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Gov. Reynolds signs bill requiring all schools to offer 100% in-person instruction regardless of COVID-19 conditions

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill on Friday morning that will require all school districts to provide 100 percent in-person instruction to any student whose parents request it, regardless of its possible impact on the spread of COVID-19 in a school or a community. “It’s time to put local control into the hands of parents, […]

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Iowa House Republicans push through an amendment to add anti-abortion language to the Iowa Constitution

Shortly after 9 on Wednesday night, the Republican-controlled Iowa House of Representatives passed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the existing protection for abortion rights in Iowa. The vote was 55-44, with three Republicans — Jane Bloomingdale of Northwood, Lee Hein of Monticello and David Maxwell of Gibson — joining all the chamber’s Democrats in opposing […]

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COVID-19: Biden administration ups Iowa’s vaccine allotment by 16%; Reynolds defends state’s low testing rates

Gov. Kim Reynolds said on Wednesday the Biden administration will be increasing every state’s allotment of COVID-19 vaccine by 16 percent starting next week. “In Iowa, this should equate to an additional 6,300 doses,” the governor said during a news conference. “And they did say that that increased amount is guaranteed for the next three […]

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Iowa Senate Republicans advance bills to divert tax dollars from public to private schools, require 100% in-person instruction

Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are moving quickly to approve bills that would allow tax dollars that support public schools to be diverted to private schools, and further limit the control local school boards have over the schools in their districts. Gov. Kim Reynolds listed both actions as top priorities in her Condition of State […]

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Iowa City now taking bids for construction of ‘pedestrian deterrents’ to keep people off Park Road Bridge arches

The plan to keep people from skateboarding down or walking over the arches of the Park Road Bridge took another step forward on Monday, as the Iowa City Public Works Department began accepting bids for the construction of “four (4) concrete Pedestrian Deterrents to be located where the arches meet the sidewalk.” Almost as soon […]

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Mariannette Miller-Meeks asks a Congressional committee to dismiss Rita Hart’s election challenge

An attorney for Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who was provisionally sworn in as the representative for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District on Jan. 3, is officially asking the House Committee on Administration to dismiss Rita Hart’s challenge to Miller-Meeks’ six-vote victory in the November election. Attorney Alan Ostergren told the Des Moines Register that on Thursday Miller-Meeks will […]

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