The Daily Iowan

Johnson County officials: Justice center future uncertain after failed vote

QUENTIN MISIAG

May 8, 2013

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Just 6 percentage points was all that stood between a now-failed bond referendum and the construction of a new Johnson County justice center Tuesday evening. Collecting 13,648 votes with 54 percent voting in favor of the plan,...

UI adopts hearing-loop technology

CASSIDY RILEY

May 8, 2013

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The University of Iowa has plans in the works to install hearing-loop technology in several buildings around campus, and while more expensive than older technology, official say the quality is worth it. By simply switching a...

Branstad and Reynolds announce MidAmerican investment, largest in history

BRENT GRIFFITHS

May 8, 2013

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Gov. Terry Branstad, along with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, announced the largest economic investment in Iowa history Wednesday afternoon in Des Moines. MidAmerican Energy will invest $1.9 billion in Iowa for 656 new wind turbines,...

Partnership for Alcohol Safety wants to host town-hall meeting with Iowa Beverage Division

KRISTEN EAST

May 8, 2013

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Pending further discussion, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division may host a town-hall meeting in Iowa City this summer to address the problems local restaurants face with alcohol-compliance checks. The Partnership for Alcohol...

UI geography professor retires after 44 years

REBECCA MORIN

May 8, 2013

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Geography professor Gerard Rushton was in his early 20s when he took the Queen Mary from England to New York and then the train to Chicago and beyond until he arrived to his destination: Iowa City.  Rushton only expected to...

UI Staff Council approves conflict of commitment and interest policy

HILLARY ROSENCRANTS

May 8, 2013

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The University of Iowa Staff Council unanimously passed a new conflict of commitment and interests policy, and officials say this policy should bring forth a new era of business relations for UI faculty and staff. “There...

Two people accused of possessing crack cocaine

REBECCA MORIN

May 8, 2013

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Two local residents were accused of possessing approximately 11 grams of crack cocaine. Michael Cheeks, 24, was charged Tuesday with controlled substance violation and taxable substance violation. Rhonda Perry, 53, was charged...

Woman accused of stealing several checks

REBECCA MORIN

May 8, 2013

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A Coralville woman was accused of forging four stolen checks from a van. Teresa Obert, 25, was charged December 2012 with third-degree theft. According to an Iowa City police complaint, Obert admitted to officials that she stole...

Pretrial reset for Iowa City landlord accused of peeping

CASSIDY RILEY

May 8, 2013

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A final pretrial conference for an Iowa City landlord accused of “peeping” has been set. Elwyn Miller, 63, is charged with 11 counts of invasion of privacy. He allegedly peeped on women in the apartment complex in...

Partnership puts off discussion of possible 21-ordinance repeal

KRISTEN EAST

May 8, 2013

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The Partnership for Alcohol Safety won’t discuss a new movement to repeal the 21-ordinance any time soon, one official said on Wednesday. Kelly Bender, the University of Iowa community harm reduction initiatives coordinator,...

Partnership releases new comprehensive plan for 2013-16

KRISTEN EAST

May 8, 2013

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The Partnership for Alcohol Safety received a draft of the University of Iowa's alcohol harm reduction plan for 2013-2016. The current plan, adopted in 2010, expires this year. Kelly Bender, the UI community harm reduction initiatives...

Iowa softball’s Blank spent her summer adding power to her swing

CODY GOODWIN

May 8, 2013

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It was a curious decision to those on the outside. After a historic freshman campaign — one that included a .390 batting average, 29 RBIs, 22 extra-base hits, and a pair of home runs, resulting in selections for the first-team...