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Iowa Supreme Court to decide whether Cedar Rapids must turnover investigator reports in 2016 police shooting

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a Cedar Rapids case that will determine what information the police can withhold from the public. The city of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Police Officer Lucas Jones are appealing a decision by a Linn County District Court judge that the city must turn over police […]

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‘This fight isn’t over’: Iowa City’s student-led gun reform movement, one year after Parkland

Before news of the shooting in Parkland, Florida started to spread through City High on Feb. 14, 2018, I was mostly worried about the flower I was giving to my newly minted boyfriend, Theo, for Valentine’s Day. That’s what my teenage life feels like: Every little thing is the decision of a lifetime, until something […]

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‘We need a moral and spiritual awakening in this country’: Marianne Williamson brings her 2020 presidential campaign to Prairie Lights

Marianne Williamson isn’t a traditional political candidate, but like a veteran politician, she began her campaign event at Prairie Lights Bookstore on Saturday with a joke. “I know there are about 1,736 people who’ll be running for the Democratic nomination, and I’m just honored to be one of them,” Williamson said. But then she added, […]

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Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus: What will Cory Booker eat at the Iowa State Fair?

Footnotes on the 2020 Caucus is an occasional series observing some of the traditions, rituals and oddities of the Iowa presidential caucuses. Sen. Cory Booker officially announced his candidacy for president on Friday. The announcement, which he made on Twitter and in an email to supporters, probably only surprised people who thought the New Jersey […]

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Cars blocking the removal of snow piles in downtown Iowa City will be towed

City workers will be removing the snow piles from the streets of downtown Iowa City starting at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. “Vehicles parked near the snow piles may be towed if they prevent crews from completing their work,” the city said in a press release. “The piles are located next to metered spots, which […]

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Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of Cedar Rapids’ I-380 speed cameras

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Cedar Rapids’ speed cameras are legal. The decision came in a class action lawsuit that argued the city’s use of speed cameras, and its contracting of a private company that profits from the speeding fines to operate the cameras and issue tickets, violated a driver’s right to due process. […]

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USPS cancels Wednesday mail delivery in Iowa

There will be no mail delivery or pick-up in Iowa on Wednesday, Jan. 30, the United States Postal Service announced Tuesday afternoon. Normal service was cancelled because of the extreme wind chill mail carriers would face on their routes. In addition to Iowa, mail service will canceled in Minnesota, western Illinois and western Wisconsin. Normal […]

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Iowa City announces warming centers for extreme cold weather (Updated)

The lobby of the Iowa City Public Library will open at 8 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, to provide a warm shelter during the extreme cold temperature, the City of Iowa City announced Tuesday afternoon. Coffee and hot cocoa will be available in the lobby, and the library has mittens, hats and scraves for those who need them. The library itself will be open its normal operating hours, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. […]

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Cedar Rapids offering free bus rides, NewBo City Market as a warming center during extreme cold Wednesday

Bus rides in Cedar Rapids will be free on Wednesday and Thursday, as part of the city’s plan to help people cope with the extreme cold temperatures. “We encourage people to stay home if at all possible, but are offering this service to allow residents transportation options if they must travel in order to avoid […]

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Wednesday trash and recycling collection in Iowa City canceled due to extreme cold

There will be no curbside trash and recycling collection in Iowa City on Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to the extreme cold weather predicted for the area. “This cancelation is being implemented to ensure the safety of our staff,” the Iowa City Department of Public Works explained in a statement on Tuesday. Trash and recycling normally […]

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Cedar Rapids Public Library is opening early to serve as a warm reprieve during extreme cold weather

In response to the dangerously cold weather, the downtown location of the Cedar Rapids Public Library is opening an hour early through Thursday, Jan. 31, to accommodate anyone who needs a warm place during the day, as the wind chill drives down temperatures. “The Library always strives to meet the needs of our community. This […]

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