Exact change by Lynda Waddington

Wrongful birth suits get Iowa court nod

Physicians who don't inform pregnant women and their partners of fetal anomalies can be sued, the Iowa Supreme Court decided this month. These #x201c; ...

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Learn to live despite risk, fear

Although only a handful of people know it, there was a time when I couldn't get behind the wheel of a car without having a panic attack.It started lat ...

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Partisan messaging won’t help rural Iowa

Maybe I set too high a bar for former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge's initiative to engage rural Iowa voters.The first news release from the organization, Focu ...

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Resignation can’t stymie DHS probe

Two of three teens the state pledged to protect were placed in homes where they were subsequently neglected and abused to death. The third fled her to ...

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Affordable housing tour offers necessary spotlight

Work on a project for months, put your heart and soul into it and, even so, you'll be hard-pressed to pick it out of the pack. This is the lesson lost ...

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CR Transit changes nearly here

Proposed changes to Cedar Rapids Transit passed their first public hearing hurdle this week. The upcoming changes are a result of recommendations from ...

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Iowa winnowing of health care begins

News that health care advocates had been dreading came Thursday: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will shutter a third of it's Iowa clinics. Locati ...

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Keep it honest, take it personally

Dubuque letter writer Barbara Rank struck a chord, according to a Washington Post headline. I have another assessment: Rank took it personally. Rank a ...

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A Mother’s Day question: Do we really value moms?

This year many Iowans and Americans will splurge on Mother's Day gifts. Consumers told the National Retail Federation that their spending will be high ...

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Oklahoma provides template for pipeline protest backlash

Dakota Access Pipeline protests have sparked changes to the Oklahoma criminal trespass code. The measures could become boilerplate bills for other jur ...

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Iowans ‘growing bolder’ in fight against senior hunger

Are Iowans doing enough or the right things to help older residents get the nutritious and affordable food they need to thrive? That's the question pa ...

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Rod Blum’s town hall vetting stinks

If you happen to have a spare cup of courage lying around, please pass it to U.S. Rep. Rod Blum. Blum has agreed to four in-person meetings at public ...

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Rural health programs face September deadline

No doubt you've heard about the Women's March and the March for Science. Let me tell you why more than 1,000 doctors marched on Washington earlier thi ...

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Index: Iowa needs better crisis plans

The new National Health Security Preparedness Index is out, and Iowans continue to lag behind in plans for the state's most vulnerable. Across most of ...

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Middle-aged women (still) leading political activism

A funny thing happened in the wake of last year's presidential election. No, it wasn't that more women signed up to serve as foot soldiers on the poli ...

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