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New Iowa law sets state oversight of tax preparers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 3:03pm
With Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signature Thursday, a new law will require any non-credentialed people paid to prepare more than 10 tax returns each year to include their federal preparer tax...
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Pet of the Week: Meet Elsa, the cat rescued from Iowa’s freezing winter

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 2:56pm
Elsa is a 3-year-old, spayed, female, black-and-orange tortoise-shell domestic shorthair cat available for adoption at the Cedar Valley Humane Society, 7411 Mount Vernon Road SE. Elsa was found...
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Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 2:46pm
Smokers who have a stroke are much more likely to have another one if they don’t quit or at least cut back, a Chinese study suggests. Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of...
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Cedar Rapids bike-share success hinges on cooperation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 2:19pm
This week Cedar Rapids joined the bike share revolution, and it was a welcome sight. Discussed by city and business leaders for several years, the bike share program that debuted this week (in...
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Modern Piping seeks additional UI compensation for yearslong Children’s Hospital fight

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 1:25pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa this week reluctantly paid the balance of a $21.5 million award it owed a local contractor for work on the new Stead Family Children’s Hospital...
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For Rebecca Loebe, music won out over a law career

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 12:38pm
Rebecca Loebe couldn’t help but mention that she was celebrating a significant anniversary. “It is eight years to the day that I appeared on ‘The Voice,’” Loebe...
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State declines to stop seizing income tax refunds to cover traffic camera debt

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 12:04pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A state department is declining to stop seizing income tax refunds to cover unpaid speed and red light traffic camera tickets. Janet Phipps, director of the Iowa Department of...
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Ronnie Milsap concert at Riverside Casino postponed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 11:39am
RIVERSIDE — The Ronnie Milsap concert originally scheduled for Friday, May 17, at Riverside Casino will be rescheduled. The Country Music Hall of Famer is “under the weather,”...
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Solar installers, wind turbine techs fastest growing jobs in the nation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 11:33am
Solar installers have narrowly edged out wind turbine technicians as the fastest growing occupation in the country — with both renewable energy professions leading the nation in projected...
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Chicago’s Cedar Rapids concert moving indoors

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 9:30am
CEDAR RAPIDS — With rain and lightning in the forecast, Saturday’s Chicago concert is moving indoors to the U.S. Cellular Center, 370 First Ave. NE. All tickets purchased for the...
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Iowa state track and field 2019: Photos from Day 2

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 9:20am
DES MOINES — After a stormy night in Iowa, Day 2 of the Iowa high school state track and field meet began Friday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The start of the day was delayed by an hour...
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Iowa Supreme Court affirms collective bargaining changes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 8:02am
The Iowa Supreme Court affirmed changes to the state’s collective bargaining law in two rulings Friday. The decision comes as a blow to unions that argued the 2017 law unfairly classified...
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Iranian missiles can easily reach U.S. ships - Guards deputy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:05am
DUBAI — A deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said even short-range Iranian missiles could reach U.S. warships in the Gulf, and the United States could not afford a new...
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Missouri poised to pass restrictive abortion law, days after Alabama

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 17, 2019 - 5:03am
Missouri House lawmakers are expected to pass a bill on Friday to ban most abortions eight weeks after conception, days after Alabama introduced the nation’s most restrictive abortion...
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CBD is easy to get, but Gov. Reynolds warns Iowans it’s still illegal for most of us

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 7:59pm
Gov. Kim Reynolds last week signed the bipartisan Iowa Hemp Act, which directs the Department of Agriculture to develop a plan to regulate legal hemp production. Finally, Iowa is poised to take part...
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New Iowa law adds assurance to mail-in ballots

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 7:36pm
DES MOINES — A little-used technology that could have settled a disputed Northeast Iowa Statehouse race months earlier now will be required in every Iowa county under a measure signed into law...
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Cedar Rapids police cruisers sporting a new look

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 6:23pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — You may have noticed some new Cedar Rapids police cruisers sporting a new look. That’s because the Cedar Rapids Police Department is swapping out its classic...
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Central U.S braces for severe weather, including tornadoes, but could Eastern Iowa miss the worst?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 6:20pm
The Corridor is expected to get storms starting today into early next week — but questions remain about how strong they’ll be. The Quad Cities office of the National Weather Service...
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For Iowa farmers, profiting from cover crops may unlock potential

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 5:42pm
Iowa nearly doubled its acres of cover crops between 2015 and 2017, but the share of farmland with the offseason crops that reduce pollutants flowing into waterways still is less than 4 percent, new...
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As part of water quality improvement push, Cedar Rapids airport will require no-till and cover crops

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 5:24pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Eastern Iowa Airport, one of Linn County’s largest farmland owners, wants to improve water quality and is starting with its own 2,000 acres. The Cedar Rapids Airport...
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