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$5 million pledge part of ‘milestone’ in Cedar Lake, Sleeping Giant bridge projects

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 6:56pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Elected officials are calling a $5 million pledge from the city a “milestone” in a decades-long effort to spruce up Cedar Lake and a more recent plan to construct...
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Construction begins on Iowa City’s Riverfront Crossings Park

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 5:39pm
IOWA CITY — Crews began construction this week on the $3 million first phase of Riverfront Crossings Park — a project years in the making that could become the...
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After 14 years, U.S. beef hits Chinese market

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 5:32pm
During his Senate hearing to be confirmed as ambassador to China, then-Gov. Terry Branstad said he would prefer to serve Iowa beef — not cuts from Australia — at the U.S. Embassy...
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Iowa’s final ACA insurer Medica explains why it’s staying in when others have pulled out

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 5:26pm
Anyone paying attention to Iowa’s individual insurance market over the past several months knows it has been a bit tumultuous. Two insurers announced within days of one another that they would...
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Reynolds on tour to boost Iowa workforce

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 4:37pm
WAVERLY — A simple question at the beginning of a tour of Waverly’s United Equipment Accessories set up perfectly one of the biggest concerns of its president and chief executive. Gov....
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West Music’s Steve West appointed to Cedar Rapids Airport Commission

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 4:34pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Steve West, chairman of the board for West Music, has been appointed to the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission, which oversees The Eastern Iowa Airport. With his appointment, West,...
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UI Children’s Hospital retains esteemed status across Iowa, nation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 4:11pm
IOWA CITY — Even as it maintains its status as the top children’s hospital in Iowa and among the nation’s best in several specialties, the University of Iowa Stead Family...
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ACLU wants changes to state seclusion rules for Iowa schools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 3:23pm
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and six Iowa attorneys have filed a petition asking the state Department of Education to revise rules for secluding and restraining students. The request...
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Nearly 150 volunteers helping transform 12 Cedar Rapids homes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 3:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The five-letter last name “Chase” sits above the front door of Edith Chase’s 122-year-old home in southwest Cedar Rapids. In the front lawn, a tiny house...
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Hawkeye Hotels opens Coralville headquarters

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 2:44pm
Iowa-based hotel company Hawkeye Hotels has moved into a new home in Coralville. The company cut the ribbon on its newly constructed 21,000-square-foot building there last week. The celebration...
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Facing GOP opposition, Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul Obamacare

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 12:37pm
WASHINGTON — Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July Fourth recess. The...
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Two arrested after gun incident in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 11:50am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two Cedar Rapids men face weapons charges for an incident alleged to have occurred Tuesday morning. According to the Linn County Attorney’s Office and Cedar Rapids public...
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Organizers say 30,000 attended Downtown Iowa City Block Party

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 11:48am
IOWA CITY — Organizers say an estimated 30,000 people attended Iowa City Downtown District’s first-ever Downtown Block Party Saturday night — double the group’s...
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Cedar Rapids armed robbery under investigation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 10:38am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police are investigating an armed robbery at an area fast food restaurant. According to Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow, officers were called to...
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These states have the fattest pets — and they might surprise you

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 10:18am
It might seem logical that the states with the highest prevalence of overweight people would have the highest percentages of hefty pets. Surely all those fit Coloradans with their outdoorsy...
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Following sex abuse report, USA Gymnastics pledges stronger oversight of clubs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 10:15am
USA Gymnastics will take a much stronger role in oversight of thousands of private gymnastics clubs across the country to ensure prevention of sex abuse — making reporting of suspected abuse...
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Kids on Course now serving Cedar Rapids students from 21 elementary schools

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 27, 2017 - 9:34am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Eleven children scatter across Ms. Lockhart’s fourth-grade classroom on the second floor of Arthur Elementary School in northeast Cedar Rapids. The kids, sitting along...
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Renewed travel ban appears to exclude university students, but apprehension remains

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 7:59pm
Monday’s Supreme Court decision largely permitting President Donald Trump’s travel ban is unlikely to affect international students at Iowa’s universities any more than the issue...
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Five Seasons Ski Team now in 39th year as Cedar Rapids summer staple

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 6:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Like ants on a hill. This is how Don Clow, who’s been directing the Five Seasons Ski Team for nearly 37 years, refers to the team’s preshow preparations —...
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Cedar Rapids residents fuming over fireworks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 5:33pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The fledgling fireworks experiment in Cedar Rapids has already gotten “out of control,” some residents say. The explosions go boom, boom, boom for hours, night...
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