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Tuesday Morning Read: 911 consolidation plan, UI tuition hikes opposed, cemetery vases stolen

Communications operator Ashley Hill radios an officer as she works the dispatch center at the Marion Police Department in Marion, Iowa, on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Hill has been at dispatcher with the department for 10 years.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Communications operator Ashley Hill radios an officer as she works the dispatch center at the Marion Police Department in Marion, Iowa, on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Hill has been at dispatcher with the department for 10 years. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

TODAY’S WEATHER — Partly cloudy, humid. High 82, low 68.

911 CONSOLIDATION PLAN — Marion Police Chief Joseph McHale said he wants to see Marion, Cedar Rapids and Linn County consolidate their Public Safety Answering Points — or PSAPs. To that end, McHale has requested the county’s 911 Board fund a feasibility study that will look at consolidation and whether it’s a viable option for the county. The board approved the study last month, but not everyone is in agreement that consolidation is the way to go. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2vCvXUz

UI TUITION HIKES OPPOSED — University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld made a pitch Monday to hike resident undergraduate tuition 41 percent over the next five years, but students and lawmakers pushed back — calling the plan “a failure” and urging the UI to “go back to the drawing board.” Read more: http://thegaz.co/2i0hD52

CEMETERY VASES STOLEN — A Cedar Rapids man is accused of stealing brass vases from more than 100 gravesites at Cedar Memorial Cemetery. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2hZ4yZL

HAWKS WANT MORE BIG GAMES? WIN MORE — If the Hawkeyes want to face big-game teams like Notre Dame on a regular basis, Mike Hlas says, they need to step up their game and win more consistently. Read more: http://thegaz.co/2fGXAbe

QUOTABLE“I like happy endings. I don’t like it when I don’t know how it ends.” A 16-year-old girl identified as “M.R.” who says she wants to stay in Iowa for court-ordered rehabilitation instead of being sent out of state

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