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  • Editorial: Amended collective bargaining bill a win for taxpayers:  QCTIMES
  • Iowa Senate debates collective bargaining through the night:  GAZETTE
  • GOP chairman says Democrats are twisting his words on collective bargaining:  GAZETTE
  • Critics say two sections of labor bill a ‘death knell’ for unions:  RADIOIOWA
  • Legislators move to fix issue with Iowa metro bus systems’ money:  RADIOIOWA
  • Central Iowa schools, unions rush to sign contracts before collective bargaining changes:  REGISTER
  • Corridor area unions rush to reach contract deals as collective bargaining changes afoot:  GAZETTE
  • Medical marijuana support keeps climbing, Iowa Poll shows:  REGISTER
  • Students advocate for hands-free driving bill:  WCFCOURIER
  • Drunk driving bill would mandate twice daily breath tests:  REGISTER
  • Capitol Digest: Iowa House subcommittee backs permanent time change:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Iowa advocates seek end-of-life options:  QCTIMES
  • Grassley: Intelligence leaks just as ‘scary’ as Russian influence:  REGISTER
  • Judge rules IUB made proper decision in using eminent domain for Bakken pipeline:  RADIOIOWA
  • University of Iowa to debut improved Carver, Kinnick cell service:  GAZETTE
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  • Iowa lawmakers get earful from foes of collective bargaining changes:  QCTIMES
  • Arbitrators restricted on how much they can award:  WCFCOURIER
  • Democrats say GOP’s labor bill is being ‘fast tracked’:  RADIOIOWA
  • MET Transit manager says bargaining bill could impact public transportation:  WCFCOURIER
  • Abortion-funding issue moves to the Iowa House:  SCJOURNAL
  • Iowa Poll: 77 percent back Planned Parenthood funding for non-abortion services:  REGISTER
  • Branstad supports ‘modest’ Iowa minimum wage hike:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa fast-tracks bill to raise lawmaker health care costs:  REGISTER
  • Appeals court rules against Iowa State in pro marijuana T-shirt case:  GAZETTE
  • Branstad wants to slow tuition growth:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa Supreme Court hears convicted lotto rigger’s appeal:  REGISTER
  • Effort to boost Iowa students’ completion of federal financial aid forms:  RADIOIOWA
  • Iowa Medicaid providers brace for AmeriHealth Caritas changes:  GAZETTE
  • Dallas County to conduct review of missed absentee votes:  REGISTER
  • DNR study finds many recycling opportunities available in rural areas:  RADIOIOWA
  • Sioux City Council approves contract extension for union:  SCJOURNAL
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  • Could Iowa collective bargaining changes create teacher bidding wars?:  REGISTER
  • Statehouse hearing tonight on Iowa collective bargaining changes:  RADIOIOWA
  • Leaked Iowa Union email urges prank calls to ‘douche’ lawmakers:  KCRG
  • Teachers, supporters rally at Capitol to stop collective bargaining changes:  REGISTER
  • Pro-union rallies in Wisconsin ‘didn’t work,’ Iowa unions go local:  RADIOIOWA
  • Proposed procedural hurdles indicate political attack, Iowa union leaders say:  QCTIMES
  • Sioux City watchdog group backs collective bargaining changes:  SCJOURNAL
  • As lawmakers target unions, Iowans voice support for bargaining:  REGISTER
  • Link elusive between Iowa education funding and achievement:  GAZETTE
  • IASB Study finds SAVE fund has helped schools with facility needs:  RADIOIOWA
  • Bruce Rastetter will not seek reappointment to Board of Regents:  GAZETTE
  • More than 20 apply for Iowa Board of Regent vacancies:  GAZETTE
  • Iowa party leaders assess political landscape:  QCTIMES
  • Recurring themes in Branstad’s condition of the state speeches:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • Court: Cops can’t ask for driver’s license unless suspicion:  AP
  • Iowa Poll: Majority support sales tax hike for cleaner water, outdoor recreation:  REGISTER
  • Dozens rally in Council Bluffs to support defunding of Planned Parenthood:  DAILYNONPAREIL
  • 3 casino options for Cedar Rapids try their luck:  GAZETTE
  • UI tightens rules for out-of-state students seeking in-state tuition:  PRESSCITIZEN
  • Investigation launched over claims of jail drug smuggling:  AP
  • Sioux City union seeks amendments to contract, citing collective bargaining overhaul:  SCJOURNAL
  • Cedar Falls Schools’ bargaining goes forward despite pending legislation:  WCFCOURIER
  • Mason City Schools approves two-year contract with teachers:  GLOBEGAZETTE
  • University of Iowa graduate students file complaint against regents:  GAZETTE
  • North Iowa teachers agree to pay freeze:  GLOBEGAZETTE
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Labor Committee sends Iowa collective bargaining changes to full Senate:  GAZETTE
Collective bargaining changes proposed in Iowa follow Wisconsin:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Republicans push ahead with local preemption:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Local officials concerned about ‘far-reaching’ Iowa House bill limiting local control over wages:  GAZETTE
Democrats balk at possibility of Iowa bridges being built with Chinese steel:  QCTIMES
Iowa bill outlaws voter form delays, in rebuke of Democrats:  AP
Drone policy discussion launched today at capitol:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa Capitol Digest: Training for Iowans, only:  QCTIMES
Iowa abandons its unemployment kiosk system:  REGISTER
Branstad looking for ‘win-win’ in China:  GAZETTE
Ernst signs onto letter urging Trump to be ‘tough’ with Russia:  RADIOIOWA
AEA 267 staff propose 2.43 percent raise:  WCFCOURIER
Panel OKs plan to merge Des Moines Public Schools pension with IPERS:  REGISTER
Quarter featuring Effigy Mounds now in circulation:  RADIOIOWA
Davenport mayor proposes dismantling some commissions, boards:  QCTIMES
Mitchell County supervisors to begin participating in hog confinement scoring:  GLOBEGAZETTE
More cops enforcing traffic laws Friday on I-235:  REGISTER

