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Delaney visits Hiawatha, calls for Democrats to be party of opportunity in 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 5:48pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — U.S. Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., is the earliest non-fringe candidate in history to announce his run for the White House. Given the outcome of the presidential election less than...
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Open Cedar Rapids' mayor job draws wide field

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 1:32pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Eight candidates — including two on the City Council — are competing to become the next mayor of Cedar Rapids. The candidates are Kris Gulick, an accountant and...
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Social Security sees unusually big bump in Iowa, nationwide

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 1:01pm
Monthly Social Security checks will increase in 2018 by the most substantial amount in five years: 2 percent. More than 66 million Americans receive Social Security payments. Most are seniors over...
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Capitol Ideas: Former fraudster schools Iowa seniors

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 12:51pm
Frank Abagnale Jr. is a former scam artist who in his youth cashed millions of dollars worth of fraudulent checks and posed as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer. His criminal days long past,...
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Largest field in more than a decade wants on Cedar Rapids City Council

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 12:42pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — More people are running for elected office in Cedar Rapids this year — topped by a sprawling mayoral race with eight candidates — than at any time since all nine...
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News Track: As predicted, Iowa regent campuses see fewer international students

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 12:40pm
BACKGROUND Last fall’s election and rhetoric around border security and immigration prompted some to voice concern about potential fallout on college campuses, specifically enrollment of...
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Lanesboro, Southeast Minnesota’s bike capital, charms visitors

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 12:19pm
If you want to see the vitality that a bike trail can bring to a community, visit Lanesboro, Minnesota on a weekend. Bicyclists are everywhere, from families pedaling with their kids strung behind...
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Iowa landowners unite against animal confinements

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 11:35am
A group of Howard County landowners, tired of Iowa lawmakers’ refusal to tighten rules on confined animal feeding operations, has banded together to outlaw these operations on their...
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Immigrant advocate speaks on impact of ending DACA

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 14, 2017 - 8:39am
IOWA CITY — Early last month, President Donald Trump ended — but gave Congress some time to save it — the Obama-era program called DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood...
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Time Machine: Golf & games propelled Cedar Rapids entrepreneur to open Chapman’s Sports Center

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 9:08pm
What was once an open field — out beyond Cedar Rapids’ first drive-in theater on the outskirts of southwest Cedar Rapids — became a destination for fun, thanks to the...
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Friction showing in some Iowa mental health regions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 8:41pm
DES MOINES — Signs of friction are starting to show in some of the multicounty regions that three years ago were established to deliver mental health care services throughout Iowa. Advocates...
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At-large: 3 candidates differ on flood control

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 8:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A couple of political veterans and a newcomer are vying for an open at-large seat on the Cedar Rapids City Council. Lisa Kuzela, 54, a citizen watchdog and former Cedar Rapids...
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Trump’s health care order heralds new battles on Capitol Hill

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 8:01pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision late Thursday to cut off crucial health care subsidies for insurance companies once again has torn open the festering debate over the...
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Firefighting Brian Platz is North Liberty’s first full-time chief

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 6:24pm
NORTH LIBERTY — Next month, Brian Platz is returning to his volunteer roots. Platz, 46, grew up in the Dyersville Fire Department, a volunteer department where his dad was chief for 18 years...
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Federal jury convicts New York man in Hopkinton bank robbery last year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 3:01pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A New York man, who while armed with a knife, restrained tellers with zip ties as he and another man robbed a Hopkinton bank in 2016, was found guilty by a jury in federal court...
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Garage Band: D&J Creations builds business one bottle at a time in NewBo

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 2:52pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — What started out as two empty Champagne bottles in 2010 has grown into a thriving business for Don and Joan Gray, a retired Central City couple. “When my wife’s...
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Las Vegas police now say there was no 6-minute gap between first shots, concert massacre

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 2:21pm
Las Vegas police said Friday that the gunman who opened fire on a country-music festival far below his hotel suite did not shoot a security guard six minutes before that rampage, contradicting a...
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Meet Lisa Kuzela, candidate for at-large Cedar Rapids City Council seat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 12:46pm
Name: Lisa Kuzela Address: 341 Carter St. NW Age: 54 Seat seeking: At Large Occupation: Educator and mental health professional Educational background: BS in Social Sciences and Mathematics and...
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Meet Tyler Olson, candidate for at-large Cedar Rapids City Council seat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 12:46pm
Name: Tyler Olson Address: 314 Nassau St. Age: 41 Seat seeking: At Large Occupation: President, SiteGen Solar/CEO, Paulson Electric Educational background: B.A. Claremont McKenna College; J.D....
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Meet Damian Miguel Epps, candidate for at-large Cedar Rapids City Council seat

Cedar Rapids Gazette - October 13, 2017 - 12:46pm
Name: Damian Miguel Epps Address: 6730 Danbury Dr. NE Age: 45 Seat seeking: At Large Occupation: Senior Pastor, Mount Union Missionary Baptist Church Educational background: Bachelor and...
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