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Mentally ill seniors in Iowa transferred to nursing homes


"With more than 400 nursing facilities in Iowa, there are appropriate placements that are available and equipped to serve this type of resident," McCoy said in an email to the paper. According to state Sen. Amanda Ragan, a democrat from Mason City ...

Mason City man arrested for throwing cat into river


MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -- A Mason City man was arrested and charged after throwing a cat into a river. Mason City police said William Hill, 69, is accused of putting a cat in a duffel bag and throwing it into the Winnebago River. A couple checked on the ...

Curiosity saves cat when Iowa couple sees man tossing bag


MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa couple who grew suspicious upon seeing a man toss a duffel bag into a river have rescued the cat they found inside. Police say the couple had seen 69-year-old man throw the bag near the bridge at South Kentucky ...

CORRECTION: Charles City woman in critical condition after Avenue crash


The following information has been updated to reflect a change in the Iowa State Patrol official crash report: MASON CITY, Iowa – The Iowa State Patrol says one person was seriously injured Wednesday in a crash along the Avenue of the Saints in Floyd County.

Snow in Mason City delays yard debris collection


MASON CITY — An overnight snowstorm along northern Iowa has dampened Mason City's efforts to get a jump-start on spring cleaning. City officials had rescheduled the town's first yard waste collection day of the year for Monday because of a recent bout of ...

Snow dampens efforts to jumpstart yard cleanup in Mason City


MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - An overnight snowstorm along northern Iowa has dampened Mason City's efforts to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning. City officials had rescheduled the town's first yard waste collection day of the year for Monday because of a recent ...

Two arrested following burglary in north Iowa


OSAGE, IA –At around 8:30 am Wednesday, a burglary was reported to the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office in the southwest corner of Mitchell County. Apprehended near the scene were 38-year-old Shane L. Godden of Mason City and Jackie L.

Iowa's 'River City' a trove of Prairie School architecture


Mason City's architectural claim to fame began when leading citizens ...
making a list of the top 10 most endangered historic properties in Iowa. The nonprofit Wright on the Park Inc. took ownership, and the hotel, along with the former bank and law ...

Mason City woman sues, saying her pregnancy led to firing


A Mason City woman is suing a Clear Lake company, claiming she was fired because she was pregnant. Heather Villegas had been working for S & K Enterprises in Clear Lake when she became pregnant in March of last year. Company officials allegedly told her in ...

Iowa House OKs collective bargaining changes for school employees


DES MOINES | Following debate that spanned two days, Republicans in the Iowa House on Wednesday approved a measure ...
“This entire bill is a distraction,” said Rep. Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, a retired teacher. “We’re beating up on teachers ...

ServSafe training to begin in north Iowa


KIMT News 3 – As the risk of foodborne illnesses still lingers, food-handling safety is becoming a priority. Iowa State University Extension will be hosting “ServSafe” courses April in Mason City. T…

Appeal rejected in sauna sex case


DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mason City man has failed to get his conviction for indecent exposure overturned. 71-year-old Dennis Clarence Vrba was convicted in October 2013 on two counts of indecent exposur…

Trial date set in Forest City shooting


GARNER, Iowa – The man charged in connection with a shooting at a rural Forest City residence has pled not guilty. 29-year-old Norris Odell Hughes Jr. is accused of one count of control of a firearm …

Road closure in Mason City


MASON CITY, Iowa – A section of 9th Street NE in Mason City will be closed to traffic this week. City Administrator Brent Trout says installation of a water main and fire hydrant will shut down 9th S…

Mason City brings back Crime Prevention Coordinator position


MASON CITY, Iowa- Mason City Police are reintroducing a “Crime Specialist Coordinator” to the force again. This position is meant to keep you informed of important safety issues. The Police Chief say…

Mason City Tech Town Hall


MASON CITY, Iowa – Is there enough broadband access to support new business?  What new technologies are you using on the job?  Are students interested in STEM-based careers?  These are all questions n…

