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Proposed legislation centered on voting and elections raises concerns

The end of election day and in-person voter registration — and increased voter I.D. requirements including photo I.D. — are being proposed in several bills that are raising concerns about future ballot box access in Iowa. Over 5,000 Johnson County voters used Election Day registration in 2016. That includes voters who registered on Election Day, […]

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UI, Iowa City school district respond to immigration order

Both the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Community School District sent out statements addressing President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. The order has inspired protests and legal challenges across the country since it was signed on Friday last week. A message to international students […]

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Soup’s on: Annual ‘Souper Bowl’ event on Thursday supports Domestic Violence Intervention Program

DVIP 20th Annual “Souper Bowl” Fundraiser Clarion Highlander Hotel (2525 N Dodge St, IC) — Thursday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s annual “Souper Bowl” fundraiser tomorrow, Feb. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Iowa City’s Clarion Highlander Hotel (2525 N Dodge St.). The event helps […]

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The Political Party launching a live-recorded podcast at The Mill tonight

Political Party Live! podcast recording The Mill — Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. A new podcast through The Political Party, an organization founded last year to engage and connect millennials to politics, will launch with a live recording tonight at The Mill in Iowa City. The event will include a free beer tasting sponsored […]

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FedEx: Employee who tried to stop Thursday flag burning will keep job

In a tweet sent out Saturday morning, FedEx announced that Matt Uhrin, the driver who interrupted a flag-burning protest Thursday, would keep his job. The company said that it had reviewed the incident, which garnered national attention including coverage on Fox News, and had no plans to “change his status.” We have reviewed the matter […]

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Flag burning in downtown Iowa City led to confrontation, citations

Two citations were issued following a flag burning protest on the Iowa City Ped Mall on Thursday afternoon in which a FedEx delivery man intervened with a fire extinguisher to put out the flames and take away some of the flags. Protesters Kelli Ebensberger and Paul Osgerby received a citation for not having a permit […]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates to speak about race in Ames on Monday

Ta-Nehisi Coates: “A Deeper Black: Race in America” Iowa State University Memorial Union Great Hall (Ames) — Monday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a journalist and author of Between the World and Me, will speak in Ames on the Iowa State University campus about systemic racism in America on Monday, Jan. 30. The […]

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New Iowa City police chief hosting Coffee with a Cop on Friday

Coffee with a Cop Bruegger’s Bagels (245 Iowa Ave.) — Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly, who was sworn into his new position on Monday, will be at the downtown Bruegger’s Bagels (245 Iowa Ave.) tomorrow morning to meet with community members for a Coffee with a Cop event. […]

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Harreld issues call to action following proposed budget cuts to Iowa universities

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld issued a call to action Thursday following Gov. Terry Branstad’s suggested $34.3 million cut to higher education — the largest cut made as part of an effort to slice $110 million from the budget for the current budget year. “This cut, in the current fiscal year, is not without […]

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Grant to help add rooming house, dormitory with ties to Iowa’s civil rights history to national register

The Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission has been awarded a $16,000 Civil Rights Grant from the National Park Service to help fund National Register of Historic Places nominations for the Tate Arms rooming house and the Iowa Federation Home Dormitory in Iowa City, according to a press release published Sunday. Both buildings housed black University […]

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Photos: Kalona Creamery preps for opening next week

Supporters got a sneak peak on Thursday of the newly renovated Kalona Creamery Shop & Deli (2206 540th St SW, Kalona), which will officially open on Jan. 19, offering visitors freshly made soups and sandwiches in addition to the famous cheese curds and Iowa-sourced products on its shelves. The creamery has big shoes to fill […]

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School vouchers, wages, collective bargaining and other issues on the minds of Iowa legislators

As the Iowa Legislature opened for business on Monday, legislators talked about a number of issues they anticipate seeing move forward this session — for better or for worse. School Vouchers Although House Minority Leader Mark Smith (D-Marshalltown) praised Republicans’ promise to provide supplemental aid to Iowa public schools within the first 30 days of […]

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