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The Iowa West Foundation has once again stepped up to the plate in their ongoing effort to make Council Bluffs and the surrounding area truly a place where people want to live and work.

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During Monday’s internationally televised press conference following a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Trump said he has “great confidence” in his intelligence agencies which have concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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A grueling, 18-day ordeal that had riveted the attention of much of the world ended Tuesday with three simple — and, to many, surprising — words: “Everyone is safe.”

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Land once donated as a potential site for an Iowa Western Community College football stadium is on track to become the site of a training facility for people entering or advancing in the utility industry.

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In this age of hyperbolic political discourse, it makes sense to do your own research about subjects that are always contentious. I do that by regularly delving into each side’s presentation. My efforts have been very revealing.

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The latest monument in Council Bluffs, the First Responders Public Safety Plaza, is a welcome addition to the sights and sounds of this city.

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With more state legislatures considering adopting “red-flag” laws that would allow authorities to temporarily seize guns from people deemed a risk to themselves or others, a new study suggests the laws might have prevented some firearms-related suicides.

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Under a rule that went into effect last Sunday, Seattle bars and restaurants will no longer be allowed to give customers plastic straws or plastic utensils.

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Fifteen years ago today, on July 4, 2003, residents of Council Bluffs and the surrounding area filled the 100 block of Pearl Street for the dedication of Council Bluffs’ Veterans Plaza on the east side of Bayliss Park.

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John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that the United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

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A 26-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his hand from what authorities believe was a firecracker on Wednesday in Council Bluffs.

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During the 1960s, the Iowa Department of Transportation began constructing rest area facilities along Iowa’s then-expanding interstate system. The rest areas offered modest facilities with separate buildings for restrooms and vending machines.

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Call it a milestone: On Monday, U.S. health regulators approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana. The decision could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use.

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As can be seen by those observing what’s going on in Washington and in Des Moines, one-party rule in government seldom represents all of the people.

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Dave Chalek of Bellevue, Nebraska, brought out his lime green 1970 Camaro rally sport for his Wheels of Courage debut on Saturday at Quaker Steak and Lube on 23rd Avenue in Council Bluffs.

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The Marshall family’s contributions to Iowa Western Community College include establishment of the John W. Marshall MD and Jean A. Marshall Endowed Nursing Scholarship and a long and varied involvement with the Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships dating back to the event’s inception in 1999.

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President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new and independent “Space Force” as a sixth military service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space.

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In just five weeks, 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after attempting to enter the southern border into the United States, according to information released Tuesday from Department of Health and Human Services.

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A week or so ago, my youngest daughter ran across a story on a national website that caught her attention. The article, written by Kelsey Borresen, was titled, “17 Interesting Questions to Ask Your Dad Right Now.”

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Republican Congressman Steve King, who represents Iowa’s 4th District and who, before redistricting, represented Council Bluffs, is in the spotlight — again and not in a positive way — after sharing a social media post from a British white nationalist who has described himself as an admirer …

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It’s not often that Council Bluffs officials have an opportunity to announce the possibility of two economic development projects on the same day. Monday, we’re pleased to say, was one of those days.

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The Quad City Times said it best in noting that the occupant of the Iowa governor’s office earns $130,000 after completing an application process that costs millions.

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Despite federal ethics rules that bar government employees from using their positions for private gain and prohibit supervisors from directing their subordinates to carry out personal errands, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had an agency staffer reach out to Chick-fil-A o…

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One day after graduating, a group of Florida high school shooting survivors announced they’ll spend their summer crisscrossing the country, expanding their grassroots activism from rallies and school walkouts to registering young voters to help accomplish their vision for stricter gun laws.

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A thistle to Gov. Kim Reynolds for blocking state regulators’ plans and instead hoping the Iowa Legislature would require safe storage of guns in child care centers. Because she refused to allow administrators to do their jobs, operators of child care centers and home day cares remain free t…