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Thanks, Chicago: Storied band to bring 50-year history to McGrath Amphitheatre Saturday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 5:17am
In 2017, the members of Chicago got together for a celebratory dinner to mark their 50th year as a band. That sort of longevity puts Chicago in a very exclusive club, as one of the very few bands...
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Heading to Hogwarts: Orchestra Iowa conjuring up Harry Potter concert fun

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 16, 2019 - 5:10am
Already an adult, Tim Hankewich wasn’t the target audience when Harry Potter hit the literary scene in 1997, but the music from the movies cast a spell on his soul. “I sort of missed...
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West Side Transport to build $8 million headquarters in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 8:29pm
West Side Transport, a Cedar Rapids-based transportation and logistics company, plans to build a new corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids. The 50-year company announced plans for a new...
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Mark Stoffer Hunter gets new job in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 7:26pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids historian has quickly found a new spot to land after resigning from The History Center last month, according to an announcement Wednesday evening. Mark Stoffer...
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A reminder led to Cedar Rapids mayor’s traffic camera recusal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 6:41pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Shortly after Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart said in February’s State of the City address that 49 of 50 people he hears from support traffic cameras, a colleague reminded...
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New round of ag aid from Trump administration expected to give priority to hog and soybean farmers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 6:31pm
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s second package of aid for U.S. farmers hit by the trade war with China is expected to total $15 billion to $20 billion and involve direct...
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Iowa senators see new tariffs intensifying need for trade agreement

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 6:12pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley is no fan of tariffs, especially when they hit Iowa farmers who rely on foreign trade to sell their crops and livestock. “I believe free and fair...
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ACLU, Planned Parenthood challenge Iowa law that restricts funding for sex education

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 6:09pm
DES MOINES — A lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court seeks to block legislation signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds that would exclude Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving government...
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Lawmakers envision more state troopers on Iowa roads

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 5:47pm
After years of coping with a stark decline in the number of troopers patrolling the highways, the Iowa State Patrol could hire 10 more under a measure awaiting action by the governor. What’s...
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University of Iowa pays Modern Piping for Children’s Hospital work, capping yearslong saga

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 4:45pm
IOWA CITY — Ending a yearslong saga that’s involved numerous judges, appeals to the Iowa Supreme Court, accusations of extortion, and millions of dollars, the University of Iowa on...
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Police investigate after knife pulled at South East Junior High School in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 3:31pm
IOWA CITY — Police are investigating after a knife was pulled during an argument between two South East Junior High students Wednesday afternoon. The incident comes a week after police seized...
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Schedule: Eastern Iowa has events aplenty this Spring and Summer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 2:05pm
Seasonal celebrations are springing up now, and continuing through September. To kick it all off, tiptoe through the tulips in Pella, get arty on the streets of Mount Vernon, or go Old World in Amana...
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Peace Officer Memorial Day in Johnson County notes sacrifices made by police

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
IOWA CITY — While Johnson County’s law enforcement agencies have been fortunate to avoid an officer’s death in the line of duty for decades, others departments around the country...
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Cedar Rapids City Council sticks tight with traffic cameras

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 12:41pm
There’s been some spirited debate among locals in recent years over Cedar Rapids’ automated traffic cameras. A mere mention can rile up otherwise mild-mannered citizens. The cameras...
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More CEOs forced out for ethical lapses than poor financial performance

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 11:59am
Chief executives faced a year of reckoning in 2018 — but not for the reasons that traditionally have led to forced departures from the corner office. Last year, as boards clamped down on...
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Anamosa inmate’s suicide nearly 10 years after Coralville, Johnson County robberies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 11:20am
An inmate serving time at Anamosa State Penitentiary for two robbery convictions in Johnson County died by an apparent suicide Tuesday. Calvin Pearson, 52, had been incarcerated at Anamosa since...
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Beto O’Rourke to visit Tipton next week as part of 4th Iowa trip

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 10:37am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Former Texas Congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting in Tipton on Tuesday as part of his fourth trip...
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Steve Bullock announces Iowa campaign stops

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 9:36am
Recently announced presidential hopeful Steve Bullock will make his first visit to Iowa as an official candidate this week. The Montana governor, who this week declared he was joining the packed...
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Next North Liberty City Council member to be appointed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 8:55am
NORTH LIBERTY — The next North Liberty City Council member will come via appointment. North Liberty City Administrator Ryan Heiar said the council agreed during their May 14 meeting to replace...
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Approximately 2,500 chickens killed in semi crash Tuesday near West Union

Cedar Rapids Gazette - May 15, 2019 - 8:43am
Approximately 2,500 chickens died in a semi-trailer truck crash early Tuesday in Fayette County. At about 1:30 a.m., Ray Raske, 44, of Alden, lost control of a truck hauling close to 5,000 chickens...
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