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Gov. Reynolds won’t ‘second guess’ Tyson’s decision to penalize workers for missing shifts due to illness, as another 694 cases of COVID-19 are reported in Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds focused on defending Test Iowa from critics during her prepared remarks at her press conference on Thursday. “Test Iowa is now generating more tests than any other testing option in Iowa,” she said. “While we have not yet hit our capacity of 3,000 tests in one day, I’m proud that we’re getting close. Our highest daily total to date is 2,356 tests.” […]

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Wine, dine and donate: Brix contributes more than $13,000 to fellow downtown businesses and arts organizations

When Nick Craig, owner of Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar in Iowa City’s Northside Neighborhood, was making plans for his girlfriend’s April 19 birthday, he knew the couple couldn’t celebrate the way they would under normal circumstances. He and Lacy Laughton would usually mark the occasion by going to a performance or eating at […]

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Disabled individuals, many at high risk for COVID-19, also face additional challenges while social distancing

When Kim Downes first explained to her daughter Haley that many people were getting sick and dying due to a virus, Haley asked, “Can we send them flowers?” As a 28-year-old with multiple disabilities, Haley interprets the pandemic’s severity through disruptions to her routine, like missing her beloved Special Olympics activities and not attending church […]

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Brock About Town: I miss people

Huh, that was weird. Where were we? I think I was advocating level-headed caution. To be clear, I still do, but it’s become a little harder for me to put into practice after three months of quarantine. I just miss people so much, you guys. Sure, my social life before this consisted primarily of sitting […]

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Interim ICPD chief makes vows to the public ahead of protests Tuesday, where some police removed riot gear

Mayor Bruce Teague began the Iowa City Council meeting on Tuesday night by addressing the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, and the protests that have followed. Teague, who spoke at a protest over Floyd’s killing and the problems of racism and police violence, talked about “shock and horror” people […]

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Astrology forecast: June 3-16

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “It’s OK to live a life others don’t understand,” writes author Jenna Woginrich. That’s a healthy attitude for an eccentric person like her, who taught herself by trial and error how to run a small farm with a meager budget while all alone in the middle of nowhere. But does her […]

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En Español: Digital minimalism and COVID-19

Mi celular se ha vuelto un apéndice externo de mi cerebro—ir a cualquier parte sin él es inconcebible, aún cuando voy de mi sala a mi cuarto durante la cuarentena. Hace poco leí el libro Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World de Cal Newport, considerado un “Marie Kondo” para nuestras vidas […]

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Bohannan defeats a 20-year incumbent, Kunkel wins in a landslide and Greenfield carries Johnson and Linn Counties in her primary victory

Christina Bohannan, a first-time candidate for public office, defeated long-time incumbent Vicki Lensing in the Democratic primary for Iowa House District 85. Bohannan, who is the Lauridsen Family Fellow in Law and director of the Master of Studies in Law program at the University of Iowa School of Law, won with 66 percent of the […]

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