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Iowa withholding vaccines from 5 counties lagging in giving shots

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 5:31pm
DES MOINES — Iowa will withhold COVID-19 vaccine doses next week from five Iowa counties because they did not inoculate enough people, the head of the state’s pandemic response said...
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Iowa cancels plan to select vendor for vaccine call center

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 4:59pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration informed bidders Friday it would not award a contract for an outside vendor to operate a call center to help residents set up...
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Transgender bathroom bill unlikely to advance, key Iowa lawmaker says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 4:33pm
JOHNSTON — Legislative proposals to bar transgender Iowa students from using bathrooms that match their gender identity appear unlikely to advance in the Iowa House. Republicans in the Iowa...
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Marion voters about to decide new mascot from 3 finalists

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 2:44pm
MARION — They’re down to three finalists. A final ballot has been sent throughout the Marion Independent School District for a new nickname, a successor to “Indians.” The...
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COVID-19 vaccine partnership with local pharmacies, Hy-Vee to ramp up in coming weeks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 2:40pm
Another federal allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, expected to begin reaching the state this week, will offer Iowans another opportunity to access shots at certain retail pharmacies, officials say....
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Bills targeting transgender Iowans are harmful, even if they don’t pass

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 2:35pm
I just can’t even with this Legislature anymore. It’s only been a month, but its fundamental awfulness continues unabated. One would think that with the pandemic emergency now entering...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations dip below 250 for first time since August

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 1:23pm
The number of people being treated for COVID-19 in Iowa’s hospitals Friday is the lowest seen in the state since August. According to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health,...
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Arbitration decision clearing Cedar Rapids man of any wrongdoing in Florida death case is final, judge rules

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 1:19pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — An arbitration decision clearing a Cedar Rapids man, who is a former Florida sheriff’s deputy, of any wrongdoing in 2004 death of a Florida man, will prevent a lawsuit...
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Hospital leaders predict staff challenges as post-coronavirus priority

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 11:49am
On top of other challenges health care systems have faced as Iowa begins to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at area hospitals say they are grappling not only with workforce shortages...
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Clayton County man accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 12, 2021 - 11:21am
A 61-year-old Volga man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly sexually abused a 13-year-old girl who was reported missing at the beginning of February. According to the criminal...
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Iowa City: Work on racial justice will continue indefinitely

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 11:05pm
Editor’s Note: After video last summer captured the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, protests for social justice reverberated across the country, including in the...
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Marion: Alliance for Racial Equity looks to engage residents

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 11:03pm
Editor’s Note: After video last summer captured the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, protests for social justice reverberated across the country, including in the...
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Cedar Rapids after Black Lives Matter protests: A united vote for citizens’ police review panel

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 11:00pm
Editor’s Note: After video last summer captured the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, protests for social justice reverberated across the country, including in the...
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa City schools working toward anti-racism goals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 10:56pm
Editor’s Note: After video last summer captured the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, protests for social justice reverberated across the country, including in the...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds praises Johnson County’s GuideLink Center

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 8:55pm
IOWA CITY — Just days away from its soft opening, the GuideLink Center drew praise Thursday from Gov. Kim Reynolds for the collaboration that made it and its integration of mental health and...
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University of Iowa Flood Center director equated America with ‘the moon’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 8:12pm
IOWA CITY — Growing up the son of a professor in post-World War II Poland, Witold Krajewski never imagined he’d spend most of his adult life in America — let alone Iowa —...
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Iowa bill would whitewash history

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 5:48pm
The study of history should involve gathering knowledge from a broad range of perspectives. The New York Times’ 1619 Project offers a bold new perspective on American history, placing Black...
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Iowa’s phony patriotism is bipartisan

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 5:42pm
As far as I can remember, there was only one year in my public school education when we recited the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. I can’t tell you much about what I learned in Mrs....
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What are your ideas for Jones Park and its golf course? City wants your input

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 5:31pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The city is looking to residents for input on repurposing Jones Golf Course, a flood-prone venue in the southwest quadrant that had long been a drag on revenue in the...
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In cohoots with cobots? Iowa manufacturers need to adapt quickly to automation revolution

Cedar Rapids Gazette - February 11, 2021 - 5:26pm
Iowa manufacturers who do not adapt quickly to the changing manufacturing environment could lose their “competitive edge,” according to a 120-page report commissioned by Iowa Economic...
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