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Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order to delay pipeline shutdown

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 6:02pm
FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request for an emergency order to delay the process of shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while attorneys appeal a ruling to shutter...
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Smithsonian exhibit launches Midwest tour of ‘Voices and Votes: Democracy in America’ in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 5:36pm
Traveling from Iowa to Washington, D.C., isn’t advised during the current pandemic, but a piece of Washington, D.C., is coming to Iowa this week. First stop: Cedar Rapids. “Voices and...
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Judge lowers bail for man charged with attempted murder in Cedar Rapids workplace shooting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 4:49pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge lowered bail for a man accused of shooting a co-worker in April and then fleeing Iowa, only to be arrested about a month later in Alabama, as U.S. marshals were...
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First Iowa prisoner dies of coronavirus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 3:30pm
A Fort Dodge inmate is Iowa’s first state prisoner to die from COVID-19 — fallout from an outbreak at the facility first detected last week. Ray Allen Vanlengen, 71, was pronounced...
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Dubuque couple each sentenced to 2 years for stealing thousands from elderly mother

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 3:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Dubuque couple who stole more $200,000 from the husband’s elderly mother each were sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison. H. David Derby, 66, and Patti Lynn...
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Trump administration sends letter withdrawing U.S. from World Health Organization over coronavirus response

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 2:27pm
The Trump administration has sent a letter to the United Nations withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic move that...
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Black Lives Matter protesters face rare leak document charge in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 2:26pm
IOWA CITY — Prosecutors in Iowa have filed a rarely used leak charge against Black Lives Matter protesters accused of stealing a confidential police document and displaying it during a...
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Corridor fireworks complaints ‘non-stop’ this Fourth of July

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 1:40pm
With many municipal fireworks shows canceled this July 4 amid the pandemic, consumer fireworks vendors said their sales were up — and so, it turns out, were illegal displays. Over the holiday...
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Manchester plant expansion will add up to 50 jobs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 1:37pm
Work has begun on a significant addition to a plant in Manchester that will more than triple its size and expand its work force. Stanley Black and Decker manufactures skid steer loaders, excavators...
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Coronavirus hospitalizations tick upward; first death reported in Hancock County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 12:26pm
Along with an uptick of coronavirus cases in Iowa over the last few weeks, the number of Iowans in hospitals has increased in the last three days. Net hospitalizations have gone up 23 percent, from...
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Public health protocols don’t mask opinion at Grassley town hall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 11:52am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Looking out at a roomful of people, many masked and spread out, isn’t what Sen. Chuck Grassley has typically encountered as he makes his 99-county tours of Iowa over his...
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Tipton, Independence among cities to get state money for downtown projects

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 9:51am
Tipton and Independence were among 26 cities across Iowa to receive $100,000 in state aid for downtown projects, Iowa Economic Development Authority said Tuesday morning. Other municipalities in...
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Complaint: Cedar Rapids man accused in Monday morning stabbing planned to kill his wife

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 9:36am
Accused of trying to kill his wife, court documents show Anthony M. Depolis, 30, had planned to kill his wife before that stabbing incident Monday morning. According to the criminal complaint,...
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Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown disciplines employees for mask violations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 9:21am
MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Employees at the Iowa Veterans Home have been disciplined more than 20 times for personal protective equipment lapses that potentially exposed residents and staff to...
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Same sculptor who created Iwo Jima statue in Arlington made one for Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 9:00am
A version of the well-known Iwo Jima flag-raising sculpture — officially known as the Marine Corps War Memorial — stands in front of the Veterans Memorial Building on May’s...
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Conducting a win: Michelle Perrin Blair takes top prize with Revival Theatre production

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 8:43am
Houston native Michelle Perrin Blair grew up attending musical theater productions, but as a violinist and orchestral conductor, most recently at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, she hadn’t had...
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After I-380 crash, Waterloo woman flown from Center Point to UIHC for injuries

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 7:52am
A Waterloo woman was flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for life-threatening injuries after a crash on Interstate 380 north of Center Point Monday afternoon. Shortly after 2 p.m.,...
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Cedar Rapids man accused of assaulting police dog

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 6:44am
NORTH LIBERTY — A Cedar Rapids man is accused of kicking a Coralville K-9 officer multiple times while high on LSD. According to Coralville police and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office...
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Muscatine County attorney says Iowa mayor exceeded authority in issuing mask order

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 12:21am
MUSCATINE — Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson exceeded her authority by mandating that people wear face coverings in public, according to an opinion from interim Muscatine County Attorney James...
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Iowa City Council to vote on lifting weapons ban

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 7, 2020 - 12:13am
IOWA CITY — Firearms soon could be permitted inside city of Iowa City-owned properties for the first in nearly a decade. Last month, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2502, which prevents...
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