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Buchanan County man with felony convictions pleads guilty to voting charge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 10:01am
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — A 68-year-old man with felony convictions who voted last November has pleaded guilty to election misconduct in eastern Iowa. Buchanan County prosecutors say William...
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One driver killed in crash involving semi truck in Jones County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 9:46am
A wreck Wednesday evening in Jones County left one motorist dead, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. According to the crash report, the motorist who was killed was driving a 2013...
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Marion police issue Quickfind for Alissa Bennett

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 9:13am
The Marion Police Department issued an Operation Quickfind for a 15-year-old girl Thursday morning. Alissa Katherine Marie Bennett was last seen at home before school Wednesday. She is 5 feet 4...
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University of Iowa bus commuters to be surveyed about Iowa City-North Liberty commuter rail line

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 8:51am
IOWA CITY — Bus riders coming to and from the University of Iowa campus will get a chance to weigh in on a potential Iowa City-North Liberty commuter rail line between now and the end of the...
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Operation Quickfind for Paige Coghlan of Marion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 7, 2019 - 6:59am
Marion police have issued an Operation Quickfind for a 14-year-old girl. Paige Coghlan has been missing since 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, last seen at her home. She is white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140...
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Classic Italian cuisine, with a twist at Bari Italian in Kingston Village

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 7:27pm
  CEDAR RAPIDS — Marcello Florio remembers waking up on Sunday mornings in his hometown of Pescara, Italy, to the sounds and smells of his mother and grandmother cooking. “My passion...
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Chew on This: Taboo Nightclub & Lounge planned for Cedar Rapids, Della Viti open in NewBo, Happy Dogs opens

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 7:25pm
A new taboo nightclub to open in town, although it’s unclear what they will declare to be taboo. This and other restaurant news in this week’s Chew on This.Taboo Nightclub &...
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With big things planned downtown Cedar Rapids’ west side, officials seek public input

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 7:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Major changes are in the works on the west side of the Cedar River, with flood protection and a high profile redevelopment expected to create a new look and feel. The changes,...
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What does Australia’s flu season mean for Iowa? Hint: Not good things

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 7:08pm
A rough influenza season may be in the forecast for this year, and state public health officials are encouraging able Iowans to get their flu shot before the virus arrives in force. U.S. public...
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Christian group For King & Country returns to Cedar Rapids on Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
With three albums, For King & Country is in a far different place than when brothers Luke and Joel Smallbone began writing songs and setting the wheels in motion for their group. In quick order,...
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Comedian, musician Pat Godwin to perform at Penguins Comedy Club in Cedar Rapids this weekend

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 6:43pm
During a chat with Weird Al Yankovic last summer, the master song parodist noted that he is not the only musical humorist on the circuit. “There’s other guys out there who are making...
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Iowa coaches still highest paid in the state, but median wages stay flat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 6:41pm
IOWA CITY — University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz has seen his total pay increase nearly 40 percent in the last five years from $3.95 million in fiscal 2015 to $5.5 million in...
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Picture this: a wider I-380 from North Liberty to Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 6:36pm
NORTH LIBERTY — Interstate 380 could get a new bridge protected from flooding and another lane in each direction between Forevergreen Road and Highway 30 under a proposal from the Iowa...
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General Mills workers reject contract, could strike

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 6:22pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — More than 500 workers at General Mills voted down the company’s contract proposal by 99 percent Wednesday, sending both parties to the negotiation table in an effort to...
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Prosecutors in Mollie Tibbetts slaying want chance to cross-examine suspect at hearing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 6:07pm
MONTEZUMA — The lawyers for the man accused in the slaying of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts want him to testify via affidavit instead of testifying live next week during a suppression hearing,...
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Painfully slow cannabis reform in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 5:09pm
Iowa’s glacial movement toward a sensible medical marijuana system got a small boost last week. The Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Board approved a recommendation to include two new sets of...
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University of Iowa solicits nominations for vice president of student life

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 4:54pm
IOWA CITY — With the University of Iowa hoping to fill its soon-to-be vacant vice president of student life post quickly and with someone already on campus, the dean of its largest College of...
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Court upholds conviction of Tait Purk for killing Cora Okonski in 2000

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 3:41pm
DES MOINES — A Tama County man convicted last year for killing his fiance in 2000 has been denied an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction. Tait Purk, 53, in his appeal, argued his...
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Voter turnout in first combined city/school elections falls short of expectations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 3:01pm
DES MOINES — Iowans went to the polls by the hundreds of thousands this week to vote in combined city and school elections for the first time, but the turnout did not live up to...
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Joe Biden says isn’t worried about Iowa, despite all the slipping and sliding

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 2:44pm
Depending on which poll you believe, Joe Biden’s is either spinning his wheels or sliding toward the ditch in Iowa. The former vice president insists he’s not worried. “Well,...
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