Mason City votes again, to keep sharing Superintedent


MASON CITY, Iowa – To share or to split? That’s the question the Mason City School Board asked, as they weighed whether to continue a superintendent sharing agreement with Clear Lake Schools. In a 4 …

Investigation complete into deadly Mason City crash


MASON CITY, Iowa – No charges will be filed in a fatal north Iowa auto accident. On January 6, a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle collided in the area of 19th Street SW and South Eisenhower Avenu…

UPDATE: Cause released in Mason City house fire


MASON CITY, Iowa – Authorities say a north Iowa house fire Tuesday was caused by smoking material placed in the garbage. Mason City Police and Fire responded to an alarm at 9:52 am called in at 504 S…

Hotel demolition begins in Mason City


MASON CITY, Iowa – The death and rebirth of a hotel is beginning in north Iowa. Kinseth Hospitality Companies says it has started the demolition of the Clarion Inn Hotel and River City Bar and Grille…




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Tips to Prevent Data Theft in MASON CITY IOWA

Today, it’s quick and easy to get a credit card approved, transfer money from one account to another, renew your driver’s license, fill a prescription from your doctor at your local pharmacy, use store loyalty cards, and purchase products online. But you pay for this convenience by providing more opportunities for your personal information to be changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Companies can also use the information you have shared to direct their future marketing efforts or can sell the information to other companies. To help protect your privacy, follow these tips:

  • Look for privacy statements on websites, sales materials, and forms you fill out. If a website claims to follow a set of established voluntary standards, read the standards. Don´t assume they provide the level of privacy you want.
  • Ask how your personal information will be stored and used.
  • Only provide the purchase date, model/serial numbers, and your contact information of warranty registration forms.
  • Discuss privacy with others in your home. Everyone, even children, should understand what information is not appropriate to share on the phone, while using a computer, tablet, smart phone and in other situations.

Check with your state or local consumer agency to find out whether any state laws that help protect your privacy. Some companies and industry groups have also adopted voluntary policies that address privacy concerns.

Creating Secure Passwords

The number of passwords that you need on a daily basis can be overwhelming. It is tempting to use the same password across several sites; however to get the most protection available, you should use different passwords on each site and change your passwords periodically. The goal for creating passwords is to strike a balance between being something that is easy to remember and unique. Some general tips for creating a secure password include:

  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • The longer password, the better it is.
  • Don’t use your name, birthday, license plate, favorite sports teams or other facts that are easily guessed.
  • Create a password based on a phrase. For example “A stitch in time saves nine” can be translated into the password “Ast!Ts9”. where each character represents a word in the phrase.
  • If you must use the same password on several websites, add a prefix or suffix. For example, use “Ast!Ts9:4bnk”for your bank account and “Eml: Ast!Ts9” for your email account.

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Specialty Consumer Reports

Credit reports are not the only reports that you can get for free. The same law that allows you to get a free credit report each year also allows you to get a copy of specialty consumer reports. Just like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion collect your credit information, there are other companies that collect information about your medical, insurance, rental/tenant and alternative credit histories. Landlords, insurers and other companies buy these reports to help them decide whether or not they will offer their services to you.

Just like your credit reports, you have the right to a free annual report from each specialty consumer reporting agency. Since there is no centralized place to order these reports (like there is for credit reports), you must contact each agency individually. If you are planning to rent an apartment, ask the landlord for the name of the screening company that they use and request a copy of your report in advance. Similarly if you are getting a new insurance policy, you can contact the consumer reporting agencies that collect related information. If there is a mistake on your report, you have a right to correct it.

For a list of specialty consumer agencies, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (PDF) or Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. If you need to file a complaint about a consumer reporting agency, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.

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The situation of health coverage in in MASON CITY IOWA

1. After five years of the Affordable Care Act, more than 16 million people have health coverage.

That's more people than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago combined. This number includes parents who can finally afford to take their kids to the doctor, families who no longer risk losing their homes or savings because someone becomes ill, and young people who are now free to pursue their dreams without worrying about losing access to health care. 

