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UI Considering Another New Residence Hall
Lang
7/29/14

Another new residence hall could be on the horizon for the University of Iowa.

The school’s first new residence hall in 40 years is currently under construction between Quadrangle and Grand Avenue. Petersen Residence Hall will house 501 students and should be completed in May of 2015.

UI officials are expecting an influx of
Johnson County Cities Disagree on Proposed Sales Tax Increase
Lang
7-29-14

A proposed sales tax increase is getting mixed reviews from Johnson County’s elected officials.

Iowa City city councilor Susan Mims pitched the idea at a meeting of various elected officials Monday at Tiffin City Hall. If the local-option sales tax is passed by all of the county’s communities this fall,
ICPD Identifies Suspect Arrested in Ped Mall Shooting
Lang
7/28/14

Iowa City Police have released the identity of the suspect accused of firing a gun in the Ped Mall over the weekend.
 

Police say 17-year-old Eldra Scott Jennings Junior of Florida was downtown on the 100 block of East College Street just after 1:30 Sunday morning when he felt threatened by another group of
Iowa City Hosting Rummage in the Ramp
Hughes
7-28-14

The eighth-annual Rummage in the Ramp is underway in Iowa City, raising money for local nonprofits while keeping items out of the landfill.

Rummage in the Ramp started Friday and continues through Sunday, August 3. The event allows tenants to donate items each summer when they move out rather than throwing them away. The donated items
Jury Selection Begins in Wisconsin Kidnapping
AP
7-28-14 

Jury selection has begun in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures overnight in West Branch.

Kristen Smith faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. She could face life in prison if convicted. Jury selection began
UI to Remove Flood Barriers from Campus this Week
Hughes
7-28-14
 
Officials with the University of Iowa say flood barriers and other protective measures will be removed from campus well before the fall semester begins.
 
Flood walls around the Art Building West and along the east and west banks of the Iowa River are scheduled to be removed this week.
 
UI staff will also
IC State Senator Advocates for Broader Medical Marijuana Law 
AP
7-27-14

A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already hoping they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill.

State lawmakers this year approved legislation allowing the use of oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy. The law was driven largely by
Spike in Heroin Deaths Alarms Local Authorities 
AP
7-27-14

Authorities in Johnson County are reporting a dramatic increase in the number of heroin overdose deaths.

In the first six months of this year, 10 heroin-related deaths have occurred in Johnson County. That's a 233 percent increase from all deaths caused by the drug last year, according to data from the Johnson County
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