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Iowa GOP lawmakers again propose bill barring faculty tenure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 3:36pm
Once again, GOP lawmakers in the Iowa Legislature are pushing to eliminate tenure at Iowa’s public universities, which have been reporting fewer tenured faculty for years — even without...
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Iowa reports 426 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 3:10pm
Iowa reported 426 new positive COVID-19 cases and one new death in the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m. Monday, according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Health. New cases included 59...
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The peril of populism

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 2:31pm
Like most Americans, I’m heartbroken by what happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It was an assault on our democratic institutions, seriously damaged one of our two major political parties,...
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Kids Gazette: Be inspired to speak out on MLK Day. Stacey Walker shares 6 tips on public speaking

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 9:56am
Martin Luther King Jr., a fierce advocate for justice in the late 1950s and 1960s, was a powerful speaker. King stood before a huge crowd and told the nation of his dream that children “will...
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Eastern Iowa Airport to start mandatory health screenings Jan. 25

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 8:34am
Mandatory health screenings at Eastern Iowa Airport will be in place Jan. 25 for all passengers following changes in Federal Aviation Administration guidance. Installation of the primary health...
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GPS monitor helps police nab Iowa City man who stole women’s underwear

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 7:48am
IOWA CITY — An Iowa City man has learned the hard way that pairing a GPS monitor with stolen women’s underwear is a major fashion faux pas. According to Iowa City police criminal...
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From Baked Alaska to a guy with horns: notable riot arrests

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 7:23am
WASHINGTON — More than 125 people have been arrested so far on charges related to the violent insurrection led by supporters of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol, where a Capitol...
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Cedar Rapids man can be seen in video of U.S. Capitol invasion

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 18, 2021 - 6:31am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who was part of the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol was captured on video coverage of the pandemonium by a news reporter. Leo Kelly, who said he...
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Capitol Ideas: Unmasked rally sets uneasy tone for Iowa Legislature

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 7:08pm
DES MOINES — As opening days go, it could have been better. Or safer, at the least. The first day of the Iowa Legislature’s 2021 session one week ago featured the normal opening-day...
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Martin Luther King Jr. influences Black Lives Matter movement

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 5:36pm
IOWA CITY — Iowa City Mayor Bruce Teague encouraged students to continue fighting for equity and an end to systemic racism when speaking last week during a virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day...
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House Appropriations Committee seat a ‘big deal’ for Ashley Hinson and Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 5:16pm
U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson’s assignment to the powerful U.S. House Appropriations Committee, which controls the purse strings that fund the federal government, “is a big deal” for...
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Joe Biden outlines ‘Day One’ agenda of executive actions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 1:55pm
WASHINGTON — In his first hours as president, Joe Biden plans to take executive action to roll back some of the most controversial decisions of his predecessor and to address the raging...
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Divas divine: Lauer, Rothrock & friends team up to virtually rock Theatre Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 1:36pm
Merriam-webster.com offers up these synonyms for “diva”: goddess, princess, queen. When it comes to Janelle Lauer and Lynne Rothrock, skip “princess” and go straight to...
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Despite Trump loss, state victories have Iowa Republicans at ‘peak,’ Chairman Jeff Kaufmann says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 1:30pm
It will be up to the rank-and-file to determine if Iowa Republicans are moving on from Donald Trump, GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann said Saturday. “You know, that’s going to be ultimately...
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Crews pulling derecho debris from Marion waterways

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 1:26pm
MARION — Clearing Marion’s waterways of trees and branches downed by last year’s derecho is expected to cost about $20 million and take months. City Public Service Director Ryan...
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Iowa GOP leaders acknowledge Biden win

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 1:22pm
DES MOINES — Republican President Donald Trump’s term in office ends Wednesday, exactly two weeks after he sparked a siege on the U.S. Capitol that was motivated by his attempt, joined...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Iowa drop below 500

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 1:16pm
The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Iowa hospitals dipped below 500 Sunday for the first time in nearly three months. A downward trajectory of coronavirus patients over about the...
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Florida wrongful death lawsuit envelops Cedar Rapids man, a former deputy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 12:57pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids man who is a former Florida sheriff’s deputy being sued by the family of a man who went missing in 2004 after a traffic stop may face a civil jury trial if...
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Grim fall dashes hope for less deadly year on Iowa roads

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 12:52pm
Even though the pandemic detoured daily life for much of 2020, it did not bring a drop in the number of people killed in crashes on Iowa roads. Preliminary data from the Iowa Department of...
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Fact Checker: Pat Grassley’s wrong that he can’t require masks at Statehouse

Cedar Rapids Gazette - January 17, 2021 - 12:47pm
Hundreds of unmasked people entered the Iowa Statehouse rotunda Monday, the opening day of the new legislative session, to protest mask requirements put in place to protect against COVID-19. Those...
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