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Shelter House’s winter programs, Housing First project fight homelessness in Johnson County

Shelter House, an Iowa City nonprofit that serves the needs of the homeless, has kicked off its Out of the Cold fundraising campaign.“It’s to support all of our winter programming that includes the winter emergency shelter,” said Angelica Vannatta, development director for Shelter House. “Our fundraising goal this year is $100.000.” […]

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Iowa’s Meredith Corporation will purchase Time, Inc., with help from the Koch brothers

Des Moines-based Meredith Communications—publisher of such magazines as Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens—has struck a deal to purchase New York-based magazine publisher Time, Incorporated. If the sale is approved by the boards of both companies, Meredith will acquire such well-known magazines as Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. […]

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Report on sexual harassment in the Iowa State Senate Republican caucus says staffers fear retaliation if they speak up

The report that Iowa Senate President Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, claimed clearly showed that the Senate Republican caucus no longer has a problem with sexual harassment was finally released on Friday, as most Iowans were busy with Black Friday shopping and Thanksgiving leftovers. The redacted two-page long report is light on details, but documents that staffers fear retaliation if they report problems and that problems go beyond staff and include the actions of Republican senators. […]

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Driverless car tests have started on I-380

Highway tests of driverless cars have begun on Interstate 380, between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa Department of Transportation Director Mark Lowe said in an interview with Radio Iowa earlier this week. But this first phase of the testing is likely to disappoint anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of something futuristic while commuting […]

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Federal court stops Trump administration attempt to punish ‘sanctuary cities’

On Monday, a federal judge in the Northern District of California issued permanent injunction preventing the Trump administration from cutting off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities.” The administration’s attempt to punish those cities with funding cuts is also the subject of lawsuit the city of Chicago has filed against the U.S. Department of Justice. In August, Iowa City joined in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Chicago in that case. […]

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Sen. Bill Dix changes his mind again about what Iowa Senate Republicans will do about sexual harassment

Iowa State Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix has reversed his position on what he will do to address sexual harassment and other workplace problems in the Senate Republican caucus. Again. Two weeks ago, Dix and Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer announced the State Senate and House would jointly hire a human resource manager for the legislature. Creating the HR position was a response to jury to award a former Senate Republican staffer $2,2 million, after finding the Senate Republican caucus violated laws against workplace sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation. […]

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First survey of the health of Iowa’s LGBTQ community has begun

A first of its kind health survey of Iowa’s LGBTQ community is now underway. The Iowa Cancer Consortium, in partnership with One Iowa, the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Des Moines University, is sponsoring the survey. “Basically we saw the need for more data,” Levi Lappin of the Iowa Cancer Consortium explained. “There’s not much health data for the LGBTQ community at the state-level.” But that’s not an issue unique to Iowa, he said. […]

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Cedar Rapids Police Department is increasing traffic patrols this week

Cedar Rapids is increasing traffic patrols this week, as part of the statewide special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). The Cedar Rapids Police Department is one of approximately 170 law enforcement agencies around the state, according to Pat Hoye, the bureau chief for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB). […]

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Iowa’s Jamie Johnson resigns from the Trump administration after CNN exposes his views on African Americans and Muslims

Jamie Johnson, a former radio talk show host on WHO in Des Moines, resigned from his senior position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday, after CNN reported on some of his public comments on African-Americans and Muslims. […]

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Iowa City police issue warning about a sudden increase in tire slashings

More than 20 cars in Iowa City have had their tires slashed since Tuesday, according to a press release from the Iowa City Police Department (ICPD). The largest number of incident have occurred in southeast part of the city, “specifically in area of Miami Drive, Nevada Avenue and Union Road.” […]

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Suspect taken into custody in Liberty High School shooting threat

A minor has been taken into custody for shooting threat that caused the Iowa City Community School District to cancel classes at Liberty High School. The threat was posted anonymously on Instagram Thursday night, according to a statement North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga emailed to Little Village. […]

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