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Fact Checker: Math doesn’t quite add up for Andrew Yang’s Amazon.com Iowa claim

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 8:02pm
“Amazon’s soaking up $20 billion in business each year causing 30 percent of your stores and malls to close. How much is Amazon paying in federal taxes each year? (Audience: Zero.) That...
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State spending plan starts on ‘solid’ footing before 2020 Iowa Legislative session begins

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 7:05pm
DES MOINES — Newly appointed Iowa House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gary Mohr recalls a college class where his professor said economics is the study of unlimited wants but limited...
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Veterans for Peace plan Armistice Day events in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 7:02pm
IOWA CITY — Veterans for Peace, Iowa City Chapter 161, will mark the 101st observance of Armistice Day, also known as Veterans Day, on Monday with two events. Whistleblower Coleen Rowley, a...
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As temperatures drop, here are locations to keep warm in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 5:31pm
While the arctic blast isn’t bringing below-zero temperatures to the Cedar Rapids area, the thermometer will dip down into the teens and possibly single digits Monday. On Sunday night,...
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C.R. teacher Tammy Ryan’s firing involving African-American baby doll reversed by District Court

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 5:07pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids high school teacher who came under scrutiny for the way a black baby doll was treated in her classroom was unfairly fired last fall, a District Court judge says...
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Cedar Rapids man found guilty of lesser charges in deadly drug robbery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 4:54pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County jury on Friday found Donald Harris guilty of a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of man during a planned drug robbery in 2017. Harris, 32, of Cedar Rapids, was...
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Iowa high school football playoffs: Friday’s quarterfinal scores, updates, live streams and more

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 4:37pm
A trip to the UNI-Dome is on the line for 48 Iowa high school football teams Friday night as the playoffs reach the quarterfinal stage. Here’s everything you need to know. » LIVE SCOREBOARD:...
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Amana siblings collect hundreds of blankets for homeless, Willis Dady

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 3:02pm
Peyton Meyers doesn’t think anyone should be out in the cold without a way to stay warm this winter, and he’s doing something about it. The Amana 10-year-old, a fifth-grader at Prairie...
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Newman Abuissa ‘restarting’ campaign in Iowa’s 2nd District race for U.S. House

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 3:00pm
CORALVILLE — As one construction season is winding down, Newman Abuissa of Iowa City is starting another project — building a campaign for the U.S. House in Iowa’s 2nd...
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2 women charged with stealing more than $2,000 in merchandise from multiple Linn County stores

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 2:39pm
Cedar Rapids Police arrested two women Thursday after they allegedly stole more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from multiple stores and led police on a high-speed chase. According to the criminal...
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Employee accused of stealing more than $1,500 from Kum & Go in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 2:13pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was arrested Friday on a theft charge after being accused of taking more than $1,500 from his employer over two weeks, police said. Johnnie JR Choate, 20,...
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Iowa inmate says his brief death should end his life sentence. Court says no way.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 1:22pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Appeals Court has ruled against a convicted killer who says he “died” during a medical emergency and thus fulfilled his life sentence. Wapello County court...
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Jailed Cedar Rapids man faces additional sex abuse charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 1:09pm
IOWA CITY — A Cedar Rapids man already in jail after being accused of filming himself while having sex with an incapacitated woman now faces additional charges. Carlos A. Hivento, 32,...
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Feds want cash, cars, and more from Cedar Rapids marijuana trafficker

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 12:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who shipped in BMW vehicles packed with marijuana and flew in multiple pounds of the drug each month from California for the last eight years will now have to...
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Coe College can’t count Grant Wood art toward endowment, shrinking it by $5.4 million

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 11:56am
Coe College no longer will be allowed to count the value of a gifted 1932 Grant Wood mural toward its endowment, according to a new Iowa Supreme Court ruling, shrinking the institution’s...
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Ernst: Honoring service and sacrifice

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 10:37am
Having worn our great nation’s colors in Operation Iraqi Freedom, veterans hold a special place in my heart. Some of my favorite moments in Iowa are centered on honoring our veterans and...
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Veteran suicide is a growing but under-researched issue

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 10:30am
Seventeen veterans will die by suicide today, seventeen veterans will commit suicide tomorrow, and another seventeen the next day, and the day after that. Six thousand, one hundred thirty-nine...
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Finkenauer: Rural broadband is key to 21st century success

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 10:27am
When was the last time that you unfolded a map for directions before a road trip or required a postage stamp to send a photograph to a friend? More likely than not, you have turned to a phone,...
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General Mills workers avoid strike, set to ratify contract next week

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 9:25am
CEDAR RAPIDS — More than 500 General Mills workers will not strike after reaching a tentative contract agreement with the company, the union said Friday. The Retail, Wholesale and Department...
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Both Navy vets, twin sisters from Cedar Rapids experience ‘awesome’ honor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 8:30am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Pam Jurgemeyer and Paula Steenhoek are twin sisters, but Jurgemeyer won’t hesitate to point out she was born first, 11 minutes earlier. “I guess I got...
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