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Thursday Morning Read: Feds end UI investigation on gender inequality in sports, Corbett preps for TV ad, flu season causes hospitals to cut back visits

The Old Capitol building is shown in Iowa City on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
The Old Capitol building is shown in Iowa City on Monday, March 30, 2015. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

No gender inequality at UI - The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has signed a voluntary resolution with the University of Iowa over a 2015 complaint about gender discrimination in athletics, despite finding gaps in how men and women are treated in Hawkeye sports.

 Federal investigators, who visited the UI in April 2016, said there was insufficient evidence to show the UI favored male student-athletes in six categories, including financial aid, scheduling of games or travel. Read the full story here.

 

Corbett preps for TV ad - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Corbett was in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, filming a new television ad to be aired statewide beginning early next month.

What is expected to be a six-figure ad buy would be the first television ad on the Republican side during this gubernatorial election cycle.

Incumbent Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is seen as the clear favorite, has yet to use television nor has Steven Ray, a city council member in Boone. You can read the full story here.

 

Flu leads to patient restrictions at hospitals - Hospitals in the Corridor are cutting back on patient visits in an attempt to slow down the spread of this season’s influenza — one of the worst strains in recent years, clinicians and public health officials say.

This year’s flu virus making the rounds — H3N2, an “A” strain — has caused hospitalizations and deaths, particularly among the young and the elderly and for others most vulnerable to influenza-related complications, said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Read more about what patients are being asked to do here.

 

Coaches react to IHSAA football changes - The Iowa High School Athletic Association announced changes for the 2018 prep football season.

Among them are a new playoff-qualifying system, implementing a Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) formula, a new district format and out-of-state contests. The IHSAA Board of Control also decided to keep the playoff field for all classes at 16 teams and eliminate the 17-point tiebreaker.

The moves were met with a wide range of reaction from football coaches when they were made public Wednesday. Plenty of questions still remain about the process that will begin Thursday when district assignments will be finalized and released. Read the full story and reaction here.

 

Rep. Blum at Iowa BIG - Two high school students had ideas on how the internet could help the federal government run more efficiently and securely, and they wanted to tell U.S. Rep. Rod Blum about them.

Kennedy High School senior Chloe Leaverton and Jefferson High School senior Koy Ortega presented their ideas Wednesday to the Dubuque Republican — who serves on a House committee that deals with cybersecurity — at Iowa BIG, an initiative-based program in northeast Cedar Rapids where students from area districts can partner with professionals on projects outside of the traditional high school setting. Read the full story here.

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