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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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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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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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Fight for $15 an hour continues after Tuesday’s national day of disturbance

Thousands of workers marched in the streets of over 340 cities and 20 airports across the country on Tuesday demanding a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to a union during a national day of disturbance. In Iowa, that fight continues. Although a handful of counties have worked to increase the local […]

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Iowans will have wider access to opioid overdose medication naloxone

Iowans will be able to go to a pharmacy for medication to reverse opioid overdoses without needing to get a prescription first under a new program announced Monday during Gov. Terry Branstad’s weekly press conference. The program opens access to those at risk of opioid overdose, their family and friends and first responders through a […]

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Community members voice opposition to Dakota Access Pipeline

Over a hundred community members gathered outside the Army Corps of Engineers offices near the Coralville Dam as part of a National Day of Action in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. People of all ages held signs and voiced their concerns about the use of eminent domain and the pipeline’s impact on the environment […]

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Voting etiquette: Don’t take a selfie with your ballot

Nomophobes beware: When you go into the voting booth this election season, keep your phone in your pocket. In Iowa, it is against the law to have a cellphone, camera or other recording devices in the voting booth and ignoring that rule could get you into trouble. “One reason is your vote is private, it’s […]

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Loebsack, Peters agreed to disagree on role of federal government

Democrat incumbent Dave Loebsack faced off against Republican challenger Christopher Peters during a public forum on Monday in the race for Iowa’s second district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The two occasionally agreed on issues such as lowering costs by opening up competition for pharmaceutical drugs and reforming immigration. But they frequently disagreed […]

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Iowa climate statement urges action from agriculture

In the sixth annual Iowa Climate Change Statement, Iowa researchers and educators urged farmers to adopt conservation practices to rebuild and protect Iowa soils and store carbon. Those conservation practices include reducing cropland tillage and turning marginal croplands into land set-aside programs with perennial plants. The practices can help address water quality issues such as […]

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Raise a glass: Cedar Ridge single malt wins “Best American Craft Whiskey in Show”

No need to travel far to get good whiskey. Swisher’s own Cedar Ridge Distillery announced yesterday that their Single Malt Whiskey was named “Best American Craft Whiskey in Show” and received the Double Gold medal at the 2016 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. The well-decorated whiskey, first released in April 2014, has received […]

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