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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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Surrounded by children, Gov. Reynolds signs bill banning transgender girls from playing girls sports in all Iowa schools

“Our state has an impressive legacy of advancing women’s equality,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said on Thursday, just before she signed into law a bill banning transgender girls and women from girls’ and women’s sports in Iowa schools, colleges and universities. […]

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CommUnity is expanding its fleet of crisis responders, providing an alternative to 911 for locals in mental health crises

CommUnity’s Mobile Crisis Outreach program is getting a new fleet of eight vehicles, as well as three full-time counselors, thanks to a nearly $1 million grant from Iowa City. The addition of staff and vehicles will shorten response times in […]

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