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On eve of Trump inauguration, event planned to celebrate ‘Last Night in America’

The Last Night in America: A fundraiser for the ACLU of Iowa The Mill — Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. An event hosted by Iowa City comedian and playwright Megan Gogerty at The Mill in Iowa City will kick off the eve of the presidential inauguration with comedy, music, door prizes and “perhaps some […]

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Secretary of State proposal would require voter IDs in name of election integrity

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate proposed legislation yesterday that he said would work to ensure the integrity of Iowa’s elections by requiring things like voter ID at polling places and creating an electronic poll book for every Iowa precinct, with voters scanning state-issued IDs or voter registration cards when checking in to polling places. […]

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Rich Leopold entering race for Iowa Governor

Defining himself as a “fiscally conservative Democrat” and an “outsider,” Rich Leopold announced his plan to run for Iowa governor in the 2018 election. “I’m a scientist by trade. I’m not a legislator. I’m not a politician. I’m actually a doer. I get things done by bringing people together. I’ve been doing this my whole […]

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Not to worry, the sex toys have been disposed of

A report in The Gazette followed up on a lockdown last week of a Cedar Rapids school and daycare center, when a bomb squad was called in to deal with a suspicious package. The contents of that suspicious package did very well turn out to be incendiary in some more conservative circles, but not for […]

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The Political Party forum highlights Democratic Party goal to move forward post-election

In 2017, the Iowa State Legislature will start a new session, with Republicans in control of both chambers of the Iowa Legislature as well as the governor’s office, leading many in the Democratic Party to ponder ways to reboot before heading into the 2018 midterm elections. A December forum for Iowa Democratic Party chair candidates […]

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New year, new wages: Minimum wage increases in Linn and Johnson counties on Jan. 1

Minimum wage workers in Linn and Johnson counties will see increased pay coming January as county-based wage increases take effect. Linn County, which passed a minimum wage ordinance earlier this year, will see the first of three hikes. Come Jan. 1, wages will increase to $8.25 an hour. Additional increases in January 2018 and 2019 […]

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Iowa City Police: ‘Tis the season for scams

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The Iowa City Police Department has received daily calls about scams, especially those targeting the elderly, according to an Iowa City Police Department press release. The release included a list of advice, including never giving out personal information over the phone, never paying a fee to collect supposed winnings (as in a lottery or sweepstakes […]

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2018 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup coming to Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Carver-Hawkeye Arena won the bid to host United World Wrestling’s 2018 Freestyle World Cup, an annual event that features the top eight men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world. Wrestlers will descend on the University of Iowa campus for the event April 21-22, 2018. The Iowa arena has also hosted the U.S. Olympic Team Trials […]

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Claims of wage theft, retaliation at UI Children’s Hospital worksite

When Silvia Williams left her home in Puerto Rico to work on the new University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, she was tempted by the opportunity to earn money for her family. She had received multiple calls from Rimax Contractors, a Georgia-based labor agency, recruiting her for the work. But upon arrival, she […]

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Cedar Rapids Police warn of fake bills in Craigslist transactions

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has been investigating incidents in which counterfeit bills were received as part of Craigslist transactions, according to a press release sent out yesterday. The department warned people to look over any money received in order to avoid being bamboozled. Among the things to check for are watermarks, raised printing from […]

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Kalona Creamery Shop and Deli opening in January

A new shop will be opening up in the old Kalona Cheese digs. The Kalona Creamery Shop and Deli, located on Highway 1 outside of Kalona, will open its doors on Jan. 19, with a grand opening event planned for Saturday, Feb. 4. The shop and deli will feature fresh soups, salads and sandwiches as […]

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UI Visual Arts Building gets Midwest Building of the Year award

The newly-built University of Iowa Visual Arts Building received The Architect’s Newspaper‘s 2016 Building of the Year award in the Midwest category. The building, designed by Steven Holl Architects, replaced a building damaged in the 2008 flood and stands next to another Steven Holl Architects-designed building, Art Building West, which was finished in 2006. The […]

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