Ten Thousand Villages opening permanent Iowa City store

Volunteers gathered Monday to unpack boxes of merchandise for the new Ten Thousand Villages location opening in a few weeks on the Iowa City Ped Mall. The store, part of a national non-profit, sells fair trade goods like jewelry, home décor and tableware made by artisans around the world. The location, 105 S. Dubuque St. […]

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Coralville arena one step closer to reality

People may be going to hockey games and concerts come 2019 if progress on a new Coralville arena in the Iowa River Landing District continues as planned. Yet another item was checked off the to-do list earlier this week following a Coralville City Council meeting that approved a plan to collect $12 million in sales […]

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Coralville places limits on Airbnb-style rentals

Coralville property owners hoping to make a bit of cash and visitors looking for an alternative to hotels might see their options limited following a Tuesday ruling by the Coralville City Council. The move could affect offerings on websites like Airbnb and HomeAway, where, as of Thursday morning, about a dozen locations were listed. The […]

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Jamba Juice and Bruegger’s Bagels open today in Iowa City

Today’s grand opening of the new Iowa City Jamba Juice and Bruegger’s Bagels joint location on Riverside Drive drew in roughly 350 people during the first four hours of business. A line of customers went from the cash register to the door and the outside of the bakery was festooned with bagel-shaped balloons. McKenzie Jerman, […]

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UPDATED: Cedar Rapids Police shooting leaves man dead

Updated: Names of the officers involved in the shooting, Jeremiah White and Ashleigh Steil, were released Thursday following interviews with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Both officers were hired in 2008 and were placed on administrative leave following the shooting under Cedar Rapids Police Department policy. Previous Story: One man died after an officer-involved […]

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Linn County Passes Ordinance Increasing Minimum Wage

Linn County became the second Iowa county to pass a minimum wage ordinance Monday morning. The first wage increase will take effect in January. The ordinance passed 4-1, with Supervisor John Harris the sole opposed vote. Under the ordinance, the minimum hourly wage in Linn County will increase by one dollar each year for the […]

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Body pulled from river in Iowa City; officials search for leads

Iowa River

UPDATED: A body pulled from the Iowa River on Saturday was identified as that of a University of Northern Iowa student from Marion. Officials first received a report of a body in the river around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to news reports. The body of Nathan Twedt, 20, was found near the Benton Street […]

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Iowa City Ped Mall shooting leaves one injured

Ped Mall

One man was arrested following a shooting that injured one person in the downtown Iowa City Ped Mall around bar close Sunday morning. Around 1:58 a.m., an Iowa City Police officer saw people running near the intersection of Burlington and Clinton Streets. Police said there appeared to have been an altercation and learned that at […]

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UPDATED: Apparent suicide attempt reported at Cedar Rapids high school

Update: The Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School student who was found Friday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound died Saturday afternoon at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, according to news reports. Original post: A student was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids around 8 a.m. Friday morning, […]

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NextGen brings in former Hawkeye player to encourage voting, climate awareness

In the hopes of raising voting and climate change awareness among college students, NextGen Climate, a political activist organization, brought in Tim Dwight, a former Hawkeye football player who went on to play in the NFL, for a campus event Friday afternoon. “It’s important to educate these kids a little bit about energy, but also […]

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Are you my mother? Iowa City Animal Services searches for pony’s owner

Iowa City Animal Services is looking for the owner of a female pony found wandering next to the river near the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Tuesday. “Hopefully, we can find her owner. If not, we will try to find a place for her,” said Iowa City Animal Center supervisor Liz Ford. As of Thursday […]

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Fire takes out longtime Cedar Rapids breakfast joint

Iowa City

A fire caused extensive damage to Riley’s Cafe on First Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids, a cornerstone of the city’s breakfast scene that has been serving up pancakes, eggs and other diner classics for over four decades. According to a post on the cafe’s Facebook page, the fire was a result of equipment failure. “Generations […]

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