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Gun buyers wouldn’t pay Iowa sales tax around Independence Day, bill proposes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 2:18pm
DES MOINES — Iowans purchasing a new gun or ammunition could have a sales tax-free holiday similar to the one families get every August on clothing, shoes and some school-related items. A...
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Years of delay and inaction threaten Iowas trails and parks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 2:07pm
Proverbs tells us that good things come to those who wait. However, when it comes to funding Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreational Trust Fund, our legislators have taken...
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How the Iowa caucuses ‘broke down in every way possible’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 1:17pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Days before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic Party activist Lindsey Ellickson prepared to run her Cedar Rapids precinct by downloading the new smartphone app designed to...
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Coe College President David McInally to retire next year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 12:59pm
Eight years after taking the reins of the private Coe College in Cedar Rapids, President David McInally has announced he plans to retire after the 2020-2021 academic year. As 15th president of Coe...
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Alliant picks up $1.4 million in vacant Cedar Rapids land along CRANDIC

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 12:35pm
Alliant Energy Transportation has acquired nearly 132 acres of rural land for future use in southwest Cedar Rapids. The logistics services provider on Jan. 28 bought four property parcels totaling...
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Fire department says restaurant fire in SW Cedar Rapids caused by spontaneous combustion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 12:02pm
After two days of investigation, Cedar Rapids authorities have determined that cause of a fire at Campus Gyro and Ice Cream, located at 45 Kirkwood Court SW, was accidental. According to public...
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What you need to know about Hinterland 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 11:29am
Hinterland Music Festival is back, returning to the tiny town of Saint Charles July 31 to Aug. 2. The lineup, announced Tuesday, includes Leon Bridges, Of Monsters and Men, Tyler Childers, KALEO, Old...
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Medical Examiner: at least 2-3 weeks before Justin DeWitt autopsy complete

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 9:20am
IOWA CITY — The cause of death for the former North Liberty landscaper imprisoned for plotting to kill a family of four and witnesses in that case won’t be known for several weeks at...
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Marion Police Department offering hiring incentives to already-experienced officers in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 9:01am
In an effort to beef up its candidate pools and attract already-experienced officers, The Marion Police Department will begin offering incentives — such as a hiring bonus and salary...
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End Iowa’s statute of limitations laws for sexual abuse

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:51am
When she was 16, my sister woke up from a nightmare. She dreamed she was being attacked by someone she knew. When she woke up, she told us it wasn’t just a bad dream. My sister had been...
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Watch closing arguments: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 9

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 9 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 7 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 7

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 7 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 6

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 6 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 5

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 5 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 4

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 4 of the trial continues Monday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns, Day 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Day 3 of the trial continues Friday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her...
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Live: Day 2 of Michelle Martinko murder trial for suspect Jerry Burns

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
The trial continues Thursday for Jerry Burns, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents’...
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Live: Michelle Martinko murder trial begins

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 8:24am
Jerry Burns is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Michelle Martinko on Dec. 19, 1979. Police found the 18-year-old's body in her parents’ Buick parked behind the J.C....
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Iowa City man faces new burglary, theft charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2020 - 7:07am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man arrested on burglary and theft charges last month faces similar charges in a new case. According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers took a report of...
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