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Coralville city administrator to get pay raise

CORALVILLE — Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth is set to get a 3.25 percent increase in his total compensation.

Following a performance review, the City Council is supporting setting Hayworth’s salary at $169,197 and [...]

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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks steak fry, polling and Perry indictment

This week's show features discussion on the news that Hillary Clinton will attend Tom Harkin's steak fry, the reliability of early polling, and Rick Perry's indictment.

OnIowaPolitics is a weekly news and analysis podcast that aims to re-c [...]

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Three downtown Cedar Rapids buildings in running for apartment funds

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three vacant or partially empty downtown buildings would turn into 76 apartments if their developers are picked to share in a statewide competition for $30 million in federal disaster assistance funding.

The developmen [...]

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Johnson County revises courthouse annex price upward

IOWA CITY — Johnson County has revised the ballot language voters will see in November for a courthouse annex to reflect a higher price tag for the project.

The Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 Thursday to repeal a resolution continue »


Washington Co. Attorney says he was too busy to provide timely records response

DES MOINES — Washington County Attorney Larry Brock said he didn’t knowingly violate Iowa’s open records law, he was just too busy to provide public records to a former employee.

Brock was charged May 30 with breaking t [...]

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Citizens’ group alleges conflicts in Iowa water quality rule vote

DES MOINES — One day after a state panel modified water quality rules, a citizens’ group that sought tougher standards filed legal action, contending the vote was illegal because five commissioners had conflicts of interest because t [...]

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Cedar Rapids, Marion moving ahead on Tower Terrace Road project

CEDAR RAPIDS — A proposed $9.65 million stretch of Tower Terrace Road — from Alburnett Road in Marion to Summerset Avenue NE, just west of C Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids — is taking another step toward reality.

City council [...]

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Iowa historic preservation praised as economic development generators

CEDAR RAPIDS — The 86-year-old Paramount Theatre, which was devastated by flooding in 2008, was cited Thursday at the Preserve Iowa Summit as an example of the community, cultural and economic synergy that can be achieved through historic p [...]

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Sanitary sewer study could lead to hunt for illegal connections

CEDAR RAPIDS — Don't be surprised if a beefed-up home-inspection effort is in the offing to require homeowners to disconnect sump pumps and foundation drains that are illegally connected to the city's sanitary sewer system.

As part o [...]

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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.

City Coun [...]

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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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