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Despite census delays, Iowa Legislature leaders begin redistricting process

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 9:57pm
Iowa’s once-a-decade legislative and congressional redistricting plan appears certain to be delayed because of U.S. Census Bureau holdups, but legislative leaders have started taking steps to...
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Bill inspired by Tiffin teen’s drowning would require alerting authorities

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 9:37pm
Inspired by the tragic drowning of a Tiffin teen last April, two state senators hope to create a law punishing those who see someone in danger but fail to alert authorities. “For a family to...
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Kim Reynolds’ proposal for ethanol mandate forms unusual political battle lines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 9:30pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds is proposing to ratchet up the ethanol mandate in Iowa, drawing praise from the biofuels industry but concerns from others over extra cost and less consumer...
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City officials in small Iowa town face embezzlement charges

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 3:03pm
ARMSTRONG, Iowa — The mayor, police chief and current and former city clerk of a small Iowa town have been charged with a string of felonies and misdemeanors after a multiyear investigation...
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If Iowa were serious about drug policy, here’s what it would look like

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 3:01pm
If Iowa fails to make progress toward ending the drug war this year, it won’t be for lack of ideas. So far this legislative session, bills on illicit drugs are few but promising. Taken...
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Grant helps Lisbon’s Fur Fun secure surgeries for dog Sadie who now has ‘furever’ home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 1:48pm
LISBON — Sadie, a German shepherd, was taken in from a Missouri shelter by Fur Fun Rescue in November because she needed surgery to remove two large tumors on her jaw and leg. Without that...
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Iowa Auditor Rob Sand accuses regents of ‘bad faith’ in keeping utilities deal secrets

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 1:44pm
IOWA CITY — More than a year after State Auditor Rob Sand asked the University of Iowa to divulge the names of secret investors and other details of a multibillion-dollar public-private...
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Iowa reports 395 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 1:26pm
Iowa reported only 395 new COV1D-19 cases in a 24-hour period ending Sunday morning — but that was based on the fewest number of test results recorded on a Sunday in nearly 10 months.New...
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Places of worship still recovering from derecho’s winds

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 1:17pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — First Assembly of God looked like a “war zone” after the Aug. 10 derecho. Two-thirds of the roof was ripped and water poured into the sanctuary of the building at...
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Planning, staffing cited amid Iowa’s COVID-19 vaccination struggles

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 14, 2021 - 9:06am
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s lagging ability to broadly deliver coronavirus vaccines to people is due to inadequate preparation, confusing communication and a lack of staff and resources...
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Iowa up to more than 118,600 receiving full coronavirus vaccines

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 13, 2021 - 2:12pm
The Iowa Department of Public Health administered almost 23,200 coronavirus vaccines for the previous 24-hour period as of 11 a.m. Saturday. Statewide, 118,673 people have completed a full series of...
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Senate votes to acquit Trump in historic impeachment trial

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 13, 2021 - 2:10pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Saturday acquitted Donald Trump of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that exposed the fragility of...
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Iowa City police investigating homicide

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 13, 2021 - 10:53am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are investigating a shooting death. Officers were called to the 600 block of South Governor Street at 7:54 p.m. Friday in response to a report of a shooting,...
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University of Iowa writing students collaborate on ‘Great Gatsby’ fan fiction

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 9:10pm
One of the most iconic books of the early 19th century is about to get a renewal of attention some 100 years after its publication. At the end of 2020, the copyright to “The Great...
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Grant Wood Revealed: Cedar Rapids exhibition shows versatility of state’s most famous artist

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 9:08pm
Before the world knew about Grant Wood, Iowa’s most celebrated artist was exploring the world around him, from his childhood penchant for drawing under the kitchen table to making multiple...
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Fact Checker: Is Joni Ernst right on ethanol?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 7:36pm
U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, questioned former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack at a Feb. 2 hearing on his nomination to be U.S. agriculture...
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Republican state Sen. Jim Carlin to run for Chuck Grassley’s seat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 5:57pm
SERGEANT BLUFF — State Sen. Jim Carlin, R- Sioux City, will announce on Monday his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Chuck Grassley. Documents were filed with the Federal...
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Hinson: When it comes to COVID-19, Iowans should follow ‘rules where they live’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 5:46pm
In the wake of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision last Friday to drop a statewide mask mandate and relax social distancing rules, U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson declined to weigh in on that decision, saying...
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Iowans still waiting for unemployment benefits ‘barely making ends meet’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 5:37pm
For the past six weeks, Lisa Harbit has been trying to figure out how to make ends meet without any income. “You’re trying to make arrangements with your utility companies, your...
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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds bullish on COVID-19 recovery: ‘Iowa is coming back’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 5:32pm
DAVENPORT — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds remains bullish on the state’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, despite concerns raised by federal health officials and some business owners over...
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