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Iowa’s continuing unemployment claims lowest since March

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 22, 2020 - 8:22am
Iowa saw the fewest continuing weekly unemployment claims recorded last week in about seven months. Continuing claims fell by 4,442, to 41,967, between Oct. 11 and 17 — the fewest continuing...
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Iowa City house fire causes $25,000 in damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 22, 2020 - 6:33am
IOWA CITY — A kitchen fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to an Iowa City home, authorities say. Crews were called to 2023 Taylor Drive around 1:30 a.m. Thursday for a report of a stove...
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Will Nikki Haley run for president in 2024? Plenty of time to decide, she says in Iowa visit

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 22, 2020 - 6:17am
CEDAR RAPIDS — She’s not saying she won’t, but Nikki Haley is trying to tamp down the speculation that her campaign swing through Iowa is a precursor to a 2024 presidential...
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The battle of ideas has gone dark

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 22, 2020 - 6:02am
Our top candidates for the U.S. Senate are fighting over dark money, who takes it, who colludes with it and who is the bigger hypocrite. Sure, money from undisclosed donors is a problem. But so is...
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NewBo City Market vendors cope with slow, but steady business during a challenging time

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 8:59pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — “Now it’s OK, but it’s still too early to know,” Blanche Vega said. “It’s still good. I’m really thankful I was able to keep up....
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In campaign stop Nikki Haley cites Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ ‘moral clarity’ in health care reform

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 7:49pm
DAVENPORT — As a doctor and a veteran from “humble beginnings,” Mariannette Miller-Meeks will bring “moral clarity” to the health care reform debate in the country...
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Justices uphold new Iowa absentee voting law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 7:36pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court, in a narrow 4-3 decision Wednesday, let stand a state law that bars county auditors from filling out voters’ personal information on absentee ballot...
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In Cedar Rapids campaign events, Democrats and Republicans agree on election’s importance

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 7:30pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — It may be unusual, but in separate events Wednesday in Cedar Rapids, Democrats and Republicans found not one but two areas of agreement. First: This 2020 election is the most...
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New polls find tight Iowa races up and down ballot

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 5:59pm
Multiple new polls on the presidential and U.S. Senate races in Iowa have their slight differences but overall indicate one thing: Both races are very close. The latest polls came from Monmouth...
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Chew on This: Feedwell Kitchen open in Cedar Rapids, Your Pie pizza open in Marion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 5:27pm
Chew on This is a weekly column featuring restaurant news in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas. Sign up for the Chew on This newsletter to get weekly updates in your inbox. Feedwell Kitchen and...
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Why Marion police are embedding a mental health counselor

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 5:14pm
MARION — When Tom Daubs first started working as a cop, calls involving a mental health issue “weren’t nearly as common as they are now.” “But we still...
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Cedar Rapids Hi Tea cafe offers bubble tea and rolled ice cream

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 4:58pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — At Hi Tea in Cedar Rapids, owner Jennifer Dougherty and her daughter Lola Liu want to share two things — delicious tea and desserts and a bit of Chinese...
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OxyContin makers to plead guilty in $8 billion settlement

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 4:50pm
WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal...
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Presidential rivals meet Thursday in final debate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 4:49pm
Just 12 days before the Nov. 3 election, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden meet Thursday for their final televised debate. When: 8 p.m. Iowa...
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Beware road closure as old railroad bridge comes down in Marion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 4:00pm
MARION — Removal of the former railroad bridge above Marion Boulevard is moving along. The construction is part of the future CeMar Trail project, which will provide a trail system connecting...
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says IT project worthy of coronavirus aid

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 3:49pm
WEST DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds says her administration will try to convince federal auditors to allow its plan to spend $20 million in coronavirus relief funds on a long-planned...
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University of Northern Iowa explicitly bans chokeholds, ‘unless the use of deadly force is justified’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 3:27pm
University of Northern Iowa’s Department of Public Safety has updated its “use of force policy” to ban chokeholds in most cases and to require officers intervene and report...
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MidAmerican Energy idles 46 wind turbines after blade troubles

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 2:54pm
DES MOINES — Iowa-based electric utility MidAmerican Energy has idled nearly four dozen power-generating wind turbines after huge blades broke off two turbines in recent weeks. MidAmerican...
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Ely 18-year-old accused of robbing teen of Gucci belt at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 2:39pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Police arrested an 18-year-old man Tuesday after he allegedly robbed a 17-year-old who was selling a belt at Kennedy High School in northeast Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police...
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32 Iowans died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a new daily record

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 21, 2020 - 2:27pm
32 Iowans died in the past 24 hours, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, setting a new record high for COVID-19 deaths in a 24-hour period. The previous high was 25 deaths...
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