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Iowa joins another lawsuit against vaccine mandates; new COVID cases spike, pushing Iowa over half a million total cases

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Wednesday that Iowa is suing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to stop the requirement that all workers at healthcare facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid be vaccinated against COVID-19. The action came just six days after the governor said the state would take “immediate legal action” to stop […]

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The Weekender, Nov. 11: Kansas, IowaWatch Virtual Storytelling, KidLit Pizzazz Festival

READ THE LATEST | SUPPORT LITTLE VILLAGE | SHOP PERKS THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Feeling those first twinges of seasonal gratitude? We’ve got you covered! This weekend is packed full with fantastic events to support amazing causes … and plenty of opportunities to indulge yourself, as well. FilmScene—Chauncey Pride at FilmScene: Days Nov 11 – 6:30pm […]

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Cranksgiving, the cycling scavenger hunt that supports local food banks, returns to Iowa City and Cedar Rapids

Cranksgiving is returning to both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids this year, and though its name might sound like a holiday dinner with your QAnon-curious relatives, it’s actually a good thing. Cranksgiving is a combination bike race, scavenger hunt and food drive that benefits local nonprofits. Cyclists are given a manifest listing specific items and […]

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ICCSD to present new restorative justice program, designed to close racial gaps in school disciplining

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) has launched a restorative justice pilot program to promote equity within the district, and on Wednesday, Brad Kelly, the program’s coordinator, will explain how it will affect staff and students during an online presentation. Kelly has worked in the school district for six years, serving as a student […]

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Iowa Press Spotlight: Final Thursday Press in Cedar Falls

Final Thursday Press out of Cedar Falls specializes in special books. Jim O’Loughlin, press founder and publisher, curates the collection from regional writers whose work stands out and whose projects excite him. “I’m always trying to work one level beyond what I’m comfortable with,” O’Loughlin said, each project challenging him in a way that allows […]

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