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Going green: Iowa City Council takes steps to make city more environmentally-friendly

Iowa city council members discussed ways to make Iowa City greener — including moving forward with a climate action steering committee, making the city more bicycle friendly and making it easier to recycle — during a Tuesday meeting. […]

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Susan Mims to seek re-election to Iowa City Council

Iowa City council member Susan Mims, who is completing her second term on the city council, announced her decision to run for re-election in November as the representative of District B. In the announcement, she said her focus would be on continuing to improve resident’s quality of life and maintaining the city’s financial stability. […]

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Iowa City school board moves to increase support for immigrant students and families

After hearing comments from Iowa City residents, the Iowa City Community School Board moved forward with an effort to support and protect immigrant students and families. Iowa City residents spoke out in favor of a resolution supporting immigrant students and families threatened by immigration enforcement during the community comment portion of the school board meeting […]

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Iowa City Mayor Throgmorton checks in on the ‘State of the City’

Iowa City Major Jim Throgmorton outlined plans to “foster a more inclusive, just and sustainable city” in the annual State of the City speech delivered during Tuesday’s Iowa City Council meeting. The speech addressed the progress Iowa City made and setbacks experienced in 2016 — quoting Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it […]

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Iowa City NoDAPL protest urges divestment, solidarity

By Lauren Shotwell and Emma Husar Anti-pipeline protesters occupied the lobbies of U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack’s office and the downtown Iowa City branches of Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank on Wednesday before hanging banners off the Burlington and Riverside pedestrian bridge in solidarity with protesters at Standing Rock. The protests happened as the 2 p.m. […]

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Megabus is back, teaming up with Windstar to revive a route through Iowa

Megabus, by teaming up with the Carroll, Iowa-based Windstar Lines, is bringing bus service back to the Iowa City area just a few months after pulling out of its previous Chicago-Omaha route. The route will begin March 1 with at least one service daily in each direction. The Iowa leg of the route includes stops […]

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Cohousing community breaking new ground in Iowa City

Iowa City Cohousing Information Meeting Uptown Bill’s — Thursday, Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. A new housing community, Prairie Hill, hopes to bring the concept of cohousing to the Iowa City area — encouraging a greener, more neighborly living space. The development, many years in the making, broke ground in November on land in southwest […]

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Iowa City Council passes food truck pilot, voices support for UI graduate student union

Collective bargaining rights and food trucks featured at Tuesday night’s Iowa City Council meeting, as plans for a food truck pilot program moved forward and representatives from the University of Iowa’s Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) sought the council’s support of collective bargaining and union benefits following legislation introduced yesterday in Des Moines. COGS […]

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Photos: Massive crowd turns up to support immigrants and refugees

The Iowa City downtown Ped Mall was packed community members Sunday. An estimated 2,000 people gathered at a Solidarity Rally Against the Ban to oppose President Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning immigration from seven countries, all of which are predominantly Muslim. Elected officials, members of the faith community, musicians and people who have been […]

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Iowa City council aims to ensure development saves century-old church, without breaking the bank

Plans to preserve the 109-year-old, former Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City church building moved forward Tuesday night during an Iowa City Council work session. Updated plans would keep the church while lowering city expenses connected to a planned mixed-use development on the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert Street — an area currently occupied […]

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Dean’s comments provide little comfort to graduate student union

A generally supportive statement from Graduate College Dean John Keller has done little to quell the concerns of graduate student union leaders at the University of Iowa, who are leading several initiatives to preserve their collective bargaining rights, as well as their health care, tuition and fees benefits. “The UI values the work of our […]

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FedEx: Employee who tried to stop Thursday flag burning will keep job

In a tweet sent out Saturday morning, FedEx announced that Matt Uhrin, the driver who interrupted a flag-burning protest Thursday, would keep his job. The company said that it had reviewed the incident, which garnered national attention including coverage on Fox News, and had no plans to “change his status.” We have reviewed the matter […]

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