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Student organizations urge University of Iowa to cut ties with local law enforcement

Student organizations urge University of Iowa to cut ties with local law enforcement

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

June 6, 2020

University of Iowa and Iowa City leaders pledged Friday to review policing procedures after the Iowa City Police Department, under the direction of the Iowa State Patrol, used tear gas, pepper spray, and flash-bangs on peaceful protesters headed toward Interstate 80 Wednesday night. The actions of law enforcement on Wednesday prompted...

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague decries ICPD use of tear gas, flash-bangs on protesters under the direction of State Patrol

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague addresses the crowd at an Iowa City City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

June 4, 2020

Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague said he doesn’t approve of the use of chemical irritants on protesters by both Iowa State Patrol and Iowa City Police Department officers in a livestreamed address Thursday, but he also added law enforcement felt it was important to prevent more injuries or death as ...

Police to increase cultural competency training, dialogue with community

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

June 3, 2020

The Iowa City Police Department will increase cultural competency for officers and engage Iowa City residents in dialogue, pledging to support the voices of community members, as protests for the Black Lives Matter movement continue throughout the country. At Tuesday’s Iowa City City Council meeting, May...

Johnson County Supervisor incumbents win primary election

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

June 2, 2020

Incumbent Johnson County Supervisors Lisa Green-Douglass, Royceann Porter, and Rod Sullivan won the primary election nomination for the Democratic ballot Tuesday night. As of press time, Green-Douglass received the most votes with a total of 18,875 while Porter received 16,961 and Sullivan won t...

Iowa to ease restrictions on amusement parks, casinos; allows bars to reopen

Kim Reynolds talks at Hy-Vee in Coralville during her 99 Counties tour on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Sarah Watson, Editor

May 26, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced more steps to reopen Iowa businesses, including allowing bars to reopen on Thursday and easing restrictions on casinos and amusement parks beginning in June. At her daily press briefing Tuesday, Reynolds said bars, wineries, and distilleries would be allowed to op...

Johnson County Board of Supervisors extend building closures

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors meets on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Supervisors discussed budget items for the year.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 14, 2020

County buildings will remain closed until 7:30 a.m. June 8 as some businesses plan to reopen in a limited capacity statewide May 15. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced May 13 that retail stores, fitness centers, and restaurants, but not bars, could reopen with half capacity and social distancing guide...

Johnson County Fair cancels in-person entertainment

Fans gather to meet monster truck drivers during the first-evert All-Star Monster Trucks show at the Johnson County Fair on July 21, 2019.

Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 14, 2020

The Johnson County Fair, slated for July, won't have grandstand or ground entertainment this year. In a press release Thursday, the Johnson County Agricultural Association and the Johnson County Fair Board announced they would be canceling all in-person entertainment for the fair to mitigate spread...

City of Iowa City expected to take $4.6 million loss in 2020 budget

Mayor Bruce Teague speaks at a city council meeting over Zoom on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Items included the possible building of solar panels in Waterworks Prairie Park and the COVID-19 City Employee Pay Plan.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

Two months since Johnson County confirmed its first positive COVID-19 case, the novel-coronavirus pandemic has created a “fluid and unpredictable” financial environment for Iowa City and caused negative impacts to revenue and expenditures, as local officials predicted at an Iowa City City Council me...

Johnson County parks seeing heavy visitor traffic, officials encouraging physical distancing

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Sarah Watson, Managing Editor

May 5, 2020

Although Tuesday's skies remained gray and rainy, Johnson County parks officials are encouraging residents to remain at six feet apart while outdoors as temperatures warm into the summer and the parks experience heavy foot traffic. Like much of Iowa, parks, trails, and recreation areas remain open...

‘It was horrifying’: Revisiting the Kent State shooting’s impact on the UI campus 50 years later

Kent State University has canceled plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, shootings.

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

May 3, 2020

When Willard “Sandy” Boyd became University of Iowa president in 1969, he never expected to receive the news a year later that students just a few states over had been killed on a college campus. A demonstration at Kent State University against the Vietnam War broke out on May 4, 1970. At th...

On the county border: West Branch restaurants stay closed while Cedar County OK’d to reopen

Steven Grace poses for a portrait at Main Street Sweets in West Branch on Friday, May 1, 2020. Grace, co-owner of the restaurant, said as a business owner it is important to be adaptable and as restrictions change “we’ll play it by ear.”

Riley Davis, News Reporter

May 3, 2020

Fifteen minutes west of Iowa City, the city of West Branch straddles the divide between Johnson and Cedar Counties. Although Cedar County is one of 77 counties that were allowed to reopen May 1, local restaurants in West Branch, population 2,200, are opting to stay shuttered to the public amid COVID...

Local parks departments discuss fate of summer programs, safety measures amid COVID-19 spread

The Robert A Lee Community Center is seen on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 30, 2020

With summer around the corner, local Parks and Recreation departments have canceled summer sports activities, and are discussing options for other summer youth and recreation programs. Iowa City Parks and Recreation will still have its summer day camp program for school-aged children since it se...