Iowa City to explore taxi regulations

IOWA CITY — Iowa City will explore new regulations on taxicabs following a series of alleged assaults on riders several months ago, but changing how companies classify drivers’ employment status likely won’t be one of them. continue »

Iowa water quality rules get unanimous approval

DES MOINES — A state oversight panel that guides water quality efforts in Iowa voted unanimously Tuesday to adopted revised rules that match state regulations with standards established under the federal Clean Water Act.

Members of th [...]

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Missouri racial unrest mounts; U.S. leaders call for calm

FERGUSON, Mo. — U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday called for calm and a change in police tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager [...]

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ACLU says 22 Iowa counties will no longer honor ICE requests

DES MOINES — Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 22 now say they will no longer hold inmates for Immigrations and Custom Enforcement without a judge’s order.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa announced Monday that 22 Iowa co [...]

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Harlan statue to be displayed in Mount Pleasant

By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES — The bronze statue of Iowa’s former U.S. Sen. James Harlan is coming home to Mount Pleasant.

Steven Titus, president of Iowa Wesleyan College, said the Harlan statue t [...]

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Smulekoff's to leave downtown Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A downtown Cedar Rapids retail landmark will close its doors at the end of the year.

Rita Rasmussen, real estate service manager for the city of Cedar Rapid's Public Works Department, said the city will acquire Smuleko [...]

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Putin’s playbook

HONG KONG — As a convoy of white trucks heading from Moscow to Ukraine raises alarm about a potential Russian invasion, Vladimir Putin is opening up a new front on his global chess board.

Putin sparked outrage in Japan with a military [...]

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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks gubernatorial debate, and Rep. Bruce Braley and State Sen. Joni Ernst's visits to the Iowa State Fair

This week's show features [...]

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Iowa's Constitution digitized for future generations

DES MOINES — Published in 1857, the book that holds the original copy of the Iowa State Constitution sits under glass in the Secretary of State's office in the State Capitol Building in Des Moines.

The first page, which lays out the [...]

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Linn County retains top Aaa bond rating

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County has retained its top Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service in a year when the city of Cedar Rapids has seen its Aaa bond rating slip one grade to Aa1 for the first time in some 40 years.

The [...]

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Cedar Rapids council provides support for a disaster case manager

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week agreed to spend $6,100 to support the hiring of a disaster services case manager to help residents who in June sustained property damage from storms and flash flooding.

Linn Area Partners Acti [...]

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Obama calls for police to respect protesters in Ferguson

FERGUSON Mo./EDGARTOWN Mass. — President Barack Obama on Thursday said that police should respect protesters after four nights of racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, over the recent police killing of an unarmed black teen [...]

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Linn County supervisors seek development proposals for historic Mott Building

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Linn County Board of Supervisors is seeking proposals from developers who are interested in buying and redeveloping the county-owned Mott Building on the west bank of the Cedar River across from downtown.

The buildi [...]

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Johnson County backs off sales tax proposal

IOWA CITY — Johnson County’s supervisors on Wednesday shelved a proposal seeking sales tax money from area cities for a courthouse project, but not before further exposing the tension between local government officials.

The mov [...]

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District judge rules in favor of Cedar Rapids nuisance abatement program

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County District Court judge has sided with the city of Cedar Rapids and has rejected a local landlord’s effort to block the nearly year-old nuisance-abatement program that requires landlords to attend a training [...]

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