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General Mills union could call for strike next week in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 3:57pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 110 will vote Wednesday on whether to call a strike at General Mills’ Cedar Rapids manufacturing...
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Investor buys Coralville mobile home park, will raise rent 11 percent

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 3:33pm
CORALVILLE — Havenpark Capital, the Orem, Utah-based investor that earlier this year attracted ire for buying mobile home parks and hiking tenants’ rent, has made another Corridor area...
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Iowa medical marijuana board backs THC purchase limit, PTSD as qualifying condition

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 3:24pm
ANKENY — The state medical board regulating Iowa’s medical marijuana program submitted a proposal asking state legislators to remove the cap on THC in products in favor of a purchase...
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Forevergreen Road open from Highway 965 to new interchange

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 3:11pm
NORTH LIBERTY — The Forevergreen Road interchange on Interstate 380 is fully open to all traffic. Hugh Holak, resident construction engineer with the Iowa Department of Transportation, said...
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Anamosa State Penitentiary names new warden

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 2:57pm
The Iowa Board of Corrections voted Friday to appoint Jeremy Larson as the next warden of the Anamosa State Penitentiary in Anamosa. Larson will succeed Bill Sperfslage, who was selected earlier this...
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Marion man sentenced to 18 months for embezzling $124,525 from homeowners association

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 2:55pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Marion man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison for defrauding a homeowners association out of nearly $125,000, which he used to pay off his credit cards and...
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She just wanted a chance: Sexism and racism in the medical community

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 2:37pm
Juliana Anyanwu has only ever wanted to be a doctor. As a child in Nigeria, Anyanwu spent a lot of time in hospitals for her allergies. One of the doctors listened to her in a way that made her feel...
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Iowa, a top retirement destination, underfunds elder care

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 2:16pm
Iowa consistently is ranked as a top-10 place to retire, based on low property costs, high quality of living and relatively easy access to health care. However, if you are among the growing number of...
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Manure spill causes fish kill in Tama County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 1:35pm
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating a manure spill that caused a fish kill on Wolf Creek in Tama County. A manure applicator from Mayo Farm Inc., of Garwin, reported Thursday...
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Cedar Rapids police looking for man, woman suspected in jewelry theft

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 1:32pm
The Cedar Rapids Police Department is looking for help in identifying a two people who are suspected of theft. Police said the suspects — a man and a woman — allegedly used a stolen...
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What’s going on at the University of Iowa?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 11:21am
The University of Iowa is losing staff faster than they can hire them. Since 2017, UI has lost 20 top administrators — deans, directors and vice presidents. This year, Melissa Shivers, the...
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Iowa’s Tom Miller is the hero e-cigarette users need

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 10:52am
Amid all the hubbub and fearmongering related to e-cigarettes, Iowa has a refreshing voice of reason. It’s someone onlookers see as an unlikely champion for alternative nicotine delivery...
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Third man indicted for killing Chris Bagley revealed in court

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 10:38am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Due to a snafu in court Friday, it was revealed that a third man was indicted by a grand jury this week for the fatal stabbing of Chris Bagley, who was buried Dec. 14 in a yard...
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A privatization smoke screen at the University of Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 10:15am
On the face of it, the “public-private partnerships” advocated by University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld may seem innocuous. But the phrase is a smoke screen for a broad attack on...
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Oxford man found in burning car, arrested for drunken driving

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 9:06am
OXFORD — An Oxford man was drunk inside a burning car Thursday night, authorities said. According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to a report of a car fire...
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Board of Health cares about health, endorses filling the natural resources and recreation trust fund

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 1, 2019 - 8:15am
Many groups have called for raising the state sales tax to fill Iowa’s Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. Too many to list. But this time, the call is coming from inside the...
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Broadway at the Paramount: National tour of ‘Once’ comes to Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 31, 2019 - 8:28pm
Nothing is conventional in “Once,” a kick-up-your heels musical built on the sparks rising from two people who have been kicked around one too many times in their lives. It’s a...
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Musician Jack Klatt begins tour Nov. 5 at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 31, 2019 - 8:25pm
Melancholy has been Jack Klatt’s calling card since he recorded his debut album, “Love Me Lonely” in 2013. “Shadows in the Sunset,” which dropped in 2016, features...
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That 1 Guy to bring ‘Magic Pipe’ to Gabe’s in Iowa City on Nov. 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 31, 2019 - 8:22pm
Which of these is weirdest: • Being the conservatory-trained son of a jazz musician who then sets aside bow and bass, to write weird, convoluted songs about weasel potpies and meat raining...
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How to deal with winter darkness, seasonal affective disorder

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 31, 2019 - 8:20pm
This weekend we turn our clocks back an hour as Daylight Saving time comes to an end. “Falling back” means we gain an extra hour of sleep on Saturday (Hurray!), but it also means we...
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