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Four Democratic candidates vow to keep Social Security solvent during AARP forum in Des Moines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 7:30pm
DES MOINES — Four Democrats running for president pledged Monday to keep Social Security solvent for senior citizens by raising the income cap so wealthier Americans pay more taxes to support...
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Time Machine: The day Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller came to Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 7:22pm
It was a big deal on May 1, 1957, when Iowa native and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller came to Cedar Rapids as part of a 100-city tour in 42 states to promote baseball to youngsters. Feller arrived...
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Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against gay state official, jury finds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 6:52pm
Then-Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against a state employee — asking for his resignation and then cutting his pay — based on the employee’s sexual orientation, a jury decided...
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University of Iowa sets record for money from external sources

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 6:39pm
IOWA CITY — Thanks to more support from the U.S. Defense Department for projects aimed at helping military service members, the University of Iowa in fiscal 2019 recorded its highest-ever...
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Cedar Rapids Police Department hiring consultant to help with promotions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 6:31pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Police Department is hiring a consultant to assist with internal promotions as it considers how best to fill vacancies in its lieutenant and sergeant ranks. The...
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Goodwill creating 40 new jobs near Coralville — half for people with disabilities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 6:24pm
IOWA CITY — Last year, the 17 Goodwill retail stores in southeast Iowa and southwest Illinois collected more than 38 million pounds of donations. “Because of our long history and our...
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Closing arguments expected Tuesday in trial of Iowa student accused of attempted murder

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 6:10pm
DAVENPORT — The trial of 13-year-old Luke Andrews, accused of trying to shoot a North Scott Junior High School teacher in late August, is nearing its final stages. Assistant Scott County...
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The game-changing spark Iowa’s solar industry needs could be in Louisa County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 5:52pm
Less than 1 percent of Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s energy comes from the sun, not all that rare in a state with less than 100 megawatts of installed solar. However, all that could change...
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Why some Iowa companies are willing to hire former criminals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 5:07pm
Travis Heckenberg did not own any tools when he first came to work for T&D Repair in Burlington a few years ago. The 47-year-old Burlington resident did, however, carry a conviction for...
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Finkenauer, Hinson file fundraising reports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 4:38pm
Candidates in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District have raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars to finance their 2020 campaigns. Democratic U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer reported raising...
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Bruce Aune will retire after 34 years as KCRG-TV9 anchor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 4:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Longtime KCRG-TV9 anchor Bruce Aune doesn’t accept that he’s a local celebrity, but how else would you explain the furor that resulted when he shaved off his mustache...
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Federal officials to host Medicare workshop in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 4:05pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A two-and-a-half-day workshop on Medicare is planned in Cedar Rapids this fall. The Kansas City, Mo., regional office of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,...
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Iowa’s overbearing gaming laws are no fun

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 4:04pm
At long last, Iowa is expected to join the civilized, fun-loving world. Dave and Buster’s, an arcade chain and marketed toward adults, reportedly plans to open its first Iowa location next...
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Environmentalists put more pressure on Cargill to slow forest-to-farm movement in Brazil

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 2:52pm
MINNEAPOLIS — Pressure is mounting on Cargill to do more for native vegetation in Brazil, South America’s food powerhouse. Environmental groups want the Minnetonka, Minn.-based grain...
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Brazil’s soybean lead gets boost from new routes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 2:49pm
Brazil, the biggest soybean exporter, is strengthening its lead against the United States after trading giants spent billions of dollars on building new terminals and developing routes to ports in...
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President Trump defiant as lawmakers blast his ‘racist’ attacks on four congresswomen

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 2:36pm
WASHINGTON — Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved on Monday to formally condemn President Donald Trump’s attacks on four minority congresswomen, while Trump doubled down, saying those...
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Jackson County prosecutor back at work after beer-related incident

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 2:15pm
Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance has returned to work and is prosecuting drunken driving cases after having been involved in an alcohol-related incident in April during which police...
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LIVE, Day 3: Presidential candidates discuss issues facing older voters in AARP/Register forums

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 1:12pm
DES MOINES — In a series of forums this week, nineteen Democratic presidential hopefuls will be asked their views on issues ranging from how they would lower prescription drug costs to the...
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LIVE, Day 2: Presidential candidates discuss issues facing older voters in AARP/Register forums

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 1:12pm
DES MOINES — In a series of forums this week, nineteen Democratic presidential hopefuls will be asked their views on issues ranging from how they would lower prescription drug costs to the...
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LIVE: Presidential candidates discuss issues facing older voters in AARP/Register forums

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 15, 2019 - 1:12pm
DES MOINES — In a series of forums this week, nineteen Democratic presidential hopefuls will be asked their views on issues ranging from how they would lower prescription drug costs to the...
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