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Cedar Rapids expo celebrates diversity to promote trust

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 7:00am
CEDAR RAPIDS — When Tayyab Gichki moved to the United States from Pakistan, he was surprised at the diversity he saw in Iowa. Visitors to the public library Saturday might have experienced a...
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Monday Morning Read: Volunteer fire department struggles, search for woman, Jok’s career ends

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 6:28am
VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT STRUGGLES — The North Liberty Fire Department responded to 1,137 calls for help in 2016, an 11 percent increase in a year. And according to a recent report to the City...
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Report: Iowa City convenience store robbed at gunpoint

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 20, 2017 - 5:59am
IOWA CITY — Iowa City police are investigating a convenience store robbery. According to police, officers were called to Deli Mart, 525 Highway 1 W, at 11:14 p.m. for a report of an employee...
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Officials search for woman who left Iowa City mental health facility

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 7:30pm
IOWA CITY — Officials from several jurisdictions are searching for a woman who walked away from an Iowa City mental health facility Sunday. Vanessa Jones, 35, was reported missing from Chatham...
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PHOTOS: Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 5:37pm
Middle and high school students showcased their projects at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids Saturday. Individual and team projects were competing for a...
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Iowa craft liquor producers hopeful alcohol laws headed for update

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 5:28pm
DES MOINES — Small Iowa liquor distillers soon may be toasting a new state law that would permit them to sell their product on site. After years of pleading for changes to — in their...
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Iowa City class offers info on keeping kids safe online

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 5:25pm
Mary Hintermeister knew she needed to talk with her kids about safe use of technology when her 8-year-old daughter gave out Hintermeister’s phone number to a friend, who proceeded to call and...
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Republicans face fresh test to shape Supreme Court

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 5:12pm
When Judge Neil Gorsuch arrives on Capitol Hill on Monday morning to begin his confirmation hearings for a seat on the Supreme Court, he will give President Donald Trump his first chance to make a...
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No new evidence to support Trump’s wiretap claims, House intelligence chairman says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 10:31am
WASHINGTON — The Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that there was no proof in new documents provided to Congress by the Justice Department on Friday to...
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Person in custody after incident at White House gates: Secret Service

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 19, 2017 - 5:57am
One person was in custody after a suspicious vehicle drove up to a White House checkpoint on Saturday night, the Secret Service said, after CNN reported that the driver claimed to have a bomb. CNN,...
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Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 90

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 4:52pm
LOS ANGELES — Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chuck Berry, the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who established the form and the themes of the music with his slyly funny, rhythmically...
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New rifts emerge as Trump administration rejects free trade statement at G-20 meeting

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 1:32pm
BADEN-BADEN, Germany — The Trump administration on Saturday rejected a statement from other leading economies that warned against the perils of trade protectionism, the latest sign of how the...
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Another person tries to jump White House fence

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 1:30pm
WASHINGTON — A person jumped over a bike rack in a buffer zone in front of the White House on Saturday while President Trump was in Florida, but was not able to make it over the fence into the...
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Immigration judges headed to 12 cities to speed deportations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 1:29pm
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who...
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News Track: Trial in 2000 Tama County cold case murder moved to Iowa County

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 12:57pm
BACKGROUND A 2000 disappearance of a Tama woman was investigated as a missing persons case until November, when investigators said additional evidence points to homicide. Iowa Division of Criminal...
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Time Machine: West Side Sewing

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 12:54pm
Verna and Walter Davidson opened the Sewing Machine Exchange at 325 First St. SW in 1920. They offered new and used sewing machines, took trade-ins, rented machines and offered to do hem stitching...
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Cedar Rapids officers asking questions to save lives in domestic abuse

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 12:34pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Back in November 2015, Raelynn Finn was five months pregnant when her boyfriend — the father of two of her children — punched her in the face, records show. The...
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African immigrants find local sanctuary to call their own

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 12:29pm
ROBINS — The African immigrants’ regular Sunday service at King of Kings Lutheran Church — just north of Cedar Rapids — might shake the spirit loose of most Iowa-born...
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Iowa bill would allow exemptions from ‘fail-first’ insurance drug practices

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 12:26pm
Two years ago, when Cynthia Heaton — a nurse in Iowa City — took a different job, she had no idea the nightmare her new health insurance company would soon put her family through. Her...
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Eastern Iowa volunteer fire departments struggle to keep up

Cedar Rapids Gazette - March 18, 2017 - 12:19pm
The North Liberty Fire Department responded to 1,137 calls for help in 2016, an 11 percent increase in a year. And according to a recent report to the City Council for the mostly volunteer...
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