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2 killed, 2 injured in shooting outside Iowa Smoke Shop in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 18, 2019 - 6:02am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two people are dead and two others badly wounded after a shooting early Saturday in a southwest Cedar Rapids parking lot, authorities said. The shooting happened about 1:20 a.m....
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Time Machine: Family sorrow doubled in Douglas Starch Works explosion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 18, 2019 - 5:04am
  As we approach the 100th anniversary of the deadly explosion at the Douglas Starch Works in Cedar Rapids, we can consider the story of one family whose sorrow was doubled. Forty-three workers...
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Chad Nott to be Marion interim police chief

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 7:20pm
MARION — Marion police Lt. Chad Nott has been chosen as interim police chief to take over after Chief Joseph McHale leaves June 3. “Chad will be the first of two interim chiefs,”...
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The field that never stopped growing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 6:54pm
The field has solidified. It should be done growing. We think. We hope. With two more entrances this week, the record-setting field of Democratic presidential candidates grew to 23 or 24, depending...
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Column: Seedlings grow so much more than a garden

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 6:26pm
I spent part of the morning Wednesday with members of the Cedar Rapids Garden Club as they planted tomatoes, peppers, zinnias and basil outside the Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station. The club started...
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Ending daylight saving time may be a matter of time for lawmakers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 6:13pm
This is Newstrack, where The Gazette catches up on previous coverage from our community.Background CEDAR RAPIDS — Responding to complaints from constituents, Iowa legislators over the years...
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EntreFEST 2019 speakers touch on good deeds, rural potential

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 6:08pm
A large swath of Cedar Rapids became a Petri dish for entrepreneurial ideas and strategies during a two-day convention this week. EntreFEST 2019, which ran Thursday and Friday, offered attendees a...
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In Iowa, Mayor Bill de Blasio promises to take on ‘con Don’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 6:02pm
DES MOINES — Hoping to impress “the best vetters around” during his first trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio offered himself as a...
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Bullock’s Democratic presidential campaign emphasizes his work as red-state governor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:53pm
NEWTON — Steve Bullock said talking to people in their communities is what helped him shepherd Medicaid expansion through the Republican-dominated state Legislature in 2015, at the height of...
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Iowa’s new college grads share old problem: debt

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:45pm
Some students graduating this month from an Iowa college or university face paying off debts that could near $100,000. While other college students contend with loans that are far less — and...
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Governor Reynolds signs budget bills into law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:43pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed legislation increasing the budget for the Judicial Branch by $3.6 million to $184 million. Nearly all of the funds in Senate File 616 are for...
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Mark Stoffer Hunter reflects on becoming ‘Mr. History’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:37pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The man known around Cedar Rapids as “Mr. History” soon will take perhaps his most direct role to date preserving the city’s past. Mark Stoffer Hunter will...
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Commission works to set rules on Iowa sports betting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:35pm
Now that Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed Senate File 617 into law legalizing wagering on professional, college, international and fantasy sports, it falls to the state Racing and Gaming Commission to...
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University of Iowa Libraries drops 820 subscriptions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 4:46pm
IOWA CITY — In light of soaring price hikes for scholarly journal, database, and e-book access — along with tightening budgets and limited campus resources — University of Iowa...
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Marion’s legacy lives on through Uptown history

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 4:44pm
MARION — Marion’s “ghost block,” where 19th-century buildings once stood but now is home to a mostly vacant strip mall primed for redevelopment, presents a stark contrast...
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South East Junior High student found with knives charged with felonies, taken into custody

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 4:25pm
A Sourth East Junior High student who was found with knives at the school earlier this month has been taken into custody and faces additional serious charges. IC Police say officers were called...
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New armored rescue vehicles to help Cedar Rapids area law enforcement handle hostage situations and active shooters

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 4:06pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A quarter-million-dollar armored rescue vehicle, called a BearCat, could help area law enforcement remain safe and protect citizens during violent encounters such as hostage,...
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Former ‘slave’ in New York sex cult says founder ordered naked meetings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 3:18pm
NEW YORK — The founder of an alleged New York sex cult held meetings in which female “slaves” gathered naked on the floor around him while he sat in a chair and lectured them on...
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Judge rejects request for judge outside Cook County to decide on special prosecutor for Jussie Smollett case

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 3:16pm
CHICAGO — A Cook County judge on Friday swatted down a request that a judge from outside the county make the decision whether a special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate the abrupt...
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Corporations, events face boycott threats over U.S. abortion laws

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 3:15pm
Companies operating in Alabama and Georgia, ranging from Toyota to Netflix, as well as an Alabama music festival faced boycott threats on Friday after the states passed near-total bans on...
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