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Biden backers support public option on health care

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 2:26pm
DES MOINES — With the health care debate center stage in the Democratic presidential primary, Joe Biden’s campaign is producing testimony from Iowa political and labor leaders who...
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Majority of voters favor demolition of former Iowa City Hoover, although ballot issue moot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 2:07pm
IOWA CITY — Of people who voted on a nullified ballot issue about tearing down Iowa City’s former Hoover Elementary, the majority supported demolition. The Iowa Secretary of...
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Guns recovered from student vehicles at Clear Creek-Amana High School

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 1:46pm
TIFFIN — Two handguns were discovered in student vehicles during a K-9 training exercise at Clear Creek-Amana High School on Wednesday. Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Det. Sgt. Brad...
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Winter overflow shelter in Cedar Rapids expected to be ready later in November

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 1:31pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A winter overflow shelter for people without homes or other accommodations in Cedar Rapids is not expected to be ready for a few more weeks, concerning some as winter weather...
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Blues Traveler still running around, playing Cedar Rapids Paramount this weekend

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 1:22pm
Musicians shilling for corporate America were frowned upon a generation ago. After Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Madonna made big bucks by either appearing or letting their music be part of...
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Iowa City songwriter Pieta Brown bares her soul on ‘Freeway’ album

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 1:18pm
Iowa City singer/songwriter Pieta Brown is hitting the open road for destinations unknown on her new CD collection, “Freeway.” It’s a journey through life’s hardships and...
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Fire causes $50,000 in damage to car, garage in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 12:47pm
IOWA CITY — Firefighters put out a car fire inside an attached garage at an Iowa City home Wednesday. According to the Iowa City Fire Department, crews were called to the 80 block of Heron...
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University of Iowa looking to buy more North Liberty land

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 12:31pm
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa, which for nearly a decade has owned 38 acres of vacant land in North Liberty, wants to add to that total by spending nearly $2.2 million on about 22...
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Bret Michaels finds something to believe in among life’s ups & downs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 11:34am
Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Michael Jackson ushered in new eras in the music industry. Grunge accomplished the same feat during the early ’90s. When grunge arrived, the genre didn’t...
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Romanian man convicted in ATM skimming scheme

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 11:28am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Romanian man pleaded Tuesday in federal court to using numerous counterfeit magnetic strip cards to access money from ATMs in the Cedar Rapids area last February. Romica...
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University of Iowa Health Care joins UnityPoint health plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 6, 2019 - 10:48am
The University of Iowa Health Care has joined UnityPoint Health’s health plan, opening its providers to more Medicare patients. The move aligns the Iowa City-based health system with an...
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The holidays will bring a new look to downtown Cedar Rapids decorations this year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 10:32pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Local theater director Brian Glick is gearing up for two opening nights the third week of November. The first will take audiences sweeping down the plain with Revival Theatre...
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Grassley bill aims to curb suicides among farmers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 10:25pm
The suicide rate in rural America is 45 percent higher than in urban settings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, and among those who face a higher vulnerability to suicide are...
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Voters approve money for Cedar Rapids schools, oust incumbent who voted for controversial plan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 9:54pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — In the first election it faced since the Cedar Rapids school board unanimously approved a facilities plan that includes closing eight elementaries, the only incumbent in the...
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Incumbents Roesler, Eyestone keep Iowa City school board seats, and newcomers Williams, Eastham join

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 9:35pm
IOWA CITY — School district voters picked incumbents Tuesday, re-electing Paul Roesler and Shawn Eyestone and adding Lisa Williams and Charlie Eastham to the Iowa City Community School...
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3 Cedar Rapids city council incumbents re-elected and newcomer joins the council

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 9:24pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Three incumbents were voted back onto City Council in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, and one newcomer will join the nine-member panel. Scott Overland, 56, a financial services...
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Advice from Iowa criminal justice reform panel due in December

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 9:20pm
NEVADA, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office is looking into Oklahoma’s huge inmate release this week to learn more about the process, the governor said during a stop Tuesday at a...
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Marion voters return incumbent city council members, mayor to office

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 9:18pm
MARION — Voters sent all four Marion City Council incumbents back for another term in Tuesday’s election, signaling support for the growing city to continue its strategy for...
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Janice Weiner, Laura Bergus win Iowa City Council seats

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 7:49pm
IOWA CITY — An attorney and former diplomat will join the Iowa City Council in 2020, giving the governing body a female majority. Iowa City attorney Laura Bergus, 38; and Janice Weiner, 61, a...
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Trial starts for Cedar Rapids man accused in deadly drug robbery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 5, 2019 - 5:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Donald Harris told several others “l saw him take his last breath,” after shooting a man he and two others planned to rob for money and drugs on Nov. 12,...
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