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Community Foundation of Johnson County announces new executive director

The Community Foundation of Johnson County announced yesterday that Dave Lewis will replace the foundation’s first executive director, Mike Stoffregen, on May 2 of this year. Stoffregen has built “the foundation of the foundation,” Lewis said. “As I get into the position and learn about all the intricacies of how this all can work, we’ll […]

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Iowa leads the Midwest in shift to clean energy

The EPA may be in jeopardy, but states like Iowa are stepping up in the movement toward clean energy sources. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a nonprofit science advocacy organization, ranked Iowa 10th in the nation and first in the Midwest for transitioning to clean energy in their 94-page report, “Clean Energy Momentum: Ranking […]

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Changes to drunk driving and open container laws this week

Governor Terry Branstad signed legislation Monday that moves Iowa’s OWI enforcement process away from incarceration, and the Iowa City Council reduced open container regulations for special events. Drinking in the streets in Iowa City The Iowa City Council unanimously voted Tuesday, April 18 to allow Iowa Citians to leave a business with an alcoholic beverage. […]

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Medical cannabis bill advances in Iowa senate

A bill to expand access to medicinal cannabis in Iowa may be debated as soon as today. Senate File 506 has received bipartisan support and may pass in the senate. The ways and means committee, including Sen. Joe Bolkcom (D-Iowa City), voted 14 to 1 to move forward with the bill. […]

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Branstad signs sweeping gun legislation, detractors and proponents react

Governor Terry Branstad signed the most sweeping change in gun legislation in Iowa history, House File 517, into law yesterday. All the Johnson and Linn County Republican legislators voted for the bill, and all the Democrats voted against, with the exception of Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D-Cedar Rapids), who was absent. It passed the Senate on April […]

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This week in political activism April 12-16

Ready to take action to build the community, state and nation you want, but not sure what to do next? Here are some opportunities for political activism this week. Start local by getting to know your county supervisors and city council Legislative Forum on Mental Illness Mercy Medical Hallagan Center (701 10th St SE, Cedar […]

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Marquee Pizzeria and Bar brings Italian flavors and late-night hours to Iowa River Landing

Marquee Pizzeria & Bar brings a “Brooklyn meets Little Italy” atmosphere, communal dining and brick oven pizza to the Iowa River Landing this fall. From their tables, guests will watch Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas crisp in the brick oven, which is on its way to Coralville from Medina, Italy. There will be 10-12 pizzas on the […]

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Meet the choreographers behind Motley Cow’s epic sci-fi dinner theatre

Sci-Fi Colab Motley Cow — Wednesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. University of Iowa associate professor Eloy Barragán and junior dance major Angelia Mahaney created the dance portion of Motley Cow’s sold-out Mission Creek dinner. Mahaney, Barragán, Motley Cow chef David Wieseneck, chef/publisher Drew Burk of Spork Press, poet Richard Siken and local musician Brendan […]

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