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‘It’s just a matter of priorities’: Fred Hubbell talks about funding higher education during an Iowa City campaign stop

Fred Hubbell was the only Democratic candidate for governor this year without prior experience in campaigning, and it shows when he speaks. His lack of standard-issue political speech was on display Thursday in Iowa City, when Hubbell and his running mate Sen. Rita Hart held a meeting on higher education at MERGE on the Ped […]

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Audit finds more than $57,000 was misappropriated by an employee of the UI College of Dentistry

A special audit of spending at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry found more than $57,000 was misappropriated by a former administrative specialist, according a report by the Iowa State Auditor’s Office published on Thursday. Auditors determined that Amanda Shumaker, who worked in the college’s Department of Periodontics, used university-issued purchase cards (a type […]

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Kingsley Botchway quits the Iowa City Council

Iowa City Council at-large member Kingsley Botchway II submitted his resignation to the Iowa City Council at the council’s meeting on Tuesday. The resignation took effect at end of the meeting. “I’ve been blessed and honored to be a city councilor in Iowa City for the last five years,” Botchway said in a prepared statement […]

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RAGBRAI street closures announced

Riders won’t arrive in Iowa City until Friday, July 27, but streets downtown will starting shutting down on early Thursday morning, July 26, as preparations for Iowa City’s big RAGBRAI party. Iowa Avenue between Clinton and Dubuque streets, and Clinton between Jefferson and Washington streets, will close at 6 a.m. on Thursday for the Book […]

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Judge rejects ‘stand your ground’ claim in Cedar Rapids shooting

A judge has rejected an attempt by a defendant involved in a Cedar Rapids shooting to invoke the “stand your ground” (SYG) law passed by the Iowa legislature in 2017. Sixth Judicial District Judge Patrick Grady ruled Michael Hodges will have to stand trial for shooting Zevon Johnson in January. Hodges, a licensed gun owner, […]

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Nate Boulton says he’s staying in the Iowa State Senate despite accusations of sexual misconduct

In a statement released late Monday afternoon, Democrat Nate Boulton said he plans to remain in the Iowa State Senate, despite the allegation of sexual misconduct that forced him to drop out of the race for governor in May. “The responsibilities I have to my constituents and as a dedicated advocate for working families across […]

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Iowa Attorney General joins protest against the Trump administration’s new student loan policy (Updated)

Two months after the Republican majority in the Iowa legislature cut Attorney General Tom Miller’s budget by $600,000 to punish the attorney general for his opposition to policies of the Trump administration, Miller is pushing back against a policy change by the U.S. Department of Education […]

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Linn County unveils winning design in new logo contest

Linn County unveiled a new logo on Friday, replacing the image that’s been used as its logo, and on its seal and flag, since the 1990s. The new logo was selected from more than 30 submissions in a county-wide contest launched last October. “The multicolored logo signifies Linn County’s diversity in livelihoods including farms, businesses […]

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Russian agents ‘targeted’ Iowa during 2016 election, according to new indictment

On Friday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2016 presidential election. The 11-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, as well as attempts to […]

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Cedar Rapids has banned alcohol in Greene Square Park, and is considering bans on drinking and smoking in all parks

Changes are coming to the oldest park in Cedar Rapids. Starting Saturday, alcohol will no longer be permitted in Greene Square Park. The city council unanimously approved the ban at its July 10 meeting. The vote came one month after Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman announced plans to install security cameras in the park, […]

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Iowa City’s Pizza Ranch will move to the Gateway One Plaza (Updated)

Pizza Ranch is headed south. The buffet-style restaurant will be moving from its current location in Iowa City Marketplace (formerly known as Sycamore Mall) to Gateway One Plaza, Pizza Ranch’s corporate office confirmed to Little Village. […]

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