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Shot fired during residential robbery in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 3:59pm
The Iowa City Police Department is investigating after three masked men robbed an Iowa City apartment Thursday around noon. According to an Iowa City Police, police responded at 12:23 p.m. to a...
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Sen. Chuck Grassley not giving up on police, prescription drug reforms

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 3:41pm
Although he’s disappointed by what he sees as a lack of cooperation from Senate Democrats on bipartisan prescription drug and police reforms, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley said he hasn’t...
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Change can’t wait: Police review board is an urgent need in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:55pm
Amid mass protests in support of law enforcement reform and racial equity, the Cedar Rapids City Council last month approved a resolution committing to making changes to the city’s police...
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When American rebels vandalized King George’s statue, loyalists snitched on them

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:32pm
Racial justice protesters have turned their sights toward problematic statues, and people are mad about it. Monuments dedicated to Confederate leaders, slavers and other historic figures have been...
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Black Iowans have been denied right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:18pm
The Declaration of Independence, signed 244 years ago this weekend, purports to be a model for people seeking to free themselves from tyranny. But nearly two and a half centuries later, this is not...
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The University of Iowa is ignoring faculty input in budget decisions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 2:12pm
The University of Iowa’s response to pandemic-related budget cuts places the fiscal tail in charge of wagging the educational dog. Though cuts are necessary, university administrators seem...
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Test Iowa sites closed for holiday, 675 new positive cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 1:40pm
Test Iowa sites will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day, according to the Iowa Emergency Management Association. Meanwhile, 675 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported within...
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Fake real estate and now a fake recovery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 1:18pm
It’s been just a year since Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration set up a fake real estate office in Manhattan, hoping to lure New Yorkers to Iowa with the promise of cheap...
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Iowans need clearer back-to-school guidance

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 11:19am
Last week, the Iowa Department of Education released their guidance for schools hoping to reopen in the fall. What is significant about the plan is what it doesn’t include. It does not...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds sends $490 million in CARES Act money to Unemployment Trust Fund

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 11:02am
Gov. Kim Reynolds directed $490 million in funding from the CARES Act to Iowa’s Unemployment Trust Fund Thursday morning. The move prevents the state from running out of funds for unemployed...
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This fall, going back to school will be a luxury few families can afford

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 10:57am
Russell and Irene Anderson have two children ages 13 and 16 and they don’t know if their kids will be going back to school. “We just have our hands in the air,” said Irene,...
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Thanks to a donor’s $1 million loan, this free clinic in Cedar Rapids has a new home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 9:17am
CEDAR RAPIDS — In its 28-year history, His Hands Free Clinic has never operated in a space built for medical care. But that will change this month as the faith-based nonprofit moves into a new...
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More than 150,000 Iowans file for new, continuing unemployment claims

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 2, 2020 - 7:35am
Iowa workers filed 8,300 new unemployment claims and 143,488 continuing claims between June 21 and 27, Iowa Workforce Development said Thursday morning. The 8,300 new claims is almost identical to...
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Western Dubuque baseball season suspended by COVID-19 in middle of game against Cedar Rapids Washington

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 8:51pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Western Dubuque’s baseball season came to a halt Wednesday night ... in the middle of a game it was playing. The Bobcats were leading Cedar Rapids Washington, 6-1, in the...
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Cedar Rapids officials pivot on approach to forming police review board

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 8:25pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — After facing criticism over its approach to creating a citizens’ review board of the police, the city announced Wednesday it will open the process to public...
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Facebook launching massive voter registration effort

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 8:01pm
As part of its goal to increase participation in the November general election, Facebook is launching what it says is the largest voting information campaign in American history. Facebook users who...
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Chew on This: Iowa City moves outdoor dining into the street on the Northside

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 7:11pm
Chew on This is a regular series featuring the latest news on area restaurants and bars. Sign up for the newsletter to get regular updates on restaurant openings and dining in Eastern Iowa.Outdoor...
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Couple opens Bollywood Grill in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 7:09pm
Zameer Khan went to school for engineering, but discovered along the way that what he loved was the restaurant industry. Khan studied chemical engineering before moving to the United States in 1998....
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What happens if you set off fireworks illegally in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City (plus a lesson in fire safety)

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 6:37pm
Most fireworks are banned in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, but it’s not uncommon to hear them being fired off this week as the Fourth of July nears. Data from the Cedar Rapids Police Department...
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Suspension of new H-1B visas could leave Eastern Iowa businesses vulnerable, experts say

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 1, 2020 - 6:37pm
A federal effort to open jobs for Americans during coronavirus could be hurting Iowa businesses’ ability to grow, experts warn. The Trump administration issued an executive order June 22...
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