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No civil emergency in Polk County: Johnson County missing person alert goes awry

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 8:13pm
What was originally intended as a missing person alert in Johnson County triggered a false civil emergency alert on phones in Johnson, Polk and Iowa counties Monday night. According to a news release...
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Business, industry, human service groups defend their Iowa tax credits

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 7:34pm
DES MOINES — The Iowa Legislature has never created a bad tax credit, according to testimony Monday from representatives of business, industry and human services groups. House Appropriations...
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Cedar Rapids mosques receiving support letters, not hate mail

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 7:03pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Though the Islamic Center of Des Moines received a handwritten letter this past weekend calling Muslims “vile” and “filthy,” mosques in Cedar Rapids...
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Former Cedar Rapids school, rec center to hit the market

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 6:54pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The old Ambroz Building in Cedar Rapids — once a school and more recently a recreation center for classes and programs — will soon hit the market. City staff are...
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Iowa Medical Society says malpractice cap necessary

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 6:35pm
Cedar Rapids lawyer Tim Semelroth settled a medical malpractice case recently in which a client who went in for spinal surgery had the wrong portion of his spine operated on. The client suffered...
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Bill to void county minimum wage increases advances in Iowa Senate

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 5:31pm
DES MOINES — Members of a Senate panel were urged Monday to consider raising the state’s minimum wage before they take up a House-passed local pre-emption measure. The pre-exemption...
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Gorsuch promises to remember ‘modest station’ of judges in a democracy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 4:57pm
WASHINGTON — Judge Neil Gorsuch promised to remember the “modest station we judges are meant to occupy in a democracy” if he is elevated to the nation’s highest court, as...
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Branstad, DHS defend child welfare protections

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 3:50pm
DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad warned Monday that Democratic probing of state child welfare services could negatively impact a criminal prosecution but lawmakers fired back saying the GOP...
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Crisis intervention training underway in Johnson County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
IOWA CITY — By the end of the week, more than 60 law enforcement officials and first responders are going to be trained in crisis intervention. The inaugural session of the Johnson County...
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Cedar Rapids organization rebuilds houses and lives

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 2:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — By any measure, the vacant house at 1631 B Ave. NE had seen better days. The front porch sloped. Windows were broken. The roof leaked. White paint peeled off the siding. The...
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Podcast: 'On The Record' on how the Lethality Assessment Program helps domestic violence victims

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 1:38pm
This installment of On the Record talks about the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) that local law enforcement started using recently to measure a domestic violence victim’s risk of being...
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Tourism official: Iowa vacations being canceled after Rep. Steve King’s comments

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 1:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — In the wake of controversial comments last week by U.S. Rep. Steve King, officials at the Iowa Tourism Office said they are hearing from people canceling vacations to Iowa. On...
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Ground Floor: Cedar Rapids startup builds a better basket

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 12:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sometimes great ideas arise from mundane circumstances. That was LaNette Faaborg’s experience. Early last year, after the holidays, Faaborg was making the long drive home...
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Heart attack victim’s ‘second shot at life’ thanks to Cedar Rapids first responders

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 11:02am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Dan Clarahan probably shouldn’t be here today. The crash last December caused by a heart attack could have killed him. The passersby who saw the wreck could have kept on...
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Blum undecided on health care vote, seeks input from constituents

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 10:48am
WATERLOO — U.S. Rep. Rod Blum joined his Republican colleagues in advocating for the repeal and replacement of the federal health care reform known as Obamacare. But he says he’s...
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Watch Live: High-stakes Senate hearing on Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begins

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 10:39am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — With the ideological balance of the Supreme Court at stake, a U.S. Senate committee began its high-stakes confirmation hearing on Monday for conservative appeals court...
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Watch Live: Comey says Justice Department has no information that supports Trump's tweets about wiretapping

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 10:37am
WATCH LIVE: Comey testifies (stream via Washington Post Politics) WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey on Monday said there is “no information” that supports President Donald...
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Iowa State University President Leath leaving for Auburn presidency

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 10:25am
AMES — Steven Leath, who has lead Iowa State University through unprecedented growth over the past five years but recently came under fire for his use of the school’s airplanes, is...
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Iowa City police investigate car-pedestrian collision

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 10:20am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police responded to a car-pedestrian collision Monday morning. Iowa City Police Sgt. Scott Gaarde said officers were called to Ace Hardware, 1558 Mall Drive, at 10:32...
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Lost, now found: Patriots star Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey recovered in Mexico

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 8:40am
BOSTON — The football jersey that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wore in last month’s Super Bowl victory in Houston, Texas, which disappeared hours after the stunning...
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