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Royceann Porter, the first black candidate nominated for a countywide office in Johnson County, elected to the Board of Supervisors in a landslide

Democrat Royceann Porter was elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat of the late Kurt Michael Friese. It was a landslide victory for the longtime community activist, who won 56 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Phil Hemingway, who received 43 percent. In November, […]

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Iowa City schools locked down due to threatening phone calls

Update: At 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday, the Iowa City Police Department released a statement saying that the ICPD and the Coralville Police Department had determined neither threatening phone call was credible, and both calls originated from outside the United States. Iowa City schools were put on a “soft” lockdown on Tuesday afternoon, following threatening phone […]

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Where to go and what you need to know to vote in the Dec. 18 special election for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors

Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for the special election to fill the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors and remain open until 9 p.m. Voters will need to go to their assigned polling place to cast their ballot, and for some people that will be a different location than the one where they voted in the November general election. […]

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Run CRANDIC announces 5Kish and 10Kish fun runs

For its second year, Run CRANDIC is adding “5Kish” and “10Kish” fun runs to its marathon and half-marathon, event organizers announced on Monday. The fun runs will be on Saturday, April 27, the day before the two longer races. The courses for both fun runs follow the Iowa River Corridor Trail starting near Big Grove […]

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Christmas in the Amana Colonies

A thick sheet of slush lines 220th Trail, the road that runs through the Amana Colonies. It’s Dec. 13th, 2017, close enough to Christmas that I’m excited, but not too excited, for the seven inches of snow now filling my boots. Naturally, I’ve lost my parents on our annual Prelude to Christmas trip; luckily, I […]

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The Board of Regents offers UI grad student workers a new contract with no benefits

The hallway outside Room 351 of the Iowa Memorial Union was crowded but quiet on Wednesday morning. Members of COGS, the union representing University of Iowa graduate students, were staging a grade-in — a protest that allowed them to do their work as teaching assistants, while demonstrating their resolve prior to the start of a […]

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Grassley celebrates as the Senate confirms another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘not qualified’

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved another federal appeals court judge rated “not qualified,” and Iowa’s Chuck Grassley took to Twitter to celebrate it as an historic achievement. 2day w confirmation of Jonathan Kobes to 8th circuit court of appeals the Judic Cmte which I chair+Ldr McConnell+Pres Trump made HISTORY w 30 circuit judges confirmed […]

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Steve King demands Google hand over information about its employees’ political beliefs

Steve King, the best-known and longest-serving current U.S. Representative from Iowa, took center stage at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, during which Google CEO Sundar Pichai faced repeated questions about whether the search engine is prejudiced against conservatives. That Google is deliberately skewing search results to make it easier to find information which […]

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Adoptable Pets of the Week: Didi and Celeste, bunnies about town

For two months, psychologist Tracy Ksiazak has been taking Iowa City shelter rabbits to her office for the Bunny’s Day Out program. “It’s an ideal place to offer shelter bunnies a chance to meet friendly people [and] take ‘hop-abouts’ for exercise.”
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Prosecutors say Trump committed federal crimes, Grassley says he doesn’t believe it

Sen. Chuck Grassley isn’t concerned that federal prosecutors claim President Trump led a criminal conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws, defraud voters and win the 2016 election. The prosecutors’ claim came in the sentencing memo in the case Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last month to violating federal campaign finance law. […]

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Sen. Nate Boulton says sexual misconduct complaint against him doesn’t ‘ring true’

Sen. Nate Boulton has told the Iowa State Senate Ethics Committee that the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct may be lying, the Associated Press reported on Monday. A complaint filed last month with the committee by Des Moines attorney Sharon Wegner alleges Boulton repeatedly grabbed her buttocks at an East Village bar on […]

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