2-year moratorium on new casinos signed into law by Iowa Gov. Reynolds | State and Regional News

There will be no casino in Cedar Rapids for at least two years after Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Friday a provision that places a moratorium on new casino licenses. An amendment to a larger gambling bill means regulators cannot issue any new licenses in Iowa — including plans for a potential $250 million, … Read more

The moments resonating from the Jan. 6 hearings (so far)

NEW YORK (AP) — By the numbers, the Jan. 6 committee hearings attracted 20 million live viewers on opening night, 11 million for the first daytime session and nearly 9 million for Thursday’s third installment. Yet those traditional Nielsen company yardsticks don’t begin to measure the true reach of what is being said there. Memorable … Read more

George Michael was thrilled to share a name with Prince George | Entertainment

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Michael Overall: How Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center was almost a skyscraper | Local News

Inspired by his iconic design for New York’s World Trade Center, architect Minoru Yamasaki once envisioned a scaled-down version of the Twin Towers for downtown Tulsa and presented a cardboard model of the project in the early 1970s. One 30-story building was going serve as the headquarters for the Williams Companies while the other would … Read more

Where redistricting commissions worked — and didn’t work — in the 2022 cycle

The issue: Not all redistricting commissions are created equally. Only some of the commissions set up for the 2020 cycle were truly independent, and how they were designed affected how functional — or functional — they were. “When the commission is not fully independent and not fully made up of just citizens, then it’s less … Read more

Council chooses Pioneer Plaza for rocket art | Local News

Pioneer Plaza will become the home for a refurbished piece of nostalgia for many in Roswell. The Roswell City Council voted last week 7-2 to make the concrete area on the south side of the downtown plaza the location for an art project by Roswell artist Josh Berry to turn a defunct Cold War-era rocket-shaped … Read more

Theater | Summer Guide | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander

click to enlarge T Charles Erickson photo Hadestown brings a Broadway smash to mid-summer. Whether you’re into contemporary outdoor spins on Shakespeare, massive Broadway hits, regional one-act play festivals or just quirky musicals about nuns, this summer’s theater will leave you spoiled for choice. ACT FACT If you’ve taken your time reading this issue, you’re … Read more

Chuck Grassley’s Last Act | Vanity Fair

Chuck Grassley is doing push-ups onstage with Tom Cotton while Joni Ernst counts into the microphone. Grassley’s push-ups are precarious—his arms barely bend, his movements are small and slow. The crowd at the Sioux Center rally on June 29, 2021, is silent. When Ernst reaches 17, there’s a hesitant cheer, one that feels forced. At … Read more

Celebrate together at Oleander Pride | Entertainment

Already a historically scenic neighborhood, Oleander is getting a little more pizazz this Saturday during Oleander Pride. Now in its third year, the community event invites residents to decorate their yards with displays of inclusion and support for the LGBTQ community. Attendees can view these displays as well as art created by artists from Creative … Read more