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Bike to it, ladies: Local groups seek to get more people, especially women, biking safely

Andrea Cohen hauled a fat bike onto a stand in the back of the World of Bikes shop Wednesday night to show a group of women how to clean, degrease and lube a bike during the winter. “I have about five years of Iowa winter commuting, so I’ve gone through pretty much every form of […]

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Iowa professors on conservative ‘Watchlist’

The website professorwatchlist.org, created by the conservative non-profit Turning Point USA, appeared in November with the names of almost 200 professors. Two Iowa professors were included on the list: University of Iowa anthropology and women’s studies Professor Ellen Lewin and Des Moines Area Community College English Professor Darwin Pagnac. According to its About Us page, […]

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Coralville gets bronze for bicycle friendliness

Coralville earned a bronze from the League of American Bicyclists for its bicycle friendliness, making it the eighth Iowan community to received a ranking from the league. “We’re excited,” said Sherri Proud, the director of parks and recreation for the city of Coralville. Proud said the city has been working on compiling information and statistics […]

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Concerns about discrepancies in police account, dash camera video

Members of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and family members of Jerime “Danky” Mitchell, who was paralyzed following a Nov. 1 police shooting, voiced concerns Thursday over discrepancies they saw between the dash camera video released yesterday and the account provided by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden during a press conference Tuesday. “We have great concerns […]

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Tuition to increase at Iowa’s state universities

Students at Iowa’s three state universities will see tuition go up for the 2017-2018 academic year, with additional increases for students in higher-cost programs, like the University of Iowa’s engineering program, under a tuition proposal approved by the Iowa Board of Regents on Monday. The base tuition for resident undergraduates will increase by two percent. […]

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The Political Party to host Des Moines candidate forum for Iowa Democratic Party Chair

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Candidate Forum Grandview University (Des Moines) — Friday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The group The Political Party is hosting a forum for candidates running for the Iowa Democratic Party chair position in Des Moines on Friday, Dec. 16. The forum is part of the group’s effort to keep people interested […]

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Branstad nominated as ambassador to China

Gov. Terry Branstad issued a statement Wednesday announcing his nomination to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to China, which had been rumored following his meeting with president-elect Donald Trump in Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday, Dec. 6. “After long discussions with my family, I am honored and humbled to be nominated to […]

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Libertarian Party makes it official in Iowa

Under the official 2016 election canvass results released Monday by the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson/Bill Weld ticket surpassed two percent of statewide votes. This means that the Libertarian Party of Iowa officially became eligible for full political party status in the state, and Iowans might notice that change in […]

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Grand jury will not indict Cedar Rapids police officer in shooting

A Linn County grand jury will not indict Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones following the Nov. 1 shooting that left Jerime “Danky” Mitchell paralyzed, according to a statement made by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden at a public press conference on Tuesday. The grand jury heard the case Monday, reviewing information from the […]

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Army nixes DAPL crossing near Standing Rock

Bakken Pipeline, Zak Neumann

The Department of the Army denied an easement over the weekend that would have allowed the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to cross under Lake Oahe just a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The location raised concerns about future impacts on water and environmental quality and disturbing sacred grounds. Protests near the North Dakota […]

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Altoona Police Chief Jody Matherly recommended for Iowa City chief

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Jody Matherly, who has served as police chief in Altoona and Grinnell, Iowa, has been recommended as the new Iowa City police chief, according to a memo to the Iowa City Council. The council will make an official decision during its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Matherly would take over the role Jan. […]

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Iowa City restaurant El Patrón offers exclusive tequila

El Mayor Anejo Barrel Select Tequila 1st Pour Celebration El Patrón — Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Iowa City restaurant El Patrón – Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar (109 E College St., Iowa City) is offering a specialty barrel of tequila through a partnership with El Mayor, a tequila producer that has been operating […]

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