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Symphonic rock to blast off as Mickey Thomas returns to Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 7:34pm
Mickey Thomas has landed in Cedar Rapids “many times” over the years, but this time, he’s steering his Starship hits toward Orchestra Iowa on Saturday night (2/24). “This...
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‘Blue Apron for food stamps’ already exists. And some recipients hate the powdered milk.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 7:23pm
On a recent Friday afternoon, under the watchful gaze of local food bank staff, 68-year-old John Samuel pawed through a box of government-sourced canned goods and found little inside that he...
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Soybeans could dethrone corn as U.S. crop king after 35 years

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 7:20pm
For the first time in 35 years, soybeans are poised to steal the crown of U.S. crop king from corn. American farmers are set to increase their soy plantings to a record 90.69 million acres, according...
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State orders changes to Sutliff golf fundraiser

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
A 32-year-old fundraiser tied to the Sutliff Bridge will have to end or change its practices after the Iowa Department of Natural Resources decided the event in which golf balls end up in the Cedar...
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Gov shows motorcycles some love, Miller has head in the CLOUD, concerns on Medicaid privatization: Iowa Capitol Digest, Feb. 21

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 5:59pm
A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Feb. 21, 2018: MOTORCYCLE BLUES: Gov. Kim Reynolds gathered with members of the ABATE motorcyclists’ rights organization at her...
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Iowa House bill clarifies that electronic pay statements are legal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 5:49pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa House approved legislation Wednesday making clear that a practice used by many Iowa businesses to deliver pay statements to employees is indeed legal. A “code...
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University of Iowa hospitals seeking rate hike, amid industry headwinds and institutional efficiency efforts

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 5:27pm
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — which is navigating changes in its leadership, integrating new facilities, and facing massive headwinds in the country’s health care...
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Mount Mercy to offer Cedar Rapids’ first doctorates

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 5:20pm
Ninety years after the Sisters of Mercy founded a two-year college for women in their Cedar Rapids community, Mount Mercy University is expanding its offerings — again — by adding its...
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Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa Friday to continue his “political revolution”

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 5:05pm
DES MOINES — Bernie Sanders has no doubt the Democratic Party is moving in a more progressive direction, thanks in large part to his unsuccessful presidential campaign. “It would be...
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United Technologies weighs 3-way breakup with decision this year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 4:34pm
United Technologies Corp. is considering a breakup. The manufacturer is studying a plan to split a portfolio that includes jet engines, elevators and air conditioners, CEO Greg Hayes said Wednesday...
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Democrats decry ‘fast-track’ of Iowa Senate Republican tax plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 4:33pm
DES MOINES — Democrats on the Senate Ways and Means Committee expressed concern Wednesday that majority Republicans were trying to “fast-track” a $1 billion tax cut and tax code...
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Sweet and spicy: Mangos Ice Cream features Mexican treats

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 4:30pm
When Edwin Gonzalez and his partner Emma Billa had a craving for Mexican popsicles or mangonadas, they used to drive as far as Des Moines or Chicago to get their favorite sweet desserts. So they...
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Iowa Regents plan maximum 4 percent tuition hike

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 1:26pm
DES MOINES — In an effort to keep quality higher education accessible for Iowa students and families, the Board of Regents plans to raise tuition just once by no more than 4 percent for the...
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‘Conflict with parents’ drives girls' basketball coach Tony Vis out at Kennedy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 1:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — For Tony Vis, the last straw came Jan. 20, after a loss to Dike-New Hartford. “One of the parents got nose-to-nose with me,” he recalled Wednesday, confirming his...
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My Biz: Baby Time family shop starts with a family very early on

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 1:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — As owner of Baby Time, a family shop in Cedar Rapids, Kristen Mead has the opportunity to connect with families very early on. Baby Time got it’s start as an online...
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Great Western Bank plans first Cedar Rapids branch

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 12:22pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A South Dakota-based bank plans to open its first branch in the Cedar Rapids metro. Great Western Bank, based in Sioux Falls, has its eyes on a site at 2739 First Ave. SE for...
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Cedar Rapids students walk out in remembrance of Parkland victims

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 12:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Hundreds of Washington High School students walked out of classes Wednesday morning, joining tens of thousands of students across the country who have staged demonstrations in...
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Linn County receives award for paving efforts

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 10:08am
CEDAR RAPIDS — It may not be the most glamorous award to some, but Linn County Engineer Steve Gannon said recent recognition of the county’s paving efforts speaks the a commitment to...
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Iowa Senate republicans unveil tax overhaul plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 8:26am
DES MOINES — Majority Senate Republicans unveiled a sweeping tax plan Wednesday that will cut individual and corporate income tax rates more than $1 billion a year beginning in 2019, reduce...
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Billy Graham; evangelist preacher to millions, adviser to presidents, dies at 99

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2018 - 6:53am
U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on...
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