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Cedar Rapids prepares its legislative wish list

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 3:15pm
Kids send their wish lists to Santa. The City of Cedar Rapids sends its list to the Iowa Legislature. Setting a list of city legislative priorities is a festive annual tradition. And when it comes to...
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Iowa City man accused of passing fake $100 bills at pharmacy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 2:56pm
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man was arrested Monday after police said he passed counterfeit money at a CVS Pharmacy. According to the police report, Ryan D. Bacon, 27, was caught on video...
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Opiod deaths of children, young adults nearly triple since 1999

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 2:04pm
  A team of Yale University researchers analyzed mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that 8,986 children and adolescents ranging in age from birth to 19...
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Federal judge rules Iowa’s ‘ag-gag’ law unconstitutional

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 1:59pm
Iowa’s controversial “ag-gag” law, which makes undercover investigations by journalists, food safety and labor advocates at slaughterhouses and factory farms illegal, is...
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Appellate judges rule against University of Iowa in Children’s Hospital spat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 1:51pm
IOWA CITY — The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled against the University of Iowa over one of its main contention with a $21.5 million award in favor of a contractor that helped build...
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Prescribing authority for psychologists in Iowa moves forward

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 1:45pm
New state rules that would allow some psychologists to prescribe psychotropic medication is set to go into effect in the coming months, a move supporters say will expand access to mental and...
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Iowa produced record-breaking amount of ethanol in 2018

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 1:42pm
Iowa ethanol plants produced a record-breaking 4.35 billion gallons last year. The state’s ethanol production in 2018 was up from 4.2 billion gallons in 2017, but still fell below the 4.5...
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Train Station Family Fitness focuses on fitness in Shellsburg

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 1:05pm
SHELLSBURG — A fully equipped, round-the-clock fitness center may seem unlikely in a town with a population of just under 1,000, but Kristine and Bob Shultis found a niche in their corner of...
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Iowa DOT proposes extra charges for electric vehicles

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 12:44pm
State officials say the growing electric vehicle market could divert hundreds of thousands of dollars from Iowa’s main fund for road and bridge repairs. Following a Dec. 31 report by the Iowa...
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ImOn plans residential internet for Iowa City, Coralville

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 11:30am
Cedar Rapids-based ImOn Communications has announced plans to expand residential broadband internet services to Iowa City and Coralville. Construction on the fiber-to-the-home service will begin this...
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Regents planning midyear performance evaluations of university presidents

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 11:12am
IOWA CITY — Iowa regents next week will conduct private midyear performance evaluations of their board’s executive director and the presidents of the universities and special schools...
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Just re-elected. U.S. Rep. Steve King already draws GOP rival

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 10:26am
HULL — State Sen. Randy Feenstra will attempt to upset the dynamics of Republican politics in Iowa, as he is readying a primary campaign to veteran Rep. Steve King in 2020. Feenstra, of Hull,...
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Motor home driver loses control, strikes fire hydrant, fence, and light pole on SW side

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 9:37am
Power lines are down after the driver of a motor home lost control and struck a light pole, shearing a fire hydrant and fence. According to a report from the Cedar Rapids Police Department, a 30-foot...
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Iowans are going, not coming

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 9, 2019 - 8:31am
This past year, an unsustainable trend continued. Two studies by moving companies show more people are leaving Iowa than are moving into the state. United Van Lines data shows Iowa ranks eighth of...
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Sears eyes last-gasp rescue bid

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2019 - 8:49pm
The legendary retail giant Sears will review a revised rescue bid from its chairman, Eddie Lampert, before moving forward on total liquidation, giving the hedge-fund billionaire a final shot to buy...
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Work to make Cedar Rapids storm system safer picks up pace

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2019 - 8:26pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Begun after a teenager was swept to his death during a 2014 flash flood, work to make the city’s storm system safer and more effective is about to pick up its pace. The...
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Ex-Sioux City wastewater supervisor to plead guilty

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2019 - 7:40pm
SIOUX CITY — A former supervisor at Sioux City’s wastewater treatment plant intends to plead guilty to federal criminal charges alleging he conspired with others to manipulate water...
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Cedar Rapids teens urge peers to ‘stop the violence’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2019 - 7:38pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The physical confrontations 16-year-old Amelia Barnes has seen in her high school leave her feeling uneasy and on edge. Tasked with addressing a problem in their community, she...
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Iowa’s mental health reform needs key ingredient: money

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2019 - 7:28pm
DES MOINES — Advocates applauded a massive overhaul last year of Iowa’s mental health care delivery system — but that was just a start. The 2018 reforms called for critical...
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Samoyed breeder charged with neglect can’t have animals back, judge rules

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 8, 2019 - 7:24pm
NORTHWOOD — Animals seized from a north Iowa commercial puppy breeder will not be returned to their former owner, a Worth County judge ruled Monday. Barbara Kavars, 65, of Manly, asked the...
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