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Wednesday morning read: Changes for Iowa judicial system move forward, Johnson Avenue getting new traffic tools and statistics on cancer in Iowa

Road construction will transform this intersection at Johnson Avenue NW and Wiley Boulevard SW in Cedar Rapids, seen Tuesday, into a roundabout. The project, which starts next month, places another roundabout at Jacolyn Drive NW. This intersection is near Hoover Elementary School, which is seen in the background. The city plans to rebuild the intersection to make it safer and more accessible for different kinds of traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Road construction will transform this intersection at Johnson Avenue NW and Wiley Boulevard SW in Cedar Rapids, seen Tuesday, into a roundabout. The project, which starts next month, places another roundabout at Jacolyn Drive NW. This intersection is near Hoover Elementary School, which is seen in the background. The city plans to rebuild the intersection to make it safer and more accessible for different kinds of traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)

Iowa Senate approves major judicial change: The Iowa Senate on Tuesday approved a significant change to Iowa’s judicial system, voting 26-24 to require a supermajority of five Iowa Supreme Court justices to hold a state law unconstitutional. Backers called it a needed revision to guard against judicial activism. Opponents decried it as a legislative overreach that would upset the balance of power among the branches of government. Read more >

 

Johnson Avenue NW corridor proving ground for modern traffic tools: When finished, Johnson Avenue will have two roundabouts; a road diet that shrinks the four-lane road to two lanes with a center turn lane; bike lanes and sidewalks compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Not only will it offer a smoother ride, it will better accommodate more types of users complying with the city’s complete streets and sidewalk policies. These are all changes that will be appearing across more of the metro in coming years. Read more >

 

Annual Iowa cancer report shows link with obesity: The director of the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center questioned whether Iowans are aware that an unhealthy weight can be linked to cancer, just like smoking or exposure to ultraviolet radiation. And this year's Cancer in Iowa report shows that obesity-related cancers are on the rise. Read more >

 

Teacher feature: Talking race, religion and guns - without shouting - in Jacob Mason-Marshall's classroom: “I say to the kids, and I honestly believe this, that they are much better prepared and more likely to have reasonable and respectful conversations about race, religion, and yes, guns, than adults,” said the Cedar Rapids Washington High School english teacher. Read more >

 

Scenes from Tuesday at the Iowa boys' state basketball tournament: Mike Hlas reflects on a special Marion kid, a terrific Xavier player, and an NBA influence. Read more > 

 

 

 

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