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Cedar Rapids police urge public to use online reporting tools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 2:37pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — To protect the health and safety of officers, the Cedar Rapids Police Department is asking the community to use its online reporting tools for non-emergency incidents, crimes...
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New plans submitted for Cedar Rapids’ Banjo Block

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 2:22pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An Indiana developer with a track record in Cedar Rapids has submitted conceptual plans for an apartment complex on the Banjo Block, a centrally located and mostly vacant...
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Sentencing reset to June for Manchester man convicted of killing Michelle Martinko

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 2:07pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sentencing for a Manchester man convicted last month for killing 18-year-old Michelle Martinko in 1979 has been delayed again, this time because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Sixth...
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In King Corn vs. Big Oil, biofuel producers win latest round

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 1:49pm
The Trump administration will leave unchallenged a federal court ruling that restricts its ability to exempt oil refiners from blending corn-based ethanol and other biofuels into the nation’s...
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Covid-19 made me close my B&B, but my community gives me hope

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 1:34pm
My quads are throbbing in places I never knew existed, the tendons in my arms and wrists feel like they are going to snap as I pound away on the keyboard. Everything feels sore but the pain is...
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Kirkwood cancels commencement, joins other colleges in suspending spring ceremonies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 1:28pm
IOWA CITY — Kirkwood Community College on Wednesday followed their collegiate and university peers across the state and canceled this spring’s in-person commencement ceremony due to the...
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WATCH LIVE: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ coronavirus news conference Wednesday, March 25

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 1:12pm
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is providing an update on coronavirus in Iowa at 2:30 p.m. today. She is speaking from the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston. The news conference will be...
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Family counselors’ tips on managing stress at home during coronavirus pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 11:58am
IOWA CITY — A public health crisis unfolding day by day. Financial and employment insecurity. Uncertainty over the future. Any of those things on their own can create stress. Amid the COVID-19...
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COVID cancels spring break. But how about a garage prom?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 11:55am
So your columnist and his family are back from spring break. The weather in Florida was lovely all week. I know this only because Sanibel Island is on my weather app. We were nowhere near the state...
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Illinois family donates 50 homemade face shields to University of Iowa hospital

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 11:18am
IOWA CITY — An Illinois family, wanting to find a way to help with the COVID-19 outbreak, made more than 50 face shields and delivered them Tuesday to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics,...
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UnityPoint-Cedar Rapids opens respiratory clinic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 11:03am
CEDAR RAPIDS — UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids has established a dedicated clinic in Cedar Rapids to care for patients with respiratory illnesses, including the novel coronavirus. On Wednesday,...
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Parties launched dueling “Make ‘Em Squeal” ads

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 10:54am
DES MOINES — Iowa Democratic Party officials say they are using Wednesday’s six-year anniversary of Iowa GOP Sen. Joni Ernst’s “Squeal” advertisement to launch a...
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Iowa City VA employee tests positive for coronavirus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 10:36am
IOWA CITY — An employee at the Iowa City VA Health Care System has tested positive for COVID-19. An employee, who is unidentified tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, VA...
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21 new coronavirus cases in Iowa, with 2 in Benton County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 10:26am
DES MOINES — Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health report today that 21 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the statewide total of 145...
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Whirlpool temporarily shutters Amana plant after employee’s positive COVID-19 test

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 9:24am
Whirlpool Corp. temporarily has closed its Amana refrigerator plant after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The patient has not been in the plant since March 17, but reported close contact...
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(CANCELED) Operation Quickfind for Jonathan Newell of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 8:23am
Update: Jonathan has been located and the Quickfind has been canceled The Cedar Rapids Police Department has issued an Operation Quickfind for a 48-year-old man. Jonathan Newell is white, 5 feet 10...
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Operation Quickfind for Emma Janss of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 7:27am
The Cedar Rapids Police Department has issued an Operation Quickfind for a 16-year-old girl. Emma Janss is white and 5 feet 11 inches tall. She was last seen Tuesday night in the 1700 block of...
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Coronavirus in Iowa, live updates for March 25: Trump approves Iowa disaster declaration

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 25, 2020 - 6:32am
7:25 a.m. President Donald Trump Approves Iowa Disaster Declaration President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Iowa and has ordered federal assistance to...
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History Happenings: Cedar Rapids man popularized Chautauquas in early 1900s

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 24, 2020 - 7:48pm
A century ago, it was a big deal when a Chautauqua came to town. Think of a Chautauqua as a traveling “Ted Talk” series — a popular event featuring lectures and performances...
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Cabaret versus COVID-19: Old Creamery organizing virtual fundraiser for 5 area theaters

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 24, 2020 - 7:43pm
Fearing that their show, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” would be put on hold shortly after it opened, the staff at Old Creamery Theatre in Amana — helmed by their new executive...
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