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U.S. loses bid to halt children’s climate change lawsuit

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 3:50pm
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected the U.S. government’s bid to halt a lawsuit by young people claiming that President Donald Trump and his administration are violating their...
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U.S. judge says opioid settlement roadblocks may prompt trials

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 3:44pm
A federal judge pushing for a settlement in lawsuits by state and local governments against drug companies over their roles in the U.S. opioid epidemic said on Wednesday that trials may be needed...
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Iowa credit union members rally against tax hike

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 3:19pm
DES MOINES — Iowa credit union members packed the Capitol on Wednesday to deliver a message to lawmakers planning to raise taxes on them: “That’s not fair, and we’re not...
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Da Vinci exhibit coming to Dubuque in May

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 2:07pm
DUBUQUE — You don’t have to fly to Paris to smile at the “Mona Lisa” or Milan to marvel at “The Last Supper.” Replicas of both masterpieces are coming to...
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North Liberty Fire Department responds to fire at Frontier Co-Op

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 12:57pm
NORTH LIBERTY — The North Liberty Fire Department responded to a fire at a business Wednesday morning. North Liberty communications director Nick Bergus said crews responded to a fire in a...
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Dolly Parton lends a hand to literacy in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 12:28pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is leaning on country music legend Dolly Parton as it undertakes an ambitious effort to provide young children with dozens of free...
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Iowa Senate approves requirement for school security plans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 12:11pm
DES MOINES — All public and state-accredited private schools in Iowa would be required to have emergency plans — such as for active shooter situations and natural disasters — in...
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Two Cedar Rapids residents charged with distributing heroin

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 12:07pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man and woman were charged in federal court Monday with distributing heroin in the Cedar Rapids area after authorities conducted surveillance on the two and set...
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Certified nursing assistants accused of sexual relationships with patients missing from Fayette County facility

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 11:32am
FAYETTE — Two certified nursing assistants are accused of having sexual relationships with patients at an assisted living facility where they worked. According to the Fayette County...
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Iowa City police investigating report of armed robbery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 11:29am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are investigating an armed robbery they say occurred Tuesday night. According to a police media relese, officers were called to 2601 Highway 6 East at 8:48 p.m....
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Senate revamps Iowa's energy policies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 7, 2018 - 9:50am
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted late Tuesday to approve energy-policy changes that will alter energy efficiency programs and reshape Iowa Utility Board’s regulatory role — moves...
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Why is Microsoft co-founder building world’s largest airplane?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 7:54pm
A massive airplane being built by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen moved a step closer to flight last week, when it crept out of its hangar in Mojave, Calif., and practiced rolling down the runway,...
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Pence touts Trump’s tax cut, ‘strong leadership’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 7:36pm
COUNCIL BLUFFS — Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he wanted to be sure voters who helped elect Donald Trump knew about the administration’s achievements in its first year. The top...
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Iowa City taking next step in regulating rentals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
IOWA CITY — City officials are hoping to update zoning codes to prevent too many people from living in various types of homes and to stabilize neighborhoods. The City Council voted 6-0, with...
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Iowa House GOP committee chair blocks public from immigration debate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 6:49pm
DES MOINES — Iowa House Republicans used their clerks to limit opponents of a “sanctuary cities” bill from being present while it was under consideration Tuesday. House Public...
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Iowa House votes to require competitive bidding on public projects

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 6:37pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa House on Tuesday approved a bill crafted in response to Linn County supervisors’ use of a lease-purchase agreement, rather than a traditional competitive-bidding...
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Talk of body cameras for law enforcement, expanding and improving Iowans’ mental health and substance abuse disorder services, stopping “spoofing” scams: Iowa Capitol Digest, March 6

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 6:33pm
BODY CAMERA STUDY: A disparate group of interest groups told a House Judiciary subcommittee March 6 that they want to be a part of a study of law enforcement use of body cameras. The subcommittee...
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Johnson Avenue NW corridor proving ground for modern traffic tools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 5:14pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Johnson Avenue NW corridor soon will be a proving ground for several modern transportation tools — including roundabouts and road diets — that will be...
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Iowa Senate approves major judicial change

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 5:12pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate on Tuesday approved a significant change to Iowa’s judicial system, voting 26-24 to require a supermajority of five Iowa Supreme Court justices to hold a...
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Oelwein chiropractor pays $80K to settle billing allegations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 6, 2018 - 4:21pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An Oelwein chiropractor has agreed to pay nearly $80,000 to settle allegations that he provided patients on Medicare and Medicaid free electrical stimulation to influence them...
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