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Friday, February 27, 2015
New contract brings annual raises, higher weekend pay for UIHC employees

IOWA CITY — Health care professionals at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will be receiving annual raises and higher weekend pay for ... »

Iowa DHS looks to move Medicaid to managed care to save money, improve outcomes

DES MOINES — With Medicaid expenses rising at double the rate of state revenue, Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer is lookin ... »

Workers fired after suicide attempt at state mental health facility

MOUNT PLEASANT — At least three employees were fired from a state mental health facility marked for closure after a botched response to a pa ... »

Report sheds light on school immunization rates

CEDAR RAPIDS — At least 90 percent of students at the majority of public schools in Linn and Johnson counties have received all of the requir ... »

Are hospitals benefiting from the Medicaid expansion?

CEDAR RAPIDS — A little more than a year into the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan — Iowa’s answer to Medicaid expansion — ... »

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Legumes for Lent

I have friends and family who eat out almost every meal. I just can’t do it — I enjoy cooking, but mostly I covet control of my food ... »

Cook quick: Planning makes meals easier

Planning makes meal-making easier on busy days. Since pretty much every day is busy, these tips will help carry you through.

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Warm up in winter with molasses hot chocolate

As a child, snow days were all about gearing up in layers of puffy outerwear to spend the day slogging through the snow building forts with ... »

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates lecture highlights challenges of being black in Iowa

IOWA CITY — Fellow students have told University of Iowa senior Justin Roberson that before coming to the university, they had never even se ... »

At Rockwell event, girls break down engineering stereotypes

If engineering companies want to attract more girls to the field, according to Eastern Iowa eighth graders, holding events like the one they attend ... »

A day (or two) in Decorah

DECORAH - Though Decorah is busiest when it’s warm, I was pleasantly surprised to find plenty to do during a recent cold, and very snowy wee ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Ways parents can pay for college

My husband is a planner. Our first Halloween in our house as I prepared for our first round of trick-or-treaters, he handed me a spreadsheet with t ... »

Clermont teen named 2015 American Honey Queen

CLERMONT — Gabrielle Hemesath, 19, of Clermont buzzes with enthusiasm when talking about honeybees.

Hemesath, a freshman at Iowa Stat ... »

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Marion considering new library facility

MARION — An 18-year-old library in a 175-year-old city may seem still to be in its infancy, but in fast-growing Marion it's already past its ... »

‘Welcome to Braggsville’: Author earns bragging rights

“Welcome to Braggsville” (William Morrow, 355 pages, $25.99), the new novel by Iowa Writers’ Workshop grad and current visitin ... »

‘Girl on the Train’: A thrilling whodunit

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins is everywhere — book blogs, magazines and on bookstore shelves — right now. It ... »

‘Moo!’: Story of car-driving cow a read aloud favorite

David LaRochelle’s “Moo!” is a funny and charming tale of adventure.

Who wouldn’t love a story about a cow joy-r ... »

One Book, Two Book Festival ‘blows story time out of the water’

IOWA CITY — When it’s the right word, just one word — or even just a sound — can tell an entire story.

Author an ... »

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Think pink: The 1950s, 1960s pink bathroom

When Stacey Lopis’ friends see the bathroom in her 1960-vintage Hawthorne ranch, they all say the same thing: “You have to get rid of ... »

From the Ground Up: Tips for pruning young trees

CEDAR RAPIDS — Many of us don’t think about pruning trees and large shrubs until winter winds blow twigs and branches across our yard ... »

From the Ground Up — Burdened by snow: to brush off or not?

LINN COUNTY — The recent winter storm that left Eastern Iowa digging out also took its toll on our landscapes. When we get heavy, wet snow, ... »

Fired up: Taking care of your fireplace

CEDAR RAPIDS — When the weather outside is frightful, homeowners with a fireplace can curl up in front of crackling logs and warm flames.

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From the Ground Up: Be sure to evaluate mail order purchases

When shopping online or in catalogs for plants, it’s important to understand what you are buying. Know both common and botanical names of pl ... »

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