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Recap: Iowa Basketball Gets First Road Win Of Season | FOX Sports

Iowa basketball beat Rutgers 83-63 to earn their first road win of the season.

Not many people would have thought Iowa basketball‘s second game without Peter Jok would be better than their first, even if their opponent was Rutgers. Away games have not been Iowa’s friend this season and their play has been inconsistent in Big Ten action.


Five things worth knowing in trucking today

Here are five things worth knowing today:

1. Infrastructure plan: Truckers vow to fight new interstate tolls

How will President Donald Trump finance his promise to invest into a 10-year program of upgrading the nation’s highways, bridges, railways, ports and other public facilities? According to a Bloomberg Politics report, infrastructure advocates say tolling must be part of Trump’s proposal, though Trump hasn’t said how he’d fund the plan. “Even before Trump details his plan, an alliance that includes McDonald’s, UPS and all 50 trucking associations is ready to fight any attempt to expand the use of levies or relax a 1958 restriction on tolling existing interstates,” the report states. Bloomberg has more.


Iowa City Police arrest man for hate crime

Iowa City Police officers arrested a man for an alleged hate crime. 

On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, officers were dispatched to Old Capitol Mall, 201  S. Clinton St., for a report of a subject threatening others. It was reported to officers that 50-year-old Roy Lane Hudson made comments that were sexual in nature toward the victim. 

When those comments were rebuffed by the victim, stating it was against her religion, Hudson reportedly began to threaten her with physical violence and death, with further comments directed toward her religion and nationality. 

Officers spoke with Hudson and took him into custody. He was then transported to the Johnson County Jail. 

Hudson was charged with First Degree Harassment (aggravated misdemeanor) and Assault –violation of individual rights (Hate Crime – serious misdemeanor).  In addition, Hudson was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant from the Des Moines Police Department for obstructing a court order.

Officers believe this was an isolated incident. There does not appear to be any further threat to the Iowa City area or residents.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Editorial: Trump’s Course and Trucking

President Trump is charting a new course for the nation. We don’t know where it will ultimately lead us, but during his short tenure the business community has been served notice that things are changing.

At the White House last week, Trump met with auto executives and labor leaders, who offered optimism about working with the new administration, particularly as it relates to Trump’s promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States from other countries.


Iowa hoops: Making the Grade, Big Ten Week 5 | The Gazette

Iowa came out of the bye week after Northwestern and didn’t seem to make a ton of progress. Slow starts highlighted (or lowlighted, if you will) the Maryland and Illinois games, and once again the Hawkeyes’ road woes reared their ugly head. But as unpredictable as this season has been, it took another shift with the decisive win against Ohio State.


Donald Trump sacks US attorney general Sally Yates for defiance over immigration ban - live

Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending the president's controversial immigration orders. 

Ms Yates, who was appointed by Mr Obama, said she was "not convinced that the executive order is lawful".

“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities.”


Iowa Native Ashton Kutcher Rips President Trump’s Ban on People From 7 Countries |

DES MOINES, Iowa–Actor Ashton Kutcher, a Cedar Rapids native, joined critics Sunday who are condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order than bans people from seven foreign, Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days. Those countries include Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.


Iowa’s $12.1 billion in tax expenditures bring calls for tax review

As they seek to finalize $118 million in cuts to state programs and agencies, a growing chorus of legislators now are calling for an examination of state tax credits and exemptions — an often invisible slice of Iowa’s finances that the Department of Revenue estimates totaled about $12.1 billion in 2010.

Legislators of both parties told The Des Moines Register they were surprised at the scope of that estimate, which is detailed in a report released in 2014 showing 373 separate tax credits, exemptions, deductions and exclusions in Iowa's tax code.


Trump's team gets ready for Supreme Court fight - POLITICO

President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration and refugees — which were immediately challenged in federal court — brought into sharp relief the high political and legal stakes for the Supreme Court fight that will unfold this week.

With Trump planning to announce his nominee on Thursday, but now considering an earlier rollout, his allies are moving quickly to sharpen a battle plan, and the first formal meeting of the de facto war room for the coming confirmation fight took place on Friday at the Capitol Hill headquarters of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday.


Report: Broncos Could Be Interested In Tony Romo If Cowboys Release Him | NFL |

“A source in the Broncos’ football department did not dismiss the possibility of bringing in the Dallas Cowboys quarterback — providing the situation reaches the point where Romo is no longer Cowboys’ property,” Mike Klis of Denver’s KUSA-TV reported Sunday.

The Broncos’ current quarterbacks are Trevor Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

Dallas hasn’t offered much information about Romo’s role in the organization, but assuming the Cowboys stick with Prescott, they’d likely try to trade the 37-year-old before releasing him. Still, cutting Romo would be cheaper than hanging on to him, as the Cowboys could split his cap hit over two seasons.