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GOP makes moves against Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 9:07pm
Gazette staff and wires WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks after U.S. Rep. Steve King was sworn into a new term in Congress, a panel of Republican leaders voted unanimously Monday to keep him...
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Iowa City releases podcast for residents

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 7:08pm
IOWA CITY — Residents in Iowa City will have a new podcast devoted to local issues. The city announced Monday it would be produce a podcast called “Iowa City Matters” that will...
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'Labor of love' Perkins House seeks local historic status

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 6:58pm
  CEDAR RAPIDS — Eric Gutschmidt didn’t know precisely what he was getting into when he bought an old 5,024-square foot mansion on Third Avenue SE known as the Perkins House, except that...
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Linn County sees $1.6 billion in construction since 2016

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 5:34pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County metro areas have seen more than $1.6 billion in construction since 2016, according to a review of public and private sector projects by the Cedar Rapids Metro...
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Rally at Capitol supports IPERS

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 5:22pm
DES MOINES — Groups representing public employees and Democratic-leaning organizations rallied Monday at the Capitol in hopes of fending off any changes to the public employee retirement...
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Catholic Worker House holds “sleep in” on Pedestrian Mall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 5:17pm
IOWA CITY — The Catholic Worker House held a “sleep in” protest Monday in hopes of persuading city leaders to reconsider the new Pedestrian Mall bench design. Representatives of...
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Iowa Democratic leader urges sex crime, harassment reforms

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 5:15pm
DES MOINES — Iowa Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen broke through the usual opening-day fare of the Iowa Legislature with a call Monday for lawmakers to better address sexual assault and...
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Iowa City school district set to keep most contract items

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 4:43pm
Despite drastic changes to state law since the last negotiation with its teachers union, the Iowa City Community School District is on track to preserve most items in its master contract. The...
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Mercy Health Network to change its name

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 4:22pm
Iowa health care system Mercy Health Network will rebrand itself next month to better unify its locations statewide. Starting Feb. 1, Mercy Health Network will become MercyOne, according to a Monday...
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U.S. proposes to allow drone flights at night

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 3:49pm
The Trump administration on Monday proposed rules that would allow drones to operate over populated areas and end a requirement for special permits for night use — long-awaited actions that...
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Wisconsin kidnapper targeted Jayme Closs after seeing her get on school bus - prosecutor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 3:21pm
By Todd Melby, Reuters BARRON, Wis., Jan 14 (Reuters) - The Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl after murdering her parents and holding her hostage for months, sometimes under his...
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Iowa should go all in on internet betting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 2:39pm
The gaming industry has a demographics problem, and the casino lobby’s efforts to expand may prove counterproductive. State policymakers in recent years have discussed several ways to expand...
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Top Rank Staffing aims to be all-inclusive

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 2:21pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Anthony Arrington, Karl Cassell, Nick Ford and Reggie Ward are four hometown guys trying to make a difference in their community. While their careers and lives took them in...
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Iowa gun rights amendment hits ‘monumental setback’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 1:15pm
DES MOINES — For lack of a required legal notice, it’s back to square one for supporters of a “right to bear arms” amendment to the Iowa Constitution. “This may be...
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How to watch Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State speech

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 12:42pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address to lawmakers will be shown live online and over the air Tuesday morning, then rebroadcast Tuesday night accompanied by...
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Vinton hospital joins UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids as affiliate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 12:26pm
Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton announced it has joined UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids as an affiliate, ending its previous agreement with the University of Iowa. Officials announced Monday that...
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Fate of Iowa House 55 hopeful in lawmakers’ hands

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 10:48am
DES MOINES — As 100 members of the Iowa House took their oath of office Monday, Jan. 14, Kayla Koether sat in the back row of the chamber hoping that before the day was over she, too, might be...
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Protesters plan Ped Mall ‘sleep in’ today over new benches

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 10:24am
IOWA CITY — The Catholic Worker House is planning a “sleep in” protest this afternoon in hopes of persuading city leaders to reconsider the new Pedestrian Mall bench design. The...
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UPS says police responding to shooter at New Jersey facility

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 9:54am
Police were responding to an “active shooter situation” on Monday at a United Parcel Service Inc processing facility in Logan Township, New Jersey, the company said. There were no...
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Power & protest: Cedar Rapids museum exhibits faces and facets of political realm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 14, 2019 - 8:58am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Photojournalism in the United States dates back to the Civil War battlefields, but those depictions often were staged, setting up scenes with bodies and guns or waiting for just...
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