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Child sex abusers will get more prison time under new Iowa law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 2:47pm
Two state laws enacted this week, which were proposed by the Iowa County Attorneys Association, will increase prison time for child sex abusers and for repeat offenders who endanger lives by fleeing...
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Businesses can pledge to be ‘COVID-conscious’ through Iowa City doctor’s initiative

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 2:33pm
David Krupp isn’t getting very much sleep these days. “I’ve been getting maybe four hours of sleep a night just trying to get all these endeavors taken care of,” he said....
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Heading to an Iowa state park? Make sure you get a passport

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 2:21pm
Heading out to an Iowa state park to enjoy some healthy, socially distanced outdoor activity over the weekend? Sunscreen? Check. Bug spray? Check Water? Check. Passport? Wait, what? To encourage use...
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Iowa passes 30,000 positive coronavirus cases; 7 UNI athletes test positive

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 1:16pm
The state reported 390 new positive cases for COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 30,355 cases since the start of the pandemic. Three new deaths were confirmed, for a total of 720 COVID-19 related...
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Take this civics test that captures the chaos

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 11:01am
Stuck at home this holiday weekend? Socially distancing? Comforting your fireworks-rattled dog? Looking for something to pass the time? Same here. I was cruising around online and found a practice...
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Live: Black Freedom Rally in Cedar Rapids, noon-3 p.m. Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 10:20am
The group leading Black Lives Matter protests and pushing for police reform in Cedar Rapids is holding a rally today starting at noon. A Gazette reporter and photographer are covering the event live,...
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Shots fired, hit two cars late Thursday in northeast Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 3, 2020 - 10:10am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two vehicles were shot on Thursday night at an apartment complex in northeast Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police responded to a call about a disturbance where a vehicle was shot...
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Attorney: Cedar Rapids has wrongly portrayed Lucas Jones

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 8:55pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two days before he shot and wounded a Black man during a traffic stop, then-Cedar Rapids police Officer Lucas Jones cut a break for a Black woman he stopped — evidence....
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Old Creamery Theatre in Amana cuts staff, cancels season

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 7:59pm
The Old Creamery Theatre in Amana has suspended the rest of its 2020 offerings, including outdoor shows, tours and summer camps, and sent termination letters to 10 staff Thursday evening. General...
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Buoyed by Iowa’s primary turnout, auditors push absentee ballot requests

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 7:24pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sure, the calendar says July. But for election officials, it’s already November. A month after a June 2 primary hit record participation, county auditors are completing...
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Iowa sees surge in drivers going over 100 mph

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 7:23pm
DES MOINES — Perhaps feeling empowered by fewer cars on the road during the coronavirus pandemic, or by the misguided belief that patrol cars were quarantined, excessive speeding on Iowa...
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Head to Columbia, Mo., for a socially distanced travel adventure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 6:53pm
For anyone who loves to travel, the COVID-19 quarantine has been especially frustrating. Now that restrictions are easing, my husband and I wanted an easy-to-reach destination that offers a variety...
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Fire up the grill and make turkey kefta kebabs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 6:43pm
Oh the joys of summer. Cities are semi opening up. You hear all the sounds of summer: The buzz of your neighbor’s lawn mower, children laughing as they ride bikes and run up and down the block...
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Black stereotypes have long been used to sell products. This Iowa City collector has more than 1,300.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 6:37pm
IOWA CITY — African American stereotypes have been used to sell food, cleaning products and other household goods for more than a century, with some of the most successful brands —...
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Racist taunts target Black Iowa high school baseball player

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:53pm
CHARLES CITY — Jeremiah Chapman is used to run-of-the-mill trash talk that comes with the territory of playing an away game. A four-sport athlete who just finished his junior year at Charles...
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Cedar Rapids protesters plan Black Freedom Rally Friday afternoon

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:48pm
The group leading Black Lives Matter protests and pushing for police reform in Cedar Rapids is organizing another rally Friday to call for an end to systemic racism as city officials and protest...
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Iowa Economic Recovery Advisory Board eyes rural broadband as key issue in second meeting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:33pm
The lack of broadband access for rural Iowans took the spotlight Thursday in Gov. Kim Reynolds’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board’s second meeting. The challenge facing many rural...
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Fort Dodge prison inmate has COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:29pm
FORT DODGE — An inmate at an Iowa prison in Fort Dodge has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The inmate is a male adult under the age of 40 and has been in medical isolation since...
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Naturalization ceremonies in Iowa resume with a little less ceremony to follow coronavirus social distance guidelines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:28pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The first naturalization ceremony in Eastern Iowa since the outbreak of the coronavirus will take place this month at the U.S. Northern District Courthouse in Cedar...
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Iowa-developed mice used to test coronavirus therapies

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 5:26pm
IOWA CITY — As medical researchers worldwide began to study COVID-19 to try and develop a vaccine or other therapies to blunt the deadly disease, they soon realized common lab mice...
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