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Homeowners have insurance questions after Iowa’s derecho storm. Here are some answers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 1 hour 58 min ago
DES MOINES — For cleanup-weary Iowans trying to cut through myriad insurance-related issues that followed Monday’s derecho savagery of downed trees, power lines and spirits, the answer to...
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Now with derecho, 2020 continues bringing mental health woes for Iowans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 2 hours 9 min ago
IOWA CITY — When Cassie Finley moved from Oregon to Iowa City last fall to pursue a University of Iowa graduate degree, she found a local mental health practitioner to continue therapy...
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Sen. Chuck Grassley: Iowans ‘doing what you’d expect Iowans to do’ in response to derecho storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 2 hours 44 min ago
CEDAR RAPIDS — It sounds incredible to say it, Cedar Rapids native Elizabeth Mitchell told U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley Saturday, but “the damage is more than meets the eye and...
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Cedar Rapids firefighters deem over 1,000 buildings ‘unsafe to occupy’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 7:53pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Four days after a derecho tore across Iowa, devastating Cedar Rapids with destructive winds, power lines swung Friday across a road on the southeast side, lying low like vines...
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Painting with a flourish in Czech Village

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 7:02pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A bright spot in the decimated Cedar Rapids landscape is emerging in Czech Village, thanks to the artistry of Alphonse Mucha, interpreted by Iowa City mural artist Ali Hval...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds expects quick approval of disaster federal aid for Cedar Rapids storm recovery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 7:01pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — As a member of the Iowa National Guard, Joni Ernst was deployed to Cedar Rapids during the 2008 flood. “This is very different,” U.S. Sen. Ernst said Friday after...
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Why is cellphone reception so bad after Iowa derecho?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 6:09pm
As Eastern Iowa residents look to stay connected in the aftermath of Monday’s derecho, they’ve been greeted with a lack of cellphone reception. We received a question from Mick Parr, who...
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PHOTOS: Storm cleanup continues as officials visit

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 5:49pm
As Cedar Rapids residents continued cleaning up from Monday’s derecho, state and federal officials viewed damage.
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University of Iowa’s Stephen Bloom wins journalism award

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 5:46pm
The Society of Professional Journalists has given University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award for 2020. Bloom, who joined the UI faculty in...
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Some Iowa state parks closed because of derecho storm damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 4:20pm
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has closed some Eastern Iowa state parks because of unsafe conditions caused by Monday’s derecho, while other parks have partial closures. Closed...
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Senate challenger Theresa Greenfield critiques Joni Ernst for lack of independent voting record

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:55pm
JOHNSTON — Democrat Teresa Greenfield said Friday that Republican Sen. Joni Ernst won favor among Iowa voters in 2014 pitching herself as an independent thinker but spent her six years in...
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Millions of acres of Iowa corn, soybean crops heavily damaged by derecho, ag secretary says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:47pm
DES MOINES — Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said Friday about 14 million acres of insured crops were in the path of Monday’s derecho, but about 3.57 million acres of corn and 2.5...
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Fire officials: Generators can be culprits for fire hazards if not used safely  

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:45pm
Since the majority of Linn County has been without power, residents started buying generators, which isn’t bad in itself, Assistant Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Andy Olesen said Friday. But, he...
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Blood centers, expecting loss in donations, call on other regions to help fill supply

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:43pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Blood donation centers in Cedar Rapids will be closed over the weekend due to the storm that slammed into parts of Iowa this week, damaging buildings and leaving residents...
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Cedar Rapids schools considering starting year online due to severe derecho damage to district

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:25pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Community School District may begin the school year virtually after Monday’s derecho storm caused major damage several to school buildings. However, this...
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Power will be restored by Tuesday for ‘significant number’ in Cedar Rapids, Alliant says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:23pm
About 65 percent of Linn County residents were still out of power Friday afternoon as utility crews look to work to repair the worst storm damage they’ve ever seen. Alliant Energy senior vice...
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Hy-Vee, HACAP step up to deliver free food after derecho storm in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 3:17pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A free hot dog, chips and a bottle of water was the help Corey Howrey needed for him and his four children who are living in a motel following the derecho storm Monday. Hy-Vee...
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What questions do you have about storm recovery? We'll help answer them

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 2:14pm
Monday’s storm has devastated the Cedar Rapids area, and thousands are without power, many left without homes or with extensive damage to their properties. This unprecedented disaster has also...
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Iowa State finds another 75 students with COVID-19 upon move-in

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 1:13pm
In another week of residence hall move-in at Iowa State University involving mandatory COVID-19 testing — complicated by a massive and devastating derecho on Monday — the campus...
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Derecho spawns destruction, government response spawns frustration

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 14, 2020 - 11:53am
For a few days this past week, it seemed like flattened corn was getting significantly more attention than Iowa’s flattened second-largest city. On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds did visit Tama...
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