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Iowa Republicans propose sweeping changes to collective bargaining laws, public unions:  REGISTER
Branstad ‘proud’ legislators are poised to change collective bargaining:  RADIOIOWA
GOP leader sees ‘reform dividend’ in changing bargaining rights; unions protest:  RADIOIOWA
Mixed result for Iowa student achievement as education spending increases:  GAZETTE
Bill passes to bar immigrant sanctuaries in Iowa’s public institutions:  RADIOIOWA
Des Moines creates ‘sanctuary schools’ for undocumented students:  REGISTER
Fewer Iowans sign up for ACA as fate of law remains uncertain:  GAZETTE
Traffic cameras travel two Iowa Senate paths:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Iowa GOP pushes ban on fetal tissue use in medical research:  AP
Iowa universities could face additional state budget cuts:  PRESSCITIZEN
Iowa Capitol Digest: Officials report water-quality gains:  QCTIMES
Grassley, Ernst emphasize local control of schools as DeVos is confirmed:  GAZETTE
Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline:  AP
Nook to continue to grow UNI, community relationship:  WCFCOURIER
EPA rejects Iowa new clean water rule passed last August:  AP
Two leaders of ‘largest synthetic drug conspiracy’ in Iowa sentenced:  GAZETTE
Human trafficking can happen in North Iowa, officials say:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Quirmbach says he regrets ‘clear shot’ remark after criticism from GOP official:  REGISTER
New savings plan for disabled Iowans:  SCJOURNAL

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Iowa House approves $40 million school funding increase:  GAZETTE
Branstad: Iowa collective bargain law ‘antiquated’:  GAZETTE
Branstad joins push to ban drivers’ use of hand-held phones:  QCTIMES
Des Moines School Board to consider sanctuary resolutions for students:  RADIOIOWA
Group of election officials say they’ll oppose voter ID bill:  AP
Lawmakers make new push to legalize fireworks in Iowa:  QCTIMES
Branstad: State constitution clear on governor succession:  GLOBEGAZETTE
House Democrats argue rule change violates free speech:  REGISTER
Branstad cool to ending daylight saving time:  GAZETTE
Governor plans to help cover Iowa public information board cuts:  GAZETTE
Eadon leads Iowa Democratic Party as it recovers from election drubbing:  SCJOURNAL
State officials set goal of reducing unemployment among minorities:  RADIOIOWA
Branstad not prepping yet for confirmation hearing:  RADIOIOWA
AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa to move some special needs enrollees to in-house case managers:  GAZETTE
UI Foundation campaign comes in just shy of $2B:  PRESSCITIZEN
New UNI president backs student liaison to council:  WCFCOURIER
Toledo residents weigh in on reuses for IJH:  WCFCOURIER
U.S. News: Des Moines is 9th best place to live:  REGISTER

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Upmeyer says GOP seeks to rebalance Iowa collective bargaining law:  RADIOIOWA
Unions take on regents, state over bargaining rules:  GAZETTE
Local governments, employees, await word on bargaining changes:  QCTIMES
Could farm downturn hit bottom this year?:  REGISTER
Report: former Governor Culver out as YMCA exec:  RADIOIOWA
Another push coming to legalize fantasy sports wagering in Iowa:  QCTIMES
Rushed efforts to defund Planned Parenthood spark confusion:  AP
Fact check: Joni Ernst on target describing ’11th-hour’ Obama rule affecting Planned Parenthood:  POLITIFACT
Iowa education spending shows focus on early reading:  GAZETTE
Politicians set sights on changing higher ed:  WCFCOURIER
Iowa sex abusers escape mandatory prison time:  REGISTER
Education benefits, desire to serve still attract Iowans to Guard:  GAZETTE
‘How you practice is how you play,’ Senate Majority Leader Dix says:  RADIOIOWA
Southwest Iowa mental health service lacks capacity for high-need patients:  DAILYNONPAREIL
A critical need for nurses: Nebraska, Iowa again face shortage after reprieve:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Iowa senators seek to force businesses to crack down on illegal workers:  REGISTER
Report, Iowa lawmakers look toward making highways safer:  GAZETTE
Crowd protests Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ in Iowa City:  PRESSCITIZEN
Corrections director working on plan to deal with budget cut:  RADIOIOWA
Obamacare has eased hospitals’ burdens of caring for uninsured:  REGISTER
Attorney: Mitchell County ‘misled’ by CCI in denying hog confinements:  GLOBEGAZETTE
University of Iowa Dance Marathon raises record $2.5 million:  PRESSCITIZEN
University of Iowa athletics loses money for second year:  GAZETTE

