that advocacy groups say will suppress voter turnout in a state known for its high ...

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In this Feb. 23, file photo, Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, speaks at town hall meeting in Urbandale.

Iowa voters say Rep. Young right to say no to health bill

SIDNEY — Rebuffing President Donald Trump and Republican leaders on their health care bill seemed like a major political misstep for Iowa Rep. David Young, who quickly was punished by a political action committee linked to House Speaker Paul Ryan. Nearly three weeks later, voters in Young's ...

Plan would end utilities tax that funds Iowa energy research

IOWA CITY — A tax on utilities that has funded renewable energy and environmental research for decades at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa would be eliminated in 2022 under a Republican plan unveiled Thursday. The plan would end the tax that raises $5 million per year for ...

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City clean-up

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS Marshalltown City Horticulturist Kristin Titus was hard at work Wednesday morning raking around the rose bushes outside city hall along North Center Street.

Got grades?

What is the best way to tell if students are truly learning? As requested by the Marshalltown School Board in February, information on grading practices currently under way at Marshalltown Schools, particularly Marshalltown High School, were discussed at a board work session Wednesday ...

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World War II veteran and Iowa Veterans Home resident Leslie Graham looks at a scrapbook containing many pictures of his war-time years in France. Although suffering an early war injury, Graham returned to be among those who captured and crossed the bridge over the Rhine River during the Battle of the Bulge.

‘I do not consider myself a war hero’

Editor’s note: This is the latest in an ongoing series of articles profiling those who have ever served in the U.S. military, be it overseas or stateside. Every Thursday, a new profile will be published in the T-R. Leslie “Les” Graham does not consider himself to be a war hero, even ...

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Have tractor, will travel

T-R PHOTO By MIKE DONAHEY Craig Ragland (back to camera) of Marshalltown maneuvers the bucket of a John Deere tractor to break the glass on the north side of a building he owns in the 200 block of North 13th Street Wednesday afternoon while colleague Brad Cox of Garwin looks on. Ragland and ...

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In this Tuesday photo, Iowa Capitol security officer Gerri McCurdy, left, talks with a visitor entering the Statehouse, in Des Moines. Iowa could soon allow anyone entering its state Capitol building to be armed, a move that mirrors a growing number of statehouses around the country but one that also raises security logistics.

Iowa to become latest state to allow firearms in its Capitol

DES MOINES — Iowa is set to become the latest state to allow gun owners to keep firearms at their side while visiting the state Capitol, a move that has raised questions about how security workers would deal with armed visitors. When Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signs the measure Thursday ...

Farmers dismayed as USDA delays fair practice rule

DES MOINES — A rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who grow chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processing corporations, was delayed Wednesday by President Donald Trump's administration, halting by at least six months an initiative rolled out by President Barack ...