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Iowa’s new eviction and foreclosure aid program excludes many potential applicants

On Friday, Iowa launched a program to help people facing eviction or foreclosure due to hardship caused by COVID-19, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced at her daily press conference. But very few currently receiving unemployment benefits will likely qualify for help from the Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program. The program is being administered by the […]

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Cedar Rapids announces eviction protection program

The city of Cedar Rapids launched an eviction protection program on Friday that will assist low- to moderate-income households with rent and utility payments. The city allocated $623,757 to establish the program. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in March that she was suspending most evictions as part of an additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration due […]

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Electric-assist bikes and e-scooters are returning to Cedar Rapids in June, and the city announces more reopenings

Cedar Rapids’ bike-share program is returning for the summer. Bikes and scooters will arrive within the first two weeks of June, the city announced on Friday. There will be 150 electric-assist bikes and 70 electric scooters around the city, as well as 90 designated bike racks. The city launched the bike-share program in May 2019 […]

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Johnson County government buildings will start to reopen on June 8, but officials decide against mandatory temperature checks

Johnson County government buildings will begin to reopen to the general public on June 8. The buildings were closed to public starting on March 18, as part of the county’s effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. During the first phase of reopening, appointments will be necessary to conduct any business. “People accessing County buildings […]

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Iowa marks 500 COVID-19 deaths as virus reaches all 99 counties, Reynolds acknowledges ‘substantial spread’

In an unusual move, Gov. Kim Reynolds began her press conference on Thursday by turning the podium over to Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter. At Wednesday’s press conference, Reisetter had revealed it is department policy not to confirm the existence of a COVID-19 outbreak at a business, unless directly asked about […]

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Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids has recovered from COVID-19 outbreak, according to Linn County Public Health

Heritage Specialty Care, a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids, has recovered from an outbreak of COVID-19, Linn County Public Health announced on Thursday. The department defines “recovery” as no new cases for 28 consecutive days, which is two incubation periods. Heritage was the first long-term care facility in Linn County to experience an outbreak […]

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Hinterland cancels 2020 festival, but plans to bring headliners back next summer

After three days of rousing, high-profile performances from the likes of Hozier, Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile in 2019, the Hinterland Music Festival had momentum going into their sixth-annual fest. Then COVID-19 happened. Like the organizers of Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City Jazz Fest, Camp Euforia and dozens of other Iowa concert events before them, […]

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Letter to the editor from J.P. Claussen: Christina Bohannan will be a fierce advocate for public education

By J.P Claussen, Coralville I am joining many other local government officials in supporting Christina Bohannan’s candidacy to be the next state representative for Iowa House District 85. I am a member of the ICCSD School Board, a special education teacher, and a former president and chief negotiator for the ICEA union representing educators in […]

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The Weekender, May 28: Quarantine Edition #11

The Weekender Virtual events to keep you busy this weekend! If you’d like to receive the Weekender in your inbox, sign up for our newsletter. Online Writers of the Depths Paperback Book Launch May 28 – 6:00pm The Writers’ Rooms has officially launched the paperback of Writers of the Depths. The online event features giveaways, […]

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