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Iowa universities condemn guidance from federal government threatening deportation for online only international students

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 1:27pm
IOWA CITY — Although widespread confusion and unknowns persist across Iowa’s public universities for international students newly threatened with deportation if their courses end up...
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Iowans need leadership, not politician-speak

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 1:02pm
Gov. Kim Reynolds has said often Iowa has entered the “recovery” stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it seems more like Iowans have been set adrift in an unrelenting sea of new virus...
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FRYfest canceled for 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 12:31pm
CORALVILLE — Another loss has hit Hawkeye fans. A day after the Big Ten announced that its 2020 football season would be conference only — denying fans an Iowa-Iowa State game for the...
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After serving 41 years, Iowa woman convicted of murder asks for commutation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 11:52am
Judy White, convicted in 1979 of conspiring to murder Ady Jensen in West Branch, is asking Gov. Reynolds to commute her life prison sentence, saying that after 41 years, she’s served more time...
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Cedar Rapids officials ‘do not plan to be part’ of continued talks with Advocates for Social Justice

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 11:44am
Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart informed local Black Lives Matter protest leaders by email Friday that several city officials will not continue participating in further talks with the organizers as the...
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Linn County reports highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since May 6

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 11:39am
Linn County reported 34 new coronavirus cases Friday by 11 a.m., the highest single-day increase since May 6, when the increase was 35. The county has seen 1,357 cases total, and the rolling...
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New warden with 17 years experience appointed to Coralville prison

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 11:29am
CORALVILLE — The Iowa Board of Corrections voted unanimously Friday to support the appointment of a deputy warden with over 17 years experience in corrections as the next warden of the Iowa...
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Johnson County Sheriff: MRAP is staying put

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 11:00am
IOWA CITY — Johnson County’s armored transport vehicle is staying put. Last month, the Iowa City Council agreed to send a letter to Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, asking him to...
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Former professor Mike Jensen found alive

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 10:48am
WATERLOO — A former Wartburg College professor who went missing from a Waterloo care center on Monday has been found alive. Larry Lehman, a workman with BDC Group in Marion, found 45-year-old...
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A somewhat radical plan for 2020-21: Switch Iowa high school fall sports to spring, spring sports to fall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 10:10am
The next paragraph will be tough to read. Heck, it’s agonizing to write. But here goes: I don’t think we’re going to be able to play high school football in Iowa this fall. Before...
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The state is sending $307 in food assistance to every student enrolled at these 20 Cedar Rapids schools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 10, 2020 - 9:38am
The state is sending $307.80 to nearly 250,000 Iowa children — including every student at 20 Cedar Rapids schools — who would have been eligible for free or reduced-price lunches this...
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Are we all in this together? Maybe not

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 10:29pm
When this coronavirus pandemic started and our businesses largely shut down, a thing I heard people saying over and over again was, “We’re all in this together.” It was a nice...
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A DJ is hosting a prom for teenagers. Health officials wish he wouldn’t

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 6:43pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cliford Estores promises his “#SaveTheProm” event Friday night will be a lavish occasion — with a guest DJ flown in from California, dancing and a...
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City-owned DoubleTree Hotel reopens after monthslong closure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 6:40pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids officials say they’re not inclined to consider selling the city-owned DoubleTree by Hilton any time soon, though the question remains of when would be the...
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Iowa courts to start face-to-face services next week

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 6:26pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court issued three orders late Thursday to guide judges and court staffers on how to restart face-to-face court services next week in all 99 Iowa counties. The...
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These art exhibits were made for this socially distant moment

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 6:18pm
Two new art projects at Public Space One in Iowa City are perfectly tailored for the current moment, though they were planned long before the coronavirus pandemic led to recommendations for social...
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Local manufacturers may have escaped coronavirus supply-chain disruptions but the future is less clear

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 6:11pm
The good news first. Corridor manufacturers so far have been relatively unharmed by COVID-19-related supply chain interruptions. But some fear what could happen in the coming months, as stockpiles...
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Make your own barbecue sauce by starting with the basic steps from Chef Tibbs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 6:03pm
So here we are, in the dead heat of summer. The acrid stench of last week’s fireworks lingering in the neighborhood is finally transforming into the undisputed champions of summer smells:...
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Racism is a public health crisis that needs immediate action, Linn County Board of Health declares

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 5:13pm
LINN COUNTY — The Linn County Board of Health called for “immediate action to address racism as a public health crisis” in a position statement released Thursday. The statement...
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Empower Rural Iowa panel to switch focus to EMS services

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 4:56pm
Two years after Gov. Kim Reynolds kicked off her Empower Rural Iowa initiative, the panel is winding down its broadband connectivity task force and creating another to address emergency medical...
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