Officials in Cedar Rapids are looking at a program that would offer vouchers to low-income families to help them buy a bike. Under the city’s plan, once people are approved, they could either get a $700 voucher for a bike or $900 for an electric bike.
Iowa’s Blue Alert system was established in 2021, but it’s first use was on September 13th, 2023, when the Iowa Department of Public Safety activated the program after Algona police officer Kevin Cram was shot and killed in the line of duty.
The “Vote Yes to Invest!”committee - made up of various school board members and area residents - spent several weeks collecting signatures to present in front of the board. According to their facebook page, they were able to collected 7.624 signatures. 6,909 were deemed valid signatures by the district.
The UAW has been negotiating with Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. The union is making several demands including a 40% pay raise over 4 years. So far, offers from the auto makers have not come close to that mark.
While UI announced the decision to revamp parts of the Iowa Memorial Union just a year ago, these changes have been in discussion since the flood of ‘08 Now that FEMA funds have expired, students and faculty are expected to see construction within the year.
The Decorah Police Department is investigating vandalism they say happened overnight in the Broadway/Winnebago Street area. On Sunday, the Decorah Lutheran Church posted on Facebook that their building was among those vandalized.