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Lauren Friel, owner of Rebel Rebel Wine Bar, in Somerville, Mass., stands for a portrait at the wine bar, Thursday, April 2, 2020. An Associated Press review of the small business aid passed by Congress as part of its coronavirus stimulus package shows that larger companies could quickly claim a disproportionate share of the money, squeezing out many small, locally-based businesses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Stimulus aid for 'small business' will go to some big chains

Apr. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the federal government prepares to launch a $349 billion loan program meant to help small businesses survive the coronavirus pandemic, critics have growing concerns that some mom-and-pop shops might get squeezed out. The Paycheck Protection Program — part of the $2 trillion...

FILE - In this March 23, 2019, file photo, Iowa's Spencer Lee, left, celebrates his win over Virginia's Jack Mueller (not shown) in their 125-pound match in the finals of the NCAA wrestling championships in Pittsburgh. Lee has been voted the winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestler in the nation. Lee received 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes,  WIN magazine announced Monday, March 30, 2020.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Iowa's Spencer Lee wins Hodge Trophy after dominant season

Mar. 30, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Spencer Lee of Iowa has been voted the winner of the Dan Hodge Trophy as the most dominant college wrestler in the nation. Lee received 52 of a possible 57 first-place votes, WIN magazine announced Monday. The Hodge is considered the top honor in college wrestling. Lee was 18-0, won...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, protesters hold up anti-Amazon signs during a coalition rally and news conference of elected officials, community organizations and unions opposing the second Amazon headquarters getting subsidies to locate in Long Island City, in New York. Amid growing concern about the incentives that cities promised Amazon to land its new headquarters, Kentucky lawmakers considered a bill in 2019 to keep the details of Louisville’s failed pitch to the retailer forever secret. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Legislative tracker sounds alarm on anti-transparency bills

Mar. 15, 2020 3:45 AM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Amid growing concern about the expensive incentives promised to Amazon to land its new headquarters, Kentucky lawmakers considered a bill to shield its largest city's failed pitch from public scrutiny. To open government advocates, the effort to hide Louisville's bid was an outrage...

Iowa's Luka Garza (55) dunks the ball as Penn State's Myles Dread (2) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette)

Working vacations helped elevate game for Iowa's Luka Garza

Mar. 6, 2020 2:36 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Family vacations are a little different in Luka Garza's family. Iowa's star big man went to Bosnia to visit relatives last summer and did two-a-day basketball workouts with his uncle and cousin. Morning workouts focused on offense, evening workouts were for defense and rebounding....

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Iowa coach Tom Brands watches during a 149-pound bout between Iowa's Pat Lugo and Iowa State's Jarrett Degen at an NCAA college wrestling meet in Iowa City, Iowa. Ten of the Hawkeyes’ 13 dual-meet wins came against nationally ranked teams, including a 13-day stretch in January in which they defeated Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State, teams that finished in the top five in the final national rankings. They go into this weekend’s Big Ten championships in Piscataway, N.J., with every wrestler seeded in the top three in their individual classes. (Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP, File)

Iowa hoping season dominance carries over to Big Ten meet

Mar. 4, 2020 1:43 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s top-ranked wrestling team made it through the regular season undefeated. Ten of the Hawkeyes’ 13 dual-meet wins came against nationally ranked teams, including a 13-day stretch in January in which they defeated Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State — all...

Purdue guard Nojel Eastern drives past Iowa center Luka Garza, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hunter Jr helps Purdue beat No. 18 Iowa 77-68

Mar. 4, 2020 12:40 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Purdue handed No. 18 Iowa its worst loss of the season last month. The Boilermakers used the same plan again in beating the Hawkeyes, 77-68, on Tuesday night. Their offense wasn’t as powerful, but their defense made the biggest impact. Purdue (16-14, 9-10 Big Ten) used a...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Missouri State guard Elle Ruffridge, left, and Iowa State guard Ashley Joens, right, fight over a loose ball during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Ames, Iowa. Joens, a 6-foot guard from Iowa City, scored the final four points in a 63-59 win over Oklahoma on Feb. 8 , 2020, after dislocating her shoulder. Joens consistently draws the opponent’s top defender, sometimes more than one. One of the Big 12’s best all-around players always comes out smiling after wincing. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney, File)

Iowa State's Ashley Joens uses toughness to pile up points

Mar. 2, 2020 2:54 PM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — When Ashley Joens squared off with her sisters in basketball, one ground rule existed. No fouls. The future Iowa State star and her four talented siblings would simply compete — no holds barred — as their father, Brian, looked on. “He wouldn’t call them, so we...

This April 2018, photo provided by Matthew Keys shows Keys in Fresno, Calif. When a local newspaper reported the identity of the gunman in Milwaukee’s mass shooting, it came many hours after that news was broken on Twitter by an unemployed and formerly imprisoned journalist working from his bedroom in California. Keys was the first to report that 51-year-old Anthony Ferrill was the Molson Coors employee who shot and killed five co-workers Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, before killing himself. (Matthew Keys via AP)

'Lone wolf' broke news of the Milwaukee gunman's identity

Feb. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When a local newspaper reported the identity of the gunman in Milwaukee’s mass shooting, it came many hours after that news was broken on Twitter by a self-employed and formerly imprisoned journalist working from his bedroom in California. Matthew Keys was the first to report...

Iowa's Luka Garza (55) and Penn State's John Harrar reach for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Cliff Jette)

Garza leads No. 18 Iowa to 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State

Feb. 29, 2020 3:22 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza knew he missed plenty of chances to score in the first half of Saturday’s game against Penn State. The Iowa junior center made sure that didn’t happen in the second half, and he got some help from his teammates. Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as...

Meyer, Czinano lift No. 18 Iowa women past Minnesota 90-82

Feb. 27, 2020 9:57 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Makenzie Meyer and Monica Czinano scored 24 points apiece and No. 18 Iowa turned back Minnesota 90-82 on Thursday night to run its home-court winning streak to 36. Kathleen Doyle added 16 points, surpassing 1,500 for her career, and Alexis Sevillian 11 for the Hawkeyes (23-5, 14-3...