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Iowa Senate Republicans back education funding bill:  AP
Iowa Senate passes abortion-funding restriction:  SCJOURNAL
Sen. Ernst talks about bills focused on Planned Parenthood, Title X funding:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Iowa House panel votes to bolster Iowa immigration enforcement:  GAZETTE
Coalition urges Iowa Legislature to adopt ‘hands-free’ law:  QCTIMES
Alcoholic Beverages Division recommends changes to rules for microbreweries:  RADIOIOWA
Iowa Capitol Digest: Tourism office urges Iowans to explore their state:  QCTIMES
Democrats target Blum in early launch of 2018 campaign:  WCFCOURIER
Keg Stand faces lawsuits in crash that killed 2 officers:  REGISTER
Hundreds gather at Iowa Capitol to oppose Trump’s travel ban:  REGISTER
University of Iowa groups mount protest against immigration ban:  GAZETTE
‘So scared.’ Iowa’s refugees rush for green cards, citizenship:  REGISTER
Iowa police warn parents about dangerous opioid ‘pink’:  PRESSCITIZEN
Sioux City Council mulls purchase of police body cameras:  SCJOURNAL
Iowa City looking for Climate Action Steering Committee members:  GAZETTE

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Branstad signs nearly $118 million in state budget adjustments:  SCJOURNAL
Legislators to hold public hearing on K-12 education funding:  REGISTER
Roadside solicitation change urged in Iowa:  GLOBEGAZETTE
One year after fatal crash, family, friends remember Sarah Root:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Son of Iowa GOP chair wants to end political party checkoff:  QCTIMES
Iowa lawmakers may pay too little for state-provided health insurance:  REGISTER
Bill to regulate traffic enforcement cameras in Iowa advances out of committee:  GAZETTE
Senator asks for clarity on Iowa lieutenant governor succession:  SCJOURNAL
Medicaid management firm hopes for more money from Iowa under Gov. Reynolds:  REGISTER
Capitol Digest: Workplace drug testing:  WCFCOURIER
Carlisle sophomore advocates for lower voter registration age in Iowa:  REGISTER
Branstad, Chinese officials say longtime friendship will pay future benefits:  GAZETTE
GOP hypocrisy noted, but Democrats should not block Gorsuch:  OBRADOVICH
Impact of test scandal could reach 560 Iowa fire departments:  AP
Mitchell County Supervisors deny two hog confinement applications:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Prairie Meadows CEO takes home $200k bonus:  REGISTER
Iowa seeks to block governor’s deposition on firing of agent:  AP
A year later, 3 caucus candidates still owe $45,000 to Iowans:  REGISTER
Lawmakers told university economic development a good investment for Iowa:  GAZETTE
January the wettest since 1996, but less overall snow:  RADIOIOWA
Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage:  AP

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SCOTUS!  Grassley eager to shepherd Gorsuch nomination:  QCTIMES
SCOTUS!  Grassley to Democrats: Don’t filibuster SCOTUS pick:  REGISTER
SCOTUS!  Grassley says Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is ‘mainstream conservative’:  RADIOIOWA
Planned Parenthood defunding bill advances to Iowa Senate floor:  REGISTER
Without bill filed, collective bargaining proposal draws concerns:  DAILYNONPAREIL
Black Hawk County to review setting local minimum wage:  WCFCOURIER
Number of Iowa Guard soldiers with combat experience a modern record:  RADIOIOWA
Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement:  AP
Nook begins role as UNI president today:  WCFCOURIER
GOP plan would remove political donations from tax form:  REGISTER
Midwest economic survey suggests more improvement in January:  AP
Iowa Politics Today: Making GPS stalking a crime; Measuring what bills do to jobs:  GAZETTE
Legislators want year-round standard time:  WCFCOURIER
House bill would require parental consent for body piercings:  REGISTER
Bill requiring changes to sex offender registry under consideration in Iowa House:  GLOBEGAZETTE
Kurth wins House District 89 special election:  QCTIMES
Renewable Fuels Association leaders optimistic about coming year:  RADIOIOWA
Companies, universities with early reading programs benefit from Iowa education spending:  QCTIMES
Trump might defund the NEA. Here’s what it could mean for Iowa:  REGISTER
Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer from Clayton County:  RADIOIOWA
Woodbury County union group agrees to 3 percent raises:  SCJOURNAL
North Iowa pipeline leaked less fuel than originally reported:  REGISTER

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