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Citing coronavirus, Sen. Chuck Grassley won’t attend GOP convention

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 11:58pm
Iowa U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday became the first congressional Republican to say he won’t attend next month’s Republican National Convention in Florida because of concerns about...
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Iowans demand radical change, get CBD gummies instead

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 7:21pm
New drug and alcohol laws signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds this year range from kind of good to pretty bad in the eyes of freedom-loving Iowans.ALCOHOL • House File 2540 allows bars to sell sealed...
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Iowa Catholic bishops ask Trump to stop execution of killer of five

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 5:49pm
Executing an Iowan found guilty of the deaths of five people, including two children, would contribute to “a growing disrespect for the sacredness of all human life,” Iowa Catholic...
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MidWestOne Financial names new president, COO

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 3:27pm
A Wisconsin banker has been named president and chief operating officer of MidWestOne Financial Group and MidWestOne Bank. Len Devaisher, most recently CEO of Old National Bank’s Wisconsin...
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Veto override likely if Trump vetoes base renaming legislation, Sen. Chuck Grassley predicts

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 3:07pm
Congress will override President Donald Trump if he vetoes a $740.5 billion defense policy bill because it includes legislation to rename military bases and assets that honor Confederate leaders,...
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Iowa universities see more than 2,000 fewer students this summer

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 2:52pm
IOWA CITY — More than 2,000 fewer students are taking courses from Iowa’s public universities this summer than last, after COVID-19 interrupted the spring semester and forced...
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Calling the cops on your neighbors is an American tradition

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 1:08pm
Pressed by current events and mass protests, Americans are radically rethinking the role of law enforcement, and even of laws themselves. Or so I thought. Then Independence Day happened. On a day...
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Iowa reports highest share of positive COVID-19 tests in a month

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 12:58pm
The percentage of daily positive COVID-19 tests in Iowa reached over 10 percent for the first time in more than a month. The state public health department reported 412 new positive cases of COVID-19...
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Joni Ernst launches first TV ad as another poll shows tight Iowa Senate race

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 12:38pm
In her first television ad of the 2020 campaign, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst warns of too much reliance on China, saying “saving America starts with Made in America.” At the same time,...
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Toddler pronounced brain dead after accidental drowning in NE Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 12:08pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A 3-year-old girl who was found face down in a swimming pool last week was pronounced brain dead Sunday night, police said. The State Medical Examiner’s Office reported...
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Fireworks smoke causes air quality advisories in three Iowa cities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 11:50am
Smoke from fireworks and wind-free evenings over the July 4 weekend led to air quality advisories for Des Moines, Davenport and Muscatine, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported. Des...
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Police: Woman stabbed multiple times at apartment in SW Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 10:28am
Police are investigating after a 37-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times at an apartment in southwest Cedar Rapids. According to the Cedar Rapids Police Department, officers were called at...
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Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending environmental review

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 8:57am
FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge on Monday sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. In a 24-page...
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Frederick Douglass statue ripped from base in Rochester park

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 6, 2020 - 7:45am
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in...
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Debates turn emotional as schools decide how — or if — to open in pandemic

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2020 - 10:31pm
PORTLAND, Maine — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with...
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Fewer will attend camp this summer; some camps won’t survive

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2020 - 10:14pm
FAYETTE, Maine — Camp Winnebago was founded during the Spanish Flu and weathered all manner of health scares from polio to the swine flu over a century. It wasn’t about to let the...
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Over protests, Muscatine mayor mandates masks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2020 - 8:20pm
MUSCATINE — Mayor Diana Broderson was unable Sunday afternoon to finish reading a proclamation requiring the city’s residents to wear face masks or coverings in public when about 50...
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4 men die, 1 woman injured in Des Moines crash

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2020 - 7:10pm
DES MOINES — Four men died and a woman was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines early Sunday. Des Moines police said the crash happened around 2:30 a.m....
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Capitol Ideas column: Opposition to face masks getting heated

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2020 - 3:32pm
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things — so many of a historic nature that one of the most remarkable events may be lost to the history books: the great mask debate. According to...
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Linn, Johnson mental health centers on the way

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2020 - 3:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — With people navigating both the health risks of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn, the need for mental health access centers is more important than ever. A...
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