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Street closures for Iowa Arts Festival announced

Street closures have been announced for the Iowa Arts Festival in downtown Iowa City. The festival doesn’t kick off until Friday at 4:30 p.m., when the Iowa City Carnival Parade starts, but street closures will start on Thursday so crews can start to set up the fair. According to a press release from the city, […]

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Curbside collection of compostable waste in Iowa City may be delayed

Curbside collection of compostable waste in Iowa City is running behind schedule this week, due to the Memorial Day holiday and “high usage of yard waste and organics carts by curbside customers,” the Iowa City Division of Resource Management said in a press release on Wednesday. The city is asking customers to leave their yellow-lid […]

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Sen. Grassley applies for federal farm bailout money for the second time in six months

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants a share of the $16 billion in federal aid to farms and other agricultural-based businesses the Trump administration announced last week, the Des Moines Register reported on Friday. The aid package includes $14.5 billion in direct payments to farmers, and Grassley, who co-owns a farm in Butler County with his son […]

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Iowa City buses will be free on Friday and Saturday for the first two days of Iowa Arts Festival

On Friday and Saturday, there’ll be no charge for riding Iowa City buses, as the Iowa Arts Festival takes over downtown, the city announced on Monday. Buses will run on their regular schedules, but some stops will change starting on Thursday. The city’s bus hub will move from Washington and Clinton to Court Street between […]

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Gov. Reynolds vetoes bill to expand medical CBD program

On Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a bill that would have allowed people diagnosed with “severe or chronic pain” to participate in the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol (mCBD) Program and would have raised the cap on the active ingredient in the cannabidiol currently available to patients in the program. […]

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Cedar Rapids will start using its I-380 speed cameras again in June

Cedar Rapids will start using its speed cameras on I-380 to issue tickets again on Saturday, June 1, according to a news release from the city. Although the cameras have never been turned off, they haven’t been used to issue tickets since 2017, due to lawsuits over the automated enforcement system. […]

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Iowa City Downtown District selects new ‘nighttime mayor’

The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) announced on Wednesday it’s hired a new “Nighttime Mayor,” the nonprofit’s “nightlife, arts and culture liaison.” Joe Reilly will fill the vacancy created when Angela Winnike, the first person to hold the position, resigned in December, before moving to Los Angeles for a new job. Reilly, a native of […]

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North Liberty Community Pantry to show ‘Period. End of Sentence’ for Women’s Health Month

Throughout the month of May, the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) has been running a campaign for National Women’s Health Month, collecting menstrual products, diapers, adult absorbent products and monetary donations. […]

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Iowa man arrested for rude Facebook post files federal lawsuit

On Tuesday, the ACLU of Iowa filed a federal lawsuit against Adams County in southwest Iowa, claiming its sheriff’s office violated the free speech rights of Jon Goldsmith. Goldsmith was arrested for calling a deputy sheriff a “fucking pile of shit” and “STUPID sum bitch” in a July 2018 Facebook post. […]

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