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Iowa City apartment fire causes $50,000 in damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 8, 2019 - 8:24am
IOWA CITY — A fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to an Iowa City apartment Friday morning. According to the Iowa City Fire Department, firefighters were called to 319 E. Court St. at...
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Racial tensions rise on Iowa’s public university campuses

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 11:05pm
IOWA CITY — Only partway through the fall semester, Iowa’s public universities find themselves responding to acts of racism and widespread concerns that leaders are too complacent about...
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General Mills union says no strike, at least for now

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 10:32pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A day after hundreds of its members overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from General Mills and moved closer to going on strike, the workers’ union announced late...
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Cedar Rapids planning panel endorses Cargill rail yard

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 8:21pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cargill passed the first test Thursday in its latest application to build a rail yard on vacant city-owned ground in the southeast neighborhood known as Rompot. The City...
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Is this heaven? Maybe, once MLB finishes Field of Dreams stadium in Dyersville

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 7:25pm
DYERSVILLE — Thousands of people “will most definitely come” to Dyersville next August to watch the first major league baseball game at the Field of Dreams, and in Iowa, period,...
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Holiday classic ‘White Christmas’ coming to Des Moines Civic Center

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 6:27pm
For six seasons, Conrad John Schuck hasn’t just been dreaming of a white Christmas, he’s been living it. Star of stage and screen, he’s again stepping into Irving Berlin’s...
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China signals it could drop ban on U.S. eggs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 6:05pm
In new signs of progress toward a resolution in the U.S.-China trade war, both nations have agreed to roll back tariffs against each other and China signaled it would reconsider a ban on U.S. poultry...
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Quaker Oat workers ratify new contract

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 6:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Workers at Quaker Oats ratified a contract Thursday locking in annual wage increases and other benefits. Nearly 700 union workers — members of Local 110 of the Retail,...
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University of Iowa professor generates millions by taking a semester off

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 5:31pm
Iowa’s public universities want regents to let 134 faculty members next year take paid leaves of absence to home in on research, scholarship or other professional activities meant to better...
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Retired University of Iowa professor honored for work with domestic abuse survivors

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 3:32pm
IOWA CITY — Lois Cox has worked with hundreds of domestic abuse survivors as a professor in the University of Iowa’s clinical law programs. Not only did Cox help clients going through...
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Iowa’s voter ID law doesn’t work for me

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 3:04pm
Last week’s local elections were the first contests in Iowa under a fully implemented voter ID law. I’m an avid news consumer, so I know about the law and I brought my Iowa...
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Did voter ID law impact Iowa city and school board elections?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 2:57pm
Tuesday’s election marked the first time Iowa’s voter ID law went into effect. The point of the law was to protect against voter fraud, a virtually non-existent problem in Iowa and...
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Marion receives high marks from residents in quality of life survey

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 2:31pm
MARION — Over 1,000 Marion residents ranked their community as an “excellent” or “good” place to live in a survey released this week. Residents who participated in...
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Cedar Rapids man testifies he wasn't the killer in drug robbery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 2:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Donald Harris, who is accused of fatally shooting another man during a drug robbery, testified Thursday he wasn't the shooter Nov. 12, 2017. It was a co-defendant...
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Iowa man who beat dog with belt and closed fists sentenced to 30 days in jail

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 2:07pm
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — A northeastern Iowa man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail — all but seven days of it suspended — for torturing the family dog and making his children...
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State review of county jail phone rates delayed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 1:30pm
Background The Iowa Utilities Board earlier this year started reviewing tariffs and fees charged by companies that provide inmate phone service to Iowa’s county jails after prisoner advocacy...
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Fearing hate crimes, Cedar Rapids religious centers step up security

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 1:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Church leaders at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids aren’t going to wait for God to protect their place of worship against hate crimes. When three...
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Joni Ernst speaks with Trump in effort to resolve RFS issue

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 1:02pm
After speaking with President Donald Trump earlier this week, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, remains convinced he wants to “work through” a decision by the Environment Protection Agency...
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Iowa Supreme Court takes appeal of Gov. Reynolds jet ride case

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 12:20pm
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court will take an appeal of an Iowa attorney who challenged a 2017 flight Gov. Kim Reynolds and her family took on a private jet to a football game in...
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Iowa senators want whistleblower’s identity protected in Trump impeachment probe

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 11:27am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s United States senators are breaking ranks with some Republican colleagues who are calling for the name to be made public of the whistleblower whose complaint about...
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