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Marion council exploring Wi-Fi — possibly free — in public spaces

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 5:35pm
MARION — The Marion City Council is exploring installing Wi-Fi in public spaces as part of its response to the coronavirus. The council is expected to direct city staff Thursday to prepare a...
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Furlough leads Cedar Rapids woman to launch Out of the Blue Cheesecakes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 5:17pm
Before the coronavirus pandemic, Dawn Murray didn’t plan to become known full time as the Cheesecake Lady. She’s been making and selling cheesecakes for years, to be sure, and had...
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Brooks Brothers files for bankruptcy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 4:51pm
The coronavirus recession has done in one of the nation’s oldest and best known retailers — Brooks Brothers. The 202-year brand that claims to have dressed all but four U.S. presidents...
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Iowa organizations can apply for free financial literacy program

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 4:50pm
Iowa not-for-profit and for-profit organizations can sign up for free financial education courses for employees offered by the Financial Fitness Group and the Iowa Insurance Division. Called the Iowa...
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Iowa lawmaker tries to walk back claim that no one has died from coronavirus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 4:48pm
To first-term state Rep. Jeff Shipley, the threat of the coronavirus is overblown. As he faces a reelection, the sauerkraut salesman, comedian and Republican lawmaker from Birmingham is unapologetic...
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Cedar Rapids entrepreneur thinks 15 percent of small businesses could shutter

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 3:46pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — As coronavirus shuttered the economy in March, Steve Shriver had a coffee shop where no one could safely enjoy an espresso and a 500-person event space without any events to...
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Hospitals approaching COVID-19 rise for second time with more confidence

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 3:39pm
A conversation with hospital officials about the novel coronavirus pandemic in early July takes on a much different tone than it did back in March. In recent days, as the number of new COVID-19 cases...
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Remove and replace Iowa’s whitewashing monuments

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 3:26pm
The Iowa Capitol — its ornate golden dome surrounded by monuments throughout the Statehouse grounds — ought to be a welcome sight for all Iowans. People from across the state come to...
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In search of a better Johnson: Johnson County Board of Supervisors looking for new namesake

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 2:30pm
IOWA CITY — What’s in a namesake? For some residents of Johnson County, as well as the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the answer is a fair bit. During a work session Wednesday,...
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Iowa sees seven new coronavirus deaths

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 1:19pm
Iowa reported seven new deaths due to the novel coronavirus in the past 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m., bringing the total to 732. This total does not include Iowa County’s first death...
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The Wadena Rock Festival turns 50 this month

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 10:25am
I’m a little sentimental this month, and not just because I haven’t seen so many friends and co-workers (who also are friends) since mid-March. July 31 will mark the 50th anniversary of...
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Micro businesses set to open at West End Marion on Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 10:02am
The second phase of Marion’s West End is set to launch on Friday with the opening of a new microbusiness space. The West End Shops are the next part of Annette Perry’s vision for the...
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OK dinguses, here is the spike in cases you asked for

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 8, 2020 - 7:21am
Iowa’s coronavirus cases are on the rise. And who could have predicted it? Except nearly everyone. From the outset, Gov. Reynolds was one of five governors who refused to issue a stay-at-home...
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Reluctant Iowa City Council lifts gun ban to comply with new law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 9:05pm
IOWA CITY — Citing the city’s vulnerability to costly lawsuits and legal fees, the Iowa City Council on Tuesday reluctantly lifted a weapons ban on municipal...
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Greenfield in a ‘race we can win’ against Ernst, Schumer says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 7:35pm
While the president “dithers and divides,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday night, “the country is thirsting for real and dramatic change” that Democrats...
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Historic Marion houses miss deadline to be moved to make way for library project

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 7:02pm
MARION — Two brick houses in Uptown Marion scheduled to be moved and built into a 19-unit apartment complex could delay the Marion Public Library groundbreaking this fall and cost the city...
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Iowa City to look to independent agency to review tear gas use against protester

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Council called on the city to hire an independent firm to investigate the use of tear gas and flash bangs against protesters last month. As part of their resolution...
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Cedar Rapids sisters say ‘we do’ to ‘Don’t’ game show, showing Thursday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 7:00pm
Amal Alyassiri of Cedar Rapids proved she was game for adventure when she competed on the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid” survivalist challenge in September 2017. Last...
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Trump pushes for schools to reopen this fall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 6:57pm
WASHINGTON, D.C., — President Donald Trump launched an all-out effort Tuesday pressing state and local officials to reopen schools this fall, arguing that some are keeping schools closed not...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds to use $50 million in federal money for mental health, substance abuse programs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 6:20pm
URBANDALE — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she would spend $50 million in federal funding on adult and childhood mental health and substance abuse programs. The money is part of the...
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