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Cedar Rapids Police Department is increasing traffic patrols this week

Cedar Rapids is increasing traffic patrols this week, as part of the statewide special Traffic Enforcement Program (sTEP). The Cedar Rapids Police Department is one of approximately 170 law enforcement agencies around the state, according to Pat Hoye, the bureau chief for the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau (GTSB). […]

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Cedar Rapids casino rejected by state gaming commission. Again.

All three proposals for a casino in Cedar Rapids were rejected by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission (IRGC) on Thursday. The five members of the commission voted 3 to 2 against the proposals, during their meeting at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque. […]

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Steve King and Chuck Grassley react to latest accusation of a Republican sexually abusing a woman

On Thursday, Rep. Steve King and Sen. Chuck Grassley both reacted to a story published earlier in the day by The Washington Post, which detailed allegations that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually molested a teenage girl. King tweeted something pro-Moore, while Grassley chuckled in response shouted questions from reporters. […]

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Iowa City schools will get rid of controversial temporary seclusion rooms

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) plans to remove all the temporary seclusion rooms from its schools, according to an email sent to district parents by ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley. The temporary rooms are box-like 6-by-6-foot wooden structures with padded walls used to isolate students. Seclusion rooms are only supposed to be used as a last resort, when a student’s behavior is uncontrollable. […]

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Protest songs from across the nation testify to one year of President Trump

In recognition that one year has passed since the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, members of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia banded together to commemorate this point in history. Baynard Woods’ most recent Democracy in Crisis column was written for that occasion. Woods also compiled a list of protest songs, submitted by AAN members. […]

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Pop-up shops planned for the Iowa City Ped Mall this holiday season

Pop-up shops are coming to the Ped Mall for the holidays. The Iowa City Downtown District (ICDD) is hosting its third annual Downtown Holiday Market, and this year it will feature a variety of shops in three temporary structures that will be built in Black Hawk Mini Park. […]

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Internet trolls post pro-white signs in Iowa City

Signs reading “It’s okay to be white,” were found around Iowa City over the weekend, KCRG reported. Iowa City is just one of several cities in the United States and Canada where such signs have been found since the end of October. The signs were apparently inspired by a post on 4chan, an anonymous online message board. […]

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Bidding the iconic University of Iowa Field House pool a fond farewell

An iconic landmark built in 1927 is set to disappear when the swimming pool in the University of Iowa Field House will be updated and converted to a fitness center, according to a budget approved in June by the Iowa Board of Regents Property and Facilities Committee. Projected to run at least $10 million, the update will be funded by gifts and earnings to recreational services and income on university investments. […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds offers a new explanation for why she called Iowa liberals ‘unhinged’

At her weekly press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds offered an explanation for why she called Iowa liberals “unhinged” during a speech last month. Her explanation, however, didn’t address what she actually said during that speech, and didn’t match the explanation her campaign spokesperson had already provided for the remark. […]

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