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University of Iowa notifying thousands of financial aid cuts

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 4 hours 19 min ago
The University of Iowa on Wednesday notified 2,440 students receiving scholarships they won’t be getting the money they’re expecting in the next academic year. Those being notified are...
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Iowa’s private Medicaid insurers to lose $450 million in first year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 6 hours 38 min ago
DES MOINES — The three private insurers managing the state’s nearly $5 billion Medicaid program expect their one-year losses cumulatively to reach $450 million, they told legislators on...
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State scales back union contract offer AFSCME leader says new law ‘trashes’ 40 years of negotiations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 6 hours 51 min ago
DES MOINES — State negotiators Wednesday offered a scaled-back contract proposal to Iowa’s largest public employees’ union that conformed to a new state law by dropping health...
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Rep. Dave Loebsack sees similarities in GOP ‘anti-people’ legislation in Washington, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 6 hours 57 min ago
DES MOINES — Iowa Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack sees “far too many similarities” between what majority Republicans are doing in Washington and Des Moines, and is trying to help...
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Watch Live: Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett delivers his last State of the City address

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 8 hours 4 min ago
Ron Corbett is scheduled to deliver his last State of the City address as Cedar Rapids mayor today at the DoubleTree Convention Center in downtown. The event is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m. with...
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My Biz: Since 2001, business owners sell the art of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 8 hours 9 min ago
By Katie Mills Giorgio, correspondent CEDAR RAPIDS — Wanda Lunn and John Cairns may spend the day looking at cartoons, but that doesn’t mean their work is child’s play. Lunn is...
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Truck platoons could hit Highway 20 this year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 8 hours 25 min ago
DES MOINES — Drivers could begin seeing “connected platoons” of trucks operating on Highway 20 across Iowa as early as this year if legislation allowing the use of adaptive...
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The CEOs of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan are worth $261 million more since the election

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 10 hours 29 min ago
CEOs at the country’s largest publicly traded companies may not have been big supporters of Donald Trump during his campaign. But in the three months since the election, many are surely happy...
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Wednesday Morning Read: Town halls, Hawkeyes win, gun bill

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 12 hours 57 min ago
Stand your ground - Iowa would be the latest state to adopt a stand-your-ground law if a proposal for revisions in gun regulations filed this week comes to pass.Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington...
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Iowa refugee program advocates ask lawmakers to maintain funding

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 8:52pm
DES MOINES — A group of service providers and advocates asked Iowa legislators Tuesday to maintain the level of funding provided last session for refugee programs. Eastern and Central Iowa...
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Marion officials get first look at financial plans for new library

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 8:50pm
MARION — The Marion City Council on Thursday plans to discuss whether to sign off on the financial plans for a new library. Council members saw the financial proposal for a new 40,000- to...
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Food pantries in the Corridor report increased use

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 6:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Area food pantry officials say they are seeing more people take more food more frequently, while at the same time, in some cases, food donations are down. That has led to a need...
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Medical examiner for Petties trial: Gunshots, not other injuries, killed pair in 2014

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 5:53pm
Sierrah Simmons died from a gunshot wound to her head and Quintrell Perkins from a gunshot wound to his upper chest, an Iowa state medical examiner testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Kendu...
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Iowa Politics Today: Fighting for caregivers in the capitol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 5:26pm
A roundup of Iowa Legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017: FAMILY CAREGIVERS: More than 90 AARP volunteers gathered at the Iowa Statehouse Tuesday in support of Iowa...
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Grievances aired as Ernst holds veterans roundtable meeting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 4:31pm
MAQUOKETA, Iowa — It was billed as a veterans roundtable, but U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst heard about more than just problems with the VA here Tuesday. A large sign-waving crowd overflowed the...
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Linn-Mar scraps facilities plan, still aiming for September bond

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 3:29pm
MARION — The Linn-Mar Community School District is scrapping a plan that would have redistributed grade levels among the district’s schools. The plan would have removed ninth-graders...
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Legislators look to make Iowa roadways safer by targeting drunk, drugged and distracted driving

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 3:26pm
DES MOINES — Bills designed to target drunk, drugged and distracted drivers picked up traction Tuesday in the Iowa Senate. A Senate Transportation subcommittee advanced a bill that would ban...
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Iowa Court officials seek more state funding

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 3:10pm
DES MOINES – Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady made a personal pitch to state legislators Tuesday for adequate funding in the coming fiscal year to restore cuts and allow the...
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Bill aims to raise Iowa interstate speed limit to 75 mph

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 2:48pm
DES MOINES — Should motorists be allowed to go an extra five miles per hour faster on Iowa’s interstates? That’s a question introduced to Iowa legislators this week in a bill...
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Grassley: Testy town hall a good example of ‘representative government’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 21, 2017 - 2:43pm
IOWA FALLS — A raucous town hall meeting frequently interrupted by shouted questions, insults and “do your job” chants was a great example of “making the process of...
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