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Big Ten cuts non-conference football games for 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 4:27pm
The Big Ten announced Thursday that its 2020 football season, in doubt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be conference-only. Of course, that means the Iowa-Iowa State game, played every year...
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Trump let’s states manage COVID-19, unless there are foreigners involved

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 4:12pm
President Donald Trump decided early on to let anyone but him manage the COVID-19 response. Now he’s finally taking national action, but it’s all wrong. Because of the pandemic, foreign...
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Racism is a public health crisis in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 2:07pm
Two of the essential services of the Linn County Board of Health are to inform, educate and empower people about health issues and to mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health...
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University of Iowa to spend $1 million cleaning up protest graffiti, archiving it along the way

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 1:58pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa is spending $1 million to remove from its campus buildings — including the 178-year-old Old Capitol and 93-year-old Field House — spray painted...
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University of Iowa student’s advocacy pushes young people to the polls

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 1:45pm
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior Jocelyn Roof envisions a civically engaged society. People would serve on local boards and commissions and go to city council meetings. They’d have...
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How to support local businesses during the pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 1:19pm
We don’t know how long the health crisis, with its restrictions and social distancing, will last, but local businesses need your support amid the uncertainty. The Better Business Bureau knows...
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Iowa reports highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since May 1

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 1:16pm
Iowa reported 733 new positive coronavirus cases by 11 a.m. Thursday, the highest single-day jump in cases since May 1. The total number of cases is currently 33,121. The state’s rolling...
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Travel Leaders to buy Meacham Travel Service

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 12:33pm
Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited has acquired Meacham Travel Service in Iowa City. Destinations Unlimited CEO Duane Jasper said both organizations have agreements with the University of Iowa and...
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Iowa City man arrested after racially-charged attack

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 10:23am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man was arrested early Thursday morning after what police said was a racially-charged attack. According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers were called...
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Mandatory health screenings proposed for Eastern Iowa Airport

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 10:02am
Eastern Iowa Airport proposed mandatory preflight medical screenings for all passengers Thursday morning in an effort to avoid any spread of coronavirus at the airport. If it’s approved at the...
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Former cop Lucas Jones to claim CRPD fired him in retaliation for memo accusing fellow officer of inappropriate conduct

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 7:41am
Former Cedar Rapids Patrol Sgt. Lucas Jones — who was fired from the department on June 18 — will assert that his firing was an act of retaliation as a part of his defense in the civil...
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Which will prevail in Cedar Rapids, hope or history?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 7:40am
Advocates for Social Justice have been organizing Black Lives Matter protests in Cedar Rapids and are leading the charge for policing reforms in the city. One of their main demands is the creation of...
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Iowans file more than 145,000 unemployment claims between June 28, July 4

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 9, 2020 - 7:20am
Iowa workers filed more than 145,000 new and continuing unemployment claims between June 28 and July 4, Iowa Workforce Development said Thursday morning. The state saw 10,698 new claims, an increase...
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Community Foundation of Johnson County and Project Better Together launch business grant

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 7:52pm
A new business grant will be available to businesses owned by people of color, Indigenous people and immigrants in Johnson County that experienced loss due to COVID-19, through a new partnership...
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Coronavirus infections, exposures remain low among Corridor first responders

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 7:50pm
Each day, hundreds of emergency medical responders and fire and police officers risk exposure to COVID-19 while answering calls for help. Despite the higher risk, the number of positive COVID-19...
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CDC study: Minorities far more affected in meatpacking outbreaks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 7:49pm
A new report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that 87 percent of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities and that at least 86 workers...
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Iowa summer kids program goes online amid health concerns

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 7:48pm
BURLINGTON — An Eastern Iowa summer school program has been been moved from in-person to online after several students screened for coronavirus symptoms registered fevers this week. North...
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Volunteers search for missing man in Waterloo area who is subject of film ‘This Day Forward’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 6:26pm
WATERLOO — Volunteers are searching for a former college music instructor whose brain tumor diagnosis is the subject of an independent film after he went missing from an Iowa care center. The...
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Chew on This: New restaurant, Table, opens in North Liberty; Marion pub crawl goes virtual

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 5:58pm
Chew on This is a regular series featuring the latest news on area restaurants and bars. Sign up for the newsletter for regular updates on restaurant openings and dining in Eastern Iowa.Table North...
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Coronavirus pandemic saps Iowa casino revenue by about 20 percent

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 5:49pm
DES MOINES — Iowa’s state-licensed casinos are (kind of) back to wheeling and dealing after the coronavirus pandemic knocked them offline for 11 weeks and caused fiscal 2020 revenue to...
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