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National monuments under fire
Partisan messaging won’t help rural Iowa
State won’t force my daughters
First in a series: Weighing the benefit of a ‘Fresh Start’
Vaccine bill risks health for freedom
Video: Conversations from the Iowa Women’s March
‘Sanctuary’ label or not, Iowa City right to listen to its own
Rural Iowans eager to engage art in their communities
Long road ahead for Iowa political equity advocates
‘Circulator’ worth Marion investment
Facts must drive council affordable housing vote
Aim higher for Iowa’s gun safety training
In Philly ‘the Bern’ rubs raw
Transit blog, day four
Veteran who died at Normandy finally honored
National Vietnam Memorial offered mirror to past
Iowa Culture app needs our help
Family, loss and near drownings
Even in death, straw poll hype continues
Cedar County historians say ‘Little House’ worth saving

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Transparency’s best hope: Regents lawsuit
Transparency’s best hope: Regents lawsuit
October 2, 2017
Iowans are one step closer to learning how far former Board of Regent President Bruce Rastetter diverged from the University of Iowa president search process he put in place, and whether he ...
Bad teen behavior is a mirror reflecting
Bad teen behavior is a mirror reflecting
September 25, 2017
Can you believe it? This and similar sentiments arrive by inbox and social media feed each time teens are caught behaving badly. And, for the record, yes, I totally believe it. The most r...
Concert Across America remembers victims of gun violence
Concert Across America remembers victims of gun violence
September 24, 2017
A national coalition of gun violence prevention artists, activists and organizations are coming together for a second annual Concert Across America. Iowa voices will rise up as part of organ
When local government goes viral
When local government goes viral
September 18, 2017
Johnson County officials address zoning requests throughout the year, without much fanfare. Thursday night was different. Grant Schultz, who works a 143-acre plot of land on Strawbridge R...
Suggestions go beyond Appalachia
Suggestions go beyond Appalachia
September 17, 2017
Economic recommendations for Appalachia unveiled by a nonprofit and four U.S. senators this week could benefit the whole of rural America, if they garner a champion. The Appalachian regio...
Lessons from the dinner line
Lessons from the dinner line
September 14, 2017
Sometimes we make things more difficult than they need to be. I was standing in line at a restaurant this week. In front of me was a man in an automated wheelchair, a urine collection bag...

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