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‘Thank you for ruining my funeral’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 7:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — For those in the field of emergency response, it’s often they see a sad outcome to a medical emergency. That wasn’t the case Tuesday as Dan Clarahan, 59, of...
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Majority of Branstad’s campaign funding is homegrown, but top donor is from South Dakota

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 6:44pm
DES MOINES — The political groups and out-of-state donors came through when he needed them — often with big bucks — but the bulk of the nearly $18.8 million raised by Terry...
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Public forum set on historic Czech Village restoration project

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 6:37pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A group of Cedar Rapids residents is attempting to rebuild a historic structure in Czech Village, and they’re asking for the public’s input. Friends of Czech...
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Blum says he’s a no on Obamacare replacement bill

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 5:05pm
U.S. Rep. Rod Blum on Tuesday finally took a side on legislation put forth by the House Republican leadership on the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as...
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Ellis Boulevard extension in the works in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 4:44pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A short but potentially transformative extension of Ellis Boulevard NW is on the table in Cedar Rapids. The extension would connect Ellis, which ends in a “T”...
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Cedar Rapids Public Library finalist for ‘nation’s highest honor’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 4:43pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Legacy series, a program offered by the Cedar Rapids Public Library, has provided a forum in recent months for area residents to share stories about their experiences living...
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For Amana tax debate, local control is key

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 4:41pm
For Dan Rettig, it just makes sense that the Amana Colonies should be able to set their own tax on lodging, taking away that power from county leaders. “Who is best to determine how that money...
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Iowa State President Leath forfeits $1.2 million by leaving

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 3:55pm
As Auburn University finalizes details of outgoing Iowa State University President Steven Leath’s new contract, Iowa’s Board of Regents confirms he’s forfeiting $1.2 million in...
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Trump’s high court pick Gorsuch vows independence, says he’s no ‘rubber stamp’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 3:18pm
WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday pledged independence from President Donald Trump and said no one including the president is above the law amid concerns by...
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Iowa Startup Accelerator announces spring cohort under new programming

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 12:45pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Going into its fourth year, the Iowa Startup Accelerator has announced two participating companies for the spring batch in the 2017 cohort — BluSolar and Global...
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Bill would ban bathroom cameras in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 12:43pm
DES MOINES — State lawmakers are working on a bill that would immediately ban government entities in Iowa from installing video/audio monitoring devices in public bathrooms, locker rooms or...
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PHOTOS: Controlled burn at Beverly Park in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 12:32pm
The Cedar Rapids Fire and Parks & Recreation Departments conducted a controlled burn Tuesday morning at Beverly Park, off King Drive SW. The controlled burn was part of site preparation...
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School seclusion bill proposed at Iowa Statehouse

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 12:27pm
DES MOINES — Rep. Mary Mascher, a retired teacher, is asking the Iowa Legislature to create a task force to study how Iowa school districts are using restraints and seclusion on K-12 students....
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Dubuque legislator considering Blum challenge in 2018

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 11:20am
DES MOINES — Abby Finkenauer woke up Nov. 9 disappointed that Donald Trump was going to be president, that Republicans would control the Iowa Statehouse and that Rod Blum was still her...
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Suspect vehicle sought in Cedar Rapids hit-and-run

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 10:51am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police are looking for the driver in a hit-and-run that left a cyclist with life-threatening injuries. Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said first responders...
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Undocumented immigrants may not find warm welcome in Canada

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 10:01am
Undocumented immigrants in the United States are fleeing to Canada. But Canadians may not want them, a new survey finds. Nearly half of Canadians support “increasing the deportation of people...
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Teacher feature: Jim Harris, St. Pius X Catholic Elementary

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 9:33am
CEDAR RAPIDS — At St. Pius X Catholic Elementary in Cedar Rapids, fifth-grade teacher Jim Harris said he designates at least 30 minutes a day to discussing religion with his...
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Watch Live: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch stakes out independence from Trump

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 8:55am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court pick, said on Tuesday he would have no trouble ruling against the president as he tried to stake out his...
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Tuesday Morning Read: Support for mosques, ‘second shot at life,’ emergency alert goes awry

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 21, 2017 - 6:26am
SUPPORT FOR MOSQUES — Though the Islamic Center of Des Moines received a handwritten letter this past weekend calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy,” mosques in Cedar...
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Missing woman who left Iowa City mental health facility located by authorities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 8:50pm
IOWA CITY — After more than 24 hours, with dozens of officers and several local agencies working in concert, a call from a Johnson County resident who had spotted a woman in their field ended...
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