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Iowa City school officials wary of possible Branstad proposal

CHASTITY DILLARD

February 1, 2012

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Iowa City school officials say they are wary of Gov. Terry Branstad's financing plans for Iowa schools.  Branstad announced on Monday his plan for Iowa education, which includes repealing allowable growth โ€” a state budget...

Occupy Iowa City shifting focus to Southeast side

JENNY EARL

February 1, 2012

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Occupy Iowa City organizers want to shift their focus away from College Green Park. One place they're looking to be active is the Southeast Side of Iowa City. The Occupy protest started in College Green last fall, but its...

National survey ranks Iowa City high in levels of pedestrian commuters

ALYSSA BERGAMINI

February 1, 2012

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A report released Tuesday named Iowa City one of the nation's top cities for pedestrians, and Iowa City officials want to further expand walkers' options. The survey, conducted by the Rails and Trails Conservancy, ranked cities...

Dance Marathon: 14-year-old fights rare disease

MELISSA DAWKINS

February 1, 2012

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Jordan Schmidt has big plans. Not many 14-year-olds can say they have coached a high-school basketball game, appeared in a full-length film, spoke on a radio show, and found their way to the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." But...

MidAmerican Energy sparks controversy over recent nuclear energy plans

BAJ VISSER

February 1, 2012

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Despite nuclear-power legislation running into legislative roadblock Tuesday, questions still linger about MidAmerican Energy's nuclear-energy plans. The Des Moines-based company said it has formed a new renewable-energy division,...

Board of Regents agenda: Flood progress, $2M robot, ed program cut

DI STAFF

February 1, 2012

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Construction on the UI Children's Hospital is slated to begin in October, according to a UI presentation to be given to the regents at their meeting next week. The presentation outlines long-term plans for the facility, including...

Dance Marathon: Families raise funds through projects

AUDREY DWYER

February 1, 2012

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Wearing a bow tie, playing a round of golf, or cooking a midweek meal can now help support Dance Marathon. This year, a few Dance Marathon families have developed independent projects to raise money for the organization that...

Iowa City man charged with domestic abuse assault

DI STAFF

February 1, 2012

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An Iowa City man has been charged with domestic-abuse assault without intent causing injury. Bruce Robinson, 38, 10 Arbury Drive, allegedly forced his way through the bathroom door in his home where his wife was hiding on Jan....

Man charged with harassment

DI STAFF

February 1, 2012

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Iowa City police have charged a man with purposefully having personal contact with another person with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or otherwise alarm the other person. According to Iowa City police, Michael Mills, 26,...

Plummer attempted murder trial set for May

DI STAFF

February 1, 2012

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A former UI student's attempted murder trial has been delayed. The attempted-murder and willful-injury trial for 20-year-old Iowa City resident Branden Plummer has been pushed to May 14 at 9 a.m., according to court documents....

UI pharmaceutical suit remains unresolved

DI STAFF

February 1, 2012

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A case between University of Iowa and UI Pharmaceuticals, the plaintiffs, and Callisto Pharmaceuticals and Synergy Pharmaceuticals, the defendants, will remain unresolved. The UI plaintiffs requested the court enter a default...

Iowa City board approves assessor’s budget, eliminates longevity funds

DI STAFF

February 1, 2012

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The Iowa City Conference Board passed the City Assessor's fiscal-year 2013 budget proposal during one of its two yearly meetings Tuesday night. The conference board โ€” consisting of Iowa City city councilors, Johnson County...