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Iowa City Municipal Airport celebrates 100 years of history

About 15 years after Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first flight in a powered aircraft, the Iowa City Municipal Airport opened on local farmland, where it remains today. Though its role and services have evolved since 1918 — as has flight itself — the airport continues to grow, and this weekend it’s celebrating a century of history. […]

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Judge rules Iowa’s prohibition on Medicaid coverage for gender-reassignment procedures is unconstitutional

On Wednesday, Polk County Chief District Judge Arthur Gamble ruled a provision in Iowa law prohibiting the use of Medicaid funds for gender-reassignment procedures deemed medically necessary by doctors “violates the ICRA [Iowa Civil Rights Act] and the Iowa Constitution.” Gamble issued his ruling in a lawsuit brought by two transgender Iowans, Carol Ann Beal […]

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Regent calls cuts to higher education funding an ‘attack on our three public universities’

The slashing of state financial support for Iowa’s public universities over the last two years is “the worst state government public attack on our three public universities” Larry McKibben has seen during his five years on the Iowa Board of Regents, McKibben said on Thursday. The lack of adequate state funding for higher education is […]

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Gaia’s Peace Garden blooms while preparing to be sold

Just south of Interstate 80 and past the burgeoning home construction, a whimsical garden flourishes in the middle of suburbia. Here at 2066 Bristol Drive grows Gaia’s Peace Garden, a botanical sanctuary recognized by the United Plant Savers and wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation. […]

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Finkenauer campaign was responsible for text messages sending voters to the wrong polling places

Abby Finkenauer’s congressional campaign was responsible for the text messages containing erroneous information about where to vote in the primary election that were sent to voters in five Iowa counties on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Secretary of State’s office. On Wednesday afternoon, the office issued a press release explaining that a vendor working […]

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Hubbell, Wahls and Dejear win, and other notable results from the 2018 primary election

Fred Hubbell won the Democratic nomination for governor with a decisive victory in Tuesday’s primary election. For months it was widely speculated that none of the six Democratic candidates for governor would receive 35 percent of the vote, which would leave the selection of the nominee to the Democratic Party convention. Even though the primary […]

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The flood of 2008 left winners and losers in Cedar Rapids

The 10-year anniversary of the devastating floods of 2008 lends itself to a certain kind of narrative — one in which we extol the resilience of our communities and shine a light on successes that seem to point toward a future filled with sunshine after the rain. And to be fair, that narrative is, in many ways, true. But it isn’t the whole story. […]

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En Español: Reflections of a Mexican writer in Iowa City

On Aug. 5, 2016 I arrived in Iowa City. I was about to start my master’s in Spanish Creative Writing. I had with me a sleeping bag, a ton of books and suitcases filled with clothes. I had hopes of having time to write a novel and was terrified of teaching Spanish at the University of Iowa. My experience as a Mexican writer and brown-skinned person in Iowa City has been fruitful, but I’ve also had experiences that made me reflect on some of the challenges that those of us who aren’t white face. […]

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Suspicious text messages sent to Johnson and Linn County voters direct them to the wrong polling place (Updated)

Update: According to the Secretary of State’s office, four counties have now reported text messages to voters providing incorrect voting locations, as well as texts claiming the Democratic primary is “tomorrow,” instead of Tuesday. Kevin Hall, communications director for the Secretary of State, said the affected counties are Johnson, Linn, Black Hawk and Winneshiek. “It […]

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On the 10th anniversary of the 2008 flood, Cedar Rapids artist Mel Andringa looks back to look forward

In 2008, he had been considering retirement. Now, he’s curating two major shows, both opening June 7. One is of his own post-flood work (running through July), and will be held at CSPS Hall, the renovated New Bo building that houses his studio and Legion Arts, both of which suffered great losses due to the flood. The other (running through June 16) is a look back at the 2x2xU exhibit that was hanging all around New Bo when the flood came through. […]

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