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Iowa semi driver dies in I-80 accident

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 7:04pm
WEST BRANCH — A Pleasantville, Iowa, man died in a Friday afternoon crash involving three semi-trailer trucks on Interstate 80 in Cedar County. The Iowa State Patrol said Gary Collins, 69,...
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Ottumwa gets new ‘human hamster wheel’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 5:51pm
OTTUMWA — A windstorm last July destroyed the old-fashioned — and popular — “human hamster wheel” in Ottumwa Park. Speculation followed: Could a new running wheel...
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Year in review: Opioid crisis worsens in Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 4:53pm
*This storyline was voted as one of the top storylines of 2017 by Gazette staff. Other top storylines include the debate over the defunding of Planned Parenthood, flood repair efforts and...
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Providers still face challenges over Medicaid payments

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 3:44pm
Nearly 21 months after Iowa switched most of its Medicaid enrollees to private managed care, some health care providers say they still struggle with billing issues and rejected payment...
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Negotiations between UnityPoint, Amerigroup go into weekend

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 2:24pm
Negotiations between UnityPoint Health and Amerigroup of Iowa will continue this weekend to discuss a contract before Sunday’s deadline, an official said Friday. The medical health network...
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2017 in photos: The Gazette’s top sports photos

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 12:55pm
The Gazette’s photo staff has come together and selected their favorite photos from sports this year. You can browse their full gallery of choices here.
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Matthew 25 marketing a commercial building as a potential coffee shop

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 12:40pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A local nonprofit known for its work rehabilitating homes has taken a small step toward doing the same for a commercial building. Matthew 25, which has focused on revitalizing...
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Five ways tech will shape your life in 2018

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 12:20pm
Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting or slightly terrifying? As I look into my crystal ball at what new technologies are most likely to shape our lives in the next 12 months, I see...
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Betas in NewBo closes as owner plans new restaurant

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 11:09am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Betas restaurant in Cedar Rapids’s New Bohemia district has closed as its owner plans to open a new restaurant in Marion. “It is with the utmost appreciation for...
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SkyWest flight that departed Cedar Rapids makes emergency landing in Milwaukee

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 10:42am
A SkyWest plane that departed Cedar Rapids early Friday bound for Detroit had to make an emergency landing in Milwaukee after a sudden loss of cabin pressure. SkyWest spokeswoman Marissa Snow...
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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks upcoming legislative session, and the year in review

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 10:16am
On Iowa Politics discusses the upcoming legislative session, Gov. Kim Reynolds' first year in office, and a full year in review. On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis podcast which...
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Officials urge safety during winter storm advisory

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 10:03am
Local governments are declaring winter storm warnings as snowfall begins to mount across Eastern Iowa. Winter Weather Advisory The National Weather Service has announced a winter weather advisory...
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Downtown Tire Co. on Second Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids closes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 9:07am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A downtown auto and tire service closed its doors Thursday. Downtown Tire Co., 402 Second Ave. SE, closed permanently at the end of the business day. The business had operated...
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Can Iowa City’s Chomp take a bite out of GrubHub?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 7:55am
A group of Iowa City restaurant owners have joined forces to take on GrubHub for food delivery dominance in the city. Nineteen owners that run 24 restaurants in the college town launched Chomp in...
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Twelve killed in deadliest New York City fire in quarter century

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 7:29am
A rapidly spreading blaze at an apartment building in New York killed 12 people in what officials said is the deadliest fire in the city in decades. The fire broke out around 7 p.m. Thursday on a...
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Friday Morning Read: Blue Grass fire victims named, Salvation Army short of goal, cold temps to continue

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 29, 2017 - 6:08am
Blue Grass Fire Victims Named - The Blue Grass Police Department released the names of four family members killed in a Christmas Day house fire. Killed in the early morning fire were Larry Loose...
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Salvation Army short $83,000 of goal in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 28, 2017 - 11:16pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Though Salvation Army volunteers and employees have stopped ringing bells for the annual Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army of Cedar Rapids still needs almost $83,000 to...
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A thought: When stuck in line, turn off your car

Cedar Rapids Gazette - December 28, 2017 - 11:15pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — While plunging temperatures can make it a little more difficult, Linn County Public Health officials are reminding motorists about the importance of cutting down on idling...
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