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Letter to the editor: Time for our strengths to shine

For over 60 years The Procter and Gamble (P&G) Iowa City Beauty Care Site has been a vital part of our local economy. On Feb. 7, P&G shared with the local community its decision to move the haircare and body wash production lines from Iowa City to its new West Virginia location in 2020. Make no mistake; the ramifications will stretch far beyond the estimated 500 positions that will be lost. […]

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Iowa lawmaker explains why she wants to make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get protective orders

During a meeting with constituents on Saturday, Rep. Sandy Salmon claimed the two bills she introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives this month that would make it harder for victims of domestic and sexual abuse to get temporary protective orders were just attempts to “explore some options that curb abuses in the system.” […]

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Savage Hearts resurrect a beloved Valentine’s Day tradition

“My concept of bluegrass is a little bit looser than others,” Savage Hearts frontwoman Annie Savage said in a phone call. Her own band is variously self-described as “spicy” and “bluegrass meets honkytonk.” […]

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Gov. Reynolds supports bill that cuts reporting requirements on state’s privatized Medicaid program

During her regular weekly press conference on Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is committed to transparency, but also came out in favor of cutting the amount of publicly reported information about how well the state’s controversial privatized Medicaid management program is performing. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Memo hysteria and a Baltimore corruption trial highlight the state of law enforcement in 2018

The national media was largely silent about the vast police misconduct revealed in the Baltimore trial, even though they dovetailed in some uncomfortable ways with the Memo Watch hysteria. […]

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FilmScene announces programming for Science on Screen collaboration

FilmScene has been selected as one of 36 non-profit theaters across the U.S. to receive a Science on Screen grant for 2018. Science on Screen, a program of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has been encouraging the exploration of science through film since 2005. […]

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Legalize (all of) it! The surprising position on drugs in the platform of the Iowa Democratic Party (Updated)

It’s no longer surprising when a politician comes out in favor of decriminalizing marijuana, but it is a little surprising that it’s the official position of the Iowa Democratic Party that all drugs should be legalized. At least that the official position on paper—none of the state party’s leader have actually endorsed taking that step. […]

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Iowa City pummeled by storm of kids using the WiFi

Iowa City residents barely avoided pandemonium as a forecasted blizzard dumped nearly 1.25 inches of snow over the area Thursday afternoon and into the evening. Residents were not surprised yesterday to receive phone calls, voice mails, text messages and emails from Superintendent Stephen F. Murley at 4:16 p.m., 4:17 p.m., 4:18 p.m. and 4:19 p.m. declaring in advance the closure of all area schools as a measure to keep residents safe from a snowfall that very nearly re-coated sidewalks cleared just days before. […]

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