Housing planned for Westdale: A proposed four-story, 56,904-square-foot mixed use building with 33 living units on the upper floors is in the works for Westdale Mall. The new building would go just west of Tru by Hilton hotel, which is being constructed along Williams Boulevard SW on the north side of the Westdale property. The announcement provides a counterpunch to recent news anchor tenant Younkers department store plans to close. Read more >
Apartments Downtown ordered to pay $5.6 million after worker's death: One of Iowa City’s largest landlords must pay $5.6 million to the family of a worker who fell on the job and later died of brain injuries, a Johnson County jury has ruled. The family of Bronson Ganka, 40, argued that the landlord failed to maintain a safe work environment and failed to train employees, among other issues. Ganka fell 12 feet from a ladder while working in April 2014 and died 11 days later. Read more >
Chicken salad sold at Fareway linked to salmonella: Check your fridge. According to a media release from the Iowa Department of Public Health, the chicken salad, which is produced and packaged by a third party for Fareway, has been implicated in multiple cases of salmonella illness across the state. Read more >
Statehouse news: Yesterday, a key senator pulled the plug on debate over whether Iowa should have a death penalty in limited cases, Republican legislators in the House advanced a bill that would establish education savings grants — commonly known as vouchers — for K-12 students in Iowa, and Gov. Kim Reynolds unveiled a significant tax reform package that seeks to cut Iowans’ personal income taxes by $1.7 billion between now and 2023.
Should the University of Iowa have a hockey team? Against the backdrop of the Olympics, you might wonder. But Iowa's Athletic Director, Gary Barta, said it's an issue of funding. Marc Morehouse writes: "Maybe a bigger question is why Iowa doesn’t have women’s wrestling, but let’s talk about Iowa adding a sport, any sport. It’s not happening." Read more >