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Thursday morning read: How a trade war could hit Iowa, Orchestra Iowa brings Wonderland to the stage, Senate revamps Iowa's energy policies

Iowa’s production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs could be targeted for retribution, says ISU’s Dermot Hayes, as the state already relies on international markets to sell those goods. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa’s production of corn, soybeans, pork and eggs could be targeted for retribution, says ISU’s Dermot Hayes, as the state already relies on international markets to sell those goods. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

How a trade war could hit Iowa- An international trade war would be a “rolling disaster” for Iowa, two economists and an international business expert said this week.

“Iowa is a net loser in terms of any trade skirmishes, trade wars, abolition of NAFTA that are brought on by this tariff increase,” said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, in Omaha, Neb. Read more...

Toeing the line in 'Wonderland' with Orchestra Iowa's performance of 'Alice in Wonderland'- Artistic director and choreographer Courtney Lyon is taking her Ballet Quad Cities dancers down a rabbit hole that’s a little more Johnny Depp than Disney for “Alice in Wonderland” with Orchestra Iowa.

The ballet premieres March 16 at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, then moves to at the Adler Theatre in Davenport for two performances March 24.

“It’s a little more bizarre, more peculiar,” Lyon said of her re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 tale of a little girl who falls through a rabbit hole and lands in a world full of oddities. Lyon prefers to forge a path that’s curiouser and curiouser. Read more...

Senate revamps Iowa's energy policies- The Iowa Senate voted late Tuesday to approve energy-policy changes that will alter energy efficiency programs and reshape Iowa Utility Board’s regulatory role — moves backer say will save consumers money and critics warn will “gut” measures that make Iowa a “green” energy leader.

Senate File 2311 would restore a 2 percent cap on energy efficiency programs for electricity and 1.5 percent for natural gas administered by Iowa utilities, allow customers to “opt out” of the programs and require utilities to show on customers’ monthly bills how much they are pay to help finance rebates and other incentives for consumer purchases of energy-efficient appliances and furnaces or insulating homes. Read more...

Something for everyone: Work continues on Sokol Building with new Hawks Nest bar- With black and white couches and 110 square inches of screens showing sports behind the bar, new downtown Cedar Rapids bar Hawks Nest has a very different feel from it’s sister business Backpocket Pilot Pub.

The tiny bar opened March 1 in a room just off the lobby from Backpocket’s brewery, tap room and restaurant. Read more...

Iowa State's season ends with Big 12 tournament loss to Texas- Iowa State’s game against Texas was a microcosm of its season.

The Cyclones showed their promise but also why they didn’t have a successful season, all in 40 minutes of action against the Longhorns. And like the season, it ended in disappointment.

Iowa State (13-18) lost to Texas (19-13) on Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament at Sprint Center, 68-64.

Iowa State’s freshman duo of Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard led the way with a combined 34 points. Fellow freshman Terrence Lewis added five points — all in the first half. That was the promise Iowa State showed all season long that proved it could be a contender in the future. Read more...

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