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As the 2014 election cycle begins to take shape, the candidates jockeying for position in the crowded GOP Senate primary are all trying to break away from the pack as the best option to take on Democrat Bruce Braley in the fall.
  • 3% Iowa tuition hike proposed for spring semester
    Tens of thousands of students at Iowa’s three public universities would pay $100 more for tuition next spring under a proposal released Tuesday. 
  • 25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions
    Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs’ world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family’s boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down. 
  • Scientists find closest thing yet to Earth-sun twin system
    Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life. 
  • McFarland Clinic names new CEO
    The McFarland Clinic PC Board of Directors recently named Andrew Perry chief executive officer of McFarland Clinic PC. Perry will begin his position with the physician-owned clinic Nov. 3. 
  • When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.
     
  • As the nation's midsection has grown more conservative and Republican, Democrats have sometimes had to rest their hopes on well-positioned GOP contenders imploding with their own politically off-key statements. 
  • The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

    The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone that far from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters. 
  • Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research. 
  • A popular Iowa State University celebration was suspended Wednesday after a student was seriously injured in a rowdy, late-night crowd that overturned cars and toppled light poles near the campus, the school's president announced Wednesday. 
  • Iconic actor Mickey Rooney dies at age 93
    Mickey Rooney's approach to life was simple: "Let's put on a show!" He spent nine decades doing it, on the big screen, on television, on stage and in his extravagant personal life. 
  • Iowa House approves tougher kidnapping penalties
    A bill that aims to increase penalties for offenders in kidnapping cases involving minors won overwhelming support Tuesday from the Iowa House. 
  • UI firestorm shows pressure for campus action on assaults
    As much as any college administrator could be, University of Iowa President Sally Mason was prepared for the growing nationwide pressure to curb campus sexual assaults. 
  • Solar energy would get a big boost in Iowa if a bill passed Thursday in a Senate committee becomes law. 
  • Legislation to boost Iowa's minimum wage earned preliminary approval Tuesday in the Democratic-majority state Senate, though supporters acknowledge the bill faces major hurdles due to a lack of Republican support. 
  • Bullying victims, school superintendents and other officials told Iowa lawmakers Thursday that anti-bullying bills wouldn't solve every problem but would make a big difference to many students. 
 
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