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One dead after Saturday morning crash in Linn County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 9, 2017 - 9:29am
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that caused one man’s death early Saturday morning. According to authorities, Linn County Sheriff’s Deputies, Iowa State...
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News Track: FBI seeks more on suspected double voting cases

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 9, 2017 - 9:02am
CEDAR RAPIDS — An investigation into suspected double voting in the 2016 general election is continuing nearly five months after it was discovered by the Linn County Auditor’s...
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St. Andrew Presbyterian Church members eager to move into new, expanded church in I.C.

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 8:30pm
IOWA CITY — Nearly 20 years after first discussing the need for additional space, the congregation and staff at Iowa City’s St. Andrew Presbyterian Church plan to be in their new home...
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Adviser wants Human Resources staffer to address sexual harassment at Iowa Capitol

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 7:34pm
DES MOINES — In the wake of sexual harassment allegations and a settled lawsuit that cost Iowa taxpayers $1.8 million, the Iowa Legislature needs a guiding mission statement that makes clear...
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As Cedar Rapids school plan jelled, public voices ebbed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 7:11pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — For more than a year, members of a Cedar Rapids school system committee met to develop a sweeping facilities plan that would affect schools throughout the district. In several...
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Forest City teacher who made racist remarks resigns

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 7:09pm
FOREST CITY — The Forest City third-grade teacher who made racist comments during an online broadcast of a Forest City-Eagle Grove boys’ basketball game has resigned. Holly Jane...
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Tait Purk found guilty of fiancee’s murder

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 6:27pm
TOLEDO — After a judge last summer disregarded a jury’s verdict of first-degree murder in the April 2000 death of Cora Okonski and granted a new trial — a move that confused the...
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Steve King: Diversity not an American strength; ‘mixing cultures’ leads to lower quality life

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 6:09pm
SIOUX CITY — Iowa 4th District Rep. Steve King on Friday twice declared that diversity is not an American strength and endorsed a European leader’s view that “mixing...
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Iowa Lawmakers see need for sales tax collection equity

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 5:54pm
ALTOONA — Several key legislative leaders Friday said they expect a wide-ranging discussion of state tax policy during the 2018 session — one that includes ensuring Iowans who buy...
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Fact Checker: Fred Hubbell on tax credits

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 5:25pm
Introduction “Iowa is offering Apple $20 million in tax credits.” “I came in and helped clean up the film tax credit scandal.” Source of claims: “Show,” a...
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Johnson County Crisis Center reaches warehouse goal, still seeks donations for annual campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 5:23pm
IOWA CITY — While the Crisis Center of Johnson County has reached its fundraising goal for a food bank expansion, center officials worry its capital campaign has caused a slowdown in December...
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Sinclair levee completed: First step in flood control protects NewBo District

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 5:19pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids has completed its first major piece of permanent flood protection nearly a decade after the devastating 2008 flood upended Iowa’s second largest city. On...
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White House pressures Big Corn to meet on U.S. biofuels policy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 4:38pm
President Donald Trump’s administration called two lawmakers from the U.S. Corn Belt to convince them to join talks about potential changes to biofuels policy to ease the burden on oil...
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U.S. presses Russia to comply with nuclear missile treaty

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 4:29pm
WASHINGTON — The United States is reviewing military options, including new intermediate-range cruise missile systems, in response to what it says is Russia’s ongoing violation of a...
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(Video) Astonishing Aerial Footage of the California Wildfires

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 4:06pm
The Ventura County fire is now twice the size of Washington, D.C. Nearly 23,000 homes and businesses are threatened and 260,000 people have been evacuated—the equivalent of the population of...
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Inside the day that set in motion Michael Flynn’s guilty plea

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 3:52pm
On the day that set in motion former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea and cooperation with the special counsel, President-elect Donald Trump was ensconced at his...
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Congressman Franks says he is resigning immediately

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 3:36pm
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Trent Franks said on Friday that he would resign from Congress effective immediately, instead of the Jan. 31 date he previously had set following the...
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Roy Moore accuser amends part of her account about inscription

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 3:35pm
Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore received an unlikely late-campaign boost Friday from one of his own accusers, who admitted to incorrectly describing Moore’s inscription in her high school...
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High winds to hamper California firefighters into weekend

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 3:34pm
VENTURA, Calif. — Armies of firefighters tried to take advantage of diminished winds on Friday while battling six major Southern California wildfires that have raged for five days and...
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Medical marijuana producer MedPharm estimates 6,000 Iowans as customers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 8, 2017 - 3:08pm
Iowa’s medical cannabis manufacturer estimates more than 6,000 Iowans will be registered to buy products starting in December 2018, but so far, only 225 have registered. MedPharm Iowa,...
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