With millions of people getting covered, the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults has dropped by 35% since October 2013. “The Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama said after hearing the news that millions of Americans had signed up and gotten covered. “And I'll tell you, everywhere I go around the country, I'm meeting inpiduals who come up and thank me. How passionate they are about the difference it's made in their lives, it really reminds me why we do all of this." 


2. Medicaid is helping millions.

The Affordable Care Act allows states to expand eligibility for Medicaid, and 28 states and the District of Columbia have done so. Across all 50 states, there are 11.2 million additional Americans enrolled in Medicaid compared to a baseline period in the fall of 2013.

While not every state expanded Medicaid, those that did are seeing especially strong coverage gains. In Medicaid expansion states, the uninsured rate among families with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line declined by 13 percentage points, nearly double the decline in non-expansion states.


3. Those with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies could deny you coverage or charge you more because of a health problem that you had prior to applying for insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you just because you have a pre-existing condition and they can’t close you out of coverage by charging you more than someone who doesn’t have a pre-existing condition.

This key provision means that up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are no longer at risk of being denied coverage. This includes the parents of over 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions who no longer have to live with that worry. 


4. The uninsured rate for young Americans is at its lowest point since at least 1997.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for young Americans has declined by more than 40 percent over the past five years. Since 2010, more than 5 million young adults have gained coverage.  This includes 2.3 million young adults who have gained coverage by being able to stay on their parent's health plan. Under the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parent’s coverage until age 26. With all that can happens in a young person's life, this provision helps ensure that those who are just starting out in college and work careers can plan with the assurance that they have access to quality and affordable coverage. 


5. Americans no longer have lifetime and annual limits on their coverage.

The Affordable Care Act has lifted the lifetime health benefit caps for 105 million Americans. Previously, many plans set a lifetime limit on how much they would spend for your covered benefits during the entire time you were enrolled in their plan. If you went over, you’d be paying out of pocket. Annual limits also constrained families and inpiduals by restricting how much they could receive per year. That's not how it should be. That’s why the Affordable Care Act prohibits health plans from putting annual or lifetime dollar limits on most benefits. 


These are just five of the core ways in which the Affordable Care Act has helped Americans get quality, affordable health care. See for yourself: Click here to meet inpiduals who have benefited from health care, read their stories, and then pass them on so others can see what getting covered -- and staying covered -- means. 

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Domestic violence in MASON CITY IOWA

Does your partner ever….

> Embarrass you with put-downs?

> Control what you do, who you see or talk to or where you go?

> Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

> Push you, slap you, choke you or hit you?

> Stop you from seeing your friends or family members?

> Control the money in the relationship? Take your money or Social Security check, make you ask for money or refuse to give you money?

> Make all of the decisions?

> Tell you that you’re a bad parent or threaten to take away your children?

> Prevent you from working or attending school?

> Act like the abuse is no big deal, deny the abuse or tell you it’s your own fault?

> Destroy your property or threaten to kill your pets?

> Intimidate you with guns, knives or other weapons?

> Attempt to force you to drop criminal charges?

> Threaten to commit suicide, or threaten to kill you?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, you may be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Don’t hesitate to chat or call to 1-800-799-SAFE if anything you read raises a red flag about your own relationship or that of someone you know.

For over 17 years, the National Domestic Violence Hotline has been the vital link to safety for women, men, children and families affected by domestic violence. With the help of our dedicated advocates and staff, we respond to calls 24/7, 365 days a year.

We provide confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our database holds over 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170+ different languages.

The Hotline is an excellent source of help for concerned friends, family, co-workers and others seeking information and guidance on how to help someone they know. We work to educate communities all over through events, campaigns, and dynamic partnerships with companies ranging from The Avon Foundation to Verizon. Today, The Hotline is continuing to grow and explore new avenues of service.

http://www.thehotline.org/

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