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Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association launch a task force to examine police-community issues

The Iowa-Nebraska NAACP and the Iowa Police Chiefs Association (IPCA) announced the creation of a new statewide task force to work on improving relations between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. “It is undeniable that now is the time for improving law enforcement and community relationships. Those relationships are authenticated by transparent practices […]

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Iowa City Farmers Market will remain drive-through only for 2020 as COVID-19 cases sharply increase in Johnson County

The Iowa City Farmers Market will not add in-person shopping on July 4, as the city had previously planned, the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department announced on Wednesday. “The difficult decision to cancel the in-person market was made due to recent increases in confirmed coronavirus cases in Johnson County,” the department said in a […]

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Big Grove Brewery, ice skating rink and movie theater are part of a new planned development in downtown Cedar Rapids

A public ice skating rink, family fun center, third Big Grove Brewery location and outdoor gathering area — those are just some of the attractions that could be coming to First and First West in downtown Cedar Rapids. During a virtual Cedar Rapids City Council meeting on Tuesday, councilmembers approved a resolution that authorizes City […]

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Planned Parenthood and ACLU of Iowa file a lawsuit challenging new abortion restriction passed by Iowa lawmakers

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a new restriction on abortion passed by the Iowa legislature earlier this month. A bill fast-tracked by Republican leaders in the legislature and passed only hours after it was introduced would mandate a 24-hour waiting period by requiring a […]

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Iowa Freedom Riders protest in Washington, where Gov. Reynolds was reportedly staying the night

After the Iowa Freedom Riders’ success in getting the Iowa City Council to address their city-level demands last week, IFR turned their attention to their state-level demands and Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday. Following a march in Iowa City, which attracted more than 150 people, a group of approximately 50 protesters drove to Washington, Iowa, […]

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University of Iowa suspends ticket sales for 2020 football season as it tries to figure out how social distancing will work at Kinnick

The University of Iowa Athletics Department said on Monday that it “has paused ticket sales for the 2020 football season.” “Only individuals who have renewed season tickets and completed per-seat contributions by June 30 will be included in potential Kinnick Stadium seating plans,” according to a UI Athletics press release. The department said the pause […]

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Two more long-term care facilities in Linn County with COVID-19 outbreaks are now considered recovered

Two more long-term care facilities in Linn County have recovered from outbreaks of COVID-19, Linn County Public Health announced on Friday. Living Center West and ManorCare Health Services, both in Cedar Rapids, have had no new cases for two consecutive incubation periods, or 28 days. Living Center West had 81 residents and staff test positive […]

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