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Voters commission shoots down Linn County Auditor’s complaint over election security

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm
A state commission dismissed Linn County Auditor Joel Miller’s allegations that the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office falls short of federal election security requirements. Iowa’s...
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Women’s March in Iowa City canceled because of winter storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 1:14pm
IOWA CITY — The Women’s March in Iowa City has been canceled for Saturday because of weather. The event was planned to be held at 10 a.m. at the Pedestrian Mall in downtown. It will be...
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Transparency was a casualty in Alliant rate case

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 12:55pm
The business page of the Friday, Jan. 10, Gazette reported on the Alliant rate increase. As the energy researcher at the Iowa Policy Project, I was a witness in the case. While we know the company as...
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A malpractice cap can help maternity care access

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 12:50pm
Last summer, Marshalltown’s UnityPoint hospital shuttered its maternity ward. The year before that, Washington County Hospital in southeast Iowa did the same. These closures weren’t...
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Caucus cold weather is hot for Sanders, but not Biden

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 10:57am
The Iowa Democratic caucus is one of most refreshing, yet maddening, exercises of democracy in America. It demands the kind of commitment you can’t dispatch with a stamped envelope, a text...
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It’s time to start a civil war with New Hampshire

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 10:45am
The state whose motto is “Live Free or Die” is certainly good at keeping their clamming boots on our neck. Look, we wanted to change our caucuses. But we can’t change the caucus...
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Iowa City home damaged by overnight fire

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 9:32am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City home was heavily damaged by fire early Friday morning. According to the Iowa City Fire Department, crews were called to 1920 Prairie du Chien Road around 1:51 a.m....
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Iowa City, Cedar Rapids to get 3-5 inches of snow, 10th inch of ice this weekend

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 8:22am
IOWA CITY — It’s going to be a great weekend. If you love snow, ice and subzero wind chills, that is. The Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area should get hit with a little bit of everything...
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Iowa City woman gambles on lottery ticket theft, gets busted

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2020 - 8:08am
An Iowa City woman discovered chances of winning don’t increase when you steal your lottery ticket. Iowa City police said Nicole Haman, 47, of Iowa City, entered Fast Break, 2580 Naples Ave.,...
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Why it’s not too late to get a flu shot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 8:49pm
We’re in the throes of the flu season, but with months left, doctors are emphasizing it’s not too late to get your flu shot. The flu vaccine remains the best form of defense against the...
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Leader of Linn County’s planned mental health center wants to create a better future for Iowans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 8:35pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Erin Foster hopes that as the first director of the mental health access center in Linn County — and the multicounty East Central Iowa mental health region — she...
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Peals from the past: Bells at Cornell College chime again

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 7:22pm
MOUNT VERNON — Hearing the Cornell College bells ring again after 70 years is a feather in the cap of “Master of the Clock” Johnny Olshewsky. After listening to remarks from...
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Historic presidential impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 6:50pm
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate opened the historic impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of...
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Investigator says Jerry Burns' internet "fetish" of violent sex shows possible motive for killing Michelle Martinko

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 6:49pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids police investigator testified Thursday the common websites visited and themes searched by Jerry Burns, accused of killing Michelle Martinko in 1979, on his office...
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Minnesota putting asterisk on Iowa first-in-the-nation claim

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 6:11pm
Iowa lays claim to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, but the first vote for the Democratic and Republican nominees will be cast somewhere in Minnesota today. Thanks to Minnesota’s...
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Have ideas for recreation on the Cedar River? Cedar Rapids wants your input

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 5:46pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Have ideas for recreational opportunities on the Cedar River? A new survey wants your input. Cedar Rapids officials are looking for options that are “safe, feasible, and...
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Deployments increasing, National Guard leader tells Iowa lawmakers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 4:54pm
DES MOINES — The number of Iowa National Guard soldiers deployed is expected to rise from roughly 100 to more than 2,000 over the next year, its leader said Thursday during the annual...
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Move to add abortion limits to Iowa Constitution advances

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 4:40pm
DES MOINES — Iowans clashed Thursday over renewed efforts to restrict abortions in Iowa by amending the state constitution. Those who oppose abortion rights decried judicial...
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Lego aims for stressed-out adults

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 4:01pm
Elisabeth Briggs finds calm in clicking small, interlocking bricks together and turning piles of multicolored plastic into something recognizable. Sometimes she has a beer while playing with Lego...
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Review: ‘Madama Butterfly’ soaring with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 16, 2020 - 3:22pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — This weekend marks the fourth time Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre has brought “Madama Butterfly” to life, but everything about this production feels fresh and new,...
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