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Johnson County Auditor will mail an absentee ballot request form to every voter before November election

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office announced on Thursday it will “mail every voter in the county a postage paid absentee ballot request form” for the November general election. “Due to public health concerns raised from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Johnson County Auditor’s Office strongly encourages you to vote from home for the November 3, […]

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COVID-19: Surge continues in Johnson County, state changes how it counts ‘recovered’ cases, Reynolds sees positive signs

Johnson County’s unprecedented streak of daily double-digit increases in new cases of COVID-19 has now lasted two weeks. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health was reporting a total of 1,134 confirmed cases of the virus in Johnson County, an increase of 38 since the same time on Monday. During the […]

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Following backlash, Iowa Department of Education issues new statement about face masks in schools

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Friday, the Iowa Department of Education (DOE) released a statement about the guidance for reopening schools safely it had issued on Thursday. “The Department of Education acknowledges that the reopening guidance released Thursday, June 25, needs further clarification, and will release additional information in the near future as well as […]

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Local business leaders urge people to wear face masks as Johnson County sees a record-setting increase in COVID-19 cases

“Rest assured, we’re at a very, very critical moment — a pivotal point, if you will — where we’re seeing a very large spike in cases in Johnson County,” University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran said on Thursday. “Every single day for the last week, we’ve seen this increase.” Gunasekaran was speaking […]

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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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‘How we treat the formerly incarcerated doesn’t rank very high in the minds of most folks’: With COVID-19, the fight against recidivism in Iowa is even more urgent

Eddie Walker was released from prison last June after being incarcerated for 18 years for a robbery charge. Now living in Iowa City, Walker recalled the arduous process of finding an apartment after his release; in one instance, he was told by a rental company that he was an ideal potential renter, but they wouldn’t […]

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Gov. Reynolds says she will issue executive order restoring voting rights to people convicted of felonies

Gov. Kim Reynolds confirmed on Tuesday she has committed to signing an executive order restoring voting rights. Details about the order are not yet finalized, Reynolds said while visiting a Test Iowa site in Osage. “We’re working on that right now, sitting down with various groups, listening to what they think is important what is […]

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