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Cedar Rapids to study school seclusion and restraint

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 5:42pm
The Cedar Rapids school district will form a task force to study how staff restrains and secludes agitated students, according to an email sent to Pierce Elementary families this week. The decision...
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Booming fireworks business in Eastern Iowa leads to expansion plans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 5:42pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Donnie Moore started last week with a 53-foot trailer filled with fireworks. By the end of the day Tuesday, he estimates he sold 90 percent of his stock. Moore, operations...
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After losing bet, Nebraska senator drives Uber in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 5:40pm
A bet gone bad will put U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska behind the wheel of an Uber this weekend in Iowa City. Nearly eight months ago, the Republican senator made a bet with an executive of a...
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Lake Mills man killed after bicycle crashes into animal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 4:52pm
A bicyclist was killed June 30 in rural Johnson County after he crashed into an animal that in the roadway. According to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the Joint...
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3 charged with robbery after threatening man with pellet gun near Kirkwood campus

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 4:39pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Three men have been accused of robbery, and one of them also charged with assault, after police say they threatened a man with a pellet gun, punched him and robbed him of cash,...
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U.S. proposes cutting biofuels requirements due to ‘market realities’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 3:01pm
NEW YORK — The U.S. government on Wednesday proposed reducing the volumes of biofuel required to be used in gasoline and diesel in 2018, in a move that could mark the first step toward a...
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Family: Motorcyclist killed in Iowa City crash ‘was a real hugger’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 2:27pm
IOWA CITY — Kelly Donovan said her son Jared “had a warm, compassionate, loving nature” as well as “tremendous insight and depth.” “He was a real...
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Amish farmers square off against Big Organic in milk battle

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 2:13pm
KALONA, Iowa — This small town has become a landmark in the organic-farm movement, and it has nothing to do with foodies or hippies. Instead it has been Amish farmers who, in their suspenders...
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Dupaco to open Marion branch

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 1:12pm
Dupaco Community Credit Union will build a new branch in Marion, its first in the city. The Dubuque-based credit union plans to construct a two-story, 7,140-square-foot “learning lab”...
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Item 'similar to an Improvised Explosive Device' found along Mount Vernon Road

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 12:01pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids police are investigating after an item “similar to an Improvised Explosive Device” was found along Mount Vernon Road. Cedar Rapids spokeswoman Maria...
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Williamsburg man accused of murder to remain in custody on $1 million bond

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 11:36am
WILLIAMSBURG — A Williamsburg man accused of killing a child will remain in custody on a $1 million cash bond. Cody J. Stevenson, 29, made his initial appearance Wednesday in Iowa County...
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Another Dunkin’ Donuts to open in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 11:08am
A second Dunkin’ Donuts store in Cedar Rapids and the chain’s fourth in the Corridor is under construction at 1640 Edgewood Rd. SW. Eastern Iowa Food Service, which operates...
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Finding your way in downtown Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 10:00am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Downtown Cedar Rapids could soon have a brighter, snappier look and more signs to help people find their way, thanks to a wave of new directional markers and lighting. Public...
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Fire reported in Atkins on Monday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 9:01am
ATKINS — Fire departments battled a house fire in Atkins on Monday. According to a news release, the Atkins Fire Department was called to a house fire at 3389 70th St. at 1:05 p.m. Responding...
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My Biz: Solon kitchen business grows organically

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 8:53am
A visitor at Becky Schmooke’s home arriving just after noon in the summer may find its spacious kitchen in cheerful disarray. “This is the aftermath of 23 kids cooking for three...
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Iowa City woman accused of racking up $3,000 in charges on stolen credit card

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 6:46am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City woman is accused of going on a $3,000 spending spree with a stolen credit card. According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, the victim reported her credit...
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Iowa City police investigating home invasion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 6:38am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are investigating a report of a home invasion. According to a news release, officers were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Laura Drive around 3:16 a.m....
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Wednesday Morning Read: Fireworks rules likely, push for minimum wage hike, farmworkers’ suicide rates high

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 5, 2017 - 6:26am
TODAY’S WEATHER — Partly cloudy, chance of scattered storms. High 83, low 67. FIREWORKS RULES LIKELY — Elected officials say more restrictions on fireworks are needed but will not...
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Cedar Rapids resident to bicycle 4,000 miles to fundraise for cancer research

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 4, 2017 - 9:00pm
Catherine Butschi of Cedar Rapids, one of about 70 students bicycling more than 4,000 miles to raise money for cancer research, stopped in Iowa City with her teammates Tuesday night. She wanted to...
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At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care

Cedar Rapids Gazette - July 4, 2017 - 7:17pm
EASTPORT, Maine — For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat ride away from Canada. She walked and waved, next to marching...
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