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As they mark their first anniversary, Iowa City Student Climate Strikers turn down award, join ‘digital strike’

Every week since they began demonstrating outside of the Iowa City Community School District offices on March 15, 2019, the Iowa City Student Climate Strike has reiterated their message of climate action through social media, letters to the editor and, of course, in-person protests. Massimo Biggers, Alex Howe, Ian Martinez, Maddie Peterson and the other […]

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From classes to concerts, Iowans are hunkering down in the face of COVID-19, as the president shares misinformation (Updated)

Update: On Thursday evening, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported that two more Iowans have tested positive for COVID-19. Both newly diagnosed patients are between 61-80 years old. One lives in Johnson County, the other in Carroll County. Both are being treated at their homes. The two new cases bring the total of diagnosed […]

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Hy-Vee is replacing its Market Grilles with Wahlburgers

Hy-Vee will be closing all its Market Grille restaurants and turning over those locations to Wahlburgers, the Boston-based burger chain started by Paul Wahlberg and his brothers, actor Mark (Boogie Nights, The Happening) and singer Donnie (New Kids on the Block). “Our customers are wanting more fresh and convenient meal options,” Hy-Vee said in a […]

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COVID-19, now officially a pandemic, shuts down CR Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, puts UI on alert (updated)

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Society of Cedar Rapids — better known as SaPaDaPaSo — prides itself on never calling off its annual March 17 parade on account of bad weather. But this year, the organization has run into a problem bigger than cold or rain. SaPaDaPaSo announced on Wednesday morning it is canceling its 2020 parade out of coronavirus concerns. […]

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Cedar Rapids school board approves spending $26 million to replace Jackson Elementary, as part of its Facilities Master Plan

The Cedar Rapids school board approved nearly $26 million in bonds for the construction of a new elementary school that will replace Jackson Elementary, as part of the Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD) Facilities Master Plan. Jackson is one of three elementary schools part of the plan’s first phase, along with Coolidge and Truman. […]

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Four cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Iowa, including three in Johnson County (Updated)

Four Iowans, including three residents of Johnson County, have now tested positive for COVID-19.. The most recent case was reported by the Pottawattamie County Health Department late Monday afternoon, but details regarding that case have not yet been released. The three Johnson County cases, however, were the subject of a press conference by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Sunday evening. […]

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What you need to know about the 2020 Census, as the nationwide count begins (Updated)

Iowans will begin receiving information in the mail starting on Thursday telling them how to respond to the 2020 Census. While that sounds simple enough, understanding the census can be difficult — especially with information and misinformation floating around. The Pew Research Center found that most people know the census is coming and are ready to answer it — but don’t know key details, like how citizenship will not be asked and how this is the first count that will be done primarily online. […]

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