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Mission Creek Festival to bring Mitski, Jenny Lewis, Kevin Young and more to IC

Mission Creek Festival is back for its 14th year, with a new tagline, new pass options and, as always, a top-notch lineup. Top of the bill is Purchase grad and indie superstar Mitski, whose fifth release, Be the Cowboy, scored the second place slot on NPR’s just announced 50 Best Albums of 2018. […]

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Your Village: Are the new Ped Mall benches hostile to the homeless?

“Everyone is curious about the new benches on the Ped Mall. Are they an example of hostile architecture, designed to make life harder on the homeless? Or are they designed that way to be ADA-compliant? Or is there another line of thought behind this particular choice in benches?” […]

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‘A historic step forward’: Iowa City Community School District adopts new boundary lines for its elementary schools

The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors voted on Tuesday night to adopt new boundaries for the district’s elementary schools. It was the culmination of the multi-year effort to bring a greater socioeconomic balance to the student bodies of the district’s pre-K through grade 6 schools, but members of the board stressed it […]

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Devotay is closing

After more than two decades as a staple of the Iowa City restaurant scene, Devotay is closing. “With a heavy heart, we now announce that we will be closing Devotay on New Year’s Eve and will reopen as a new restaurant in January, 2019,” owners Mark and Jade Paterno said in a statement posted to […]

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Iowa State Auditor report: Here’s what Iowa can expect to save from privatizing Medicaid

The Iowa State Auditor’s Office released a long-awaited report on how much the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa has saved the state. According to the audit, the estimate of $141 million for fiscal year 2018 the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) issued in May was more accurate than the two estimates issued in 2017, […]

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Grassley backs another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘unqualified’ by the American Bar Association

With the full support of Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Senate is moving ahead with the confirmation of another federal appeals court nominee rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association (ABA). Jonathan Kobes was nominated to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals — which has jurisdiction over six states, including Iowa — […]

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Phil Hemingway wants to be only the second Republican elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 60 years

Phil Hemingway knows he faces a steep uphill climb in the race for the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Not because he isn’t active in the community (he’s involved in county politics for decades), or because he lacks experience in elective office (he was elected to the Iowa City Community School […]

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Author Marianne Williamson announces potential presidential bid, immediately comes to Iowa

There are still 444 days until the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses, but like Christmas decorations in stores in October, presidential hopefuls are already appearing in the state. Marianne Williamson announced the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday […]

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Iowa City Public Library names its new director

The Iowa City Public Library Board of Trustees announced on Thursday it has hired Elsworth Carman as the library’s new director. Carman was formerly the director of the Marion Public Library. “We agree that he has the right leadership, communication, and financial skills to deliver the best possible public library service going forward,” Robin Paetzold, […]

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Grassley’s big Wednesday: Named president (pro tem), pushed sentencing reform (again), rejected oversight of Trump (again) and talked Steve King

On Wednesday, it became official: Sen. Chuck Grassley will be third in the line of succession to the presidency starting in January. The 85-year-old Iowan will become President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which means he will be the presiding officer of the Senate when Vice President Pence isn’t present. […]

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‘Birds of a feather’: Steve King embraces Kim Reynolds, as the governor finally tries to separate herself from King

A week after the general election, Gov. Kim Reynolds took a tentative step towards distancing herself from Rep. Steve King. “I think that Steve King needs to make a decision if he wants to represent the people and the values of the 4th district or do something else.” Reynolds said at a press conference in […]

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