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Steve King denies support for white supremacy after News York Times report

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 7:28pm
KIRON — Rep. Steve King became embroiled in another national controversy Thursday after the Iowa 4th District congressman seemed to defend white supremacy in a New York Times article....
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Public won’t notice impact of shutdown in Iowa federal court, but employees will

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 7:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — There’s no sign of a government shutdown at the federal courthouse here in the Northern District of Iowa. Court operations are running as usual, and all employees are...
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Iowa should plan now for the next federal shutdown

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 6:58pm
Craft beer has fallen victim to the ongoing federal shutdown. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau — the federal agency responsible for permitting new breweries and authorizing sales...
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Record turnout by younger Iowa voters in 2018 midterm election

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 5:31pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Younger voters turned out in record numbers in the 2018 midterm election, and Republican turnout continued to exceed participation by Democrats, according to the Iowa Secretary...
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Auditor wants to measure quality of Iowa Medicaid services

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 4:28pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s not simply about adding and subtracting numbers, Rob Sand says about his new job as Iowa State Auditor. So the newly elected Democrat plans to follow through on his...
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Trampled by Turtles back out of their shells, coming to U.S. Cellular Center next week

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:44pm
When the members of Trampled by Turtles formed in 2003, the quirky Duluth, Minn.-based act never dreamed of one day playing halls the size of the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids. The band will...
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No recession in 2019: Fed chairman

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:41pm
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, one of the nation’s top economic policymakers, predicted the economy is not going to plunge into a deep downturn this year. “I...
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Holiday troubles gives investors jitters

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:32pm
When the dust settles on the 2018 holiday-shopping season, it might still look like the spending boom many expected. But in the meantime, early results from big public companies are bringing...
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Think Trump can’t use emergency powers to build the border wall? Here’s why he could

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:29pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump intensified threats Thursday to invoke his “emergency powers” to build his border wall if Democrats don’t cooperate, saying his lawyers...
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Fiat Chrysler agrees to potential $800 million settlement over emissions cheating charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:26pm
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed Thursday to a settlement with U.S. regulators and other plaintiffs that could cost the automaker roughly $800 million to resolve allegations that it cheated on...
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Furloughed federal workers try to make ends meet on Craigslist, Facebook

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:24pm
A federal worker in Morgantown, West Virginia, took to Facebook this week to sell welding tools, left behind by his deceased father-in-law. Another, a die-hard Star Wars fan in Woodbridge, Virginia,...
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Bernie Sanders apologizes again to female staffers on his 2016 presidential campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 3:22pm
WASHINGTON — For the second time this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has apologized to female staff members from his 2016 presidential campaign who have said they were sexually harassed by...
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Authorities identify woman found dead in Muscatine County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 2:51pm
Authorities have released the identity of the woman whose body was found Tuesday near Highway 38 in Muscatine County. The Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office said the victim has been...
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A ‘bad law’ fails a free speech test

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 2:49pm
It was clear to us nearly six years ago that Iowa lawmakers were making a big mistake in approving a so-called “ag-gag” law, which sought to level criminal charges at anyone who gained...
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Cedar Rapids man accused of trying to cash forged check

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 2:44pm
A Cedar Rapids man faces a charge of forgery after he allegedly attempted to cash a forged check for $1,200. According to the criminal complaint, Michael L. Conn, 41, “altered the...
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8 take-aways from Cedar Rapids new zoning code

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 2:36pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Budding beekeepers can start hives in their backyards under the city’s new zoning code. For the past three years, city staff and a consultant have been rewriting the...
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Michael Cohen to testify publicly before House panel in early February

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 2:30pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify in a public hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in early...
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Shutdown showdown: Democrats press to reopen government as Trump heads to border

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 2:29pm
WASHINGTON — Democrats sought unsuccessfully Thursday to pass bills to reopen shuttered government agencies as President Donald Trump headed to the U.S.-Mexico border in a bid to gain leverage...
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Plea for prayers from Clinton firefighter’s dad: ‘My son needs them’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 12:16pm
The father of critically injured Clinton firefighter Adam Cain is “begging” for prayers for his son. Kevin Cain wrote Thursday his son’s condition remains critical, and...
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Ottumwa man sentenced to 7 years for threatening federal judge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 10, 2019 - 12:06pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An Ottumwa man, who a prosecutor called a “danger to the community,” was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for threatening to kill a federal judge, which...
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