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Taking stock at the Turkey Trot in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 7 hours 16 min ago
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two decades ago, Thanksgiving looked a lot different for Bob Molsberry. The lifelong athlete, at age 43, had just emerged from a nearly five-month stay in the hospital after...
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Iowa Department of Transportation wants more corn snow fences

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 9 hours 59 min ago
Sometimes all that stands between motorists and blowing snow is eight rows of corn. But that corn can help, said Craig Bargfrede, winter operations administrator for the Iowa Department of...
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Judge allows Iowa State University sexual assault lawsuit to proceed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 10 hours 51 min ago
DES MOINES — A U.S. District Court judge is allowing a lawsuit alleging more Title IX violations against Iowa State University to proceed on limited grounds — but not on the “too...
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Whether middle class Iowans save or pay depends on future federal tax reform vote

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 11 hours 45 min ago
By Erin Murphy, Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — They are being sold as middle-class tax cuts. With majorities in both chambers of Congress and a president in the White House,...
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Thursday morning read: Medicaid provider suspension not yet approved, fifth homicide investigation this year begins, School seclusion complaint under investigation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - 12 hours 24 min ago
Federal officials say Medicaid provider suspension not yet approved - Only a little more than a week before Iowa Medicaid enrollees are to be shifted from departing AmeriHealth Caritas to...
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Cedar Rapids school seclusion complaint under investigation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 6:22pm
The Iowa Department of Education is investigating a complaint against the Cedar Rapids Community School District for inappropriately secluding a Pierce Elementary third-grader last spring. The...
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Get out of the house this holiday weekend: Area museums, theaters offer plenty of holiday diversions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 5:59pm
Had your fill of turkey and football, but don’t know what to do with all those leftover holiday guests? Here are some local sites with sights to behold, ready to welcome all ages with open...
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List and Map: Where to find the perfect Christmas tree in Eastern Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 4:50pm
One the turkey leftovers are packed away, it’s time to unpack the Christmas ornaments. Here are Christmas tree farms across Eastern Iowa where you can find the perfect tree to decorate for the...
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Iowa coalition pushes again for ‘personhood’ bill

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 4:48pm
URBANDALE — Members of a coalition opposed to abortion rights said Wednesday they plan to push the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds next session to approve a measure declaring that life...
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More than one option? Federal officials say suspension of Iowa Medicaid provider choice not yet approved

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 3:24pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Only a little more than a week before Iowa Medicaid enrollees are to be shifted from departing AmeriHealth Caritas to UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley, the federal Centers...
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Iowa Senate Democrat on sexual harassment payout: Why should taxpayers fund lawmakers’ bad behavior?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 2:37pm
By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau JOHNSTON — The top Democrat in the Iowa Senate said Wednesday her minority caucus is exploring whether legislation could be enacted to shield...
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Rule giving chickens room to run shelved with USDA organics rule

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 2:32pm
NEUVO, Calif. — Strolling through a flock of free-roaming rust-colored hens, Christopher Nichols admits that no one truly knows whether his chickens are happier because they can strut around...
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Iowa State University drops appeal in marijuana T-shirt dispute

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
After several judges already sided with former Iowa State University students who accused administrators of violating their free-speech rights by banning a marijuana T-shirt design, the university is...
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Iowa Department of Education given more time to reach seclusion room consensus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 1:31pm
The Iowa Department of Education has been granted a three-month extension to respond to a request to revise state rules for secluding and restraining students. In an order signed Monday, Iowa...
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Jury finds Waterloo man guilty of sending threatening tweets to Sen. Joni Ernst

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 1:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A federal jury on Wednesday found a Waterloo man guilty of sending threatening tweets to U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in August. The jury deliberated more than four hours before...
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EPA won’t change responsibility for ensuring renewable fuels

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 12:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to deny attempts to change Renewable Fuel Standard rules is good news for the ethanol industry and fuel retailers who would...
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Salvation Army hosts annual community Thanksgiving meal in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 12:36pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Salvation Army hosted its annual community Thanksgiving meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at its Cedar Rapids facility, 1000 C Ave. NW. The meal was sponsored by...
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Ernst, Young visit U.S. troops in Middle East

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 11:33am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Members of Iowa’s congressional delegation spent part of their Thanksgiving recess spreading holiday cheer to United States military personnel in overseas postings. Sen....
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Senator Grassley calls for review of sexual harassment complaint process

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 11:14am
CEDAR RAPIDS — As more information comes out about sexual harassment by members of Congress and their staffs, Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to improve the protocols for reporting and handling...
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Fat bikes the focus of second annual race in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - November 22, 2017 - 11:12am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids is going to have a second chance to get fat this holiday season. The tourism bureau, GO Cedar Rapids, is presenting GO CR Fat Sac & Fox Enduro Ride. It’s...
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