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Marion parents who lost son to suicide wanted answers from Iowa State University

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 17, 2019 - 11:01am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Kathy Schussler believes her son Dane wanted to live because he was searching for a solution to his problem — which was typical for the Iowa State University engineering...
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Strain on supply prompts call for blood donations in Eastern Iowa, nearby states

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 17, 2019 - 10:52am
The typical shortage of blood donations around a holiday has been compounded after several hospitals in the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center’s service region saw an increase in blood...
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Deere to slash costs after trade war hits earnings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 17, 2019 - 8:20am
CHICAGO — Deere & Co. on Friday announced a review of costs after a combination of the U.S.-China trade war and bad weather dented its quarterly profits, forcing the company to trim its...
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China ramps up Brazil soybean imports, rebuffing U.S. crops

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 17, 2019 - 8:18am
China is stepping up its soybean buying in Brazil as growers in Argentina continue to hoard and the Asian nation avoids American oilseed after an escalation in trade tensions between Washington and...
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Iowa Democrats start to feel fatigue from 23-candidate field

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 17, 2019 - 8:17am
CLEAR LAKE — Caucus fatigue has not yet hit Iowa Democrats. But it may be just around the corner if the unwieldy field of presidential candidates does not start shrinking. Iowa Democrats are...
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Emotions stir over Cedar Rapids crackdown on neighborhood wildlife rehab

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 7:13pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials are defending a crack down on a local wildlife rehabilitator — whose home practice in a residential neighborhood violates the zoning code — saying...
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50-unit affordable housing project coming to Marion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 7:08pm
MARION — A new development in Marion aims to address one of the city’s biggest housing gaps — affordable rental housing. Developers hope to break ground this fall on a $9.6...
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Insight into a reporter’s introspective week

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 6:21pm
Let’s venture into the mind of a political journalist. Dangerous journey, I know. But this past week filled me with a sense of introspection that I want to share. It started at the Iowa State...
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Marion teenager launches support group for teens with chronic illnesses

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 5:31pm
MARION — After 15-year-old Sid Karasek was diagnosed with a chronic illness, she felt like there was no one her own age to turn to for support. “When you’re in pain every day,...
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Be ready Iowa City: UI students are moving in this week

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 5:20pm
IOWA CITY — Expect streets in the heart of Iowa’s college communities to be swarming this week with hitched trailers, open trunks, dollies toting mini fridges, and luggage carts...
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University of Iowa doctors-in-training don white coats ‘of compassion’ Nearly 4,000 students sought admission. Only 152 got in

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 5:16pm
IOWA CITY — Students embarking on what will be a yearslong journey through the University of Iowa’s medical school Friday donned more than the white coats that have become customary in...
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Marion resale shop inspired by a TV show

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 4:50pm
MARION — “You’d be surprised how often people don’t pay their bills,” Randy Gibson said one recent morning. Gibson of Cedar Rapids is one of the three behind 3 Guys...
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‘Easy Rider’ actor Peter Fonda dead at age 79

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 4:49pm
LOS ANGELES — “Easy Rider” actor Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the brother of Jane Fonda, died on Friday at age 79 after suffering respiratory failure from lung cancer,...
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2 of Iowa’s 3 public universities see giving gains

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 4:48pm
Fewer donors than the year before contributed less money to Iowa’s public universities in fiscal 2019, a year already beset by mounting changes across the higher education landscape, with...
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Petroleum spill on Ralston Creek in Iowa City likely from former industrial site

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 11:34am
IOWA CITY — A historical industrial site or dumping near downtown Iowa City likely is the cause of a petroleum slick discovered Thursday on Ralston Creek, a state official said. City officials...
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Vinton hospital data breach may have exposed patient information

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 11:31am
VINTON — Virginia Gay Hospital experienced a data security breach last month that may have exposed patient information, officials announced Friday. Officials with the 25-bed hospital in Vinton...
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Teen arrested after shots fired into minivan in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 11:24am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Thursday after firing a gun at a minivan. According to Cedar Rapids police, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 2300 block of C...
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‘They screwed us,’ Grassley says of EPA’s ethanol waivers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 11:19am
JOHNSTON — Chuck Grassley’s response was blunt. “They screwed us.” That is how Iowa’s senior U.S. senator feels about the federal government’s 31 exemptions...
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Iowa jobless rate creeps higher after year of consistent unemployment levels

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 11:12am
Iowa experienced an increase in its unemployment rate — by 0.1 percent, to 2.5 percent — in July, for the first time since the same month last year, Iowa Workforce Development announced...
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Trump won’t be beat with plans alone

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 16, 2019 - 10:39am
Marianne Williamson may not have “the answer.” But she’s the only one who has framed the right questions. Whether or not that qualifies her to be president, it clearly qualifies...
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