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Linn County Conservation needs your feedback on parks, future plans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 5:38pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County Conservation is hoping to gather feedback before developing a plan to guide its parks and natural areas over the next decade. Staff have put out an online public...
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Kennedy High hackers place in national girls’ cybersecurity competition

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 5:36pm
Intrigued by the rash of security breaches and hacked databases in recent years, some of the girls in Lorymar Vargas’ classes started asking questions. The computer science and chemistry...
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Japanese Consul-General: Eastern Iowa ripe with economic partnership opportunities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 5:26pm
Though Iowa and Japan are geographically distant, opportunities abound for the two to retain and build close economic partnerships, said representatives of the Consulate-General of Japan in...
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Puddle Jumpers Children’s Consignment Boutique in Marion gets new owner

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 5:14pm
Tiffani Wurster loves a bargain. And not just for herself. As the new owner of Puddle Jumpers Children’s Consignment Boutique in Marion, she’s helping ensure local parents are able to...
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Are Linn, Johnson counties losing farmland to rezoning?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 5:01pm
The amount of farmland that’s been put to other uses in the past decade is not as large as it might seem from just a casual drive around the Corridor. “We do not see a lot of rezoning...
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Cedar Rapids man will remain in jail pending hearing to revoke his probation after motorcycle crash

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 3:51pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man involved in a fight that led to another man’s fatal shooting in 2015 will remain in jail until a judge can decide if he should go back to...
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Judge resets murder trial for Cedar Rapids man accused of shooting another in vehicle

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 3:48pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge Friday reset the murder trial for a Cedar Rapids man who shot 34-year-old Leland Harris from the back seat of a car in 2017. Lawyers for James Stephan Phillips, 19, told...
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Report: Governor’s staff asked Jerry Foxhoven to do something ‘illegal’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 3:18pm
Former Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven said he was ousted from his job last month after the governor’s staff asked him to do something he considered illegal,...
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North Liberty man accused of threatening to shoot police, others

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 3:08pm
NORTH LIBERTY — A North Liberty man is accused of threatening to shoot police and others during an incident Thursday evening. According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, around 6:06...
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Sheriff’s Office: Solon man sexually abused girl multiple times over five years

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 2:34pm
  SOLON — A Solon man is accused of sexually abusing a girl over a five-year period. Robert L. Egesdal, 48, sexually abused the girl multiple times from Jan. 2, 2014, to April of this year,...
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Steve King: Bob Vander Plaats’ endorsement for rival candidate is political payback

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 2:23pm
AMES — U.S. Rep. Steve King says political payback is behind a prominent Christian conservative leader’s endorsement of one of King’s Republican primary challengers. Bob Vander...
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Judge to slash $2 billion award in Bayer Roundup suit

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 2:15pm
A California judge will slash a $2 billion judgment against Bayer AG, which had been awarded to a couple who both developed cancer after decades of using Roundup to kill weeds. The damages award...
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Name of man killed in Highway 13 collision released

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 1:48pm
The name of a man who was struck and killed by semi truck Thursday evening in Linn County has been released. Chad E. Lutter, 45, of Marion, died after being struck on Highway 13 south of Mount Vernon...
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June marks Iowa’s 12th consecutive month at same unemployment rate of 2.4 percent

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 1:22pm
Iowa’s unemployment rate stayed constant — at 2.4 percent — in June, Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday. In a news release, agency Director Beth Townsend described the...
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Lisbon animal rescue seeks grant money to fund additional care

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 12:32pm
LISBON - Baloo, an 18-month-old silver lab, was recently found starving, along with five other dogs in a Sioux City home where their owner had died two to four weeks earlier. Two of the dogs were...
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Tom Vilsack: Iowa faces 'incredible' future, if it has the will

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 11:51am
CEDAR RAPIDS — What Iowa needs, Tom Vilsack says, is a little genius. Vilsack, who will deliver the Oct. 3 keynote address at the third annual Iowa Ideas conference — The Gazette’s...
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Clean water? It’s going to be a while, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 11:50am
Well, at least we now know what “over time” means. Those are words you’ll find in Senate File 512, the “monumental” water quality bill signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds...
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Action is needed to address drug costs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 11:41am
Healthcare is prominent once again in the upcoming election debates, with the rising cost of drugs taking center stage. Americans spend more per capita on medication than any country in the world,...
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State and federal leaders are working on water quality

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 11:40am
Iowa is blessed with fertile soil and generations of innovators who produce food for the world. Like other Midwestern states, Iowa takes advantage of its proximity to the Mississippi River and the...
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A sign of hope and a reason to remain diligent in preventing opioid deaths

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 19, 2019 - 11:29am
When it comes to the opioid epidemic, there is so rarely good news. Iowans, like others around the country, have watched the epidemic cascade into the deadliest drug crisis in American history,...
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