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Iowa City Parks and Rec weighs possibility of closing one pool and expanding another

The 58-year-old pool at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center may be permanently closed under the Recreation Facilities and Programs Master Plan. The Iowa City Parks and Recreation department has been working on the master plan for the past year and […]

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How a Cedar Rapids strip mall brought town and country together — and stood the test of time

Anyone living in Cedar Rapids or Marion has more than likely found themselves needing to get to the other, and, most likely, has made the trip by way of First Avenue. On their way, they’ve probably seen an unassuming strip […]

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Before I-235, Des Moines’ Center Street district was a bastion of Black commerce and culture

By the time its final section opened to traffic in late 1968, I-235 was already part of the fabric of Des Moines. Cutting across the city and running just north of downtown, it’s the most traveled roadway in Iowa. But […]

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Photo Gallery: Families gather for the Trans Day of Visibility Rally in Iowa City

Approximately 50 people gathered on the Public Space One Close House lawn for the Trans Day of Visibility on Saturday, April 2. The event was hosted by the LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library, which will soon reopen its doors at […]

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Iowa City Council creates new rules governing meetings and addressing disruptions

The Iowa City Council unanimously adopted a new set of procedural rules for its meetings, including sanctions for rule breakers, during its March 22 meeting. While most of the rules cover routine conduct and meeting structure, six of the 36 […]

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‘A middle finger to hardworking Iowans’: Iowa House and Senate approve bill to cut unemployment benefits

On Wednesday, the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate both passed versions of a bill that will cut unemployment benefits and is designed to force unemployed Iowans to take jobs that pay less than their former jobs more quickly than […]

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Sixteen candidates for U.S. House and Senate will be on the June primary ballot, including the ‘Trump tractor guy’

On Tuesday, the Iowa Secretary of State Office released an updated list of candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in the June 7 primary election. To be eligible for the ballot, candidates needed to file their nominating petitions and […]

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For Sudanese immigrants in Iowa City, visiting home is a long, expensive and all too rare privilege

When Dalia Musa moved to the United States, her youngest child was in the second grade. Musa, a mother of three, emigrated from Sudan in 2013. By the time her family traveled back to Sudan, her children were high schoolers. […]

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Gov. Reynolds’ bill to divert public school funds to private schools advances in the Iowa House

It was expected that Gov. Kim Reynolds’ bill to divert public school funds to private schools would pass the subcommittee level in the Iowa House on a party-line vote, with both Republicans endorsing it and the one Democrat opposing it. […]

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Auditor concludes Gov. Reynolds has failed to justify almost $450,000 in pandemic relief spent on staff pay

Just hours before Gov. Kim Reynolds boasted about her handling of the pandemic (“we honored your freedoms”) in the Republican response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Iowa Auditor Rob Sand published a report that reiterated his […]

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