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Ban on local governments, schools and businesses asking for proof of COVID vaccination advances in the Iowa Legislature

The Iowa House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a bill intended to prohibit so-called “vaccine passports” on Monday. The bill was introduced on Friday, two weeks after Gov. Kim Reynolds called for such legislation. “I strongly oppose vaccine passports and I believe that we must take a stand as a state against them, which […]

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‘Come off the sidelines’: Cedar Rapids rally addresses what it means to be an effective ally in the fight for social justice

People gathered at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids on Saturday afternoon to listen to speakers urge white allies to elevate the voices of Black people and other people of color, and discussed what it means to be an effective ally in the movement for racial justice. The “Calling All Allies: A Rally to Unite” […]

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Special election scheduled for June to fill vacancy on Johnson County Board of Supervisors

There will be a special election on Tuesday, June 8, to fill the vacancy on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors created by Janelle Rettig’s resignation. That was the decision reached at the Friday afternoon meeting of the committee of three county officials responsible for determining how to fill Rettig’s seat. Rettig announced her retirement, […]

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Matthew 25 launches $1 million campaign to develop housing, nonprofit grocery store in Time Check neighborhood

Cedar Rapids nonprofit Matthew 25 kicked off a $1 million campaign this week to revitalize the Time Check neighborhood with new housing opportunities and a nonprofit grocery store as the community continues to recover from the 2008 flood. Matthew 25 executive director Clint Twedt-Ball said $400,000 will be used to build new housing and repair […]

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Weekender, April 22: A reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Grant Wood Fellow Johnathan Payne, a playlist for Earth Day

THE WEEKENDER Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium Happy Earth Day! Enjoy your weekend outside by exploring with the kids, rallying to support your community or listening to a live sonnet reading. It all honors the earth! If you know of an upcoming virtual, outdoor or otherwise safely distanced event that you’d like to see in […]

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Gov. Reynolds says vaccine hesitancy is a problem, but doesn’t acknowledge refusal to be vaccinated among Iowa Republicans

Gov. Kim Reynolds started her news conference on Wednesday by noting the progress the state has made getting Iowans vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 53 percent of Iowa residents 18 or older have had at least one dose of vaccine. But the state is also seeing people either refusing […]

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