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‘She knows it’s unconstitutional’: Gov. Reynolds signs the nation’s most severe abortion restrictions into law

Surrounding herself with small children to create an attractive photo-op, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 359 on Friday afternoon, imposing on Iowa the most severe abortion restrictions in the nation. The new law bans almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically happens around six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women even suspect they are pregnant. “This is about life and I believe life is life, whether it’s inside the womb or outside the womb,” Reynolds said at the signing ceremony. […]

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Mitt Romney talks favorite meats, stirs memories of his Iowa donut debacle

Failed 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney is currently running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Utah, which he currently describes as his home state. (Romney was born and raised in Michigan, served as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and has spent much of his time at his home in Southern […]

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Republicans cut Iowa AG Tom Miller’s budget because he opposes Trump policies

An indignant Rep. Gary Worthan took the floor of the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday night to deny Republicans are cutting the attorney general’s budget for partisan reasons, just before explaining that Republicans are cutting the attorney general’s budget for partisan reasons. But the Storm Lake Republican who chairs the Justice Systems Appropriate Subcommittee, […]

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Nepotism and Iowa politicians back in the news, after Gov. Reynolds gives her father a job

When most adults give an elderly parent a job, it’s usually as a babysitter. Not Gov. Kim Reynolds. This week it was revealed that Reynolds has appointed her 78-year-old father to a state panel that will vet judicial candidates in District 5A to replace retiring Judge Paul Huscher of Waukee. Charles Strawn will serve on […]

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‘My God, doesn’t it feel good when Republicans vote like Republicans?’: Iowa legislature passes extreme anti-abortion bill

The Republican-controlled Iowa House and Senate passed a bill containing the most aggressive restriction on abortion in the nation during sessions that started Tuesday night and lasted into the early hours of Wednesday. SF 359 would ban almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which typically happens less than two months into […]

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Keeping the faith: Iowa City’s Bethel AME Church celebrates 150 years

In a city with few remaining historic buildings and a population constantly in flux, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a rarity. Bethel, Iowa City’s only historically black church, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The church still stands on the same Governor Street lot its founders bought for $50 in 1868, just three years after the end of the Civil War. […]

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Iowa City Public Library now offers movie streaming and home delivery of books

The Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) is offering a new way to watch movies at home, and a new way to get library books into your hands. Anyone with a library card from ICPL or the Coralville Public Library can now access Kanopy, a movie streaming service available on Apple and Android devices, as well […]

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Free house available in University Heights (shipping not included)

A new Marriott hotel is coming to 901 Melrose Avenue in University Heights, which means the house that’s standing there currently has to go. Normally “has to go” in these circumstances just means “will be torn down,” but the developers who own the property are giving this house a chance at a new life in […]

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‘We need to decide what we want to be’: Yo Soy Iowa/I Am Iowa Rally in Des Moines Tuesday will focus on immigration

Immigration rights activists and people wanting to show support for Iowa’s immigrant community will gather at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday for the Yo Soy Iowa/I Am Iowa Rally. This is the second year for the May 1 rally at the capitol, but the issues remain the same. “At the national […]

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Iowa Supreme Court rules DOT can’t ban traffic cameras

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) does not have the authority to regulate traffic cameras. It was a 6-0 decision in favor of the cities of Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine, who sued IDOT after the agency ordered automated traffic cameras removed from interstates in Iowa […]

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‘It was physically unpleasant and humiliating’: Tom Brokaw accused of sexual harassment

A former NBC news correspondent has accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment, Variety reported on Thursday. Linda Vester told the magazine Brokaw, a University of Iowa alum who anchored the NBC Nightly News for 22 years, made unwanted sexual advances that included physical contact on two occasions in 1990s. On Thursday night, The Washington Post […]

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