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Cedar Rapids Freedom Ride title draws criticism for similarity to Civil Rights initiative

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 4:58pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An official with the Freedom Festival in Cedar Rapids says organizers plan to stop referring to the Freedom Ride by that name after drawing criticism for appropriating the name...
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Regents appoint interim executive director

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 3:27pm
State Relations Officer Keith Saunders, one of the Board of Regents most senior staffers, has been tapped to serve as the board’s interim executive director — accepting a $50,000 raise,...
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Reynolds: We need health reform with flexibility

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 3:13pm
By Erin Murphy, Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday she is monitoring Congress as lawmakers draft legislation that would make sweeping changes to federal...
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U.S. top court backs church in major religious rights case

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 2:55pm
WASHINGTON — Churches and other religious entities cannot be flatly denied public money even in states where constitutions explicitly ban such funding, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday...
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CBO: Senate GOP health-care bill would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 2:53pm
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans’ bill to erase major parts of the Affordable Care Act would cause an estimated 22 million more Americans to be uninsured in the coming decade - about 1...
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Annual Linn County Fair opens Wednesday in Central City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 2:20pm
CENTRAL CITY — The Linn County Fair drew roughly 36,000 people last year and organizers hope for an even bigger turnout this year as the fair returns to Central City Wednesday through...
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The Ground Floor: Marion metalworks aims for synergy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 11:47am
MARION — Cara Briggs Farmer said she named her Marion business Synergy Metalworks to reflect how her diverse experiences have worked together in a way that allows her to create art from steel...
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Hiawatha library officials kick off phase one of capital campaign

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 11:31am
HIAWATHA — Officials from the Hiawatha Public Library this morning kicked off phase one of a capital campaign to expand the existing library by 13,500 square feet. During a campaign kickoff...
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In video to China, Branstad sets North Korea as priority

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 11:04am
BEIJING — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the new U.S. ambassador to China, said in a video message to the Chinese people posted Monday that stopping the nuclear threat posed by North Korea...
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Facebook founder Zuckerberg visits pair of Iowa towns as part of Midwest tour

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 10:27am
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has visited various sites in the Midwest over the past few days, including a pair of stops in Eastern Iowa. Zuckerberg visited the Wilton Candy Kitchen in...
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Man arrested for violating no contact order, leading Cedar Rapids police on pursuit

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 9:48am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Center Point man was arrested over the weekend after police say he stole electronics from his ex-wife’s home and later led officers in a high-speed pursuit out of Cedar...
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Cedar Rapids man faces domestic assault, burglary charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 9:43am
IOWA CITY — A Cedar Rapids man was charged with domestic abuse assault and burglary after assaulting his former girlfriend on June 16, according to Iowa City police. Dylan Powers, 18, of Cedar...
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Supreme Court allows limited version of Trump’s travel ban to take effect

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 9:29am
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to allow a limited version of President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect, and will...
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Fire destroys Marion mobile home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 8:52am
MARION — A Marion mobile home was destroyed in a fire Sunday afternoon. According to Marion Fire Department officials, fire crews were dispatched to 400 Lindale Dr., Lot 94, at 2:31 Sunday and...
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Monday Morning Read: One-way conversion snags, Iowa safer for pedestrians, man robbed responding to ad

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 26, 2017 - 6:29am
TODAY’S WEATHER — Isolated showers early, then mostly sunny. High 72, low 47. ONE-WAY CONVERSION SNAGS — Just as elected officials called to speed up the timeline for unscrambling...
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More time needed to convert one-way streets in downtown Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 3:49pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Just as elected officials called to speed up the timeline for unscrambling the intermixed one-way and two-way streets confounding motorists in downtown Cedar Rapids, city staff...
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Preservation partnership helps restore historic Iowa City home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 3:46pm
IOWA CITY — Directly across from the gazebo in College Green Park in Iowa City sits the Houser-Metzger House, a large, late-Victorian, Queen Anne-style home with a lot of history behind...
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New Northwest Indoor Craft and Farmers’ Market opens

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 3:43pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — From candy and makeup to containers and clothing, the new Northwest Indoor Craft and Farmers’ Market had plenty to offer its customers on Saturday at the Northwest...
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Iowa pedestrian deaths plummet to all-time low in 2016

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 3:38pm
DES MOINES — After spiking to a 20-year high in 2015, Iowa pedestrian deaths in 2016 fell to what likely is the lowest number on record, dating back more than half a century. In Iowa,...
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Voices of Hope event to honor veterans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - June 25, 2017 - 3:29pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Organizers of this year’s Voices of Hope event promise attendees a patriotic evening with music, military ceremonies and food. The free event, hosted by the Christian...
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