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Judge sentences Solon man to 25 years for vehicular homicide

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 3:57pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Solon man pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for crashing into a Walford motorcyclist at the Wright Brothers Boulevard and...
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Ben Allen back on ISU campus, won’t live in the Knoll

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 3:27pm
Former Iowa State University Provost and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen returned to Ames last week to transition into his role as interim ISU president. With Steven Leath in the next...
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Workers’ Memorial Day ceremonies set for Friday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 3:12pm
Iowans and state officials plan to gather Friday to recognize more than 30 people who died while on the job or from job-related injuries last year. In 2016, 34 Iowans — including five police...
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John Cline hired as Washington High School principal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 2:02pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Community School District Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved hiring John Cline as the new principal at Washington High School. He is to begin his...
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Police: Jonathan Wieseler was shot to death

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 2:02pm
IOWA CITY — Jonathan Wieseler, the bail bondsman found dead in his office Sunday morning, was shot to death, police said Wednesday. The Iowa City Police Department on Wednesday released the...
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White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for Trump

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 1:51pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed a dramatic overhaul of the tax code, calling for sharply lower rates for individuals and businesses but also eliminating key tax...
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Nordstrom selling jeans caked in fake dirt

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 1:09pm
Nordstrom is selling “mud-stained” jeans to the tune of $425. Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans come with some sort of fake mud substance caked all over them. (It’s not clear what that...
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Grassley expects Branstad confirmation will happen quickly

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 12:44pm
Sen. Chuck Grassley predicted Wednesday that the U.S. Senate could confirm Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the new ambassador to China in a little more than two weeks. Grassley, R-Iowa, on a conference...
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Northey says he would consider USDA post

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 12:26pm
DES MOINES — Fresh from a meeting with the president and USDA secretary, Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says he is willing to join them in Washington if presented the right...
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Barta at Jane Meyer trial: Not all abuse allegations in University of Iowa athletics investigated

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 12:13pm
DES MOINES — Dozens of University of Iowa student-athletes complained about verbal and mental abuse, with some even saying they experienced physical or sexual abuse in their time at Iowa,...
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Grassley defends Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 11:55am
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley apparently doesn’t share Sen. Joni Ernst’s worries over President Donald Trump’s frequent trips to his Mar-a-Lago golf resort. On a conference call on...
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White House readies order to quit NAFTA: administration official

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 11:48am
WASHINGTON — A draft executive order that would withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement is under consideration, a senior administration official said on...
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Audio: ‘Bachelor’ star Chris Soules called 911 from scene of fatal crash

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 10:43am
AURORA — Chris Soules called 911, speaking with a dispatcher for about five minutes, before leaving the scene of a crash that killed one man. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office on...
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My Biz: Philip’s Diamond Shop fixes, creates jewelry

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 9:38am
MARION — Becky Maynes met her husband-to-be, Phil High, while working in his father’s jewelry store in the old Lindale Plaza. “It was my first job, at age 16, and I met Phil on...
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Trump tax cut to be biggest of all time, Treasury chief says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 8:51am
WASHINGTON — The White House’s proposal to overhaul the tax code would lead to the biggest tax cut in American history, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday as part of the...
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Wednesday Morning Read: Proposed UI reorganization, golf course staying open, Branstad ‘living legend’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 26, 2017 - 6:35am
PROPOSED UI REORGANIZATION — A small group of University of Iowa deans is investigating a possible campus reorganization that could involve relocating departments, changing the number of...
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Jones Golf Course to stay open for the year

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 25, 2017 - 7:56pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Jones Golf Course will stay open for the year but city staff will look into whether it and the city’s three other courses should be privately operated, the Cedar Rapids...
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Terry Donahue elected North Liberty mayor; Sarah Madsen to City Council

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 25, 2017 - 7:39pm
NORTH LIBERTY — Terry Donahue retained his position as North Liberty’s mayor and Sarah Madsen topped the race for an open City Council seat Tuesday in a special election that drew more...
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Branstad hailed as a ‘living legend’ at farewell event

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 25, 2017 - 7:38pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad, already the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, thanked hundreds of supporters who cheered him during a farewell event Tuesday before he embarks on what...
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Iowa summer reading programs go from ‘must do’ to ‘may do’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 25, 2017 - 7:36pm
NORTH LIBERTY — When 7-year-old Hallie Nolte was struggling to read last year, she enrolled in a summer reading enrichment program offered by the Clear Creek Amana School District. “It...
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