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Credit union tax a sticking point in rival plans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 5:17pm
By Erin Murphy, Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — The lingering question of whether credit unions and banks — rivals for customers in the financial industry — should be...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds signs ‘sabotage’ bill into law

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 4:40pm
DES MOINES — Any person who intentionally damages or tries to damage infrastructure deemed critical to the safety and economic well-being of Iowans could face a criminal charge carrying a...
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Iowa Senate enhances sexual harassment policy

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 4:18pm
By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate adopted an enhanced harassment prevention policy Tuesday and updated its code of ethics to establish “clear,...
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Senators demand EPA show waivers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 3:29pm
More than a dozen U.S. senators have written to the Environmental Protection Agency, demanding to know which refineries were given waivers from the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Citing...
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Starbucks to close stores for racial bias training

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 3:04pm
PHILADELPHIA — Starbucks will close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for an afternoon next month to train employees after two black men were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee...
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Former Olin woman sentenced to 12 years in insurance fraud scheme

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 3:01pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — A woman, formerly of Olin, was sentenced last week in federal court to 12 years in prison and must pay over $152,000 in restitution for her part in an insurance scheme, which...
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Operation Quickfind: Garnett Propst

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 2:46pm
The Cedar Rapids Police Department is looking for the public’s assistance in locating a 14-year-old boy. Garnett Propst, 14, was reported missing Tuesday morning after last being seen at 8...
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Johnson County to vote on major land purchase

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 2:39pm
IOWA CITY — The Johnson County Conservation Board will vote at a meeting today whether to enter into an agreement with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to buy nearly 100 acres of land,...
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Defense expert disputes accident reconstructionist's theory on location of cell in Furne's truck

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 1:39pm
NEVADA — A physics professor, testifying for the defense Tuesday, said it was more likely that Keith Furne’s cellphone may have been in his truck’s cup holder, as defense claims,...
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Freezing rain, snow moving in to the Corridor Wednesday

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 10:43am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Here we go again. The Cedar Rapids area will be under a winter weather advisory from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday as a wintry mix may move in later tonight, depositing an icy...
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Iowa City unveils RAGBRAI theme as ‘Book it to Iowa City’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 10:08am
IOWA CITY — Riders on the final night of this year’s RAGBRAI will experience a party similar to last year’s downtown block party — despite Pedestrian Mall...
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Linn County Jail inmate wanted for escape from custody

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 9:50am
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County Jail inmate did not return from a court-ordered furlough on Monday, authorities said. According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Jordan S....
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Former UI student who changed grades online to be sentenced in August

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 9:45am
IOWA CITY — A former University of Iowa student will be sentenced in federal court in August in connection with allegations that he accessed and changed grades and got copies of...
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Live updates: Keith Furne trial continues

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 8:30am
Proceedings continue in the trial of Keith Furne, who is accused of texting while driving in a 2016 crash that killed two teenage sisters and injured another. Furne, 35, of Cedar Rapids, is charged...
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Study: Naloxone-access programs miss many opioid users

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 8:15am
Some opioid users are more likely than others to know about and use naloxone, a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses, suggests a study conducted in Chicago. People who inject...
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Bon-Ton, owner of Younkers and other department stores, heads to liquidation

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 7:58am
WILMINGTON, Del./NEW YORK — Bon-Ton Stores Inc, a bankrupt chain of 200 regional department stores, will go out of business after the only bidders competing at the Monday start of its...
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Democratic, Libertarian candidates for governor to discuss issues in Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 7:28am
DES MOINES — Democratic and Libertarian candidates for governor will discuss issues facing the state during a League of Women Voters forum April 21 in Cedar Rapids The League forum will be...
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Mount Pleasant preserves farming culture, history

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 7:16am
Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to go a long way back in time. Take the town of Mount Pleasant, a railroad town, center of culture and birthplace of a two-term governor. Steeped in...
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Heroin dealer tied to overdoses arrested in Iowa City

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 6:37am
IOWA CITY — An alleged heroin dealer was arrested in Iowa City earlier this month. According to a criminal complaint, around 10:34 p.m. on April 15, police pulled over 63-year-old Rickey L....
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Victim identified in Marion Dairy Queen death

Cedar Rapids Gazette - April 17, 2018 - 6:17am
MARION — Police have identified the man killed at Dairy Queen on Monday. According to the Marion Police Department, around 11:50 a.m. Monday, Curtis Schantz, 74, of Alburnett was in the...
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