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Marion aims to improve 10th Avenue for pedestrians, bicyclists in 2021

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 4:39pm
MARION — Marion wants to make 10th Avenue more convenient for pedestrians and bicyclists in the near future. Called the Marion 10th Avenue Sidepaths Project, the project will be located along...
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Seconding University of Iowa instructor concerns, local leader airs fears over 30,000-person influx

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 4:39pm
IOWA CITY — A Johnson County supervisor Tuesday — in discussing University of Iowa teacher demands the campus pivot immediately to virtual instruction for fall given pandemic conditions...
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K9COLA’s annual doggy dip moving from Bever Pool to virtual plunge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 4:36pm
Canines and their companions won’t be making a splash in Cedar Rapids’ Bever Pool this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get wet elsewhere. K9COLA wants to flood...
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Federal legislation includes funding for improvements at Herbert Hoover birthplace

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 3:29pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is looking forward to getting a sliver of the $9 billion Great American Outdoors Act signed into law by President Donald Trump on...
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Johnson and Linn counties report double-digit coronavirus case count

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 1:13pm
Johnson and Linn counties reported the highest daily COVID-19 case counts of Iowa’s 99 counties in a 24-hour period ending Tuesday at 11 a.m. Johnson County reported 21 new cases for a total...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds warns schools not to defy law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 12:29pm
JOHNSTON — Gov. Kim Reynolds warned school districts Tuesday that defy her directive of providing at least 50 percent of core instruction in-person when classes resume later this summer that...
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Rock the Roost: Bands joining forces to play for good on Cedar Rapids’ NewBo City Market stage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 12:16pm
With four start-ups ending their run inside NewBo City Market because of the pandemic, musician Robert Wallace of Cedar Rapids decided to round up local bands to help out a favorite roost in the...
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Blue Strawberry Coffee Co. to close store, go online only

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 10:54am
Cedar Rapids coffee and lunch shop Blue Strawberry Coffee Co. will close its store August 10 and transition to an online-only business model, the owner said on its Facebook page. “Closing the...
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Nonprofits can receive up to $25,000 from Iowa’s Nonprofit Recovery Fund

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 9:23am
Iowa nonprofits can receive up to $25,000 in assistance through Volunteer Iowa and Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Nonprofit Recovery Fund. The fund, launched Monday as part of...
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Watch at 11 a.m.: Gov. Kim Reynolds resumes twice weekly briefings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 9:02am
Starting today, Gov. Kim Reynolds is increasing her scheduled news conferences to twice a week. Today’s news conference, held at the Iowa PBS studios in Johnston, will be livestreamed...
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Deere cuts more jobs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 4, 2020 - 8:54am
More jobs are being eliminated at Deere and Co. Deere officials would not comment on how many salaried positions are being cut as of Monday. “As part of the smart industrial redesign, we are...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds has stopped AG from joining anti-Trump suits

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 8:58pm
DES MOINES — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits, under an unusual compromise that...
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Scores of University of Iowa educators urge reversal of in-person instruction

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 8:55pm
IOWA CITY — Scores of University of Iowa instructors and professors are demanding their campus shift away from its plan for a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning this fall and start the...
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Iowa State begins unprecedented move-in with nasal swab, temperature check

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 8:51pm
AMES — What should have been a familiar and festive August scene of students unloading belongings into dorm rooms and meeting new roommates was anything but Monday on the Iowa State University...
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Time Machine: The Iowa prison camp that lasted 50 years in a state forest

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 4:11pm
During the Great Depression, the Civil Works Administration — a New Deal program — surveyed the nation’s forest and wasteland. Allamakee County in northeast Iowa was one of the...
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Midwest businesses see July boost, but manufacturing job losses continued

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 4:01pm
While a monthly survey of supply managers in the Midwest and the nation found business conditions improving, manufacturing job losses continued, although at a slower pace. The July Creighton...
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Iowa’s budget is the most resilient in the country in the COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 3:57pm
A study conducted by the accounting firm KPMG of the fiscal risk and resiliency of each state in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic found that Iowa is the most fiscally sound, most resilient state...
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Iowa tax revenue decline not all because of COVID-19

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 3:48pm
From March 19 through July 30 for calendar years 2019 and 2020, net state tax revenue declined $350.4 million and 10.7 percent year-over-year. However, fiscal analyst Jeff Robinson cautioned that not...
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Ashley Hinson promises ‘dose of Iowa common sense’ in first ad of campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 2:46pm
DES MOINES — Iowa 1st U.S. House District Republican challenger Ashley Hinson is launching her first television ad of the campaign today, promising to take “a dose of Iowa common...
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Manchester man will be sentenced this week for killing Michelle Marktinko in 1979

Cedar Rapids Gazette - August 3, 2020 - 2:33pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — After waiting five months, Michelle Martinko’s family and friends will finally see a Manchester man sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing the teen in...
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