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Cedar Rapids man faces mandatory 5 years for sexual assault

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 4:06pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids man pleaded Thursday to a lesser charge in the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman in 2018. Gene A. Nelson, 25, made an Alford plea in Linn County District Court...
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Iowa City Realtor aims to pair homes with a family’s stages of life

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 3:25pm
Over the years, Tricia and Eric Van Roekel have built three houses and remodeled three others in the Iowa City area. Each house, each move, has met different needs at different stages in the life of...
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This Cedar Rapids cook combines Irish, Italian heritage in family recipes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 3:22pm
For Carol Overbeck, cooking is about family. Whether it’s Sunday dinners and holiday meals with her children and their families, or cooking for her regulars for the 10 years she owned Beef...
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Eastern Iowa native performs in 9/11’s ‘Come from Away’ Tuesday to Feb. 2 in Des Moines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 2:30pm
Newfoundland became a new-found land when nearly 7,000 airline passengers and crew were diverted to the Canadian island on Sept. 11, 2001. The residents of tiny Gander opened their homes and hearts...
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Iowa Senate committee advances amendment against abortion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 1:41pm
DES MOINES — Senate Republicans, on a party-line committee vote, approved a resolution Thursday giving Iowa voters a chance to amend the state constitution to specify there is no fundamental...
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Bill would allow guns in vehicles at Iowa workplaces, schools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 1:33pm
DES MOINES — Gun rights, property rights and religious liberty collided in an Iowa Senate subcommittee Thursday. In the end, the Second Amendment prevailed as the panel advanced Senate File...
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Neglected animals, including two sheep from Cricket Hollow, find safe home at Hercules Haven near Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 1:13pm
SPRINGVILLE — Two sheep stand huddled together in the back corner of a barn stall at Hercules’ Haven, a farm animal sanctuary Alison and Danny Stone run in rural Springville. The sheep...
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Sweat equity can help build that new home through Habitat for Humanity in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 1:02pm
When Joyce Ayaribire, a clinical technician at Inova Hospital and single mother of two boys, wanted to leave her Alexandria, Va., apartment because she was concerned about the safety of the...
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Cedar Rapids man sentenced to 5 years for slamming pregnant girlfriend into wall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 11:21am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man convicted for slamming his pregnant girlfriend into a wall and threatening to kill her was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. Randelle Denver...
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Is Cedar Rapids flag tattoo-worthy? That could be true test in picking new design

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 10:52am
CEDAR RAPIDS — An effort to redesign the Cedar Rapids flag is nearing the home stretch with an ample array of ideas ranging from Andre the Giant’s infamous local link to the Cedar River...
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Iowa City Council lifts rental permit moratorium

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 10:14am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City’s rental permit moratorium is no more. The Iowa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance repealing the temporary moratorium. The second and third...
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Overnight Walmart hours to end at three Cedar Rapids area locations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 9:35am
Starting next Saturday, Walmart outings during the wee hours of the morning will become a thing of the past at three stores around Cedar Rapids. Beginning Feb. 1, Walmart’s two Cedar Rapids...
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Independence man guilty of setting fire in effort to kill wife, her uncle

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 23, 2020 - 8:16am
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — A man has been found guilty of setting a fire that injured two people at his eastern Iowa home. A jury convicted Shane Heins, 45, on Wednesday of arson and two counts of...
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Not a big fan of Iowa’s black license plates? How about red, white and blue?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 11:25pm
Not crazy about Iowa’s new license plates? Iowa lawmakers have a solution. Republican and Democratic House members have introduced HF 2079 that would make available another option — a...
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The Gazette Daily News Podcast: Jan. 23

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 9:15pm
Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Here's your Gazette Daily News Podcast, a briefing on today's news: More snow? But not that much? So there is going to more snow on Thursday, but the good news is...
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Winterfests, BrrrFest, Beer to Beat the Bitter Cold: Eastern Iowa food events

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 8:12pm
I am sensing two themes: It’s cold, and we’re trying our best to make ourselves forget about that.Winterfest Wine & Beer Walk Warm up samples at Ackerman, Heritage, Prosit, Village...
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ABBA MANIA bringing sound of ABBA to Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 8:06pm
Since the members of ABBA reunited to create a pair of new songs in 2018, rumors have circulated about a tour or hologram show. But if fans want to catch ABBA songs live, aficionados must be content,...
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Mandolin Orange to perform Tuesday at Englert in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 8:03pm
The title “Tides of a Teardrop” speaks volumes for Mandolin Orange singer/songwriter Andrew Marlin. Now 32, the death of his mother in 2005 has inspired much of the music on this sad...
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Boy bands to heat up Riverside Casino on Friday for Pop 2000 concert

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 8:00pm
Nostalgia is powerful, especially when it comes to music. Consider this passage from “Science Friday” regarding the subject. “Say you’re listening to the radio on your way...
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Iowa gaming industry seeks change in how winnings are treated

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 22, 2020 - 7:11pm
DES MOINES — When gamblers win $1,200 or more at Iowa casinos, they are subject to a search for debts owed to state government — child support, for example. State lawmakers are now...
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