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Family-owned hotel chains started small in the Midwest

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 2, 2018 - 10:33am
Three Midwest family-owned hotel chains, including two in Eastern Iowa, trace their roots to hard work and modest origins. Here are their stories. Three hotels, no employees When Bob and Angie Patel...
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Parking aplenty in NewBo, but how convenient?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 2, 2018 - 10:25am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Especially when the NewBo City Market is open, parking spots get snapped up quickly as the New Bohemia District gets busy. A Friday lunch hour earlier this month was a prime...
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Marion school district releases statement on Diane Graham’s return

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 2, 2018 - 10:19am
A day after students and parents raised concerns about a teacher returning to work this week after facing lawsuits over sexual abuse of kindergartners by a teenage volunteer in her classroom, the...
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Fire causes significant damage to Iowa City apartment building

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 2, 2018 - 6:41am
IOWA CITY — Firefighters are still trying to determine what caused a fire at an Iowa City apartment building Thursday evening. According to the Iowa City Fire Department, crews were called to...
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Friday Morning Read: Reynolds promotes deputy to be Iowa ag secretary, Cedar Rapids seeks millions to help pay for ConnectCR, Acquitted teacher's return to Marion classroom elicits protests

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 2, 2018 - 6:12am
Reynolds promotes deputy to be Iowa ag secretary- Mike Naig, deputy secretary of agriculture since 2013, has been promoted to lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He will...
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Trump pushes deal to help ethanol and refineries

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 9:35pm
President Donald Trump urged representatives from the rival oil and corn industries Thursday to break a deadlock over the future of the nation’s biofuels policy by accepting a deal involving...
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With Connect CR, Cedar Rapids seeks millions to help pay for signature rec project

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 6:42pm
DES MOINES — An ambitious bike trail, pedestrian bridge and lake restoration project — combined and dubbed ConnectCR — would be a statewide game changer, a contingent of Cedar...
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Reynolds promotes deputy to be Iowa ag secretary

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 5:48pm
DES MOINES — Mike Naig, deputy secretary of agriculture since 2013, has been promoted to lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He will succeed Secretary Bill Northey...
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Talking taxes, school safety considerations, state tax receipts growing: Iowa Capitol Digest, March 1

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 5:41pm
TALKING TAXES: Brad Hudson of the Iowa State Education Association was one of several people to speak about Gov. Kim Reynolds’ $1.7 billion tax reform and relief proposal at a House Ways and...
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Kirkwood design students get hands-on experience

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 5:33pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Start-up and nonprofit companies lacking the budget to create professional materials touting their services have turned to another option: students in David...
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Reynolds tax plan finds support, prompts worries

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 5:01pm
DES MOINES — Lawmakers and lobbyists were generally supportive of the goals of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposed tax modernization plan Thursday but disagreed on whether her $1.7 billion...
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Higher tax on Iowa sports betting could be deal-breaker

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 5:00pm
DES MOINES — More than doubling the proposed state tax on casino-based sports betting from 7.33 percent to 17 percent could be a deal-breaker, a spokesman for the Iowa gaming industry said...
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Fairfax man sustains ‘life-threatening injuries’ after two-vehicle accident on Williams Boulevard

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 4:58pm
A 30-year-old Fairfax man was seriously hurt Thursday morning after he rear ended a semi-trailer truck while he had been heading north on Williams Boulevard. According to a media release from the...
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EU, Canada object to U.S. steel tariffs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 4:04pm
As some Republican leaders expressed surprise and disappointment, key trading partners said on Thursday they would react strongly with a proposal within days for countermeasures against the United...
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University of Iowa launches search for new provost

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 4:03pm
IOWA CITY — One year after former University of Iowa Provost Barry Butler left to for the presidency at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, UI is launching a search for his...
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Cedar Rapids man to serve 3 years in federal prison for making counterfeit bills, identity theft

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 3:54pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three years in prison for manufacturing counterfeit bills to buy pizza and other items and also helping others in...
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Why did Hope Hicks resign? Even the good option looks bad.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 3:45pm
WASHINGTON - White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is resigning less than six months after officially taking that job on a permanent basis. And according to a timeline provided by the...
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Iowa lawmakers pass bill cracking down on skimming devices

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 2:38pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted 49-0 Thursday to make it easier to prosecute criminals who place skimming devices on ATMs and fuel pumps to steal credit card information — a practice...
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University of Iowa Health Care exiting alliance, dissolving ACO in face of ‘financial headwinds’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 2:18pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa’s $1.4 billion health care enterprise has notified the three health systems that comprise its UI Health Alliance that it’s exiting the...
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Acquitted teacher’s return to Marion classroom elicits protests

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 1, 2018 - 2:12pm
An online petition has started and a protest is scheduled as parents learned that a teacher placed on leave and sued over reports that pupils were sexually abused by a teen volunteer in her Starry...
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